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Diabetes surgery 'missed by thousands'

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 15:20
Thousands of people with type-2 diabetes in the UK are missing out on obesity surgery that would slash blood sugars and even lead to remission in some cases, a team of experts say.

MoD criticised over Lariam prescribing

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 01:00
Anti-malarial drug Lariam, which can cause severe side-effects, should be the "drug of last resort" for UK troops, MPs on the defence committee say.

'NHS delay' caused cancer patient's death

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:05
A man died from operable cancer after an NHS trust failed to act on advice from another hospital, an ombudsman's report reveals.

Can vegans push themselves to physical extremes?

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 18:50
Can vegans push themselves to physical extremes?

'Mosquito control failure' fuelled Zika

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 16:25
The spread of Zika is the price being paid for a massive policy failure on mosquito control, says World Health Organization leader Margaret Chan.

Gory posters 'not good for patients'

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 15:41
"Unloved" GP waiting rooms which are covered in leaflets and tatty magazines can increase patients' anxiety, according to an Edinburgh study.

VIDEO: Wilko Johnson on surviving 'terminal' cancer

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 15:34
Rock legend Wilko Johnson on the chance meeting that led to him being cured of cancer, which he had previously been told was terminal.

Anger over Facebook plus-size ad ban

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 13:06
An Australian feminist group expresses its fury after Facebook rejected an ad it created because of the image it used.

What should we be eating?

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:24
Fat, carbs or protein? What foods make a healthy diet?

VIDEO: Apps which could help with allergies

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:12
From a prototype device which can detect gluten in food to allergy apps, BBC Click's Lara Lewington reports

VIDEO: Why are pharmacies under threat?

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 10:36
Thousands of local pharmacies in England are at risk of closure because of cuts by the Department of Health, according to a campaign group.

VIDEO: Could eating more fat boost health?

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 09:14
Advice to eat more fat is irresponsible and potentially deadly, Public Health England's chief nutritionist has said.

VIDEO: When antibiotics no longer work

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 06:45
As antibiotics resistance grows around the world, for some people even the strongest drugs no longer work

Funding cuts 'put pharmacies at risk'

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 00:39
Thousands of local pharmacies in England are at risk of closure because of cuts by the Department of Health, a campaign group says.

Call for more support for cancer carers

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 00:32
The number of people caring for someone with cancer in the UK has risen to almost 1.5 million, according to a cancer charity.

Pro-fat dietary advice 'irresponsible'

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 00:28
Advice to eat more fat is irresponsible and potentially deadly, Public Health England's chief nutritionist says.

Giant insurer to end tobacco investment

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 00:02
Axa, one of the world's biggest insurers, plans to stop investing in the tobacco industry to help highlight the human and economic cost of smoking.

Brexit 'could damage NHS', warns chief

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 13:24
The health service could suffer if Brexit puts the economy at risk as "when the British economy sneezes, the NHS catches a cold", chief executive of NHS England warns.

VIDEO: How stick helps Parkinson's sufferers

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 08:16
A new vibrating walking stick is helping people with Parkinson's Disease retain their mobility and independence.

Obama pushes for more Zika funding

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 01:14
President Obama criticises the US Congress for failing to fully back his request for a $1.9bn (£1.25bn) fund to combat the Zika virus.

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