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HIV 'game-changer' now on NHS

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:22:17 GMT

A drug that dramatically reduces the risk of being infected with HIV will now be given to patients by the NHS in England.

Health advisers call for minimum alcohol unit pricing

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:57:07 GMT

Minimum pricing of alcohol in England would improve the health of the heaviest drinkers, health experts say.

Parkinson's disease 'may start in gut'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:20:38 GMT

The brain disorder Parkinson's disease may actually start with bacteria living in the gut, according to scientists.

'Drinking plenty of fluids' advice questioned

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:48:38 GMT

Doctors often advise patients to 'drink plenty of fluids' when unwell, but drinking too much water too quickly can be dangerous.

Wales' top-paid locum doctor paid £183,000 in 2015-16

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:15:32 GMT

Wales' top-earning locum doctor was paid £183,000 in 2015-16, with the amount spent on temporary workers across Wales doubling in three years.

Elton John says HIV 'end in sight' in West

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:51:14 GMT

Sir Elton John says, with improved testing, the end of HIV "is in sight" in Western countries.

Councils urged to redesign speed bumps to cut pollution

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:22:12 GMT

Local authorities should redesign speed bumps in a bid to reduce air pollution, health experts say.

Elton John charity to fund HIV testing

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:00:54 GMT

The Elton John Aids Foundation offers to finance HIV tests in the London borough of Lambeth.

Junior doctors' training under threat, says GMC

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:34:16 GMT

Junior doctors' workloads mean they miss out on vital training, the General Medical Council says.

Wales organ donations 'encouraging' in year after consent law

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:34:32 GMT

A new organ donation law, brought in a year ago in Wales, is saving lives, say ministers.

'It is time to make' three-person babies

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:59:59 GMT

It is time to start making babies from three people, scientists advising the fertility regulator say.

UK has 'first sexually transmitted Zika'

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:46:48 GMT

The first likely case of sexual transmission of Zika virus in the UK is reported by the authorities.

Tobacco firms lose plain packaging appeal

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:27:42 GMT

Three tobacco companies lose their appeal against the government's plain cigarette packaging rules.

Kansas sperm donor to same-sex couple not liable for child support

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:34:35 GMT

A man who donated sperm to two women is not liable for child support, a US court rules.

HIV vaccine: Clinical trial begins in South Africa

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:03:15 GMT

Large clinical trial for a vaccine to protect against HIV transmission is underway in South Africa.

New nursing apprentice role announced

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:02:05 GMT

Aspiring nurses can soon enrol on a new on-the-job apprenticeship role, the government says.

Sleep deprivation 'costs UK £40bn a year'

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 01:20:40 GMT

Sleep-deprived workers are costing the UK economy £40bn a year and face a higher risk of death, says a new study.

Philip Morris could stop making conventional cigarettes

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:06:58 GMT

Philip Morris is launching a new cigarette in the UK which it says could see it stop selling conventional cigarettes altogether.

Trampoline parks 'need more safety measures'

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:16:00 GMT

There should be more safety measures in place at trampoline parks, a group of organisations say.

Successful pregnancy more likely sooner after miscarriage, say researchers

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:19:42 GMT

Women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy if they conceive sooner after a miscarriage rather than waiting, researchers say.

Healthy women should take breast cancer pill, says NICE

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:08:54 GMT

Hundreds of thousands of healthy women should take pills to cut their risk of breast cancer, says NHS watchdog.

Thousands 'miss out on stroke treatment'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:05:03 GMT

Thousands of patients miss out on a treatment that can prevent disability after a stroke, say UK experts.

Obese patients and smokers face surgery delays in York

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:43:24 GMT

Health bosses have approved plans to delay routine surgery for smokers and obese people.

'We've travelled 8,000 miles to see our anorexic daughter'

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:40:59 GMT

Bed shortages mean a young patient with anorexia has to be treated hundreds of miles from her family.

Scottish life expectancy 'still lowest in UK'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:00:39 GMT

Life expectancy for Scottish men and women has continued to improve - but they still die younger on average than people anywhere else in the UK.

'No solid evidence' for IVF add-on success

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:45:36 GMT

BBC Panorama research suggests there is no hard evidence IVF add-ons increase pregnancy chances.

'Different treatment' for sepsis depending on hospital

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:00:08 GMT

A killer condition linked to 1,500 deaths every year in Wales is not always being treated in the same way in Welsh hospitals, new research claims.

Prince Harry and Rihanna get HIV tests in Barbados

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:06:32 GMT

Prince Harry and Rihanna have taken HIV tests together in Barbados to raise awareness on World Aids Day.

'I'm called a slut for being openly HIV+'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:42:53 GMT

Tom Hayes discusses how there is still a stigma on HIV-infected people

How did World Aids Day come about?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:03:48 GMT

In 1988 around 140 countries took part in the first World Aids Day to raise awareness of the epidemic

'She suddenly stopped eating'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:08:31 GMT

The ITN newsreader talks about struggling to get the right care.

Are trampoline parks safe enough?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:40:22 GMT

A group of organisations, including the governing body of gymnastics, want trampoline parks to adhere to a set of safety guidelines.

A father and son talk about their experience battling OCD

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:51:22 GMT

Richard has suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder since he was a teenager. He and his father have been talking about their lives.

'Teachers worried my self-harm was contagious'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:49:30 GMT

Emma, who has bipolar disorder, describes how her friends and teachers treated her

Paralympian David Smith: A letter to my younger self

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:25:23 GMT

Paralympian David Smith reads out a letter – written to his younger, pre-surgery self.

Why more young women are body building

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:08:02 GMT

Brittany Rhodes does it to be more confident.

Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 03:11:55 GMT

Bacteria which eat others of their kind could be a new weapon in the fight against superbugs.

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.

Fizzy facts

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:38:32 GMT

Claims about the drink's benefits have resurfaced but are they true?

The orgasm doctors

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:43:46 GMT

Women's sexuality is a little-studied area of science and new research is revealing that much of what we thought we knew was wrong.

Meet Jason

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:55:24 GMT

Ten-year-old Jason explains how he does not feel like the gender he was assigned at birth.

Kissing and toothbrushes

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:38:43 GMT

Myths about risks linked to HIV from the 1980s still endure, say the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Excommunicated over HIV

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:38:45 GMT

Princess Kasune is one of Zambia's most outspoken Aids activists and was recently elected to become its first publicly known HIV-positive MP.

HIV stigma

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:20:46 GMT

Prime Minister Theresa May condemns continuing stigma against people living with HIV in the UK.

'I worried it might explode'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:55:09 GMT

An increasing number of British people are opting for cosmetic procedures - but how safe are they in such an unregulated industry?

'Asthma won't beat me'

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:22:36 GMT

How taking up running has transformed the life of a late-onset asthma sufferer.

From Oxy to pot

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:48:00 GMT

An ex-pharmaceutical executive explains why he now banks on Canada's medical marijuana industry.

Born addicts

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 05:11:22 GMT

Three babies are born addicted to drugs every day because of their mother's dependency, but some experts believe it is better to allow mother and baby to detox together.

Ambulances 'too slow to 999 calls'

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:24:27 GMT

Ambulance services are struggling to reach the seriously ill quickly enough after rising demand has left the system over-stretched, a BBC investigation has found.

Five ways services are innovating

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:31:20 GMT

Ambulance services are looking at new ways to meet the growing demand.

Life on the frontline for paramedics

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 02:50:53 GMT

What is it like for a paramedic on the frontline?

What happens when someone calls 999

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:43:48 GMT

BBC Scotland follows a 999 call from the moment it is received by health service call handlers.