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Tuberculosis rates in England fall by third in six years

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:20:41 GMT

But England still has one of the highest rates of the disease in Western Europe.

Rise in cancers 'caused by weight'

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:26:25 GMT

Excess weight now causes 6.3% of all cancer cases - up from 5.5% in 2011, a study suggests.

Woman dies after having bee-sting therapy

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:18:30 GMT

Gwyneth Paltrow is among the people who have backed the bee-venom therapy.

MS drug hope for secondary-progressive stage

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 01:12:09 GMT

A large study suggests siponimod may effectively treat the advanced stage of the disease.

A blueberry muffin 'could have day's worth of sugar'

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:17:11 GMT

Health experts say the researchers' findings show how easy it is to consume "huge" amounts of sugar.

Four in 10 online GP firms not safe, say inspectors

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 01:10:47 GMT

Care Quality Commission warns of inappropriate prescribing and failure to carry out checks.

Chronic fatigue trial results 'not robust', new study says

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:08:53 GMT

A new analysis of the controversial PACE trial suggests the effects of exercise therapy have been exaggerated.

Tai chi recommended to fight fibromyalgia

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:08:03 GMT

A study suggests the martial art has benefits similar to or greater than aerobic exercise.

Wales A&E performance worst on record

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:42:32 GMT

About a quarter of patients in A&E departments last month waited longer than four hours.

Many back pain patients 'getting wrong care'

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:18:49 GMT

Experts are asking the medical profession to stop offering ineffective and potentially harmful treatments.

NHS pay: Unions agree deal for 1.3 million staff

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:27:20 GMT

Unions back a deal that gives NHS staff a minimum pay rise of more than 6% over three years.

IVF egg donor use rises sharply, HFEA figures show

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:35:45 GMT

Experts say it may be down to a greater awareness of egg donation and more donors coming forward.

Under-doctored areas to get new medical schools

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 01:03:20 GMT

New courses are in under-doctored areas as ministers set out plans to expand student places by 25%.

Surgeon David Nott: Hack led to Syria air strike

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:25:51 GMT

David Nott had helped Syrian surgeons via the internet - weeks later, their hospital was destroyed.

Essex hospital exits special measures

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:08:25 GMT

However, inspectors conclude it still "requires improvement" in some areas.

Water bacteria probe extended to Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:51:44 GMT

Four patients at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow are now being treated for infections.

'My 3,000 calorie-a-day addiction to energy drinks rules my life'

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:21:16 GMT

Emma Forrest gets up five times a night to satisfy her cravings and stockpiles cans of the drinks.

I had a transplant after my hairstyle made me go bald

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 01:39:11 GMT

MC Paigey Cakey says she feels "empowered" after having a hair transplant because she had traction alopecia.

Macular degeneration: 'I've been given my sight back'

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:00:03 GMT

Two patients have had pioneering stem cell therapy to restore their vision.

Class A drugs 'brought in for patients' at Essex mental health trust

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 01:06:10 GMT

The BBC uncovers allegations that staff at an Essex mental health trust supplied vulnerable patients.

Llandough Hospital: Barry woman's 'let my daughter home' plea

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:48:01 GMT

Laura Clode has been at a mental health unit at Llandough Hospital since last June.

Deaf access to NHS progress 'too slow', charity warns

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:43:26 GMT

People in Wales who are deaf or have hearing loss are not getting accessible information from their GP.

Alfie Dingley's medical cannabis petition handed to government

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:52:35 GMT

Alfie Dingley is six - his family want him to be able to use medical cannabis to manage his epilepsy.

Men with low sperm counts at increased risk of illness, study suggests

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 01:59:44 GMT

A study finds men with low sperm counts are more likely to have health issues that put them at risk.

More evidence essential oils 'make male breasts develop'

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 01:24:12 GMT

A study finds chemicals in lavender and tea tree oil appear to be hormone disruptors.

Baby left at Jersey hospital with 'cord attached'

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:08:37 GMT

Police have said they are "extremely concerned" about the baby's mother's welfare.

Lifestyle changes which could help avoid cancer

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:33:14 GMT

Cancer Research UK says around 38% of all cancers diagnoses could have been prevented.

'Wobbly head' woman fundraising for lifesaving surgery

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:59:09 GMT

Nadine Turnbull struggles with a rare condition where her head is not properly secured to her body.

James Dunmore lost his two sisters to cystic fibrosis

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:47:56 GMT

Made In Chelsea star James Dunmore has told BBC 5 live that he lost two sisters to cystic fibrosis.

Muffin sugar measured out in teaspoons

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:38:15 GMT

BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire measures out the sugar that can be found in a typical muffin.

Robotic dog in Dorset care home helps elderly residents

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:32:36 GMT

Biscuit the robotic dog responds to touch and speech to help people with dementia.

Call for Alfie Dingley to be allowed medicinal cannabis

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:55:41 GMT

A mother shows the bruises from her "aggressive and angry" six-year-old son in the campaign for a special licence to use medicinal cannabis to treat his epilepsy.

Patient and medics tackle Sahara race for Air Ambulance

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:28:26 GMT

Medics and a former patient take on a gruelling Sahara race to raise funds for London Air Ambulance.

Teenagers with HIV: 'Just a little illness'

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 01:09:14 GMT

Missed sleepovers, exam issues, secrets from siblings - the challenges of growing up with HIV.

Origin of 'six-inch mummy' confirmed

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:03:28 GMT

Scientists investigate an unusual, small, mummified skeleton from Chile to establish its medical history.

Carpool karaoke mums' Down's syndrome video goes viral

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 19:51:05 GMT

Rebecca Carless says the response to the video has been "mad" and they want everyone to see it.

Why are some flu outbreaks so much worse than others?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:30:36 GMT

Flu comes along every year - but just how bad it will be is hard to predict.

What are opioids and what are the risks?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:50:16 GMT

Donald Trump has announced plans to tackle the opioid crisis. What are they and why are they a problem?

How I saw Stephen Hawking's death as a disabled person

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:05:38 GMT

Why one disabled BBC journalist has found the reporting of Stephen Hawking's death troubling.

Skiing helps me take on the outside world

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 01:47:48 GMT

George and his mum Gina explain how skiing helps him cope with his autism.

'I was suicidal and the NHS didn’t know what to do'

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 03:07:22 GMT

At the age of 17 Sherry Denness tried to kill herself nine times in 10 days, and only then got the help she needed.

Bad blood: The rise and fall of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:59:58 GMT

How a woman came up with an idea that could have revolutionised blood testing - if it had worked.

Crossing the border for a sugar fix

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:51:43 GMT

Norway has led the way in introducing a sugar tax - but not everybody in the country is a fan.

So terrified of eating I stopped growing at 11

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:35:40 GMT

Allergies made a young dancer afraid of food and she was the size of a six-year-old at the age of 11.

Check the key targets in your area

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:41:58 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.