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Junior doctors call off five-day strikes over contracts

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:17:29 GMT

Junior doctors in England suspend a series of five-day strikes over the next three months, the British Medical Association announces, following concerns over patient safety,

Four in 10 children not going to dentist, NHS figures show

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:45:07 GMT

More than 40% of children in England did not see a dentist last year, NHS statistics show - a figure the British Dental Association says is embarrassing.

Google Deepmind: Should patients trust the company with their data?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:47:24 GMT

Google has ambitious plans for using medical records and appears to also be bidding to create a truly digitised NHS.

'Thousands' hit by late-cancelled operations

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:25:10 GMT

Tens of thousands of operations were cancelled by English hospitals last year but not officially counted, figures seen by the BBC suggest.

Period pain affects 'most women workers'

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:40:59 GMT

Most women workers have experienced period pain that affects their ability to work, a survey suggests.

Childhood vaccinations 'down again'

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:19:14 GMT

The percentage of under-twos in England receiving most routine vaccinations is down slightly for the third year in a row, NHS figures show.

IVF rates in England 'at 12-year low'

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:28:11 GMT

IVF rates in England have fallen to a 12-year low, says a fertility charity.

Breast cancer patients 'should be offered cheap bone drug'

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:35:48 GMT

Thousands of post-menopausal women with breast cancer are missing out on cheap drugs that could prevent their disease spreading, research suggests.

NHS should get £5bn 'Brexit bonus' - Lansley

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 02:08:40 GMT

The NHS should get a £5bn-a-year "Brexit bonus", former Conservative Health Secretary Andrew Lansley says.

Zuckerberg and Chan aim to tackle all disease by 2100

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:32:40 GMT

Facebook's founder and his wife aim to cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century.

Chris Brennan inquest: Hospital neglect 'contributed to teenager's death'

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:58:47 GMT

Neglect by one of England's largest mental health trusts contributed to the death of a boy, a coroner rules.

Student mental health 'lacks support'

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:38:26 GMT

Universities are struggling to cope with rising demand for mental health services for students, says a think-tank report.

Global pledge to stamp out drug-resistant infections

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:37:19 GMT

The 193 countries of the United Nations have agreed a landmark declaration to rid the world of drug-resistant infections or superbugs.

'No proof' fitness trackers promote weight loss

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:25:15 GMT

Wearing an activity device that counts how many steps you have taken does not appear to improve the chances of losing weight, research suggests.

Face-down restraint continuing in NHS mental health wards

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:23:10 GMT

Face-down physical restraint continues in mental health wards in England, despite the government and the NHS saying it should stop.

Leeds hospitals surgery postponed after IT problem

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:54:32 GMT

Some hospital appointments and surgery at Leeds hospitals are postponed because of a "significant" IT problem.

NHS doctors told to declare income from private work

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:13:59 GMT

NHS doctors in England are to be made to declare their income from private work, under plans to increase transparency and avoid conflicts of interest

What a button battery can do to a child's throat

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:32:33 GMT

Medical correspondent Fergus Walsh demonstrates what can happen if a button battery gets lodged in a child's throat, after a warning from surgeons over the dangers.

Smoking is at a record low, so why do people still do it?

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:08:54 GMT

Smokers say stress keeps them in the habit, as smoking rates in England hit a record low

Smiling with sadness

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:54:01 GMT

The black women using art to talk about mental health.

How emergency services rescue obese people

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:18:14 GMT

Training exercise shows how emergency services cope with obese people who get stuck in their homes.

Bone marrow donor stranger is now 'like a brother'

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:56:04 GMT

When Carl Hillis was struck with cancer at the age of nine, he received bone marrow from a perfect stranger. Carl says donor Tony Blood is "like a brother".

The doctors 'breaking the siege' in Aleppo via Skype

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:20:48 GMT

BBC Newsnight meets the UK doctor who is directing life-saving surgery in the Syrian city of Aleppo via Skype.

'Why I use medicinal cannabis'

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:20:37 GMT

Former nurse Lara Smith tells Victoria Derbyshire why she takes cannabis-based medicine.

'My baby was born on rescue ship'

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:28:39 GMT

A Nigerian woman has given birth to a boy on board a rescue ship in the Mediterranean after being plucked from an overcrowded rubber dinghy.

Could Irish spider venom cure diseases?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:36:07 GMT

Venom collected from two species of Irish spiders has potential medicinal properties, say university researchers.

First head transplant by 2017, claims surgeon

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:46:55 GMT

Professor Canavero says he's a year away from transplanting a head onto a totally different body and has lots of volunteers from the UK who want it done.

Scrubbing Up: Activity icons 'could help healthy living’

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:51:53 GMT

Working out how much exercise it would take to burn off calories from food would be easier if labelling was changed, says Shirley Cramer of the Royal Society of Public Health.

Health Check: 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.

How to deal with a medical emergency on the Space Station

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?

Prevention better than cure in Cuban healthcare system

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 00:18:23 GMT

Compulsory annual medical check-ups are yielding impressive results in Cuba.

Agonising wait

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:31:35 GMT

A family whose daughter spent four years in a vegetative state say it should be easier to withdraw nutrition from such patients.

Project Zuckerberg

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:57:03 GMT

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife want to tackle all diseases by the end if the century. Just how feasible is this aim?

Popular pill

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:43:41 GMT

Lots of people take glucosamine to help them with pains in their joints, but is there hard evidence that it improves things?

Sex crime

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:11:45 GMT

File on 4 reveals new figures about the scale of alleged sex offences taking place in residential and nursing homes.

Life and death test

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 23:04:33 GMT

Early diagnosis of disease is literally a matter of life and death, so the race is on to produce cheaper, faster, lighter kits to help doctors and nurses in the field.

Orange secret

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:33:02 GMT

Bold health claims have been made for the power of turmeric. Is there anything in them, asks Michael Mosley.

New unit

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:26:42 GMT

Politicians seem to have settled on a new unit of measuring public spending - the hospital. So how much does one actually cost?

Designer dozing

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:02:32 GMT

Scientists in Cardiff are working on ways to improve health, creativity and emotional well-being using "sleep engineering".

What's the cost of care in your area?

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:59:53 GMT

As we live longer, many of us will need support in our old age but what are the costs involved?

One hospital's fight with care shortfall

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:40:58 GMT

A sharp rise in waits for care services is piling the pressure on the NHS in England, hospital bosses are warning.

The alternatives to traditional care

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:16:55 GMT

More than one million people in the UK rely on traditional forms of care - care homes, home help and nursing care - but there are plenty of other options.