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Life expectancy to break 90 barrier by 2030

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:08 GMT

Women in South Korea will be the first in the world to live an average of 90 years.

Hospital cuts planned in most of England

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:02:48 GMT

Hospital services in nearly two-thirds of England could be cut or scaled back, BBC analysis shows.

Brain scans 'may spot teen drug problems'

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:05:16 GMT

Brain scans may help predict which teenagers go on to develop drug problems, a study suggests.

Testosterone replacement for men 'trade-off with risks'

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:40:16 GMT

In those deficient, the therapy may improve bone health, but at what cost?

Snail venom compound 'offers chronic pain therapy'

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:09:00 GMT

It could open the door to a new type of medicine for preventing and treating pain.

10,000 steps a day is a meaningless fitness goal, says science

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:28:36 GMT

A scientist in the US thinks fitness apps could be "doing more harm than good".

Children's hospital is first to be rated 'outstanding'

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:27:53 GMT

Birmingham Children's Hospital, criticised for failings eight years ago, now declared "outstanding" by inspectors.

Facebook investigates fake cancer child post

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:15:19 GMT

A mother seeks to make Facebook block an account that posted images falsely claiming her son had cancer.

Risky treatment can stop multiple sclerosis for years

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:08:35 GMT

Doctors say only some patients will be suitable to try it, being so high risk.

Macmillan warns of cancer 'survival gap' in Scotland

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:11:59 GMT

A cancer survival gap is growing between people living in the most and least deprived parts of Scotland, a charity warns.

Winter pressure 'busts NHS budget'

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:51:16 GMT

A deficit of £900m has been racked up by NHS trusts as they struggle to cope during the 'challenging winter'.

Council tax to rise while services cut, says LGA

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:14:38 GMT

Bin collections and libraries could be among services cut, despite council tax rises of up to 4.99%.

What future for E numbers after Brexit?

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:28:22 GMT

How Brexit might create complications for the way food in the UK is labelled.

Is this snail the next medical breakthrough?

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:09:38 GMT

The Conus regius is a species of cone snail that paralyses its prey with venom.

Inside the first children's hospital to get top marks

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:05:30 GMT

This Birmingham hospital is the first of its kind to get top marks from inspectors.

The meerkats helping disabled people

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:19:14 GMT

The therapy comes from watching the meerkats play and interact with each other in their playpen

The man championing wheelchair tourism in Brazil

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:18:40 GMT

Brazilian Ricardo Shimosakai is a tourist agent who specialises in finding holiday packages for people with mobility issues.

Fearne Cotton talks about her struggle with depression

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:03:44 GMT

The TV and radio host has written a personal book on coping with depression.

Breast cancer diagnosed after breastfeeding problem

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:04:10 GMT

When her baby boy stopped breastfeeding, Sarah Boyle insisted on a hospital scan.

David Baddiel on impact of dad's dementia

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:49:38 GMT

Comedian David Baddiel has made a documentary about the impact of his father's rare form of dementia.

Is positive thinking making us depressed?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:21:21 GMT

We should not 'sugar-coat' the negative aspects of life, says author Svend Brinkmann

Staffordshire mother says breastfed son ‘spotted cancer’

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:27:33 GMT

Teddy was "very distressed" and pushed his mother away when she tried to feed him.

Completely 'locked-in' patients can communicate

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 11:39:11 GMT

Patients with no control over their body answer questions as a computer interprets brain signals.

Speeding up the search for life-saving medicines

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:08:28 GMT

How cloud computing is speeding up the development of potentially life-saving drugs.

NHS Health Check: How Germany's healthcare system works

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:12:04 GMT

Branwen Jeffreys asks if more spending on healthcare in Germany improves the system.

Reality Check: Who gets social care and who pays for it?

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:18:23 GMT

With rising demand and shrinking budgets, who is receiving social care from the state?

What can be done to tackle excessive crying?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:16:59 GMT

The crying of babies with colic may be reduced with acupuncture, according to controversial new research from Sweden.

Jeepers Creepers

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:59:35 GMT

After the actress ate a spider's leg, we look at whether the UK should embrace eating insects.

'Say the big words'

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:15:04 GMT

Families describe the moment they shared the news that no-one wants to hear

Warning signs

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 01:03:34 GMT

Every year in the UK, 3,000 people's sight is damaged by a condition called giant cell arteritis. Dr Saleyah Ahsan explains what to look out for.

Kitchen sync

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:17:17 GMT

Meet David, the blind cook and his autistic helper Peter

Nursing toddlers

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:35:44 GMT

Should nursing a toddler be controversial? Mothers share their experiences of breastfeeding for longer.

Back in control

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 01:34:51 GMT

How I overcame anorexia and what to look for if you're worried someone you know has an eating disorder

Grain of truth

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 01:14:46 GMT

Does rice really contain harmful quantities of arsenic? Dr Michael Mosley of Trust Me, I'm A Doctor investigates.

NHS Health Check: Which local services are under threat?

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:34:44 GMT

Find out what is happening to the health service in your local area in England.

NHS Health Check: Which part of the UK is doing the best?

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 21:45:34 GMT

The NHS is in the middle of its toughest winter for many years. So how are the four UK nations performing?

NHS gives BBC exclusive access to A&E

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:12:51 GMT

BBC News was given exclusive, unrestricted access to A&E for one week. This is the result.

Doing surgery while answering calls: An NHS surgeon's struggles

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:45:44 GMT

BBC reporter Ed Thomas has had exclusive access to discover what life is like in the NHS.

NHS Health Check: How one GP practice tackled waiting times

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:54:42 GMT

A GP practice in Plymouth is using paramedics and pharmacists to free up doctors to see more patients.

The health service taking a holistic approach to patients

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:00:53 GMT

"It's about 3% of our population that use about 50% of the resources."