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Gene editing: Ethical issues 'should be discussed'

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:36:05 GMT

Ethical questions around a new gene editing technology need to be considered now - even though its use may be some way off, experts say.

One in six young people 'eat fast food twice a day'

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:49:37 GMT

One in six young people eat fast food twice a day, according to a survey of the nation's eating habits.

Carers' A&E visits can be preventable, says report

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:57:02 GMT

One in 10 unpaid carers who called 999 or took their loved one to A&E did so because they did not know where else to go, a report by Carers UK suggests.

What NHS story do you want us to investigate?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:58:10 GMT

Pick the issue you want BBC health correspondent Nick Triggle to look into.

Common painkillers 'increase heart failure risk'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:23:27 GMT

Taking a common kind of painkiller is linked to an increased risk of heart failure, a study focusing on elderly people suggests.

Young women at 'highest mental health risk'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:24:36 GMT

Young women are the highest risk group for mental health problems, according to new data released by NHS Digital.

NHS negligence claims hit £1.4bn

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:48:13 GMT

NHS trusts in England paid out more than £1.4bn in medical negligence claims last year, up from £583m in 2008.

One in 10 children has 'Aids defence'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:19:33 GMT

A 10th of children have a "monkey-like" immune system that stops them developing Aids, researchers say.

South East Coast Ambulance Service 'to be put in special measures'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:23:43 GMT

An NHS ambulance trust that serves the South East of England is to be put into special measures following a damning report by inspectors.

Junior doctors lose High Court case

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:38:04 GMT

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has won a High Court fight with junior doctors in England over a new contract.

Widow wins High Court frozen embryo case

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:21:40 GMT

The widow of a Falklands war veteran has won a High Court bid to keep frozen embryos that they created.

Alarm symptoms missed in bowel cancer emergency patients

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:40:13 GMT

One in five bowel cancer patients diagnosed in an emergency had "red flag" symptoms that should have been picked up earlier, says a study in the British Journal of Cancer.

Nursing homes 'closing each week'

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:47:02 GMT

Nursing homes are closing at the rate of one per week in England, due mainly to a shortage of nurses, official figures suggest.

First 'three person baby' born using new method

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:13:22 GMT

The world's first baby has been born using a new "three person" fertility technique, heralding a new era in medicine, say experts.

Hunt for three million 'ghost' patients

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:52:35 GMT

As many as three million "ghost" patients registered with GP practices in England should be removed from doctors' lists, latest figures suggest.

Young women at 'highest mental health risk'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:42:12 GMT

Alice Thompson, 17, is in treatment for her mental health problems, which include anxiety and self-harm.

Rest: Are we getting enough of it in our lives?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:07:36 GMT

The results of the world's largest ever survey on rest show that two-thirds of us would like more of it.

Travelling poo tackles taboo

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:59:04 GMT

Bristol, a soft toy of the poo emoji, is travelling the world to raise awareness of colorectal cancer.

Professor David Nutt developed 'hangover-free' alcohol

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:49:56 GMT

A scientist has developed a new type of alcohol which he claims will not damage the liver or leave you with a hangover.

What a button battery can do to a child's throat

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:32:33 GMT

Medical correspondent Fergus Walsh demonstrates what can happen if a button battery gets lodged in a child's throat, after a warning from surgeons over the dangers.

Smoking is at a record low, so why do people still do it?

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:08:54 GMT

Smokers say stress keeps them in the habit, as smoking rates in England hit a record low

Smiling with sadness

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:54:01 GMT

The black women using art to talk about mental health.

How emergency services rescue obese people

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:18:14 GMT

Training exercise shows how emergency services cope with obese people who get stuck in their homes.

Teens with spots tend to stay looking younger for longer, new research suggests

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:33:05 GMT

Adolescents with spots tend to stay looking youthful for longer, new research suggests.

Could Irish spider venom cure diseases?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:36:07 GMT

Venom collected from two species of Irish spiders has potential medicinal properties, say university researchers.

Scrubbing Up: Activity icons 'could help healthy living’

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:51:53 GMT

Working out how much exercise it would take to burn off calories from food would be easier if labelling was changed, says Shirley Cramer of the Royal Society of Public Health.

Health Check: The pigeon doctor will see you now

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 01:45:44 GMT

Rats, dogs and cows are just some of the animals that are advancing the diagnosis and treatment of disease in humans.

How to deal with a medical emergency on the Space Station

Sun, 10 Jan 2016 00:50:49 GMT

A major medical emergency has never occurred on the International Space Station - but what would happen if it did?

Prevention better than cure in Cuban healthcare system

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 00:18:23 GMT

Compulsory annual medical check-ups are yielding impressive results in Cuba.

The new test

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:21:00 GMT

Campaigners are concerned that a highly accurate test that can identify babies with Down's syndrome during pregnancy will lead to more terminations.

Secret of rest

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:37:28 GMT

The results of the world’s largest survey on rest suggest that to feel truly rested, we need to get away from other people.

Healthy town

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:00:54 GMT

GP Mark Spencer explains why he is overseeing an ambitious year-long project in Fleetwood, Lancashire, aimed at improving the health of people in his town.

Agonising wait

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:31:35 GMT

A family whose daughter spent four years in a vegetative state say it should be easier to withdraw nutrition from such patients.

Project Zuckerberg

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:57:03 GMT

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife want to tackle all diseases by the end if the century. Just how feasible is this aim?

Cancelled ops 'norm'

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:21:34 GMT

Cancelled operations due to emergency pressures in hospitals are becoming "the norm" not the exception in Wales, surgeons warn.

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.