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NHS overcharged by millions for key drug, says watchdog

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:37:10 GMT

A 6,000% price rise in an essential thyroid drug led the NHS to overpay, the UK competition body says.

Tampon tax: How much have you spent?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:52:39 GMT

The amount it has cost you depends on how old you are and when you started your first period.

Minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland to start in May

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:47:36 GMT

The move will raise the cost of the strongest, cheapest alcohol by setting a minimum price of 50p-per-unit.

Young people 'experimenting more in bed'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:53:51 GMT

Study reveals increasing diversity in young people's heterosexual practices.

Women advised to sleep on side to help prevent stillbirth

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:03:40 GMT

The risk of stillbirth is doubled if women go to sleep on their backs in the last trimester, a study finds.

Sussex Health Care: Men's legs broken in Beech Lodge care home

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:54:20 GMT

The men's relatives say the cases are not part of the investigation into nine Sussex care homes.

New scanner 'like 100 MRIs in one' developed in Aberdeen

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:21:02 GMT

Patients in Scotland are the first in the world to be scanned with new magnetic resonance imaging equipment.

Breast cancer tumours 'larger' in overweight women

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:03:17 GMT

Women with a higher body mass index might need more frequent mammograms, researchers suggest.

Automated checkouts 'miserable' for elderly shoppers

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:15:30 GMT

"Intimidating" checkouts and a lack of seating are "shutting out" the elderly from shops, a charity says.

Some cancer patients have PTSD years after diagnosis, study finds

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:25:34 GMT

A fifth of cancer patients experience post-traumatic stress disorder.

Scots teen in bid for 'life-changing' bionic legs

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:54:19 GMT

Mark Sweeney says the robotic suit would allow him to walk for the first time in seven years.

NHS: The front-line nurses keeping patients out of hospital

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:53:08 GMT

District nurses help keep patients out of hospital, but in England numbers have halved since 2010.

Why do so many US women die giving birth?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:25:33 GMT

While progress has been made to curb death rates in other countries, the US has seen an increase.

'Stillbirth was hardest day of my life'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:39:39 GMT

Women are now being advised to sleep on their side in the last three months of pregnancy.

'Hot, old and hyperactive': The menopause in 60 seconds

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:20:25 GMT

In 60 seconds three women sum up what is a normal phase for all women.

‘It's a challenge to meet people’

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:30:36 GMT

A former US surgeon general warns there is a growing "epidemic" of loneliness threatening our health.

Why Andy Cole climbed Ben Nevis every day for a month

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:06:32 GMT

Andy Cole climbed Ben Nevis every day for a month to help tackle his depression.

Thousands run in Delhi 'smogathon'

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:20:19 GMT

Air pollution levels were eight times the safe level and doctors wanted the half marathon postponed.

Are grandparents spoiling kids?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:08:53 GMT

A study says grandparents tend to give high-sugar snacks as treats - so we tracked some down.

Dog ownership lowers early death risk, study finds

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:02:51 GMT

Researchers found a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in owners of dogs, especially hunting breeds.

Young people out of love with their own bodies, says report

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:32:33 GMT

Body dissatisfaction can start in children as young as six, warns the Youth Select Committee.

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.

Care at home

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:07:41 GMT

There are not enough qualified professionals to do this job, says the Royal College of Nursing.

Kids v Cars

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 02:02:09 GMT

How one woman championed a way to bring community spirit back to city streets and keep children fit.

My gift

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:10:01 GMT

Why would anyone donate their eggs to help a stranger have a child? A donor gives her reasons.


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:18:05 GMT

A tale of abuse against ambulance workers prompts tales of gratitude and "heart-warming" encounters.

Confined inside

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 01:00:13 GMT

"Postnatal confinement" is said to be widespread among the UK's Chinese community.

Virtual help

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 06:45:51 GMT

As mental health problems increase, could virtual-reality programmes help with the demand for treatment?

Check the key targets in your area

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:48:00 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.