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What does NHS compensation pay for?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:13:57 GMT

The Hord family were given an £8m settlement after an NHS mistake. But what does it pay for?

What 'Beads of Courage' mean to young cancer patients

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:22:28 GMT

Children undergoing cancer treatment receive beads to document their journey and one mum wants to expand the scheme.

UK sends medics to halt Rohingya diphtheria outbreak

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:52:49 GMT

There have been 4,000 suspected cases of diphtheria in the overcrowded refugee camps and at least 31 deaths.

Weston's tribute to 'remarkable' Falklands surgeon

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:23:41 GMT

The Falkands veteran says Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly saved his life and transformed field medicine.

'Floating on air' after surgeons remove 19kg tumour

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:44:40 GMT

Watch surgeons as they remove a 19.5kg tumour from a woman's body.

Living with Alzheimer's at the age of 30

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:27:32 GMT

"I'm not going to get better, I'm just going to get worse," says Daniel Bradbury.

The 3,000-mile trip for mental health

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:55 GMT

Jake Tyler began his epic expedition after suffering a "breakdown" in April 2016.

Magician Dynamo surprises Hampshire youth club

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 01:21:26 GMT

The world famous magician performs tricks at a youth club and offers its members some advice.

Gig Buddies helps people with learning difficulties to go out

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 01:17:25 GMT

A charity pairs people with learning difficulties, who feel daunted by going to gigs, with volunteers.

Painting over loneliness - how art can beat the blues

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:20:59 GMT

A Singapore artist has taken to painting murals across the city to help alleviate her loneliness.

Sister shares graveside photo to encourage smear tests

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:29:53 GMT

A cancer victim's sister has shared a graveside picture to highlight the importance of smear tests.

'Raw water': A dangerous new health craze?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:19:54 GMT

Start-ups in the US are charging up to £4 per litre of untreated spring water.

Bath hospital's giggle doctor making children smile

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:42:26 GMT

Dr Ding Dong entertains children in Bath's Royal United Hospital.

Double amputee teen racing driver makes comeback

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 02:08:07 GMT

Having his legs amputated below the knee hasn't stopped Billy Monger getting back in the driving seat.

The 76-year-old bodybuilder who can still do the splits

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:56:05 GMT

A 76-year-old who once competed against Arnold Schwarzenegger in Mr Universe says he is now fitter than the Hollywood superstar.

Male suicide: The sisters fighting for their dad

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:27:08 GMT

Emma and Toni on the five letters that could save another man like their dad.

'I love my scars'

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:19:10 GMT

Women bare their scars and the stories behind them for a photography series.

Fighting ovarian cancer as a student

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:01:03 GMT

A student who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her first year of university has created videos and animations to help other young people through illness.

Danielle Lloyd on why she's choosing the sex of her next child

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:37:50 GMT

Danielle Lloyd has told BBC 5 live she wants to pick the sex of her next child.

'10-dummy trick' to help baby sleep a social media hit

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 06:08:59 GMT

How an Essex couple used the "10-dummy trick" to help their daughter sleep.

Teenagers turn to wrestling to help with mental health

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 13:53:41 GMT

Gym staff say wrestling has helped teenagers with a range of conditions to better manage their symptoms.

The teenager whose skin blisters at the slightest touch

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:59:45 GMT

Moin Younis goes through an excruciating skin care routine each day, that can last up to six hours.

'Game changer' cancer treatment centre coming to UK

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 10:52:10 GMT

The first high-energy proton beam therapy centre run by the NHS is soon to open in Manchester.

The world's most obese man's attempt to lose weight

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 01:45:42 GMT

Juan Pedro Franco was declared the heaviest man alive in 2017, but he has lost weight since.

NHS ambulance A&E delays: Patient's hospital wait filmed

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:15:19 GMT

Two relatives tell us about their experiences both inside and outside A&E departments this winter.

Theresa May sorry for NHS difficulties

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:18:46 GMT

The Prime Minster says she knows hospital problems are "disappointing" and "frustrating" for people.

Five secrets of a well-run A&E department

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:48:59 GMT

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

What a woman with a bionic hand can feel

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 18:33:45 GMT

Scientists have unveiled the first bionic hand with a sense of touch that can be worn outside the laboratory.

'I'll be back' vows broken-back surfer

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 10:47:53 GMT

Devon surfer Andrew Cotton vows to return to the water despite breaking his back trying to ride 'the perfect wave' .

How to make your lunchboxes healthier

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 23:11:14 GMT

Parents are being urged to provide healthier snacks to children but which snacks are the most calorific?

Health headlines in 2018

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:09:16 GMT

The BBC's global health correspondent Tulip Mazumdar tells us what health stories to expect in 2018.

Fundraising Derbyshire women share cancer stories

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 00:28:20 GMT

The women - who have all battled against cancer - are raising money for two charitable causes.

Crohn's 'felt like I'd eaten knives'

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:22:04 GMT

Chris Barker hasn't let a diagnosis of Crohn's disease stop him from becoming a personal trainer.

Mental health: 'I restrained my son from killing himself'

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 07:03:42 GMT

A mother describes the affect her 12-year-old son trying to kill himself had on her own mental health.

Mitochondrial disease: Death of boy 'has to be for something'

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 00:55:04 GMT

Parents of a three-year-old who died from a rare illness said they want to "learn" from his death.

