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UN chief defends Ebola aid workers

3 hours 25 min ago
UN chief Ban Ki-moon says discrimination against humanitarian workers who return home from the Ebola crisis in West Africa is "unacceptable".

VIDEO: Drinkers try the BBC booze calculator

6 hours 17 min ago
Alcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors.

VIDEO: Wine vs doughnut: The hidden calories in booze

14 hours 59 min ago
Alcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors.

VIDEO: The makeshift 'protection' for Ebola

15 hours 24 min ago
The BBC's Anne Soy reports from Ghana, where health care workers in one hospital serving Liberian refugees have had to use rain coats instead of proper protective gear against Ebola.

Genes 'play role in Ebola survival'

21 hours 20 min ago
Genetic factors could play an important role in whether people survive or die from the Ebola virus, say US scientists.

VIDEO: Lab for world’s worst animal viruses

21 hours 46 min ago
A look around a new lab at Pirbright Institute in Surrey, where the world’s most contagious livestock viruses will be kept.

Alcohol 'should have calorie labels'

21 hours 46 min ago
Alcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors.

Why scratching 'intensifies itching'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:14
Scratching an itch releases serotonin, which paradoxically makes you more itchy, research suggests.

New strike by NHS staff announced

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:05
NHS workers, including nurses and midwives, are to stage a new four-hour strike in England on 24 November as part of an ongoing pay dispute.

Joined-up care: The elephant in the room

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:53
Are joined-up care plans as good as they sound?

Cancer survival rates 'improving'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:59
Most people diagnosed with cancer in recent years are surviving for longer, according to the latest statistics.

AUDIO: 'We want sperm donors to be proud'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:06
The first national sperm bank is being launched to meet increasing demand; the new service has been awarded £77,000.

VIDEO: UK national sperm bank starts work

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:59
A UK national sperm bank - charged with reversing a growing shortage of donor sperm - has started work in Birmingham.

VIDEO: Care plan 'to ease hospital pressure'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:32
Vulnerable patients in England will get better support in the community as part of plans to ease pressure on hospitals, ministers say.

VIDEO: No hugs for Ebola volunteers

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:32
The United Nations is appealing for thousands of healthcare workers to volunteer to help in the countries worst affected by Ebola.

VIDEO: 'Drug abuse should be a health issue'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:12
The Liberal Democrat minister responsible for tackling drug use, Norman Baker, says the government should look at drug abuse as a health issue.

VIDEO: Tough laws 'do not stop drug use'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:05
A Home Office report examining drug policies across the world suggests there is no link between tough penalties and the level of use.

VIDEO: 'My son died after taking legal high'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:00
Mother Karen Audino says she wants tighter restriction on so-called legal highs after her son Jimmy Guichard died.

Study points to new autism risks

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 01:04
A massive international study has started to unpick the "fine details" of why some people develop autism, say researchers.

UK national sperm bank starts work

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 01:00
A UK national sperm bank - charged with reversing a growing shortage of sperm - starts work in Birmingham.

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