The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline says its Ebola vaccine will not be ready until late 2015 and is "going to come too late" for this epidemic.
Scientists have found hidden signatures in the brains of people in a vegetative state which suggest they might be conscious.
Signs warning shoppers how much exercise they need to do to burn off the sugar in fizzy drinks could be a useful tool in the fight against obesity, research suggests.
African countries neighbouring those most affected by the deadly Ebola virus must be better prepared, the World Health Organization says.
NHS figures show 467 newly identified cases of girls and women needing treatment after female genital mutilation in England last month.
Safety standards in hospitals in England are "shocking", inspectors say.
As part of a BBC series looking at stories of World War One beyond the trenches, Dr Kevin Fong explores how Malta earned the name "The Nurse of the Mediterranean".
Patients who had eye operations at a Somerset hospital suffered pain and said they felt rushed, a report claims.
A health trust apologises to cancer patients treated by a consultant who was later sacked, saying his treatment "resulted in your harm".
The BBC's Zoe Conway went to a school in central London find out how far pupils were prepared to walk to buy fast food.
Improvements are needed to make sure medicines are safely administered on wards caring for elderly patients, says a report following spot checks at 20 hospitals.
Increasing numbers of teenagers are using laxatives to lose weight, with some taking dozens a day and seriously risking their health.
The UK's leading eating disorder charity has called for the sale of laxatives to children to be more strictly regulated.
The World Health Organization says a major outbreak of Ebola in the West is unlikely, as US President Obama orders a "more aggressive" response.
Basic mistakes in hospitals in England cost the NHS up to £2.5bn a year, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to say.
A new test has been developed that could help doctors identify ovarian cancer more accurately and cut down on instances of unnecessary surgery.
The UK has the highest rate in the world of one of the two main types of gullet cancer, according to the World Health Organization.
Government scientists from Wiltshire are calling for micro-biologists to volunteer in the fight against the growing threat of the deadly Ebola virus.
A report by London's Health Commission has called for planning guidance to prevent new junk food outlets opening within 400m (1,300ft) of schools.
US health officials are seeking 132 people who flew on a plane with a Texas nurse on the day before she came down with symptoms of Ebola.