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Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:01:57 GMT

Scientists identify three little-known diseases which could cause the next global health emergency.

Robotic sleeve 'hugs' failing hearts

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:05:07 GMT

US scientists develop a robotic sleeve that can help hearts pump when they fail to work properly.

Sedentary lifestyle in older women 'ages body cells'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:27:16 GMT

Older woman who do not exercise daily have cells biologically older than their actual age, research suggests.

Eating disorders can strike in mid-life

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:52:42 GMT

Eating disorders affect a small but substantial number of women in their 40s and 50s, research suggests.

Obamacare repeal: Trump pledges 'health insurance for all'

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:51:36 GMT

The US president-elect says the Republican replacement for Obamacare will be cheaper and better.

Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:08:32 GMT

Technology could be used to improve treatment for heart failure patients.

Bug resistant to all antibiotics kills woman

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:22:13 GMT

The 70-year-old's hip infection was resistant to the 26 antibiotics available in the US.

Urine test reveals what you really eat

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:53:08 GMT

Analysing urine could improve what you eat, claim scientists.

Breast cancer patients' distress at withdrawal of Kadcyla

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:07:35 GMT

Health watchdog NICE rejects life-extending drug Kadcyla for use on the NHS on cost grounds.

NHS patient caught selling his drugs in undercover film

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:12:48 GMT

A patient has been caught in an undercover BBC film illegally selling prescription drugs which cost the NHS £10,000 a year.

Brain activity 'key in stress link to heart disease'

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:04:41 GMT

Constant stress could be a key factor in raising the risk of a heart attack, say researchers.

Cancer spread cut by 75% in tests

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:05:51 GMT

Research could lead to new drugs to stop cancer reaching other parts of the body.

Philippines' President Duterte pushes free contraceptives

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:32:27 GMT

The move by the Philippine president is expected to face fierce opposition from the Catholic Church.

Vaccine sceptic Robert F Kennedy Jr says Trump asked him to lead safety study

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:30:26 GMT

Donald Trump and Robert Kennedy promote the widely-rejected claim that vaccines are linked to autism.

MRI scanning for prostate cancer biggest advance 'in decades'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:54:48 GMT

The biggest leap in diagnosing prostate cancer "in decades" has been made using new scanning equipment, say doctors and campaigners.

Inside lab where Mers vaccine made

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:10:40 GMT

Tulip Mazumdar visits the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford where scientists are developing vaccines for all three of the shortlisted viruses.

Bill Gates: Ebola crisis handling had lack of 'clarity'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:17:52 GMT

Bill Gates backs vaccine project which could prevent epidemics like Ebola spreading

Virus lottery: What could be next epidemic?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:05:18 GMT

Scientists have shortlisted three little-known diseases that they think could become the next global health emergency.

NHS Wales chief says winter pressures 'very challenging'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:09:52 GMT

The head of NHS Wales says A&E units and the ambulance service have faced exceptional challenges this winter.

Stroke survivor: Virtual Reality helped me walk again

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:51:44 GMT

Shannon Mackey has been using virtual reality physiotherapy sessions to help learn to walk again after suffering a stroke.

The trauma centres helping veteran amputees

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:05:36 GMT

A network of trauma centres has opened across the UK to allow the NHS to treat veterans.

Hepatitis C patient's agonising wait for drug treatment

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:18:23 GMT

Ben Franklin from London was diagnosed with Hepatitis C nine months ago but is still waiting for a new drug which could cure his condition.

Ana-Alecia Ayala, 'dancing and laughter' cancer patient, dies

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:43:43 GMT

Ana-Alecia Ayala, who has died from cancer, inspired millions by dancing on camera in hospital.

Forceps removed from stomach after 18 years

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 12:21:35 GMT

A Vietnamese man has had surgical forceps removed from his stomach after 18 years.

Sleep tips: Avoid afternoon coffee, over-50s advised

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:13:57 GMT

People over 50 are being advised to avoid caffeine after lunchtime to get a good night's sleep.

Intimate questions

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:07:13 GMT

A transgender woman who offered people the chance to ask "invasive questions" on an internet forum has been overwhelmed by the response.

Alkaline swindle

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:25:08 GMT

Naima Houder-Mohammed believed Robert O Young, the father of the alkaline diet, could cure her. It didn't turn out as she hoped.

Excessive crying

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:16:59 GMT

The crying of babies with colic may be reduced with acupuncture, according to controversial new research from Sweden.

Dedicated donor

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:50:23 GMT

Tracey Jolliffe has already donated a kidney, 16 eggs and 80 pints of blood. She is now considering donating part of her liver too.

Fatal attraction

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:29:54 GMT

How one woman's rare disorder means a kiss from her husband could end up killing her.

Voice doctor

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:08:55 GMT

Our voices can activate gadgets and authenticate ourselves to banks. But can they tell if we're ill?


Sun, 15 Jan 2017 01:18:23 GMT

How lemons are helping to explain what breast cancer can feel and look like.

Stress busting

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:11:00 GMT

How to manage stress so that it doesn't become a health risk.

Key unanswered questions

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:49:12 GMT

What we still don't know about the Zika virus and microcephaly.

What you need to know

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:43:34 GMT

An alarming and disturbing infection linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains is spreading.

'The worst day of my life'

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:52:15 GMT

The threat of the Zika virus has now become international, but the alarm was raised in Brazil last year when a growing number of cases of microcephaly began to emerge.

The mosquito menace

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:18:09 GMT

Why the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus is flourishing in the urban environment.