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Addenbrooke's out of special measures due to staff 'dedication'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:34:39 GMT

One of the UK's largest NHS trusts is taken out of special measures, thanks to the "dedication and skill" of staff, a report says.

IVF: First three-parent baby born to infertile couple

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:53:17 GMT

A technique designed to help parents affected by genetic disorders is used to tackle infertility.

DNA-testing smartphone aims to tackle drugs resistance

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:22:26 GMT

A smartphone attachment that analyses DNA could help improve cancer and tuberculosis treatments.

'Exceptional' NHS winter pressure in Wales

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:38:24 GMT

The NHS in Wales has faced "exceptional" winter challenges, including some of the busiest days for A&E and ambulance services.

Referral centres cause 'dangerous' NHS delays, BMA warns

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:14:36 GMT

Referral management centres may be slowing cancer diagnoses and delaying other NHS treatment, doctors warn.

Eating disorders can strike in mid-life

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:52:42 GMT

Eating disorders affect a small but substantial number of women in their 40s and 50s, research suggests.

Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:08:32 GMT

Technology could be used to improve treatment for heart failure patients.

Frances Cappuccini Caesarean death caused by hospital failures

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:11:35 GMT

The death of a woman following childbirth was a result of "failures, inadequate diagnosis and treatment", a coroner rules.

Obamacare repeal: Trump pledges 'health insurance for all'

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:51:36 GMT

The US president-elect says the Republican replacement for Obamacare will be cheaper and better.

'Don't be a martyr': Winter health warning for sepsis

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:16:45 GMT

People are urged to not be "martyrs" if they start experiencing symptoms of sepsis, as A&E departments deal with rising pressures.

NHS patient caught selling his drugs in undercover film

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:12:48 GMT

A patient has been caught in an undercover BBC film illegally selling prescription drugs which cost the NHS £10,000 a year.

Breast cancer patients' distress at withdrawal of Kadcyla

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:07:35 GMT

Health watchdog NICE rejects life-extending drug Kadcyla for use on the NHS on cost grounds.

Doctors warn over cancer op cancellations amid NHS "pressure"

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:47:14 GMT

The Royal College of Surgeons says the NHS in England is facing "tremendous pressure" this winter.

NI GPs resignation from NHS 'inevitable'

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:01:49 GMT

NI GPs will likely vote to leave the NHS if a snap election is called, says the head of the NI General Practitioners' Committee.

Bug resistant to all antibiotics kills woman

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:22:13 GMT

The 70-year-old's hip infection was resistant to the 26 antibiotics available in the US.

NHS Wales chief says winter pressures 'very challenging'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:09:52 GMT

The head of NHS Wales says A&E units and the ambulance service have faced exceptional challenges this winter.

Stroke survivor: Virtual Reality helped me walk again

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:51:44 GMT

Shannon Mackey has been using virtual reality physiotherapy sessions to help learn to walk again after suffering a stroke.

The trauma centres helping veteran amputees

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:05:36 GMT

A network of trauma centres has opened across the UK to allow the NHS to treat veterans.

Hepatitis C patient's agonising wait for drug treatment

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:18:23 GMT

Ben Franklin from London was diagnosed with Hepatitis C nine months ago but is still waiting for a new drug which could cure his condition.

MS patient's family plea for rethink on right to die

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:24:44 GMT

The family of a woman who fought a long battle against Multiple Sclerosis release a harrowing set of images to support the campaign for the "right to die".

The NHS is making people sick, GP tells BBC

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:42:24 GMT

Doctors tell of their "guilt" and "distress" over the care they can provide amid pressures on the NHS.

GPs 'already work 24/7, 365 days a year'

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:37:39 GMT

The BMA's Dr Chaand Nagpaul says the government's ultimatum over working hours is "an insult".

Teenage suicide: Two mothers tell their children's stories

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:31:47 GMT

With teenage suicide on the rise, we hear the struggles of two mothers and their children.

Babies remember their birth language - scientists

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:51:59 GMT

Babies learn language in the early months of life, and retain this knowledge, say scientists.

Urine test reveals what you really eat

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:53:08 GMT

Analysing urine could improve what you eat, claim scientists.

'Mental health system is broken'

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:33:03 GMT

People share their experiences of mental health problems and services.

Excessive crying

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:16:59 GMT

The crying of babies with colic may be reduced with acupuncture, according to controversial new research from Sweden.

Dedicated donor

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:50:23 GMT

Tracey Jolliffe has already donated a kidney, 16 eggs and 80 pints of blood. She is now considering donating part of her liver too.

Voice doctor

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:14:06 GMT

Our voices can activate gadgets and authenticate ourselves to banks. But can they tell if we're ill?

Embryo rules

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:35:51 GMT

Should scientists be allowed to experiment on embryos beyond 14 days of development?

Fatal attraction

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:29:54 GMT

How one woman's rare disorder means a kiss from her husband could end up killing her.


Sun, 15 Jan 2017 01:18:23 GMT

How lemons are helping to explain what breast cancer can feel and look like.