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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.

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.

Referral centres cause 'dangerous' NHS delays, BMA warns

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:14:36 GMT

Referral management centres may be slowing cancer diagnoses and delaying other NHS treatment, doctors warn.

Weekend exercise alone 'has significant health benefits'

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:51:47 GMT

Cramming all your recommended weekly exercise into one or two weekend sessions is enough to produce health benefits, a study suggests.

Soaring childlessness among southern European women - report

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:26:02 GMT

Uncertain employment and a lack of family-friendly work policies help explain the rise, says a report.

Alcohol flips brain into hungry mode

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:04:36 GMT

Alcohol switches the brain into starvation mode, ramping up appetite and hunger, scientists discover.

Mental health reforms to focus on young people, says PM

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:04:01 GMT

Pledges to help schools and companies deal with the "injustice" of mental illness are announced by the prime minister.

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.

MS patient's family plea for rethink on right to die

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:24:44 GMT

The family of a woman who fought a long battle against Multiple Sclerosis release a harrowing set of images to support the campaign for the "right to die".

The NHS is making people sick, GP tells BBC

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:42:24 GMT

Doctors tell of their "guilt" and "distress" over the care they can provide amid pressures on the NHS.

GPs 'already work 24/7, 365 days a year'

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:37:39 GMT

The BMA's Dr Chaand Nagpaul says the government's ultimatum over working hours is "an insult".

Teenage suicide: Two mothers tell their children's stories

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:31:47 GMT

With teenage suicide on the rise, we hear the struggles of two mothers and their children.

Cervical cancer: 'Our sister's symptoms were missed'

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:50:20 GMT

Amber Cliff's family say that she was deemed too young to be tested, despite her symptoms.

'NHS is under pressure', says Theresa May

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:45:22 GMT

Prime Minister Theresa May admits the NHS is under pressure, while paying tribute to medical staff.

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.

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.


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.

Deadly drunks

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:50:30 GMT

South Africa knows it has a huge problem with drink-driving and is considering some tough measures to tackle it, writes the BBC's Pumza Fihlani.

Gender balance

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:13:50 GMT

South Korea has brought its gender gap back into balance, but have women gained real equality?

Mad about the pill

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:30:30 GMT

Millions of women have no problem with the pill but some find it shatters their mental health. Here The Debrief's Vicky Spratt describes years of depression, anxiety and panic.

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.