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UK suicide rate shows largest drop for 20 years

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:59:53 GMT

Rates fell for both men and women, although men still account for three-quarters of cases.

Depression: 'I kept my head down to survive the day at work'

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:44:30 GMT

People would rather talk to their colleagues about sex and money worries than mental health problems, says survey.

Scientists sniff out Parkinson's disease smell

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:24:29 GMT

The breakthrough, inspired by Joy Milne's sense of smell, could lead to the first diagnostic test.

Steroid abuse 'raising health risk for thousands'

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 06:25:00 GMT

British heart doctors are warning that thousands of people who misuse anabolic steroids are putting themselves at greater risk of heart attacks and strokes.

'Water cremation' plans on hold over environmental fears

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:57:01 GMT

There are concerns a new method of disposing of the dead could allow human remains to enter waterways.

The family that doesn't feel pain

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:14:17 GMT

The experience of six related Italians may help to find a new treatment for people with chronic pain.

Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:04:52 GMT

Giving youngsters too many takeaways is also criticised as a health risk by the researchers.

Disabled man's cancer care criticised

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:54:10 GMT

The family of disabled man Ian Shaw were told he was dying - now he is responding well to cancer treatment.

Almost half of under-25s 'never use a condom with a new partner'

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:14:26 GMT

Public Health England launches a new campaign to get more people thinking about using condoms.

Neath family's £80k health bill for daughter's rare conditions

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 06:06:21 GMT

Hannah Evans has to travel to London for treatment as there are no specialists in Wales.

On front line with ambulance service

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:15:49 GMT

From car crashes to crime scenes to home births, it's all in a busy night's work for ambulance service crews.

Haemophilia A trial results 'mind-blowing'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:45:57 GMT

Doctors use gene therapy to correct the defect that causes haemophilia A.

Flu: Parents urged to give toddlers spray vaccine

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:35:32 GMT

Wales' chief medical officer says it could also help stop the spread of flu in the community.

The woman who can smell Parkinson's disease

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:24:06 GMT

Joy Milne has an amazing sense of smell that is bringing amazing results for scientists studying Parkinson's disease.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson: Centenary of woman doctor's death

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:40:01 GMT

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was the first woman to qualify in Britain as a doctor.

Five secrets of a well-run A&E department

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:25:41 GMT

Luton & Dunstable hospital has the best-performing A&E in England. The BBC's Hugh Pym explains why.

New hope for disabled man's cancer battle

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:33:14 GMT

Ian Shaw was sent home to die, but a doctor queried that decision after seeing his story on the BBC.

Vaginal mesh implants: The woman awarded a $57m payout

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:57:20 GMT

Ella Ebaugh was awarded a $57m payout after a mesh implant left her disabled.

Haemophilia patient: How gene therapy has changed my life

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:37:16 GMT

How pioneering gene therapy has given a haemophilia patient a new lease of life.

Man flu 'a near-death experience'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:31:45 GMT

We took to the streets of London to find out if you think 'man flu' is a real illness.

Shop vouchers could boost breastfeeding

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:55:21 GMT

A study suggests that offering shopping vouchers can increase breastfeeding among new mothers.

Is size important when it comes to wine glasses?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:54:08 GMT

If your wine was served in a smaller glass, would you drink less of it?

Peppa Pig's GP visits copied by fans, says doctor

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:46:25 GMT

There are concerns the Pig family's inappropriate doctor calls encourage people to behave similarly.

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.

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.

Challenges of Christmas

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:15:27 GMT

How do families with autistic children make it through the festive season in harmony?

Breast friends

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:13:34 GMT

When one mum struggled to feed her baby her own breast milk another helped.

One voice

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:26:33 GMT

The Christmas song recorded by singers at risk of serious infection if they meet face-to-face.

Talking openly

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:26:04 GMT

Dr Sara Kayat gives us her top tips for telling a partner or ex you have an STI.

Booze calculator

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:21:24 GMT

How does your drinking measure up to the average from countries around the world?

Wearing a stoma

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:21:02 GMT

Natalie Toper tells her story of why she wears a stoma and how it has affected her daily life.

Organ donation

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:54:08 GMT

What is it like to be a donor family, a recipient or to be on the waiting list for a transplant?

Check the key targets in your area

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:53:06 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.