The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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Labour pledges to give the regulator Ofgem the power to remove energy firms' licences, if it wins the next election.
Researchers suggest some standard methods to reduce the spread of MRSA infections need to be re-evaluated as they may do more harm than good.
Botox injections - beloved by those seeking a wrinkle-free complexion - may help fight cancer, early animal studies suggest.
Ebola crisis has serious financial effect on West Africa
Around 30,000 people could have been eligible for drugs in the current Ebola outbreak - if they had been available, a report in Nature suggests.
Patients are dying from sepsis because of a lack of effective antibiotics, an expert is warning.
An 18-year-old student has made a scientific breakthrough that could help save the lives of black athletes with undiagnosed heart problems.
Security forces in Liberia's capital deploy to enforce a quarantine in a large slum area in Monrovia in order to contain the spread of Ebola.
A leading security expert alleges that hackers made use of the Heartbleed flaw to steal the personal details of 4.5 million healthcare patients.
Parts of Europe are reaching a "tipping point" where cardiovascular disease is no longer the leading cause of death, a study shows.
Patricia Lay-Dorsey's self portraits have helped her with MS
Alder Hey Children's Hospital "requires improvement" in critical care and outpatient services, but some areas are rated outstanding or good by health inspectors.
Mental health services for young people in England are "stuck in the dark ages" and "not fit for purpose", according to a government minister.
A doctor reports from the Ebola front line
Private hospitals should release the same data about patient safety incidents as NHS providers, a report says.
Breast feeding can halve the risk of post-natal depression, according to a study of nearly 14,000 new mothers.
The number of nurses available at weekends - but not the frequency of doctors' ward rounds - affects stroke survival, according to a recent study.
Seventeen suspected Ebola patients who went missing in Liberia after a health centre was attacked have been found, a minister tells the BBC.
Stimulating the part of the brain which controls movement may help people recover from strokes.
Recent large contracts are fuelling the debate over competition for services within the NHS.