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The medical director of NHS England says there is a "compelling" need for change as he announces plans to improve care for patients in hospitals at weekends.
A voluntary drug-testing service at some of Colombia's nightclubs is aiming to reduce the risk to revellers from impure substances.
A contraceptive that women control is radically redesigned
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A total of 74 people ring a helpline set up for patients treated by a liver surgeon linked to the "avoidable" deaths of eight people.
James Bond drinks so much he's probably impotent and will die young, according to doctors.
Drug company Novartis is recalling thousands of bottles of Tixylix cough and cold medicines over fears that plastic may have got into the medicines.
The NHS in England has missed its four-hour A&E waiting time for the first time this winter, figures show.
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There are 10,000 children under 14 living with cancer in the UK, say Macmillan Cancer Support and the National Cancer Intelligence Network, and they need more support.
Mental health trusts in England have had their funding cut by more than 2% in real terms over the past two years, figures show.
Electronic cigarettes should be banned in public places but without alienating smokers who are trying to give up, say health officials.
Scientists say they have developed a way of predicting who will develop altitude sickness.
The "avoidable" deaths of eight people under the care of a liver specialist are referred to police.
A "landmark study" shows a drug can more than halve the development of breast cancer in high-risk women.
No Scottish health board has met a new government target for all outpatients to receive their first appointment within 12 weeks of referral.
The BBC's Ben Ando speaks to patients and a pharmacy worker outside a doctor's surgery in Nottingham where maggots were found, as a report by the Care Quality Commission finds that one in three of more than 900 GP surgeries in England is failing to meet basic standards.
An executive director at Colchester Hospital felt forced to resign over the cancer waiting times scandal, it emerges.
A quarter of women are left alone during labour and birth at a time that worries them, according to an official survey.
The number of people being diagnosed with cancer in the world each year has leaped to more than 14 million, the World Health Organization says.