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Persian shallot 'could help fight TB antibiotic resistance'

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:17:36 GMT

Properties in Persian shallots could boost the effects of antibiotic treatment, a study says.

Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:25:31 GMT

Scientists move nearer to one of the biggest goals in medicine - a universal blood test for cancer.

Church of England warns future of Down's 'under question'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:59:52 GMT

The Church of England fears new pre-natal tests could lead to a rise in abortions of babies with Down's.

NHS bail-outs could become new normal, National Audit Office says

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:19:27 GMT

Money meant to transform services has been used to shore up finances, the National Audit Office says.

'Adolescence now lasts from 10 to 24'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:21:49 GMT

Delayed marriage and parenthood has pushed back perceptions of when adulthood starts.

UK 'in grip of worst flu season since 2011'

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:43:22 GMT

Latest weekly figures show rise in numbers of patients going to their GP and being admitted to hospital.

Noel Conway: Terminally ill man granted assisted dying appeal

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:54:28 GMT

Noel Conway wins the right to challenge a High Court decision against changing the law on assisted dying.

Angelina Jolie gene testing for all?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:13:46 GMT

Testing everyone for cancer risk genes would save lives and is cost effective say doctors.

Chemistry 'Van Gogh' could help with cancer

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:02:30 GMT

Scientists capture "incredible" images of instructions contained in DNA being read

NHS 'haemorrhaging' nurses as 33,000 leave each year

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:18:06 GMT

More than one in 10 leave the NHS in England every year, enough to staff more than 20 hospitals.

A&E safety risks in Wales 'unacceptable'

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:54:40 GMT

Hospital safety is being "compromised to an unacceptable degree", Welsh emergency consultants warn.

Fundraising page set up for disgraced liver surgeon

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:51:26 GMT

A former patient says Simon Bramhall is a "man of excellence."

Minister for loneliness appointed to continue Jo Cox's work

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:08:19 GMT

The government creates a new ministerial role, which continues the work of the late MP Jo Cox.

Cost legacy of decades-old NHS blunders begins to rise

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:03:33 GMT

Experts say maternity wards are still making the same "avoidable errors".

East of England ambulance delays: 20 patients have died, says MP

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:40:59 GMT

The deaths occurred when a trust did not move into its highest emergency level, Clive Lewis MP says.

Measles outbreak in five English regions

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:53:30 GMT

Numbers of cases have been increasing since late 2017 and are linked to ongoing large outbreaks in Europe.

Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 01:06:27 GMT

Clamping your nose and mouth shut when you need to sneeze is dangerous, doctors warn the public.

Employers urged to 'normalise' menopause in the workplace

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:46:59 GMT

A BBC survey found 70% of women did not tell their employers about their menopause symptoms.

Manchester Children's Hospital: 'Dangerously low' staffing levels reported

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:16:33 GMT

Using an "honesty box" to voice their concerns, medical staff say they fear patients' safety is being risked.

'Being a teenage mother is so lonely'

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:56:34 GMT

New guidelines aim to cut UK teenage pregnancy rates which remain among the highest in Europe.

London's January air quality 'best in 10 years'

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:57:11 GMT

The capital has breached air pollution limits by 6 January every year since 2008.

Almost 500 operations postponed across Scottish hospitals last week

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:42:17 GMT

A rapid rise in flu cases and a spell of severe weather has put additional pressure on the NHS in Scotland.

Scottish NHS waiting times performance at new low

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:37:52 GMT

The latest weekly figures showed that 77.9% of patients were dealt with within the four-hour target time.

'Staggering' trade in fake degrees revealed

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 01:14:40 GMT

Doctors and a defence contractor are among those buying bogus qualifications, a BBC probe finds.

The Ilford woman who carries her heart in a rucksack

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:14:03 GMT

Selwa Hussain is the first woman in the UK to leave hospital with an artificial heart.

Boxer Bradley Smith: 'How anxiety nearly ruined me'

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:47:52 GMT

Bradley Smith, 20, from St Ives, people should talk more about mental health.

'The infection took my nose and legs'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:44:29 GMT

Oxford professor Liz Frood was fit and healthy until she was struck by what she thought was a stomach bug.

Horse trampling woman's face rebuilt

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:58:08 GMT

Libby Keating's face was repaired by experts at St George's Hospital in Tooting.

Should there be a right to die?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:54:57 GMT

Two women explain their opposing views on the contentious right-to-die issue.

Using cannabis helped ease 'frightening' tremors

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:42:20 GMT

A mother-of-two from Pembroke Dock wants to see cannabis legalised to help ease symptoms like hers.

The choir helping people with dementia

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:52:05 GMT

"He comes alive when he's here."

How community spirit helps a girl with autism and severe anxiety

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:10:38 GMT

A scheme to let parents close their streets to cars so children can play is hugely beneficial to one young resident, who has autism and severe anxiety.

Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:00:03 GMT

Human body lice, rather than rat fleas, spread plague during the Black Death, a study simulating the outbreak suggests.

Cycling does not harm men's sexual health, study says

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 03:51:50 GMT

The sexual and urinary health of cyclists is comparable with runners and swimmers, a study suggests.

Drinking and darts: Does alcohol improve performance?

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 01:10:53 GMT

Some former darts champions drank heavily but did it improve their performance on the oche?

Reality Check: Is NHS funding worse in Wales?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:23:29 GMT

Theresa May criticised the NHS in Wales for missing targets and claimed funding had been cut.

What will medicine be able to do with hearts?

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 01:09:11 GMT

Heart transplantation has become a routine surgical operation, but the future promises equally amazing progress.

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.

Under pressure

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:48:43 GMT

How has Wales' biggest hospital been coping with winter pressures?

Flu season

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:30:36 GMT

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

How I became a surrogate

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:49:39 GMT

As Kim Kardashian West has her third baby by a surrogate, one Essex mum tells of the joy of surrogacy.

Changing profession

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:33:07 GMT

From nurses who operate on their patients to those who run general practices, nursing is changing.

Carbs for dinner?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:10:05 GMT

Is it true that you shouldn't eat carbohydrates in the evening?

Sneezing myths and facts

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:50:51 GMT

Can you sneeze with your eyes open and what is the best way to stop a sneeze?

Check your pollution

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:08:55 GMT

Enter your postcode to see what the air quality is like where you are living in Britain.

They wouldn’t let sister die

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 01:40:43 GMT

A car crash left Polly Kitzinger with devastating brain injuries. Her family was unable to persuade doctors to let her die.

Beads of Courage

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:22:28 GMT

Children undergoing cancer treatment receive beads to document their journey and one mum wants to expand the scheme.

'Aussie' flu

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:04:38 GMT

The NHS is braced for a bad flu season as the 'Australian' virus strain H3N2 dominates.

Hearing hints

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 01:41:56 GMT

The signs you have a problem - and what you can do about it.

Coconut oil

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:52:32 GMT

Coconut oil sales are rocketing, but is it a cholesterol-busting wonder food, or is this dangerous hype?

Check the key targets in your area

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:17:01 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.