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Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:20:46 GMT

Milk from Tasmanian devils could offer up a useful weapon against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to Australian researchers.

Healthy mice from lab-grown eggs

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:02:17 GMT

Japanese scientists say they have created healthy baby mice from eggs they made entirely in the lab using a sample of mouse skin cells.

An autistic boy who can't be touched has connected with a service dog

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:34:20 GMT

An autistic boy who can't be touched or hugged by anyone has connected with someone for the first time - his new service dog.

Hair straighteners pose child burn risk

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:44:14 GMT

Ten-month-old Joshua is one of hundreds of children admitted to hospital each year after being burned by hair straighteners.

Irish women 'access abortion pills online'

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 04:06:55 GMT

Women aged 25 to 35 are the most likely group in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland to access medication online to end a pregnancy, a study suggests.

Three-person baby 'race' dangerous

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 01:38:48 GMT

A "race" to make babies from three people is a major worry, duping couples and a dangerous experiment on mums and babies, warn scientists and ethicists.

Investigation over cancer 'cure' GcMAF in health food shop

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:06:33 GMT

An undercover investigation by 5 live Investigates has found an unlicensed blood product being sold illegally in the UK to treat cancer.

India to carry out DNA tests on Uttarakhand flood skeletons

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:18:40 GMT

Scientists in India will extract DNA from more than 30 skeletons found by trekkers in Uttarakhand state as part of efforts to identify victims of the 2013 floods.

Breast implant register launches 'to safeguard patients'

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 23:15:09 GMT

A new register of breast implant surgery patients in England has been set up to improve the safety of their care.

'Dementia link to sudden low blood pressure and dizziness'

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 01:28:19 GMT

People who experience frequent drops in blood pressure or dizziness when suddenly standing up are at increased risk of dementia, scientists say.

IBM AI system Watson to diagnose rare diseases in Germany

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:15:04 GMT

IBM's AI system Watson is to work alongside doctors in Germany, who are trying to solve some of the country's most complex medical cases.

Tax on sugary foods and drinks backed by World Health Organisation

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:16:59 GMT

The World Health Organisation throws its weight behind national governments who tax soft drinks because of their sugar content, saying a 20% price increase lowers consumption.

Cannabis-based products are medicine, says regulator

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:34:30 GMT

Products that contain a cannabis-based ingredient called cannabidiol or CBD are medicines, UK regulatory body the MHRA says.

Zika virus highly likely to spread in Asia, says WHO

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:05:11 GMT

Infections of the Zika virus are "highly likely" to keep spreading in Asia and the Pacific, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns.

Spanish woman Lina Alvarez gives birth at 62

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:17:30 GMT

Lina Alvarez has given birth at the age of 62. She spoke to waiting reporters outside the hospital in Lugo, Spain.

PIP breast implants: Campaigner welcomes patient register

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 08:54:32 GMT

PIP Action Campaigner Jan Spivey welcomes a register for patients with implants, but wants it extended.

Woman diagnosed with HIV after 30 years

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:53:03 GMT

People with HIV are being diagnosed late because hospitals and GP practices in England and Scotland are ignoring guidelines and failing to carry out HIV checks.

Council care cuts 'affecting A&E'

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:23:56 GMT

The Care Quality Commission annual report says emergency care is one of the poorest performing parts of the health system.

Why are some toddlers fussy eaters?

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 03:47:42 GMT

New research from scientists at UCL suggests fussy eating is down to genetic influences rather than the result of poor parenting.

Is health service transgender friendly?

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:59:45 GMT

Nurse Kirsty Cass looks at how transgender-friendly the health service is.

Schizophrenia patient's fear over psychiatric ward closure

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:18:51 GMT

A woman with schizophrenia says she is "very worried" over plans to close her local acute psychiatric unit.

Cancer drug 'helped me totally enjoy life'

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 12:38:46 GMT

A new cancer drug has been described as a potential "game changer", after promising results in the treatment of head and neck cancers.

Game of Thrones location seeking GP - via Twitter

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:33:27 GMT

With a chronic shortage of GPs in Northern Ireland's rural areas, the HSC is under pressure to attract doctors to the country.

Woman's giant 'Rapunzel syndrome' hairball cut out of stomach

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:37:46 GMT

A 15cmx10cm hairball has been removed from a woman with 'Rapunzel syndrome'.

Health Check: Treating medical emergencies in space

Sun, 10 Jan 2016 00:50:49 GMT

A major medical emergency has never occurred on the International Space Station - but what would happen if it did?

The pigeon doctor will see you now

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 01:45:44 GMT

Rats, dogs and cows are just some of the animals that are advancing the diagnosis and treatment of disease in humans.

The twists and turns of naming diseases

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 01:40:38 GMT

For centuries diseases have been named after people and places - but do these names honour or offend?

Bad blood

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:15:19 GMT

When Brryan Jackson's father injected his infant son with HIV-infected blood, he hoped he'd never see him grow up. More than two decades later, he's full of life and hope for the future.

Surviving cholera

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:03:00 GMT

Hurricane-struck Haiti now faces a new humanitarian disaster - cholera. So what can be done to ward off a deadly epidemic?

Life-saving potato

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:42:25 GMT

Millions of children across Africa suffer from malnutrition - one way to tackle this is a special type of sweet potato that can deliver an extra vitamin hit which is being developed in Uganda, writes the BBC's Nancy Kacungira.

Beyond help

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:26:31 GMT

After two years of war in Yemen, thousands are dying from preventable diseases as the health system falls apart.

Price of life

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 23:19:23 GMT

Edger Mulili, 18, says he owes his life to a $5 a month government health insurance scheme, which millions of Kenyans are being encouraged to join, writes Anne Soy.

Critical condition

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 23:14:28 GMT

The BBC's Julian Keane visits a children's hospital in Caracas, where the sorry state of Venezuela's health system is in evidence.

Does the contraceptive pill cause depression?

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:44:46 GMT

A study linking the contraceptive pill with depression is met with relief, frustration and debate.

Wasted money?

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:16:51 GMT

Nick Triggle answers a reader's question on why the NHS continues to fund homeopathy in the UK.

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.