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Cut sugar in cakes, chocolate by 20%, industry told

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:33:50 GMT

The guidelines for everyday foods are aimed at helping to reduce childhood obesity.

Right to die case: Shrewsbury's Noel Conway loses court bid

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:52:24 GMT

The 67-year-old has terminal motor neurone disease and is not expected to live beyond 12 months.

The 999 call-out that changed a paramedic's life

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:33:39 GMT

Paramedic Dan Farnworth felt unable to talk about his mental health problems, caused by a 999 call.

Paralysed man feeds himself with help of implants

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:30:55 GMT

Paralysed man says he is "wowed" after implants allow him to regain control of his right arm.

France anaesthetist investigated for poisoning patients

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:29:50 GMT

The doctor denies poisoning seven patients - two of whom died - between 2008 and 2017.

Menstrual cycle recreated 'in a dish'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:46:46 GMT

Scientists have made a mini working replica of the female reproductive tract to experiment on.

NHS targets suncream prescriptions for cuts

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:42:48 GMT

Doctors could also be told to stop prescribing gluten-free food, cold remedies and some painkillers.

How Tetris therapy could help patients

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:07:19 GMT

Doctors have been using the 1980s video game in a UK emergency department.

Measles outbreak across Europe

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:44:17 GMT

The World Health Organization says cases are climbing where immunisation coverage has dropped.

Bowel cancer tool to boost diagnosis in under-50s

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:22:47 GMT

The tool will calculate the risk of the disease based on blood tests, symptoms and a GP's advice.

Mesh implant campaigners 'betrayed' by report publication

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:15:12 GMT

Two campaigners against mesh implants say they are "dismayed and disgusted" at the publication of a "watered down" report into their use.

Meningitis outbreak kills at least 140 in Nigeria

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:23:37 GMT

The disease has infected more than 1,000 people in one of the worst outbreaks for years.

Childhood obesity: Cut unhealthy food multi-buy offers - MPs

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:39:34 GMT

The rules on junk food advertising should also be tougher, MPs on the Health Select Committee say.

Non-terminal patient fights right to die law

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:10:11 GMT

Omid - who suffers an incurable, but not terminal, condition - aims to take his case to the High Court.

Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital 'fake doctor' escapes jail sentence

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:28:51 GMT

Julie Higgins falsely claimed she had located transplant organs for terminally ill patient Angela Murray.

Endometriosis treatment 'unacceptable' and women aren't diagnosed quickly enough

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 01:36:47 GMT

Women with endometriosis aren't getting diagnosed quickly enough and treatment is "unacceptable", say MPs.

Jeremy Hunt 'sorry' NHS 111 call did not spot boy's sepsis

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:19:01 GMT

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt addressed a memorial service for William Mead who died aged one.

Peterborough family's year of autism and Down's syndrome selfies

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:16:28 GMT

The nightly photographs have become a "routine" that the little girl's parents look forward to.

Pets sleeping on your bed growing trend

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:19:38 GMT

According to a new survey, nearly half of British dog and cat owners let their animals sleep on their bed.

Mother gave cannabis to son who fought rare form of cancer

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:20:29 GMT

Callie Blackwell said she was terrified of her teenage son "dying in pain".

Bowel cancer: 'I've cried, shouted and planned my funeral'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:00:21 GMT

Deborah was feeling "under the weather" for about a year, before being diagnosed with bowel cancer.

'How drawing helped me to talk about my feelings'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:46:20 GMT

Poet and author Michael Rosen talks about how drawing helped him to open up about his feelings after his son died.

'I worried I might not be able to have kids'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:09:31 GMT

Denise Campbell Brown married her husband in September last year. On honeymoon she discovered she had fibroids, a condition that affects around one in three women.

Cancer diagnosis: 'Looking for needle in a haystack'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:39:07 GMT

UCLH's chief medical officer explains new cancer diagnosis tools

Holly Greenhow: Girl with cerebral palsy makes 'big improvement'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:34:41 GMT

A girl with cerebral palsy who once modelled for a clothes retailer has seen her condition improve.

Book suggests taboos held back knowledge of female body

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:55:27 GMT

The 16th Century book on anatomy has had a triangular piece of diagram removed by its original owner.

Skin creams containing paraffin linked to fire deaths

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 01:03:42 GMT

Residue from creams containing paraffin can leave clothes and bedding flammable, experts warn.

Dogs on Viagra?

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:25:36 GMT

Why do pets get prescribed Viagra, and how can you tell if your dog has diabetes?

Scars on stage

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:39:38 GMT

US beauty queen Victoria Graham has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) but isn't afraid to show her scars.

Stray to saviour

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:31:23 GMT

How a rescue dog is helping people to get out of hospital more quickly.

Cardboard cribs

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:29:17 GMT

What evidence is there that Finland's famous baby boxes actually reduce infant mortality rates?

The Foehn feeling

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:09:42 GMT

For centuries, people in the Alps have attributed health issues, headaches in particular, to the mountain wind known as the Foehn.

Let them eat cake!

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:17:02 GMT

How one man revamped the menus and made food appetising again at Kingston Hospital.

The heroes who helped

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:55:47 GMT

There has been praise for the bravery of the emergency services and the public in the wake of the attack.

Man to man

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:34:20 GMT

Local communities around the country are doing their bit to help prevent suicides.

NHS Health Check: Which local services are under threat?

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:34:44 GMT

Find out what is happening to the health service in your local area in England.

NHS Health Check: Which part of the UK is doing the best?

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 21:45:34 GMT

The NHS is in the middle of its toughest winter for many years. So how are the four UK nations performing?

NHS gives BBC exclusive access to A&E

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:12:51 GMT

BBC News was given exclusive, unrestricted access to A&E for one week. This is the result.

Doing surgery while answering calls: An NHS surgeon's struggles

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:45:44 GMT

BBC reporter Ed Thomas has had exclusive access to discover what life is like in the NHS.

NHS Health Check: How one GP practice tackled waiting times

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:54:42 GMT

A GP practice in Plymouth is using paramedics and pharmacists to free up doctors to see more patients.

The health service taking a holistic approach to patients

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:00:53 GMT

"It's about 3% of our population that use about 50% of the resources."