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Non-O blood group 'linked to higher heart attack risk'

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:37:01 GMT

It may be because of higher levels of a blood-clotting protein in A, B and AB blood groups.

Smartphone 'orders' body to treat diabetes

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:08:18 GMT

A fusion of biology and technology is an "exciting glimpse" of medicine's future, scientists say.

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson case: 'Hundreds' of other victims

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 08:51:22 GMT

Surgeon Ian Paterson was convicted of intentionally wounding patients with unnecessary operations.

Cancer Drugs Fund 'huge waste of money'

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:12:38 GMT

Politicians and experts are criticised over the fund, which cost £1.27bn and may have harmed patients.

Postpartum haemorrhage: Cheap lifesaver 'cuts deaths by a third'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:46:00 GMT

A drug to stop bleeding after giving birth could cut deaths by a third, research suggests.

Test may spot glaucoma before symptoms begin, study says

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:54:59 GMT

A simple eye test could lead to earlier detection of a condition causing irreversible sight loss.

Plain tobacco packaging 'may cut smokers by 300,000 in UK'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:59:24 GMT

A study review gives its best estimate of how standard packs could impact on smoking.

'Exciting' blood test spots cancer a year early

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:42 GMT

The discovery allows doctors to detect returning tumours earlier and increases chances of a cure.

General election 2017: Labour promises pay rises for NHS staff

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:22:37 GMT

The party says it wants to tackle workforce shortages that it says are risking patient safety.

Air pollution: 'Heart disease link found'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:02:52 GMT

Extremely small particles of air pollution have the potential to end up in the body, a study suggests.

Alcohol binge can upset heart's rhythm, say researchers

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:08:09 GMT

Researchers studied the impact in volunteers visiting the Munich Oktoberfest.

Councils and health boards dispute £250m care costs

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:45:14 GMT

Law lords must decide who pays for nurses delivering social care in residential homes.

NHS contaminated blood was 'criminal cover-up' - Burnham

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:40:53 GMT

Former Health Secretary Andy Burnham calls for a "Hillsborough-style inquiry" into the claims.

Premature lambs kept alive in 'plastic bag' womb

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:14:58 GMT

Scientists were able to keep premature lambs alive for a month using an artificial "plastic bag" womb.

Mental health care cuts in England 'to total £4.5m'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:24:48 GMT

Data from 127 clinical commissioning groups also suggests total spending will rise by 4.15% in 2017/18.

Exercise 'keeps the mind sharp' in over-50s, study finds

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:14 GMT

The brain is fed with more oxygen and nutrients, boosting thinking and memory skills.

Welsh patient waits four years to leave hospital

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:03:09 GMT

The patient was declared fit for discharge more than 1,300 days ago, but has not left hospital.

Malaria: Kenya, Ghana and Malawi get first vaccine

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:02:09 GMT

It should prevent four in 10 cases of the disease, but it is the first "real world" trial.

Derby button battery girl Kacie Barradell home after ordeal

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:49:17 GMT

Kacie Barradell had the battery removed in hospital after it caused serious internal damage.

Shrewsbury trust warned over baby heart monitoring in 2007

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:13:42 GMT

Since then, failures to monitor foetal heart rates have contributed to the deaths of five babies.

Brain Tumour Charity cautious about Italy mobile phone ruling

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:39:59 GMT

Charity urges caution after a ruling in Italy about mobile phone use and brain tumour growth.

Shops agree to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:12:20 GMT

The NHS in England wants to reduce sugar intake by patients and staff to reduce health problems.

Tennant and Colman support selfie mental health campaign

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:53:22 GMT

The stars of Broadchurch are among celebrities posting selfies to support a mental health initiative.

Global plan to wipe out hepatitis

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:32:04 GMT

Viral hepatitis is killing almost as many people worldwide as HIV and TB, says the World Health Organization.

Motherhood in the time of Zika

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:06:36 GMT

Katie Falkenberg's photo feature on mothers caring for children damaged by the Zika virus in Brazil was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2017.

Schoolboy given goggles to regain sight

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:07:28 GMT

Charlie, now eight, started losing his sight aged four, and has only been able to see close up until now.

Three vloggers talk directly to their mental illnesses.

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:46:03 GMT

Three vloggers are speaking directly to their mental illnesses.

Debbie Douglas on her breast surgeon Ian Paterson

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:01:23 GMT

Debbie Douglas speaks about surgeon Ian Paterson, who's guilty of intentionally wounding patients.

Poorna Bell on the addiction and suicide of her husband

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:56:00 GMT

Poorna Bell explains how her husband took his own life after a secret battle with heroin addiction

Cheap and accessible drug tackles death in childbirth

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:57:25 GMT

New research shows promising results for cutting the risk of women bleeding to death in childbirth.

Anne-Marie Slaughter: A year's maternity leave is too long for mothers

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:11:05 GMT

Former Hillary Clinton advisor Anne-Marie Slaughter clarifies why she thinks a year of maternity leave is too long for working mothers.

Inside a neonatal intensive care unit

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:51:08 GMT

What does it take to care for the sickest premature babies? 5 live takes a look inside the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Burnley General hospital.

The gym class where nodding off is the new working out

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:48:17 GMT

The health clubs offering exhausted parents the chance to sleep for 45 minutes.

Britain's Got Talent 2008 winner George Sampson has had a hair transplant

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:38:22 GMT

The dancer says head spinning is partly behind his hair loss.

Reality Check: How much will Labour's NHS plans cost?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:01:53 GMT

Reality Check looks at how much aspects of Labour's NHS proposals could cost.

'I don't feel blessed'

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:09:46 GMT

Parents of disabled children are often positive about the situation - but one mother says her children's autism has left her with "dark thoughts".

The worst scenario

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:06:01 GMT

Molly Watt was born severely deaf but as a teenager discovered she was going blind too.

Marathon pact

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:01:16 GMT

Jonny Benjamin says running with the man who stopped him jumping from a bridge was ‘emotional’.

At a loss

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:57:48 GMT

Survivors say the pain of bereavement can easily push people into mental illness without proper support.

Superwoman Serena

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:49:06 GMT

Most women struggle to get out of bed when eight weeks' pregnant. How did Serena win a Grand Slam title?

Overnight acne

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:04:30 GMT

When Judith Donald developed acne suddenly at the age of 23 it really knocked her confidence.

Clean eating

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:29:21 GMT

The plant-based diet, beloved by celebrities, has got the experts worried.