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Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:34:01 GMT

Scientists say it could be the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative diseases for 50 years.

Paying mothers incentivises breastfeeding, study finds

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:02:25 GMT

More than 10,000 new mums were offered up to £200 in shopping vouchers as encouragement to breastfeed.

Londoners given GP access over weekends and evenings

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:44:01 GMT

An extra 75,000 appointments are available across the capital each month.

Mesh risks not passed on to doctors

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:07:10 GMT

A major medical company failed to tell doctors the full extent of some of the risks posed by mesh implants.

Major NHS trust put in special measures

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:28:11 GMT

Health regulator NHS Improvement announces the step after trust chairman, Lord Kerslake, resigns.

Lactalis baby milk in global recall over salmonella fears

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:34:40 GMT

Britain and China are among the countries affected by the recall of baby milk formula products.

Vaginal mesh ban 'a retrograde step', surgeons say

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:05:44 GMT

Many women benefit from the use of vaginal mesh and they should have a choice, surgeons say.

Report recommends social care packages are means-tested

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:11:09 GMT

It also says the social care workforce is "exploited" and should be paid the living wage.

Anorexic student Averil Hart 'failed by every NHS body'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:03:38 GMT

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

Teachers call for ban on energy drinks in schools

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:02:58 GMT

A teaching union compares energy drinks to “legal highs” and says pupils are consuming them in “excessive quantities.”

Mental health: Jeremy Hunt says the NHS needs to 'be better' at dealing with crisis patients

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:58:32 GMT

The health secretary says the NHS needs to be better at dealing with mental health crisis cases.

Call for lung health screening in top football clubs

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:04:27 GMT

Three in 10 elite footballers may be affected by exercise-induced asthma, a study has found.

Top five celeb diets to avoid in 2018, according to dieticians

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:13:15 GMT

The British Dietetic Association says: "If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is".

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.

How giraffes helped Poppy Campbell find her voice

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:26:55 GMT

An encounter with giraffes at a safari park broke months of silence from Poppy Campbell.

Colorado police start 'cuddle club' for colleague's baby

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:23:03 GMT

When a police officer's baby was born prematurely, colleagues formed a "cuddle club" to comfort him.

What will medicine be able to do with hearts?

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 01:09:11 GMT

Heart transplantation has become a routine surgical operation, but the future promises equally amazing progress.

Why is it so difficult to discover new antibiotics?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:18:28 GMT

Over-reliance on and misuse of antibiotics has raised fears of a future without effective medicines.

Share of European Union staff leaving NHS rises following Brexit

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:25 GMT

Experts say job security and a fall in the value of the pound are behind the trend.

Baby loss

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:10:14 GMT

It is hoped the exhibition will help break the silence around stillbirth and miscarriage.

'£1 saved my life and found me love'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:40:59 GMT

Two young stroke survivors meet by chance and fall in love.

A mother's loneliness

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 06:49:32 GMT

When Lauren Thomas, 19, became a mother, she found the experience incredibly lonely.

'Like hot knives' inside

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:28:39 GMT

Jaimee Rae McCormack says her symptoms prompted diagnoses from hypochondria to food poisoning.

'People with schizophrenia aren't all dangerous'

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 01:26:13 GMT

Alice, a married 26-year-old mother-of-two, has schizophrenia and is fed up of being portrayed as dangerous because of her condition.

Lethal adrenaline rush

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:33:29 GMT

Frank has a heart condition that means a sudden rush of adrenaline could kill him.

My brain 'exploded'

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 00:23:12 GMT

A brutal attack changed Colin Robertson's life and he is now helping brain injury victims.

Cycle of pain

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:06:05 GMT

The pain of endometriosis has plagued Carrie-Mae Macmillan for most of her life.

Check the key targets in your area

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:53:06 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.