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NHS 'dangerously' short of 100,000 staff

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:25:13 GMT

Figures show one in 12 posts in England is unfilled - enough to staff 10 large hospitals.

Asthma inhalers recalled in device alert

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:43:58 GMT

Specific batches of Ventolin Accuhaler and Seretide Accuhaler do not deliver the full dose.

Review ordered into epilepsy drug, vaginal mesh and Primodos

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:14:36 GMT

The PM wants concerns over a pregnancy test, vaginal mesh implants and an epilepsy drug to be looked at.

Red wine compound 'could help tooth decay and gum disease fight'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:09:11 GMT

Polyphenols found in red wine helped fend off harmful bacteria in the mouth, a study finds.

Partially paralysed man blinks to communicate

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 01:52:07 GMT

Simon Field might not be able to move but he can still communicate, by blinking.

Tool 'names and shames' hidden drug trials

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:21:37 GMT

Institutions that fail to report the results of drug trials will be named on a new website.

FaceTime chat 'saves woman's life'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:18:25 GMT

Woman notices her sister is suffering from a stroke while they spoke on a FaceTime call.

Alfie Evans: Sick toddler’s life support ‘can end’

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:13:33 GMT

Doctors can stop providing life support to Alfie Evans against his parents' wishes, a court rules.

WHO warns of soaring rates of measles in Europe

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:26:52 GMT

There was a four-fold increase in cases in 2017 compared with the previous year.

Ovarian cancer: Persistent tummy bloating can be sign, charity warns

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:30:11 GMT

Only a third of women would see a doctor despite it being a major symptom, a survey suggests.

Mitsutoki Shigeta: 'Baby factory' dad wins paternity rights

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:45:56 GMT

The Japanese man can now pursue custody of 13 children he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers.

A third of UK adults 'underestimate calorie intake '

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:02:21 GMT

A new analysis of the nation's diet reveals we are generally poor on judging how much we eat.

Woman pleads guilty after Tunstall ambulance abuse note

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:53:33 GMT

Kirsty Sharman admits a public order offence after leaving a foul-mouthed note on an ambulance.

Lorde isn't here for unsolicited acne advice

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:01:37 GMT

The singer posted an Instagram story about the unhelpful things people say to acne sufferers like her.

Debtors with mental health problems need 'breathing space'

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:14:27 GMT

Charities say people with mental health problems should be given "breathing space" to sort out debts.

Further fall in hospital mortality rates

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:23:49 GMT

New figures show there were 7,800 fewer deaths than expected among people being admitted to hospitals.

Autism: Scientists take 'first steps' towards biological test

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:45:19 GMT

Differences were found in blood proteins between children with and without autism, a study says.

Home Office denies medical cannabis pleas for boy age six

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:28:48 GMT

The family of epilepsy sufferer Alfie Dingley, six, says he has fewer seizures after taking the drug.

How baby stroke survivors' brains adapt

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:43:11 GMT

They use the right sides of their brain for language instead of the normal left side.

Great Ormond Street Hospital may keep scandal charity cash

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:43:36 GMT

Great Ormond Street Hospital had said it would return money donated by the Presidents Club charity.

Iceland's mooted circumcision ban sparks religious outrage

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:50:36 GMT

Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders condemned the move, calling it an attack on religious freedom.

Alfie Evans' father: 'My son's been sentenced to the death penalty'

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:00:32 GMT

The parents of a boy with a mystery illness lose a fight in the High Court for doctors to continue life support.

Cancer drugs could help Nikki's blood vessel disorder

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:38:24 GMT

Scientists uncover faulty genes behind a rare blood vessel disorder and say cancer drugs could treat it.

How Malawi reduced infant mortality

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:31:53 GMT

Every year 2.6m babies around the world don't survive beyond a month but Malawi's number is dropping.

'I forgot my mum had died'

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:26:44 GMT

After waking from a coma following a brain injury, Peter was forced to grieve all over again.

What you need to know about bread

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:06:12 GMT

Ultra-processed foods have been linked to cancer - so should we be worried about eating bread?

'How doodling helped my depression'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:55:59 GMT

James Garden says drawing helps him cope with his feelings.

Is loneliness affecting your health?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:33:06 GMT

BBC Radio 4 wants you to take part in an experiment on the extent and effects of loneliness

'I have Parkinson's at 39 but it's no reason to panic'

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:52:35 GMT

Marathon runner Aaron found he had Parkinson's aged 39 but through his love of exercise he's found a way to combat the symptoms.

Cleaning products linked to poorer lung function

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:44:03 GMT

Regular exposure to cleaning products significantly affects lung function, research has suggested.

Patient's chest rebuilt with 3D print after tumour surgery

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:04:54 GMT

Peter Maggs' chest wall was rebuilt using the technology after a large tumour was removed.

Why are some flu outbreaks so much worse than others?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:30:36 GMT

Flu comes along every year - but just how bad it will be is hard to predict.

Boozy brain

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:25:58 GMT

What do we know about the risks of dementia from drinking alcohol?

Dishing the dirt

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:38:16 GMT

Lots of us use wipes to keep our kitchen surfaces clean. But is it worth it?

Life after Ebola

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:37:36 GMT

The legacy of the virus which spread through three West African countries.

Guilt over miscarriage

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:02:38 GMT

Three women and one man describe the shock, guilt and distress of losing a baby through miscarriage.

Mum's Twin-To-Twin Transfusion Syndrome action call

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:49:52 GMT

Mum recounts losing one twin in the womb while other survived

Fighting for change

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:03:59 GMT

For 16 years, Mercy Ngulube felt unable to tell people she had HIV - but now she's a vocal campaigner.

DNA tests for UK’s nuclear bomb veterans

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:12:21 GMT

A genetic study will look at whether damage was done to the DNA of veterans who saw nuclear weapon tests.

Taking control

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:44:15 GMT

Sofie Hartley, who's 27, wants to have a hysterectomy so that she can take back control of her body.

Non-smoker's lung cancer

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:01:34 GMT

BBC legal correspondent, Clive Coleman, says his sister's diagnosis came too late to save her.

Wombs for rent

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:16:46 GMT

Demand for surrogacy in Ukraine, one of Europe's poorest nations, is soaring. But what happens to the women involved?

Check the key targets in your area

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:12:25 GMT

Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting strict waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations and A&E.

'I spent savings rather than wait'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:03:52 GMT

Patients facing long waits for treatment tell the BBC what it is like to be left in limbo.