The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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Helping children to overcome the psychological pain of war
Reading traditional poetry such as Wordsworth or Keats is thought to be particularly beneficial for dementia patients by triggering childhood memories.
A new device could improve how blood pressure is measured, according to NHS researchers.
A new method of screening for Down's syndrome has been developed which trials suggest is over 99% accurate.
Is much of medicine just making reassuring noises?
How does what we eat help us cope with grief?
All humans might make use of echolocation
A senior fellow at the Nuffield Trust looked at the claims made at Prime Minister's questions this week over casualty waiting times.
Opposition parties in the Welsh assembly will pull together to fight against planned health reforms and hospital closures in Wales, says the leader of the Welsh Conservatives
10 ways to talk to your child about their weight
A DNA blood test for Down's syndrome could be given earlier in pregnancy than current checks, research suggests.
Research suggests a child's genetic make-up has only a small role in determining how good they are at reading.
More than 200,000 extra doses of the MMR vaccine have been ordered by GPs in England since efforts to vaccinate one million children started.
The number of people in the UK who will get cancer during their lifetime will increase to nearly half the population by 2020, a report suggests.
The outgoing NHS boss in England, Sir David Nicholson, says that "becoming the story" after the publication of the Francis report contributed to his decision to retire.
The outgoing boss of the NHS in England has said he had to go after he became the story.
Treatment concerns of student with rare condition
Do ordinary people really need protein shakes?
Addressing the annual NHS Confederation conference, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that he would like to see a return to "family doctoring" where GPs in the community are kept fully informed about their most vulnerable patients.
The impact of having bipolar disorder