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Stephen Hawking: I'm worried about the future of the NHS

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:58:55 GMT

Cambridge professor criticises health secretary and warns about role of private sector in the NHS.

Calories in popular foods must be cut, say health officials

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:06:27 GMT

Health officials target pizzas, burgers and ready meals to help tackle child obesity in government drive.

Peanut allergy treatment 'lasts up to four years'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:17:29 GMT

Four years after children in a study took the oral treatment, 70% had no allergic reaction to peanuts.

Newcastle health boss Sir Leonard Fenwick sacked

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:52:20 GMT

Longest serving NHS chief executive Sir Leonard Fenwick called it "an orchestrated witch hunt".

Mental health services patchy, says PM

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:44:57 GMT

Theresa May says the UK's mental health services are "patchy" and has told Newsbeat she's going to review them.

Time spent frail in old age 'doubles'

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:00:14 GMT

More care homes are needed as an ageing population puts pressure on services, researchers suggest.

Maternity 'must improve' at baby-deaths hospital trust

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:45:36 GMT

Progress is made at the Shrewsbury and Telford trust but maternity services must improve, the CQC says.

Meningitis jab uptake 'worryingly low'

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:06:42 GMT

School-leavers are being urged to be immunised against the highly aggressive strain.

Bowel cancer test: 'No health minister' means NI people must wait

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:21:38 GMT

A new screening test for bowel cancer in NI is on hold because there is no Stormont health minister.

Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:42:25 GMT

More than 200 patients have been infected, but none has died, Public Health England confirms.

Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:14:05 GMT

A breakthrough could lead to easier, faster and cheaper vaccines.

'Fat but fit' still risk heart disease

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:32:29 GMT

Even if medical tests don't show up any problems, being overweight is bad for the heart, experts say.

Apology over Indian blood donation 'embarrassment'

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:01:57 GMT

A "communication breakdown" meant 100 members of the Indian community were not allowed to give blood.

Anger and hatred can make us feel happy, says study

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:42:12 GMT

People have higher life satisfaction if they feel emotions they desire - even if they are unpleasant.

Breast cancer helpline founder paid herself £31,000

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:23:53 GMT

Wendy Watson, who was awarded an MBE in 2012, has resigned as a charity trustee over the "error".

Scottish ministers urged to lead fight against 'period poverty'

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:47:18 GMT

A Labour MSP says access to sanitary products should be a basic right for anyone who needs them.

NHS cyber-defender Marcus Hutchins back online

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:11:35 GMT

Marcus Hutchins was arrested earlier this month on a trip to cyber-security conferences in Las Vegas.

Vulnerable children not in crisis are 'left in limbo'

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:03:34 GMT

Action for Children estimates 140,000 children referred to social services do not get the help they need.

Struggling after giving birth? You're not alone

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:23:30 GMT

These mums had traumatic births, and they want more to see more honesty about the toll it can take.

Mum leaves random notes in York for new mothers

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:45:58 GMT

The letters offer mums a chance to take a second for themselves.

How to get up mountains in a wheelchair

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:43:07 GMT

Michelle, who has multiple sclerosis, is going on a trek in the Lake District for the first time in more than 10 years.

Why Scottish babies might start sleeping in cardboard boxes

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:12:38 GMT

Baby boxes containing essential items are to be delivered to new mothers across Scotland.

Brian Blessed 'bit off' umbilical cord delivering baby

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 23:23:56 GMT

Actor, director and Grampy Rabbit in Peppa Pig, Brian Blessed reveals Four Things You Don't Know About Me

Third of men say work a factor in mental health problems

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:22:50 GMT

Andrew Ormerod explains how his unsustainable workload led to mental health problems.

'I chose surgery due to a lack of toilets'

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:46:18 GMT

Marni Smyth chose to have a suprapubic catheter fitted to help retain her independence.

Dr Derek Gatherer on catching and avoiding norovirus

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:50:14 GMT

Explaining how to stave off the norovirus, which is suspected of making some World Championships athletes ill.

Reunion after baby umbilical cord drama in Derbyshire

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:03:44 GMT

Baby Ella was struggling to breathe after getting her neck caught on the umbilical cord during her birth.

Three women over 60 talk honestly about their sex lives

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 02:19:05 GMT

Three women over 60 speak openly to BBC Radio 5 live about their sex lives.

'Raise your voices'

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 23:05:02 GMT

A blog on birth trauma is prompting women to share their own difficult experiences.

Hard enough already

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 23:06:44 GMT

Flying with a wheelchair is hard enough - it's even harder when it's broken in transit.

Another U-turn?

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:22:39 GMT

The ex-prime minister, who has spoken about his battle to give up nicotine, is snapped with a cigarette at a festival.

Contraceptive app

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 23:29:00 GMT

Elina Berglund Scherwitzl has created an app that offers women a "natural alternative" to the pill

Transgender puberty

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:08:04 GMT

How are the families we've been following for two years facing the future?

Do moisturisers work?

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:08:56 GMT

The actress says moisturisers probably don't work - but what do the experts say?

AI v cancer

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 23:07:25 GMT

Artificial intelligence helping human scientists is promising to slash development times for new drugs.