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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.

Neurologist wins Wellcome book prize

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 19:33
Neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan wins the £30,000 Wellcome Book Prize for her book about psychosomatic illness, It's All in Your Head.

Bed bugs repulsed by certain colours

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 13:22
Bed bugs appear to have a strong preference for particular colours - a quirk that could be used against the troublesome pests, say scientists.

Dementia care home set for closure

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 06:49
Pembrokeshire council is being recommended to close a Haverfordwest care home, with nine jobs being lost.

NHS strike risks patient safety - Hunt

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 03:47
Planned all-out strikes by junior doctors in England this week could threaten the safety of patients, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt warns.

Fear over eating disorder care in Japan

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 00:16
Most people suffering with eating disorders in Japan are not receiving any medical or psychological support, according to doctors.

VIDEO: Pressure on Hunt to halt doctors' strike

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 09:06
A group of MPs has called on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to pilot the use of a new NHS contract in a bid to end the ongoing row with junior doctors.

Call for junior doctors' contract pilot

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 06:56
A group of MPs calls on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to pilot the use of a new NHS contract in a bid to end the ongoing row with junior doctors.

Final piece of diabetes puzzle solved

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 01:19
A complete picture of what the immune system attacks to cause type 1 diabetes is revealed by scientists.

'This is what it's like to pee after female genital mutilation'

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 00:24
'This is what it's like to pee after female genital mutilation'

NHS strike delays 'to exceed 100,000'

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 02:31
More than 100,000 patients are expected to have appointments postponed or operations delayed as a result of next week's strike by junior doctors, NHS England says.

Give children free water, restaurants told

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 01:42
Restaurants should offer tap water to families eating out rather than waiting for customers to ask for it, say councils in England and Wales.

Virus 'can cause brain damage in babies'

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 05:54
An investigation into an outbreak of a new virus in Australia has uncovered cases of developmental delays and brain damage in children.

Why is there so much sugar in some savoury foods?

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 05:32
Why is there so much sugar in 'savoury' food?

'Why I kept quiet about my cancer battle'

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 05:18
Why I kept quiet about my cancer, just like Victoria

The blind London Marathon runners

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 04:24
What's it like to run the London Marathon with no sight?

Surgery ban for obese patients 'wrong'

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:45
Surgeons say they are worried overweight patients and smokers in England and Wales are having surgery delayed or denied to save money.

Men 'dangerously ignorant' of prostate

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:01
British men are dangerously ignorant of the prostate gland, according to a men's health charity.

Poor sleep due to 'first-night effect'

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 01:48
People sleep less well in an unfamiliar place as the brain's left side stays alert for danger, a study suggests.