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Chinese medicine plant secrets probed

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 00:36
Scientists have unravelled one of the secrets of a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine that may have promise for fighting cancer.

Uganda's only radiotherapy unit breaks

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 18:04
Uganda's only radiotherapy machine used for treating cancer is broken beyond repair, the country's main cancer unit says.

Huge leap to mass produced platelets

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 13:59
Scientists have made a significant leap towards mass producing platelets - the part of the blood that forms clots.

Why are Northern Ireland's abortion laws different?

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 09:37
Why is abortion essentially illegal in Northern Ireland?

Fresh junior doctor talks 'ruled out'

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 08:02
Fresh talks to break the deadlock in the junior doctor dispute in England have been ruled out by the government as the latest strike ends.

Pregnancy diabetes tests 'too late'

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 00:53
Gestational diabetes - which affects the growth of developing babies - is being diagnosed too late, warn scientists.

VIDEO: 'I'd think twice': BBC tests new food label

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 18:10
The BBC has been asking shoppers what they think of the idea of being given food labels with exercise advice.

'Key piece of ageing puzzle' identified

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 17:01
A common drug, lithium, could hold the key to long life, in flies at least, according to research.

Virtual reality 'road to recovery'

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 13:50
Virtual reality to help patients get moving again.

Activity icons 'could help healthy living’

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 01:51
How much exercise does it take to burn off that chocolate bar?

VIDEO: NI abortion pills woman has 'no regrets'

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 20:30
A woman from Northern Ireland who has taken abortion pills bought online has said she has done nothing to be ashamed of.

VIDEO: Southern Health boss 'won't resign'

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 19:12
The chief executive of a NHS trust criticised by the Care Quality Commission over its failure to investigate deaths says she will not resign.

VIDEO: Mother hears dead son's heart after transplant

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 22:31
A mother in Nebraska in the US has heard the heartbeat of a man who received her son's heart in a transplant.

VIDEO: Can singing in a choir boost health?

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 07:47
Singing in a choir may be just what the doctor ordered for cancer patients, according to scientists.

Why babies all over the world are now sleeping in boxes

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 00:12
Why babies all over the world now are in cardboard beds

VIDEO: Warning over DIY teeth whitening kits

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 08:13
Councils in England and Wales are calling for tougher penalties for "rogue" beauticians who offer teeth whitening using dangerous kits.

Overcoming the emotional trauma of constipation

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 01:42
'My son had two or three accidents a day'