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Newborn babies tested for alcohol

6 hours 9 min ago
Newborn babies are being tested for alcohol after researchers raised concerns about pregnant women drinking regularly.

Lizards share sleep patterns with humans

9 hours 52 min ago
Scientists say sleep patterns previously thought exclusive to mammals and birds are also found in lizards.

Scandal-hit trust patients 'at risk'

10 hours 10 min ago
The NHS mental health trust which ran a care unit where a teenager drowned in a bath is "continuing to put patients at risk", inspectors say.

'Secret of youth' in ginger gene

17 hours 30 min ago
Scientists say they have made a leap in knowing why some people retain their youthful looks while others age badly.

VIDEO: Southern Health chairman resigns

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 19:11
The chairman of one of England's biggest mental health trusts has resigned ahead of a critical report to be published on Friday.

Gene therapy reverses sight loss

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:04
A genetic therapy improves the vision of some patients who would otherwise have gone blind.

VIDEO: E-cigs 'have health benefits' says doctor

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:31
Smokers should be encouraged to use e-cigarettes to help them quit, says Dr Nick Hopkinson of the Royal College of Physicians.

Give e-cigs to smokers, say doctors

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 03:00
Smokers should be offered and encouraged to use e-cigarettes to help them quit, says a leading medical body.

Care children denied mental health help

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 02:03
Children in care have more mental health problems but too often miss out on treatment, say MPs.

Doctor row: Both sides ready to fight on

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 17:01
Ministers and doctors have both vowed to fight on as the first all-out doctor strikes in the history of the NHS ended in England without any major problems.

Spider bites Australian man on penis

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 09:11
An Australian man took himself to hospital after a venomous redback spider bit him on the penis in a portable toilet.

Obesity 'explosion' in Chinese youth

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 05:09
Levels of obesity in China's rural youth have rapidly increased, a study warns, because of socioeconomic changes.

More clean air zones needed, say MPs

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 01:40
"Clean air zones" targeting drivers of high-polluting vehicles should be extended to more cities in England, MPs say.

VIDEO: Doctors' strike 'disproportionate'

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 23:41
The withdrawal of emergency care as part of the strike by junior doctors was "disproportionate", according to the health secretary.

NHS 'hopes patients stay away'

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 19:37
Hospitals hope less urgent patients once again stay away as junior doctors in England prepare for a second all-out strike later in protest over a new contract.

Hospitals 'coped with all-out strike'

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 17:41
Hospitals in England have coped well with the all-out strike by junior doctors - the first in the history of the NHS - health bosses are reporting.

'Dentist of horror' jailed in France

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:00
A Dutchman dubbed the "dentist of horror" is sentenced to eight years in France for mutilating the mouths of some 120 patients.

Hospitals set for first all-out strike

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 01:00
Hospitals in England are braced for the first all-out junior doctors' strike in the history of the NHS on Tuesday.

Flu jabs 'more effective in morning'

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 00:45
Morning flu jabs provoke a stronger immune response than those given in the afternoon, a trial shows.

VIDEO: Why are junior doctors on strike?

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 00:08
BBC News looks at the issues at stake in the junior doctors argument with the government and asks whether a resolution is in sight.

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