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Diabetes: Tenth of adults at risk of disease by 2035

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:12:47 GMT

Health experts are warning that one in 10 adults in the UK will be at risk of developing diabetes by 2035.

The 30-second chat that can trigger weight loss

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:10:10 GMT

Doctors who spend 30 seconds telling patients they need to lose weight can have a dramatic impact, a study shows.

Women 'nearing equality with men - in alcohol consumption'

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:11:14 GMT

Women have caught up with men, at least when it comes to knocking back alcohol - a global study of drinking habits shows.

Baby Lynlee 'born twice' after life-saving tumour surgery

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:32:45 GMT

A baby girl is "born" twice in Texas after surgeons cut open her mother's womb to remove a tumour that threatened to stop her heart.

Teen hackers study considers link to addiction

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:25:36 GMT

A study for Europol suggests efforts to stop young people hacking could learn from anti-addiction efforts.

Doctors name treatments that bring little or no benefit

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:41:19 GMT

Senior doctors release a list of 40 treatments which they say bring little or no benefit to patients, to try to reduce unnecessary medical procedures.

Heading footballs 'affects memory'

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:20:00 GMT

Heading a football can significantly affect a player's brain function and memory for 24 hours, a study finds.

Doctors' leaders call for prescription drug helpline

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:26:40 GMT

Doctors' leaders are calling for the urgent introduction of a 24-hour helpline for prescription drug dependence.

Liverpool brain injury hospital rated 'outstanding'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:19:54 GMT

A specialist brain injury hospital in Liverpool is rated 'outstanding' by health inspectors from the Care Quality Commission.

Pharmacy plan 'could lead to High Street closures'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:54:32 GMT

Thousands of High Street pharmacies in England could face closure after ministers confirmed plans to alter the funding system and make cuts.

'Major failings' in DVLA medical fitness to drive cases

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:38:20 GMT

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is not making fair decisions about medical fitness-to-drive cases, a report suggests.

Teenager describes summer on 'terrifying' adult ward

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:35:39 GMT

A teenage girl with mental health problems describes her "terrifying" experience of being cared for on an adult ward.

An autistic boy who can't be touched has connected with a service dog

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:34:20 GMT

An autistic boy who can't be touched or hugged by anyone has connected with someone for the first time - his new service dog.

First 'Zika mosquito' eggs found in UK

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:30:11 GMT

The eggs of a mosquito capable of transmitting tropical diseases, including the Zika virus, are found for the first time in the UK.

Joshua Titcombe death: Midwife Lindsey Biggs struck off

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:20:37 GMT

A midwife whose failings contributed to the death of a baby boy in Cumbria is banned from practising.

Hair straighteners pose child burn risk

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:44:14 GMT

Ten-month-old Joshua is one of hundreds of children admitted to hospital each year after being burned by hair straighteners.

Welsh budget: Labour promises extra £240m for NHS

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:12:04 GMT

An extra £240m for the NHS is announced as Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford unveils Labour's spending plans.

Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:20:46 GMT

Milk from Tasmanian devils could offer up a useful weapon against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to Australian researchers.

Mother appeals for stem cells for dying daughter Ava Stark

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:28:22 GMT

A mother appeals for people to get tested for stem cell donation after her three-year-old daughter loses out on a life-saving transplant for the second time.

Ambulance patients face long A&E delays

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 02:01:02 GMT

Thousands of patients taken to hospital by ambulance face long delays before being seen by accident and emergency staff, figures for England show.

Sussex NHS mental health trust criticised over killings by patients

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:50:16 GMT

A mental health trust underestimated the risk posed by its patients and sometimes did not act on threats to harm others, a review of 10 killings finds.

Baby Lynlee 'born twice' after life-saving surgery

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:08:42 GMT

A baby girl is "born" twice after she is taken out of her mother's womb for 20 minutes for life-saving surgery.

'Robbed' of maternity leave with my premature son

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:33:54 GMT

Lauren Dunn, who gave birth to her son Henry early at 26 weeks, describes feeling "robbed" of her time at home with him.

Man who cut off own toes told he 'saved the foot'

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:36:05 GMT

Paul Dibbins cut off two toes when they went gangrenous and a hospital operation was cancelled.

'Ignoring diabetes left me with one leg'

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:50:58 GMT

Type 2 diabetes is responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation, other than accidents.

The shoe shop with a dark diabetes message

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:13:14 GMT

How did customers react when they uncovered the dark diabetes message hidden in a shoe shop?

The poem sending Shivers down spines

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:43:47 GMT

The Multiple Sclerosis poem sending Shivers down spines

Spanish woman Lina Alvarez gives birth at 62

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:17:30 GMT

Lina Alvarez has given birth at the age of 62. She spoke to waiting reporters outside the hospital in Lugo, Spain.

PIP breast implants: Campaigner welcomes patient register

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 08:54:32 GMT

PIP Action Campaigner Jan Spivey welcomes a register for patients with implants, but wants it extended.

Game of Thrones location seeking GP - via Twitter

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:33:27 GMT

With a chronic shortage of GPs in Northern Ireland's rural areas, the HSC is under pressure to attract doctors to the country.

Artwork depicts 21st century threats to health

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:31:57 GMT

A new piece of art commissioned by the Royal Society for Public Health reimagines William Hogarth's classic 1751 cartoon Gin Lane for the 21st Century.

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.

Blighted lives

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:37:55 GMT

The true cost of the diabetes epidemic facing the UK is lives blighted by years of disability.

A father's suffering

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:34:13 GMT

When Jack Davis and his partner Leanne lost their two baby sons through premature births, he wanted people to recognise his suffering as well as the mother's.

Saddest job?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 23:11:54 GMT

What is it like being a midwife specialising in baby deaths?

In search of a cure

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:42:49 GMT

BBC Radio 5 live finds out how patients fare when they go abroad in search on pioneering cancer treatments.

Bad blood

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:15:19 GMT

When Brryan Jackson's father injected his infant son with HIV-infected blood, he hoped he'd never see him grow up. More than two decades later, he's full of life and hope for the future.

Itchy business

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:14:58 GMT

A growing number of head lice removal firms have set up in recent years as a response to the fact that the insects are increasingly resistant to over-the-counter chemical treatments.

Severe symptoms

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 01:18:04 GMT

Some experts believe "extreme" side-effects of antidepressants are more common than was previously thought. Some users say the tablets have made them suicidal.

Sussex deaths

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:25:42 GMT

The families of two people killed by mental health patients tell their story.

Shaken baby

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:49:20 GMT

A doctor who disputed the existence of shaken baby syndrome says she was struck off because her views challenged the establishment, as Newsnight's John Sweeney explains.

'Allergic to water'

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:59:16 GMT

Cases of allergy to water are very rare - but several people came forward to share their experience after the condition was discussed on the Jeremy Vine Show.

Baby loss taboo

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:28:15 GMT

As parliament debates baby loss for the first time, parents tell the BBC their stories and urge an end to the taboos surrounding second trimester loss, stillbirth and neonatal death.

Battling bulimia

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 01:42:21 GMT

As a YMCA report finds one in three young people with mental health difficulties experience stigma, Connie Free reveals how friends did not believe she was ill when she suffering from an eating disorder.

Millions wasted?

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:16:51 GMT

Nick Triggle answers a reader's question on why the NHS continues to fund homeopathy in the UK.