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Lucy Pasha-Robinson was given an induced menopause at 25

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:02:57 GMT

Journalist Lucy Pasha-Robinson suffered with endometriosis, a disease where cells like those in the womb appear elsewhere in a woman's body.

Vomiting bug 'at high level this winter'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:52:38 GMT

The number of people falling ill with the vomiting bug norovirus in England this winter is at higher than average levels.

Self-harm hospital admissions of children show 'frightening rise'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:01:23 GMT

Self-harming was a massive release for Sophie but she ended up in hospital, like thousands of other children in England and Wales.

Baby boomers should 'stay in work to keep healthy'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:48:28 GMT

People aged between 50 and 70 should keep working to stay healthier for longer, England's chief medical officer says.

Children's online junk food ads banned by industry

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:08:44 GMT

Online ads for food and soft drinks high in fat, salt or sugar aimed at children are to be limited.

Some psychosis cases an 'immune disorder'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:06:46 GMT

Some patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may have a treatable immune disorder, a study suggests.

Midwife units see one in four mums transferred to consultants

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:14:53 GMT

One in four women are transferred from midwife-led units to consultants after facing complications when giving birth, a BBC investigation finds.

Optimistic women 'cut risk of deadly diseases'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:29:21 GMT

Women who look on the bright side of life cut their risk of many deadly diseases, according to a study.

US life expectancy declines for first time in 20 years

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:37:15 GMT

Heart disease and dementia deaths contribute to the first drop in US life expectancy for 20 years.

'Flashing light therapy' for Alzheimer's

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:59:15 GMT

A flashing light therapy might help ward off Alzheimer’s, say scientists after successful trials in mice.

Flu outbreak closes Stockport high school for five days

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:21:49 GMT

A flu outbreak closes a school for five days after almost a third of pupils and members of staff were struck by the virus.

'Deeply worrying' waits for hospital beds

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:11:36 GMT

The number of patients in England waiting four hours for a bed on a ward is up almost five-fold since 2011.

India doctor to operate on '500kg' Egyptian woman

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:05:56 GMT

An Egyptian woman, said to weigh 500kg, is to be airlifted to India for weight reduction surgery.

Cambridge neonatal nurse retires after 50 years of service

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:12:45 GMT

A neonatal nurse who has dedicated 50 years of her life to caring for thousands of newborn babies has said "it's time to retire".

Woman gives birth to grandson for her daughter

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:07:37 GMT

A woman has given birth to her own grandchild by having a surrogate baby for her daughter.

Pfizer fined record £84.2m for overcharging NHS

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:12:47 GMT

Drugs giant Pfizer has been fined a record £84.2m by the regulator for overcharging the NHS.

Australian court approves intersex child's surgery

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:47:20 GMT

A five-year-old child born genetically male will grow up as a sterilised female after a court ruling.

Caesarean sections 'affect human evolution'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:17:25 GMT

The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists.

Pubic hair grooming 'STI risk linked to skin tears'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:58:12 GMT

People who regularly trim or remove all their pubic hair are at greater risk of STIs, research suggests.

'Exercise boosts men's sperm count'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:34:14 GMT

Doing half an hour of exercise three times a week may boost men's sperm count, scientists have found.

'Overworked' pharmacist 'gave woman wrong pills'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:54:40 GMT

An 'overworked' pharmacist gave out the wrong pills to a grandmother who later died, a court hears.

UK pushes ahead with sugar tax

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:49:25 GMT

The UK government publishes draft legislation for a tax on sugary drinks to begin from April 2018.

Margaret and Angus Mayer's family raise dementia care concerns

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:25:08 GMT

A family criticises social services following the deaths of an elderly couple, saying their father struggled to care for their mother with Alzheimer's.

HIV 'game-changer' now on NHS

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:39:23 GMT

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

Rochdale woman, 102, has life-saving cancer surgery

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:31:56 GMT

A great-grandmother has life-saving cancer surgery - at the age of 102, and without a general anaesthetic.

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.

BMA calls for complete ban on smoking in vehicles

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:32:13 GMT

The Scottish government should ban smoking in vehicles completely, according to the British Medical Association.

Man persuaded to get cancer test at MoT

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:49:07 GMT

Thomas was diagnosed with prostate cancer after Errol McKellar - mechanic and cancer survivor - persuaded him to get a test during a visit to his garage.

Two women's different stories of fat shaming

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:04:51 GMT

One woman tells the BBC's World Have Your Say how fat shaming helped her to change her lifestyle, while another said abuse made her suicidal.

Reluctantly casting doubt on 'life-saving' stoves

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:02:09 GMT

Research casts doubt on a global mission to use cleaner-burning stoves, to prevent pollution-induced illness in the world's poorest children.

Bucket list student Matt Greenwood 'overwhelmed by support'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:51:11 GMT

A 21-year-old bone cancer patient says he's been overwhelmed by the support of friends who've raised more than £56,000 to help him achieve his bucket list.

'It's lovely to find out about their lives'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:03:28 GMT

A young care home worker describes the positive side of her role.

Kenya strike: Patient's brother says strike is "inhumane"

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:52:35 GMT

The brother of a patient in a Kenyan hospital tells the BBC's World Have Your Say he thinks the doctors' strike over pay is "inhumane".

Pill could reduce HIV risk by 86%

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:27:47 GMT

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

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.

'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.

Platypus venom paves way to possible diabetes treatment

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:30:01 GMT

Australian researchers say platypus venom could pave the way for new type 2 diabetes treatments.

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.

Natural vs Caesarean

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:42:01 GMT

A look at the factors involved in how a woman will give birth.

Numbers game

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:18:45 GMT

For a second day, Paris is cutting car numbers according to odd or even licence plates. Do such schemes work?

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.

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.