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Children in England 'deserve better' from healthcare

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:40:46 GMT

England has not made the same strides as Wales and Scotland to improve care, a report says.

The good A&E facing unprecedented winter pressures

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:34:10 GMT

How a hospital with some of the best NHS waiting times ended up with patients waiting in corridors.

Boris Johnson rebuked over NHS cash plea

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:08:54 GMT

Theresa May tells the foreign secretary conversations about health funding should be in private.

Asthma patients 'not receiving basic care'

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:10:52 GMT

Majority of patients do not get the basic care which could prevent two out of three asthma deaths

Constipation death 'wholly preventable'

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:26:32 GMT

An inquest hears a man had 10kg of faeces removed from his digestive system shortly before he died.

Gas detecting pill could diagnose poor gut health

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:11:51 GMT

The capsule can measure gas levels and transmit this information to a mobile phone app.

Embarrassment makes women avoid smear tests, charity says

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:23:27 GMT

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35 but a majority are not aware of the risk.

New drugs access 'faster than ever' - Welsh Government

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:04:03 GMT

Faster access to new drugs is "making a real difference to people's lives".

A&E stats may have to be recalculated

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:21:31 GMT

Changes to the collection of A&E statistics raise concerns the NHS is under more pressure than thought.

Disabilities caused in babies by epilepsy drug a 'scandal'

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:39:20 GMT

It is thought 20,000 children have been left with disabilities caused by sodium valproate.

'Care home residents failed by Welsh Government inaction'

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:24:47 GMT

A lack of progress in the overuse of anti-psychotics and prevention of falls are among the areas criticised.

Scottish A&E waiting times show improvement

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:30:06 GMT

Waiting times at Scotland's A&E show some improvement as fewer people attend emergency departments.

Joey Barton speaks out about gambling addiction

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:41:21 GMT

The footballer says he thinks he'll always be in recovery from the addiction.

What happens during a smear test?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:22:27 GMT

Doctor Philippa Kaye talks us through what's involved during a cervical screening test.

The Ilford woman who carries her heart in a rucksack

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:14:03 GMT

Selwa Hussain is the first woman in the UK to leave hospital with an artificial heart.

'The infection took my nose and legs'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:44:29 GMT

Oxford professor Liz Frood was fit and healthy until she was struck by what she thought was a stomach bug.

Horse trampling woman's face rebuilt

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:58:08 GMT

Libby Keating's face was repaired by experts at St George's Hospital in Tooting.

Should there be a right to die?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:54:57 GMT

Two women explain their opposing views on the contentious right-to-die issue.

Boxer Bradley Smith: 'How anxiety nearly ruined me'

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:47:52 GMT

Bradley Smith, 20, from St Ives, says people should talk more about mental health.

Using cannabis helped ease 'frightening' tremors

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:42:20 GMT

A mother-of-two from Pembroke Dock wants to see cannabis legalised to help ease symptoms like hers.

Persian shallot 'could help fight TB antibiotic resistance'

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:17:36 GMT

Properties in Persian shallots could boost the effects of antibiotic treatment, a study says.

Chemistry 'Van Gogh' could help with cancer

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:02:30 GMT

Scientists capture "incredible" images of instructions contained in DNA being read

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.

Drinking and darts: Does alcohol improve performance?

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 01:10:53 GMT

Some former darts champions drank heavily but did it improve their performance on the oche?

Reality Check: Is NHS funding worse in Wales?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:23:29 GMT

Theresa May criticised the NHS in Wales for missing targets and claimed funding had been cut.

What will medicine be able to do with hearts?

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 01:09:11 GMT

Heart transplantation has become a routine surgical operation, but the future promises equally amazing progress.

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.

Should I find out?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:56:10 GMT

Huntington's disease runs through Jackie Harrison's family, but should she take a test which will tell her if she will get it too?

Backpack midwife

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:11:16 GMT

For many people in remote regions access to healthcare is limited, so tech is coming to their aid.

No cycling

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:44:46 GMT

Why is there such a big gender gap when it comes to cycling?

Under pressure

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:48:43 GMT

How has Wales' biggest hospital been coping with winter pressures?

Deadly experiment

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:25:27 GMT

Lamin Ceesay was lucky to survive when the Gambian president took away his drugs and tried to cure him with a paste of herbs. An unknown number died.

How I became a surrogate

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:49:39 GMT

As Kim Kardashian West has her third baby by a surrogate, one Essex mum tells of the joy of surrogacy.

Changing profession

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:33:07 GMT

From nurses who operate on their patients to those who run general practices, nursing is changing.

Carbs for dinner?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:10:05 GMT

Is it true that you shouldn't eat carbohydrates in the evening?

Sneezing myths and facts

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:50:51 GMT

Can you sneeze with your eyes open and what is the best way to stop a sneeze?

Check the key targets in your area

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:17:01 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.