The little girl who got toilet roll igloo for Christmas

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:08:41 GMT

All Maggie wanted for Christmas was toilet roll to play with, so her family got creative.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Woman starts hospital navigation website

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 00:09:29 GMT

A woman starts a website to help disabled people navigate hospitals and flag up their facilities.

MOBO choir sings for sickle cell disease

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 00:13:48 GMT

Singers with sickle cell disease take over London St Pancras.

Miniature donkeys visit care home to spread Christmas cheer

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 00:27:49 GMT

Christmas came early for these care home residents when they were visited by two little donkeys.

Premature twin boys home for Christmas after 20-week hospital stay

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 13:08:36 GMT

Twins who were born more than three months early have finally made it home.

Kaci Sullivan: 'I gave birth as both genders'

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:01:45 GMT

Kaci Sullivan's second child came after he began to transition and start living as a man.

Can a mobile device get the better of malaria?

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:22:51 GMT

An Oxford firm has developed a device to sequence the genome of malaria parasites to help doctors detect the strain they're dealing with.

Son saves Dad thanks to CPR news item

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:40:28 GMT

Neil Seviour managed to save his father's life after performing CPR he'd seen demonstrated on TV.

Frozen embryo record parents on 'miracle' baby

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:48:14 GMT

Tina Gibson's daughter was born from an embryo that had been frozen for nearly 25 years.

Eating disorder care in Northern Ireland under review

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 18:00:34 GMT

Patients battling eating disorders in Northern Ireland often have to leave the country for treatment.

Superagers: Could drugs help defy the ageing process?

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 18:00:41 GMT

How scientists are working to keep us healthier, for longer.

Gifts for babies spending Christmas in hospital

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:09:15 GMT

A couple whose son spent his first Christmas in hospital are giving presents to premature babies.

Surviving period poverty with 'socks and tissue'

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 22:20:46 GMT

A Scottish government pilot project is helping women who can't afford sanitary products.

The mothers sharing breast milk on Facebook

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:16:38 GMT

The Department of Health is coming under pressure to issue more guidance on the practice.

Approaching 100: Secrets of the 'superagers'

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 18:32:55 GMT

People over the age of 80 give their take on how to age the right way.

Mum urges parents to talk about suicide

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 23:15:57 GMT

More children and young people are calling helplines about suicidal feelings, charities say.

Firefighter saves daughter's life

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:37:22 GMT

Firefighter Alex Hume gave his daughter a kidney, after years of being deemed incompatible.

Bristol grandmother writing to beat Parkinson's stigma

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:54:18 GMT

When Dawn May was diagnosed with the disease she wanted to teach her new grandson about it.

What does it take to be a sprinter at 84?

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:09:38 GMT

Irene Obera, 84, is one of a growing number of so-called 'superagers', who are living long and healthy lives.

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.

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.

Hannah Witton: 'Why doesn't anyone wear condoms on TV?'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:01:58 GMT

Sex vlogger Hannah Witton asks why there isn't more safe sex on TV and whether it matters.

Baby Max spends first year in Southampton hospital

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:16:59 GMT

Max Olivares has a rare heart and lung condition, which requires a complex transplant operation.

'That's where the babies are suffering'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:31:57 GMT

Are campaigners standing outside abortion centres harassing women?

Vaccination plea after Halesworth boy's meningitis death

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:14:29 GMT

The parents of a boy, six, who died from meningitis B have called on all children to be vaccinated.

'Pimp My Zimmer' reduces falls

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:00:52 GMT

Care home residents in Wales have been decorating their Zimmer frames to make them more identifiable.

Mum campaigns for disabled toilets with selfies on the loo

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:13:44 GMT

A mum is taking photos of herself on the loo to campaign for disabled toilet facilities.

Dying mother starts petition to lower age of breast screening

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:59:27 GMT

A mother dying from breast cancer has set up a campaign to expand a screening programme.

Anorexic student Averil Hart 'let down' by NHS

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:36:11 GMT

University student Averil Hart's family said she starved herself to death in 10 weeks.

'I went from a screaming room of people to deadly silence'

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:44:51 GMT

Mother-of-two Hannah Freimanis suffered flashbacks after the traumatic birth of her first son, Marleigh.

Mental health: 'I was offered help two years later'

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 15:04:03 GMT

George Hodgson tells the BBC he sought treatment for his mental illness, but faced a long wait.

Completely blind backpacker travelling around the world

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 00:07:48 GMT

Mr Giles’s first solo trip was to New Orleans in 2000 - he has now visited more than 120 countries.

Migraine is 'not just a headache'

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 08:41:57 GMT

Tania suffers from extreme migraines that cause vomiting. A new treatment could ease that.

'We aim to hit the charts'

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:30:16 GMT

Pete Hirst has bipolar disorder and was sectioned after a spell of psychosis.

The autistic dance group body popping in Europe

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:38:21 GMT

Autism With Attitude (AWA) will be representing the UK at next year's European dance championships in Germany.

'How I became a dad despite having HIV'

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:21:10 GMT

A gynaecologist from Brighton was the first doctor in the UK to enable a HIV-positive man to conceive a child who was HIV-free.

How I beat type 2 diabetes with a liquid diet

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:45:46 GMT

Isobel took part in an intensive weight loss programme to reverse her type 2 diabetes