The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 14 hours 16 min ago
Five foods with surprisingly high amounts of sugar
A major incident was declared at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital on Wednesday night to deal with a large volume of patients at the A&E department.
A campaign group has been formed to reduce the amount of sugar added to food and soft drinks in an effort to tackle obesity and diabetes in the UK.
Hospital linen is being fitted with electronic tags to try to stop up to £400,000 worth being lost every year.
"Heat maps" of blood can be used to detect cervical cancer, according to US scientists.
A major cause of premature births - where waters break too soon, triggering labour - may be caused by specific bacteria, according to research.
The young non-drinkers turning their backs on alcohol
The country that may allow euthanasia for children of any age
Why 'micro-sleeps' are a hazard for drivers
Although smoking is becoming less popular in many parts of the world, the total number of smokers is growing, global figures have revealed.
Canadian health officials confirm the first known fatal case of the H5N1 avian flu strain in North America - a patient in Alberta.
Click's Spencer Kelly tests a selection of the latest health tech on show at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
A glue that can seal open wounds or repair leaking blood vessels in the heart is developed in the US.
Wrexham Maelor hospital is "log-jammed" and others in north Wales are in a similar situation, BBC Wales learns.
The TV hypnotist Paul McKenna warns slimmers against using fad diets to lose weight.
The threat of antibiotic resistance is once again in the spotlight.
Complaints were made about TV ad and poster claiming the drink "hydrates and fuels you better than water".
BBC News website readers share their experiences of multiple A&E visits.
Bradford Royal Infirmary does not have enough staff in its accident and emergency department to provide "safe and effective care", say inspectors.
Although smoking is becoming less popular in many parts of the world, the total number of people who smoke is growing and has reached close to a billion, global figures reveal.