The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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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 machine used for treating cancer is broken beyond repair, the country's main cancer unit says.
Scientists have made a significant leap towards mass producing platelets - the part of the blood that forms clots.
Why is abortion essentially illegal in Northern Ireland?
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.
Gestational diabetes - which affects the growth of developing babies - is being diagnosed too late, warn scientists.
The BBC has been asking shoppers what they think of the idea of being given food labels with exercise advice.
A common drug, lithium, could hold the key to long life, in flies at least, according to research.
Virtual reality to help patients get moving again.
How much exercise does it take to burn off that chocolate bar?
A woman from Northern Ireland who has taken abortion pills bought online has said she has done nothing to be ashamed of.
The chief executive of a NHS trust criticised by the Care Quality Commission over its failure to investigate deaths says she will not resign.
A mother in Nebraska in the US has heard the heartbeat of a man who received her son's heart in a transplant.
Singing in a choir may be just what the doctor ordered for cancer patients, according to scientists.
Why babies all over the world now are in cardboard beds
Councils in England and Wales are calling for tougher penalties for "rogue" beauticians who offer teeth whitening using dangerous kits.
'My son had two or three accidents a day'