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Women advised to sleep on side to help prevent stillbirth

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:03:40 GMT

The risk of stillbirth is doubled if women go to sleep on their backs in the last trimester, a study finds.

Social care: MPs seek cross-party group to 'sustain' NHS

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 02:04:18 GMT

Ninety MPs write to the PM, saying patients are being "failed" by strained NHS social care services.

Dog owners lowers early death risk, study finds

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:02:51 GMT

Researchers found a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in owners of dogs, especially hunting breeds.

First gene-editing in human body attempt

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:40:14 GMT

Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California.

Autism concern over home schooling rise in Wales

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:25:27 GMT

Many autistic children are struggling to cope in schools and are being removed, a charity warns.

Tia has epidermolysis bullosa - known as 'butterfly skin'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:23:24 GMT

Four-year-old Tia is hoping for pioneering treatment for her fragile skin condition.

Depression link between fathers and teenage children, says study

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:46:24 GMT

Men who don't seek help for depression could have an impact on their children, a study suggests.

'Breakthrough' breast cancer drugs get NHS approval

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:47:13 GMT

Two new treatments can slow cancer down and delay the need for chemotherapy, research shows.

Boots 'breaking' morning-after pill promise, say Labour MPs

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:27:35 GMT

MPs urge the pharmacy to complete its roll-out of cheaper contraception across all of its stores.

Dying mother's bid to raise funds to keep her children out of care

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:02:17 GMT

Sam Kyme has motor neurone disease and wants her two sons to live with her sister in Australia.

Young people out of love with their own bodies, says report

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:32:33 GMT

Body dissatisfaction can start in children as young as six, warns the Youth Select Committee.

Mental health trusts restrain patients 'every 10 minutes'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:19:59 GMT

More patients and staff are being injured during incidents of restraint, according to new figures.

Supreme Court backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:11:01 GMT

Scotland is set to be the first country in the world to establish a minimum price per unit of alcohol.

Indulgent grandparents 'bad for children's health'

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:10:55 GMT

Regular "treating" and over-feeding is a common issue, according to a review of parents' opinions.

Hormone pregnancy test 'no link to harm'

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:34:20 GMT

The use of a controversial hormonal pregnancy test between the 1950s and 1970s did not damage unborn children, a scientific review has found.

Giving birth on due date 'less risky' for older mums

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:34:34 GMT

Stillbirth risk is higher if older pregnant women are left to go over their due date, a study suggests.

Commuters urged to help stop suicides through small talk

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:14:20 GMT

The "Small Talk Saves Lives" campaign aims to prevent suicides on the UK's rail network.

Main motivation for steroid use 'to enhance image'

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:02:35 GMT

More than 680 people who use image and performance-enhancing drugs took part in the survey.

FDA approves 'trackable' pill

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:10:00 GMT

The schizophrenia tablets have an embedded sensor that tells doctors whether the patient has taken them.

Emotional toll of diabetes 'needs more recognition'

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 01:00:03 GMT

Living with diabetes can lead to significant emotional problems, a survey finds.

Drivers 'should have compulsory eye tests'

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 01:05:29 GMT

One in three optometrists say they know of patients who drive with vision below the legal standard.

Mother's fury at 'lack of support' for daughter

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:13:47 GMT

The mother of a teenager who took her own life said her daughter was let down by the system.

Why an 'epidemic' of loneliness affects health

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:30:36 GMT

A former US surgeon general warns there is a growing "epidemic" of loneliness threatening our health.

Why Andy Cole climbed Ben Nevis every day for a month

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:06:32 GMT

Andy Cole climbed Ben Nevis every day for a month to help tackle his depression.

Thousands run in Delhi 'smogathon'

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:20:19 GMT

Air pollution levels were eight times the safe level and doctors wanted the half marathon postponed.

Are grandparents spoiling kids?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:08:53 GMT

A study says grandparents tend to give high-sugar snacks as treats - so we tracked some down.

Children join people with dementia in interactive light game

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:23:00 GMT

The game sees images projected on to a table that residents and children can interact with.

What's the new craze of forest bathing?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:49:09 GMT

One army veteran suffering from PTSD says Forest Bathing is helping him sleep.

Madagascar's 'worst plague outbreak' in 50 years

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:07:11 GMT

The island is one of the global hotspots most prone to the deadly disease.

Simon Dobbin: BBC's DIY SOS to transform home of football attack victim

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:32:04 GMT

Simon Dobbin was left with severe brain damage in an attack after a football match.

Daytime wounds 'heal more quickly'

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 03:46:30 GMT

An average 11-day difference in recovery rates for burns may be explained by the body clock, a study says.

Gut bacteria 'boost' cancer therapy

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:53:45 GMT

Trials suggest the trillions of micro-organisms living in us alter immunotherapy's effectiveness.

Why is it so difficult to discover new antibiotics?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:18:28 GMT

Over-reliance on and misuse of antibiotics has raised fears of a future without effective medicines.

Share of European Union staff leaving NHS rises following Brexit

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:25 GMT

Experts say job security and a fall in the value of the pound are behind the trend.

My gift

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:10:01 GMT

Why would anyone donate their eggs to help a stranger have a child? A donor gives her reasons.


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:18:05 GMT

A tale of abuse against ambulance workers prompts tales of gratitude and "heart-warming" encounters.

Confined inside

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 01:00:13 GMT

"Postnatal confinement" is said to be widespread among the UK's Chinese community.

Virtual help

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 06:45:51 GMT

As mental health problems increase, could virtual-reality programmes help with the demand for treatment?

Acid attack

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:41:49 GMT

One of acid attacker Arthur Collins's victims recalls agony and pandemonium on her birthday night out.

Believe me

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:58:21 GMT

When Jennifer Brea got ME she began to interview fellow patients all over the world - from her bed.

'Therapist reignited sex abuse trauma'

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 01:49:46 GMT

The ineffective regulation of those practising talking therapies 'leaves patients at risk of harm'.

'Tubby and terrified

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 02:38:42 GMT

Girls are half as likely as boys to be physically active - and lack of confidence is to blame.

Check the key targets in your area

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:48:00 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.