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Thai surrogate baby case disputed

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 16:06
An Australian couple deny abandoning a baby boy with Down's Syndrome, but the Thai surrogate mother he was born to disputes their account.

NHS waits: Getting the excuses in early?

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:55
Is the government getting its excuses in early?

NHS to target long waits for ops

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 11:15
The NHS in England has been ordered to prioritise patients who have endured long waits for routine treatment.

Controversial midwife-led units open

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 07:32
Controversial plans to centralise specialist maternity care in west Wales come into effect on Monday.

Quick video games 'benefit children'

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 05:16
According to new research, a little time spent playing video games every day may have a positive impact on child development.

Ebola test after passenger death

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 01:16
An Ebola test on a female passenger who died after flying to the UK from West Africa comes back negative, the Department of Health says.

Phone calls 'do not cut GP pressure'

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 00:53
GP consultations by telephone, rather than face-to-face, do not reduce the pressures on busy surgeries, a study shows.

Sperm bank to meet UK donor demand

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 15:06
A national sperm bank, which can be used by same-sex couples and single women, is to be opened to combat a UK-wide shortage.

VIDEO: Ebola baby buried by strangers

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 12:54
The Ebola virus has claimed almost 700 lives in West Africa. Health officials travel to affected areas to teach early diagnosis skills. Tulip Mazumdar reports

VIDEO: Surrogate baby Gammy 'improving'

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 12:02
A baby abandoned by his Australian parents because he has Down's Syndrome is improving in hospital, according to doctors.

The man who helped save 50 million lives

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 02:49
The man who helped save 50m people

VIDEO: The man who helped save 50 million lives

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 00:21
Norbert Hirschhorn talks to Lizzie Crouch about the discovery of Oral Rehydration Therapy, a simple concoction of sugar, salts and water that has saved over 50 million lives worldwide.

Living in the shadow of Ebola

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 00:20
Three rules on how to survive the deadly virus

Infected Ebola doctor lands in US

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 19:06
A US doctor infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia arrives in the US for treatment at a specialised unit in Atlanta, Georgia.

VIDEO: Australian pair abandon Down's baby

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 15:50
Phil Mercer reports on reaction to news that an Australian couple rejected a surrogate Down's Syndrome baby

Australian pair abandon Down's baby

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 03:59
An online campaign for a baby with Down's Syndrome left with his surrogate Thai mother by an Australian couple has raised over $120,000 (£70,000).

VIDEO: Brockovich speaks out on birth control

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 00:49
Erin Brockovich is among the leading voices claiming pharmaceutical giant Bayer's Essure sterilisation procedure has injured thousands of women.

BMJ 'right' in statins claims row

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 00:25
An investigation backs the British Medical Journal's response after it published two inaccurate articles on the harms of cholesterol-reducing statins.

Ebola spreading too fast - WHO

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 23:03
The Ebola outbreak is spreading faster than efforts to control it, the head of the World Health Organization tells West African leaders.

VIDEO: British doctor's video from Ebola hospital

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 18:12
Convincing patients to receive treatment is the biggest task facing medical professionals trying to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a doctor in Sierra Leone says.