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'World's worst' super-gonorrhoea man cured

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:56:15 GMT

The patient had a lucky escape say doctors, but now two more cases have been discovered.

London Marathon: How to run in the heat

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:19:48 GMT

This London Marathon may break the record for the hottest yet, so how do you run in the heat?

Scientists discover mechanism behind motor neurone disease

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:48:30 GMT

An international team found that a protein causes brain cells to die when it is stuck in the jelly phase.

Alfie Evans case: Supreme Court rules against parents for second time

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:46:25 GMT

The court has also refused permission for the parents of the terminally ill toddler to appeal.

Bedford Hospital nurse struck off for 'squeezing' patient's breasts

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:41:26 GMT

Gbadebo Olasunkanmi Alabi said "Everything on your body is perfect" to the patient.

Medic suspended over Tipton mother's sepsis death

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:42:45 GMT

An internal investigation will take place at Russells Hall Hospital after Natalie Billingham's death

Ex-MP Tessa Jowell first to donate data to medical database

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:17:36 GMT

Former Culture Secretary Baroness Tessa Jowell hopes better cancer treatments can be developed.

Skin implant could help warn of cancer, scientists say

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:40:17 GMT

It works by detecting elevated levels of calcium in the blood linked to some cancers.

Being a patient 'a full-time job'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:00:23 GMT

Rising numbers of people have multiple health conditions, leading to endless appointments and check-ups.

Bajau people 'evolved bigger spleens' for free-diving

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:49:14 GMT

In an example of human natural selection, Asia's Bajau people have evolved bigger spleens for diving.

Thalassaemia gene therapy trial shows 'encouraging' results

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:23:08 GMT

The treatment meant some patients stopped needing blood transfusions altogether.

Hospitals recruit managers faster than doctors and nurses

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:40:48 GMT

Three quarters of NHS hospital trusts are employing more managers than they did five years ago.

Mental health patients want immediate diagnosis, says report

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:26:52 GMT

Research suggests patients would prefer to be told their diagnosis face-to-face.

Hans Asperger 'collaborated with Nazis' in WWII

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:59:30 GMT

A medical journal suggests the renowned autism paediatrician was a Nazi collaborator.

'My teacher saved me from suicide'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:10:17 GMT

Now 26, Hati Sparey-South is herself training as a teacher, determined to help today's pupils.

Keeping livers 'alive' boosts transplant success, trial finds

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:59:29 GMT

The alternative to ice involves pumping livers with blood, nutrients and medicines while in a machine.

Migraine: New drug works when others fail, researchers say

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:12:04 GMT

The monthly injection could be approved for NHS use by next year, experts hope.

Alfie Dingley's family apply for licence for medical cannabis

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:52:27 GMT

Alfie Dingley's family want him to use cannabis oil, which is illegal in the UK, to treat his epilepsy.

Malaria experts fear disease's resurgence

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:02:33 GMT

For the first time in 10 years, global malaria cases are no longer falling, and experts are worried.

Alfie Evans: Father begs Pope Francis to 'save our son'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:49:04 GMT

Tom Evans is asking the Pope to intervene in the legal battle about ending his son's life support.

NHS ransomware attack response criticised

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:53:25 GMT

MPs say it is "alarming" plans to improve cyber-security after the Wannacry attack have not been agreed.

Scotland's highest paid doctors mainly men

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:30:46 GMT

BBC research finds just 15 out of 100 of the highest paid senior doctors in Scotland are women.

Jérôme Hamon: Frenchman gets 'third face' in new transplant

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:33:00 GMT

Jérôme Hamon is the first patient to have two facial transplants and says he is doing well.

Russells Hall Hospital: Patient treated after 'inspectors intervene'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:15:06 GMT

Health inspectors on a visit to Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley had to intervene "as a matter of urgency".

Top tips on getting through hot weather with hay fever

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:17:37 GMT

With the temperature rising, here are our top tips in reducing your hay fever-induced tears.

'I lost legs and part of my face after a dog scratch'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:21:41 GMT

Dr Jaco Nel lost both his legs and all of the fingers on one hand after contracting sepsis.

Muscular dystrophy doesn't stop Adam living life to the full

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:45:07 GMT

Adam has a rare muscle-wasting disorder, but he isn't letting that stop him enjoying life.

Corrie actor: 'Amazing response’ to OCD storyline

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:38:13 GMT

Actor Colson Smith hopes the show has done its bit to help raise awareness.

'Theme park therapy' helps son to come alive, says mum

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:06:41 GMT

Robbie has the mental age of a two-year-old and is normally quiet and withdrawn.

Childhood dementia: Boy fronts Tube station poster campaign

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:17:54 GMT

George has a rare form of childhood dementia called Batten Disease.

Marathon runner describes how the sport saved her life

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:06:59 GMT

Lynsey Kelly is running the London Marathon to raise money for mental health after suffering PTSD.

First double face transplant patient 'well' in France

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:12:55 GMT

The first person in the world to receive two facial transplants is recovering in a Paris hospital.

Disability-led ensemble to play BBC Proms

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:19:48 GMT

The Resound ensemble will be the first disability-led group to play the BBC's music festival.

European women twice as likely to be blonde as men, study says

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:03:08 GMT

Women from European descent are twice as likely to be naturally blonde as men, a new study suggests.

Sugar tax: Will paying more for fizzy drinks and alcohol make us healthier?

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:35:23 GMT

The price of some unhealthy drinks is about to go up - in the hope that we will make "better" choices.

India's Gorakhpur hospital: The night the children died

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 00:38:24 GMT

Did lack of oxygen really cause the deaths of 30 children in one night at an Indian hospital?

'Malaria killed my daughter, I'm protecting others now'

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:13:53 GMT

Senegal is on track to be declared malaria-free by 2030.

Breastfeeding: Abergavenny mums share nursing images online

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:34:20 GMT

The images are intended to start conversations about the difficulties nursing mothers can face.

How 'ninja polymers' are fighting killer superbugs

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:33:51 GMT

Is the fusion of biology and technology speeding us towards a synthetic future?

Good bacteria: Why I put my poo in the post

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 23:53:02 GMT

How analysing faeces could unlock the secrets of good health.

Why do people enjoy taking part in chilli-eating contests?

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:08:13 GMT

Chilli-eating competitions are proving popular in the UK, despite potential risks.

The doctor who really feels his patients' pain

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 23:41:07 GMT

For Dr Joel Salinas, music creates colours, numbers have personalities and another person's pain feels almost like his own.

How Amsterdam is reducing child obesity

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 08:45:44 GMT

Rising rates of childhood obesity are a global problem - but in Amsterdam they are falling.

Check the key targets in your area

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:54:46 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.