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The dangers of shaking babies

7 hours 42 min ago
The mums whose partners shook their babies

VIDEO: BBC journalist on end of cancer treatment

10 hours 22 min ago
BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire has completed six weeks of radiotherapy, her last major treatment for breast cancer.

NHS urged to control discharge delays

11 hours 11 min ago
The NHS in England must get a grip on the delays patients face in being released from hospital, as the problem causes unnecessary harm and wastes money, the National Audit Office says.

Rise in NHS spend on private ambulances

12 hours 34 min ago
NHS England spending on private ambulances for 999 calls trebles to £68m in four years, data gathered by the BBC shows.

'Second chance' for heart transplant boy

12 hours 39 min ago
A family whose two-year-old son received a heart transplant after a 14-month wait in hospital say they have been given "a second chance at life".

Exam stress 'among teen suicide causes'

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 22:14
Exam pressures and physical health problems, like acne, are major contributory factors in the suicides of young people, according to new research.

Woman fights deceased daughter egg case

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 15:50
A 60-year-old woman who wants to use her late daughter's frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild is continuing her legal battle.

Zika: Africa 'reasonably well prepared'

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 13:19
Africa braces for Zika virus

Zika may cause baby eye problems

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:12
Scientists studying the Zika outbreak in Brazil are becoming increasingly concerned the virus may cause eye damage in babies.

'Big cut' in antibiotic prescriptions

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 02:20
GPs in England have "dramatically" reduced the amount of antibiotic prescriptions they prescribe to patients, latest figures reveal.

Bursary cut 'may worsen NHS staff gaps'

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 02:10
Plans to scrap student bursaries and charge nurses and other health staff for their degrees in England could backfire, unions are warning.

Care 'has improved for 12,000 in homes'

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 01:14
More than 12,000 people in England are now safer and being looked after better in care homes than they were two years ago, the Care Quality Commission says.

VIDEO: The football league for overweight men

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 20:08
A football league exclusively for men who classed as obese has been launched in Somerset.

NHS doctor joined Islamic State group

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 17:00
An NHS doctor left his family in the UK and joined the Islamic State group in Syria, the BBC learns from leaked IS recruitment papers.

Diabetes surgery 'missed by thousands'

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 15:20
Thousands of people with type-2 diabetes in the UK are missing out on obesity surgery that would slash blood sugars and even lead to remission in some cases, a team of experts say.

MoD criticised over Lariam prescribing

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 01:00
Anti-malarial drug Lariam, which can cause severe side-effects, should be the "drug of last resort" for UK troops, MPs on the defence committee say.

'NHS delay' caused cancer patient's death

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:05
A man died from operable cancer after an NHS trust failed to act on advice from another hospital, an ombudsman's report reveals.

Can vegans push themselves to physical extremes?

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 18:50
Can vegans push themselves to physical extremes?

'Mosquito control failure' fuelled Zika

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:25
The spread of Zika is the price being paid for a massive policy failure on mosquito control, says World Health Organization leader Margaret Chan.

Gory posters 'not good for patients'

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 15:41
"Unloved" GP waiting rooms which are covered in leaflets and tatty magazines can increase patients' anxiety, according to an Edinburgh study.