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Brazil sees sharp rise in yellow fever cases

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:31:19 GMT

Two million doses of yellow fever vaccine are sent to Minas Gerais state after a rise in cases.

'Filthy air' prompts 'very high' pollution alert for London

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:55:10 GMT

A "very high" pollution warning is issued for London for the first time under a new alert system.

Trump executive order reverses foreign abortion policy

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:28:56 GMT

The new US president signs an executive order which will prevent foreign groups receiving money.

Model Hanne Gaby Odiele reveals she is intersex to 'break taboo'

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:37:55 GMT

Hanne Gaby Odiele reveals she was born with undescended testicles, saying it is "not a big deal".

Bed-blocking patient evicted after two years 'did not want to stay'

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:53:53 GMT

The man, who was eventually evicted from his bed, says the hospital made it impossible to leave.

Banks face mental health challenge

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:59:57 GMT

Banks must offer simple account options to help those with mental health conditions, a think tank says.

Browned toast and potatoes are 'potential cancer risk', say food scientists

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:42:48 GMT

Starchy food should be cooked golden yellow to cut intake of a possible cancer-causing chemical.

PIP breast implants: French court tells TUV to pay damages

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:25:49 GMT

German safety body TUV is told to pay hefty compensation over the PIP breast implant scandal.

China birth rate up after one-child rule change

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:22:51 GMT

Many of the 17.86 million babies born in China last year already had an older sibling, say officials.

Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:01:57 GMT

Scientists identify three little-known diseases which could cause the next global health emergency.

Robotic sleeve 'hugs' failing hearts

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:05:07 GMT

US scientists develop a robotic sleeve that can help hearts pump when they fail to work properly.

What we can learn from the Dutch approach to bringing up kids

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 01:05:48 GMT

A British mum who lives in Amsterdam and an Asian-American are sharing their insights in a book called The Happiest Kids in the World.

How risky is a slice of burnt toast?

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:11:40 GMT

Experts say bread should be cooked to a golden yellow colour to reduce our intake of a chemical which could cause cancer.

Premature babies benefit from compact MRI scanner

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:43:59 GMT

Doctors in Sheffield are pioneering the use of a compact neonatal MRI scanner, one of only two in the world.

Newmarket organ donor baby, Hope Lee, was UK's youngest

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:04:35 GMT

The parents of the UK's youngest organ donor want to meet the woman whose life their baby daughter saved.

Bed-blocking: 'Managers ask how long patient will live'

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:11:54 GMT

An A&E nurse says she is asked by management how many hours she thinks dying patients will live - because they need the beds. From 5 live Investigates.

James Paget Hospital patient evicted after two years

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:30:56 GMT

A hospital patient who occupied a bed for more than years was evicted after a hospital applied for a court order.

MRI scanning for prostate cancer biggest advance 'in decades'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:54:48 GMT

The biggest leap in diagnosing prostate cancer "in decades" has been made using new scanning equipment, say doctors and campaigners.

Inside lab where Mers vaccine made

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:10:40 GMT

Tulip Mazumdar visits the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford where scientists are developing vaccines for all three of the shortlisted viruses.

Bug resistant to all antibiotics kills woman

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:22:13 GMT

The 70-year-old's hip infection was resistant to the 26 antibiotics available in the US.

Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:08:32 GMT

Technology could be used to improve treatment for heart failure patients.

Organ trafficking

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:37:35 GMT

Alert raised after patients from UK, Canada and Australia develop complications following kidney transplants.

Tiger stripes

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:35:04 GMT

We explore exactly what stretch marks are after model Chrissy Teigen shows hers off on Twitter.

Intimate questions

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:07:13 GMT

A transgender woman who offered people the chance to ask "invasive questions" on an internet forum has been overwhelmed by the response.

Alkaline swindle

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:25:08 GMT

Naima Houder-Mohammed believed Robert O Young, the father of the alkaline diet, could cure her. It didn't turn out as she hoped.

Excessive crying

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:16:59 GMT

The crying of babies with colic may be reduced with acupuncture, according to controversial new research from Sweden.

Dedicated donor

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:50:23 GMT

Tracey Jolliffe has already donated a kidney, 16 eggs and 80 pints of blood. She is now considering donating part of her liver too.

Fatal attraction

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:29:54 GMT

How one woman's rare disorder means a kiss from her husband could end up killing her.

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.