The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 1 hour 16 min ago
The onward march of people making a century
The French government has unveiled controversial new measures to cut the number of smokers, including introducing plain cigarette packaging.
Talking therapy is more effective than pills in treating social anxiety disorder, a study has found.
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.
An early study in rats suggests the spice turmeric may help boost the brain's ability to repair and regenerate itself.
President Barack Obama told the UN than the spread of Ebola in Africa represented a "threat to regional and global security".
Women who consistently gain a skirt size every decade are increasing their risk of developing breast cancer, according to new research.
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.
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.
Stephen Fry talks to BBC Breakfast about missing afternoon tea with Hollywood actor Al Pacino and his struggle with drink and drugs.
Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses Dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.
Motorbiking eye surgeons battle preventable blindness in Mali
Going up several skirt sizes in midlife could be a warning sign of increased breast cancer risk, research suggests.
A man from Liberia says ten members of his family have been killed after contracting the Ebola virus.
A 91-year-old gives a passionate plea for the NHS as he recalls harsh times growing up and the death of his sister.
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 - but do the plans add up?
US researchers develop the first breath test for TB, which they say shows promise in animal studies.
Labour is to give more details of its plan for the NHS, after Ed Miliband's party conference pledge to "save and transform" it.
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.