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The first national inspection of more than 900 GP surgeries in England finds one in three is failing to meet basic standards, with two being found to have maggots.
On Wednesday leaders from the G8 nations committed to finding a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025.
A new review of "legal highs" could lead to sweeping changes to UK drug legislation, the Home Office says.
All patients in a coma or vegetative state should have access to specialist care, according to new guidelines.
Genetic influence explains almost 60% of the variation in GCSE exam results, twin studies suggest.
A motorbike ambulance and pop-up clinic that can be used to reach remote villages in developing countries have been on show at the World Innovation Summit for Health.
The number of obese and overweight children in the final year of primary school in England has fallen, albeit slightly, for the first time in six years.
Uruguay's decision to legalise the production, sale and consumption of marijuana violates international law, the UN drugs watchdog says.
Leading nations have committed to developing a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025 at the G8 dementia summit.
The goal of finding a treatment to cure or halt dementia by 2025 is "within our grasp", Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
'If mum takes her mask off, we are all at risk'
And nine other health hazards in Victorian homes
A soldier injured in battle is believed to be the first person in the UK to control a bionic arm with his mind.
Medical students from the US have brought together a number of medical mobile phone applications to create a 10 minute physical examination, including and ultrasound scan and heart rate monitor.
Why Uruguay is legalising its marijuana market
Electronic help for those with impaired speech.
A dementia care scheme known as 'Green Care' is becoming increasingly popular in Norway as it allows sufferers to remain in the community for longer.
Users tell how the drug affected their health
Research into the biggest care problem of a generation
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