The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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"Smart drugs" such as Modafinil are being used by students despite warnings about their side effects, according to government health advisers.
The Black Death led to big gains in health for future generations, according to an analysis of skeletons interred in London cemeteries.
Emmerdale's Charlie Hardwick says playing Val Pollard has given her a chance to educate people about HIV.
A former UK care worker, originally from Hungary, says it is "essential" for carers to have a good level of English.
Emily Letts, who filmed herself while having a surgical termination and posted it online, has defended her decision.
Agencies must ensure people they recruit as care workers can speak English before placing them in vulnerable people's homes, a government adviser says
British researchers believe sitting for long periods of time can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease and even death
A company that processes placentas for new mothers to eat could be shut down in what is believed to be the first court case of its kind.
'Marijuana refugees' uproot in search of drug to ease seizures
New way to finance big-build NHS projects in Scotland
Could we all be doing the high jump at 95?
Why is polio a public emergency?
Olga Kotelko is a 95-year-old athletics champion with over 30 world records to her name.
The case of a terminally ill woman who was not consulted before a "do not resuscitate" notice was placed in her medical records will be heard in the Court of Appeal on Monday.
Can this helmet be an effective treatment?
Danish researchers say a helmet that delivers electro-magnetic impulses to the brain has shown promise in treating people with depression.
Do men really need a hormone top up?
Should the insurance industry stump up funds?