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All diets 'have similar results'

4 hours 7 min ago
All diets - from Atkins to Weight Watchers - have similar results and people should simply pick the one they find easiest, say researchers.

House the elderly on NHS land - MP

4 hours 13 min ago
Surplus NHS land should be used to build dedicated housing for older people, a former care minister says.

Allergy mistakes 'risking lives'

5 hours 30 min ago
Thousands of lives are put at risk each year by doctors prescribing drugs that patients are known to be allergic to, the medicines watchdog says.

Ashya's parents freed from prison

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 21:54
The parents of Ashya King are released from prison in Spain after UK prosecutors withdrew a European arrest warrant.

Ebola response 'lethally inadequate'

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:52
A global military intervention is needed to curb the largest ever Ebola outbreak, according to the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Ashya situation not right - police

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:57
Hampshire's chief constable says the situation involving Ashya King's parents "is not right" and they should be reunited with him.

Ebola 'threatens' W Africa harvests

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:54
The deadly Ebola outbreak is putting food prices and harvests in West Africa "at serious risk", warns the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Brain 'can learn to eat healthily'

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 08:53
The brain can be trained to prefer healthy food over unhealthy high-calorie foods, suggests a study from the US.

How much has the ice bucket challenge achieved?

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 02:31
How much has the Ice Bucket Challenge achieved?

Action films 'may make you fat'

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:53
Watching action films could make you more likely than other TV programmes to pile on the pounds, according to US researchers.

Hospitals seeing more skin cancer

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:02
The number of people admitted to hospital for skin cancer treatment in England rose by nearly a third in five years, figures show.

VIDEO: 'Bacon butty' for British Ebola nurse

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:00
The parents of the first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa say he is recovering well.

VIDEO: Proton therapy: UK patient access

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:35
Dr Yen-Ching Chang, the lead on Proton Beam Therapy at University College London Hospital, says the UK has comprehensive access to the therapy for patients with the highest needs.

British Ebola patient 'pretty well'

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:41
The parents of the first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa say he is recovering well.

Ashya parents fight extradition

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:07
The parents of Ashya King are held in police custody after refusing to consent to their extradition to the UK at an appearance at the High Court in Spain.

Sniffing faeces 'detects infection'

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 09:51
UK researchers say an "electronic nose" that smells faeces can detect strains of bacteria that can cause deadly infections.

The girl with three biological parents

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 00:15
The girl who has three biological parents

What is proton beam therapy?

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 18:48
What is proton beam therapy and why is it so sought after?

'No apology' over Ashya response

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 15:05
Police reject criticism of their search for a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was removed from a UK hospital by his parents against medical advice.

VIDEO: Are e-cigarettes safe?

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 11:31
Inside Out goes to the lab to investigate what is in e-cigarettes while we unwrap the arguments surrounding them.