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HIV 'game-changer' now on NHS

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:39:23 GMT

A drug that dramatically reduces the risk of being infected with HIV will now be given to patients by the NHS in England.

Nairobi striking doctors tear-gassed as patients 'walk out'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:06:08 GMT

Police disperse hundreds of striking doctors as many mental health patients reportedly walk out.

UK pushes ahead with sugar tax

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:49:25 GMT

The UK government publishes draft legislation for a tax on sugary drinks to begin from April 2018.

'It is time to make' three-person babies

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:59:59 GMT

It is time to start making babies from three people, scientists advising the fertility regulator say.

UK has 'first sexually transmitted Zika'

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:46:48 GMT

The first likely case of sexual transmission of Zika virus in the UK is reported by the authorities.

Kansas sperm donor to same-sex couple not liable for child support

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:34:35 GMT

A man who donated sperm to two women is not liable for child support, a US court rules.

Platypus venom paves way to possible diabetes treatment

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:30:01 GMT

Australian researchers say platypus venom could pave the way for new type 2 diabetes treatments.

Elton John says HIV 'end in sight' in West

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:51:14 GMT

Sir Elton John says, with improved testing, the end of HIV "is in sight" in Western countries.

HIV vaccine: Clinical trial begins in South Africa

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:03:15 GMT

Large clinical trial for a vaccine to protect against HIV transmission is underway in South Africa.

Philip Morris could stop making conventional cigarettes

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:06:58 GMT

Philip Morris is launching a new cigarette in the UK which it says could see it stop selling conventional cigarettes altogether.

Ambulances 'too slow to reach 999 calls'

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:24:27 GMT

Ambulance services are struggling to reach the seriously ill quickly enough after rising demand has left the system over-stretched, a BBC investigation has found.

Thousands 'miss out on stroke treatment'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:05:03 GMT

Thousands of patients miss out on a treatment that can prevent disability after a stroke, say UK experts.

'It's lovely to find out about their lives'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:03:28 GMT

A young care home worker describes the positive side of her role.

Pill could reduce HIV risk by 86%

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:27:47 GMT

A drug that reduces the risk of being infected with HIV will be given to NHS patients in England.

Prince Harry and Rihanna get HIV tests in Barbados

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:06:32 GMT

Prince Harry and Rihanna have taken HIV tests together in Barbados to raise awareness on World Aids Day.

'I'm called a slut for being openly HIV+'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:42:53 GMT

Tom Hayes discusses how there is still a stigma on HIV-infected people

How did World Aids Day come about?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:03:48 GMT

In 1988 around 140 countries took part in the first World Aids Day to raise awareness of the epidemic

What happens when someone calls 999

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:43:48 GMT

BBC Scotland follows a 999 call from the moment it is received by health service call handlers.

'She suddenly stopped eating'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:08:31 GMT

The ITN newsreader talks about struggling to get the right care.

Are trampoline parks safe enough?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:40:22 GMT

A group of organisations, including the governing body of gymnastics, want trampoline parks to adhere to a set of safety guidelines.

Bumper load of new viruses identified

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:37:29 GMT

Scientists looking into invertebrate animals discover nearly 1,500 new viruses - the largest number documented in any one study.

Infants' brains attuned to baby talk and nursery rhymes

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:14:09 GMT

New research indicates that for brain connections to be properly formed in babies' brains, they need to feel safe, secure and loved.

Meet Jason

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:55:24 GMT

Ten-year-old Jason explains how he does not feel like the gender he was assigned at birth.

Kissing and toothbrushes

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:38:43 GMT

Myths about risks linked to HIV from the 1980s still endure, say the Terrence Higgins Trust.

'I worried it might explode'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:55:09 GMT

An increasing number of British people are opting for cosmetic procedures - but how safe are they in such an unregulated industry?

Excommunicated over HIV

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:38:45 GMT

Princess Kasune is one of Zambia's most outspoken Aids activists and was recently elected to become its first publicly known HIV-positive MP.

117 candles

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:11:50 GMT

The world's oldest living person celebrates her 117th birthday - thanks, she says, to an odd diet.

From Oxy to pot

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:48:00 GMT

An ex-pharmaceutical executive explains why he now banks on Canada's medical marijuana industry.

Seeing the light

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:10:54 GMT

A young newsreader suffering from cancer has taken the unusual step - for Japan - of blogging about her illness. If she dies, she says, she doesn't want pity.

Changing paths

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 01:16:48 GMT

Um-Yehia, a nurse and mother of four living in Aleppo, talks to the BBC's 100 Women season about life in a war zone.

Up or down?

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:28:18 GMT

Dementia is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales, but the proportion of people with dementia is falling. How is this explained?

Key unanswered questions

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:49:12 GMT

What we still don't know about the Zika virus and microcephaly.

What you need to know

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:43:34 GMT

An alarming and disturbing infection linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains is spreading.

'The worst day of my life'

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:52:15 GMT

The threat of the Zika virus has now become international, but the alarm was raised in Brazil last year when a growing number of cases of microcephaly began to emerge.

The mosquito menace

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:18:09 GMT

Why the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus is flourishing in the urban environment.