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The onward march of the century makers

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 10:06
The onward march of people making a century

VIDEO: France launches cigarette crackdown

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:37
The French government has unveiled controversial new measures to cut the number of smokers, including introducing plain cigarette packaging.

Talk therapy 'best for social phobia'

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 00:49
Talking therapy is more effective than pills in treating social anxiety disorder, a study has found.

15% of GP antibiotic courses 'fail'

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 00:44
Nearly one in seven antibiotic treatments given out by GPs for common infections over the last two decades in the UK have failed, researchers say.

Curry spice 'helps brain self-heal'

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 00:07
An early study in rats suggests the spice turmeric may help boost the brain's ability to repair and regenerate itself.

VIDEO: US: Ebola 'threat to global security'

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 17:24
President Barack Obama told the UN than the spread of Ebola in Africa represented a "threat to regional and global security".

VIDEO: Can your skirt size be a cancer clue?

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:29
Women who consistently gain a skirt size every decade are increasing their risk of developing breast cancer, according to new research.

Sierra Leone widens Ebola quarantine

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:27
Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma widens a quarantine to include another one million people in an effort to curb the spread of Ebola.

Adopted family can check medical past

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:07
Relatives of adopted people will have more rights to find out about their birth family, so they can find out information such as inherited medical conditions.

VIDEO: Fry on missing tea with Al Pacino

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:20
Stephen Fry talks to BBC Breakfast about missing afternoon tea with Hollywood actor Al Pacino and his struggle with drink and drugs.

VIDEO: Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 04:34
Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses Dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

In pictures: Mali’s motorbiking eye surgeons

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 00:17
Motorbiking eye surgeons battle preventable blindness in Mali

Skirt size 'can flag up cancer risk'

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 00:03
Going up several skirt sizes in midlife could be a warning sign of increased breast cancer risk, research suggests.

AUDIO: 'I lost ten family members to Ebola'

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 18:39
A man from Liberia says ten members of his family have been killed after contracting the Ebola virus.

VIDEO: Tears at 91-year-old's NHS plea

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 17:02
A 91-year-old gives a passionate plea for the NHS as he recalls harsh times growing up and the death of his sister.

Ebola nations may 'face collapse'

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:31
The Ebola outbreak threatens to become a political crisis that could unravel years of effort to stabilise West Africa, a think tank warns.

Labour bares its teeth on the NHS

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:39
Labour bares its teeth on the NHS - but do the plans add up?

Breath test for TB developed

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:37
US researchers develop the first breath test for TB, which they say shows promise in animal studies.

Labour to set out plan to 'save' NHS

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:59
Labour is to give more details of its plan for the NHS, after Ed Miliband's party conference pledge to "save and transform" it.

Miliband £2.5bn pledge 'to save NHS'

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 17:27
Ed Miliband tells the Labour conference he wants to recruit 36,000 NHS doctors, nurses and other health staff - partly funded by a tax on tobacco firms and expensive homes.