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Breastfeeding 'cuts depression risk'

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:17
Breast feeding can halve the risk of post-natal depression, according to a study of nearly 14,000 new mothers.

'Nurse ratio' key to stroke survival

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 19:00
The number of nurses available at weekends - but not the frequency of doctors' ward rounds - affects stroke survival, according to a recent study.

Liberian Ebola patients 'found'

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:33
Seventeen suspected Ebola patients who went missing in Liberia after a health centre was attacked have been found, a minister tells the BBC.

Brain stimulation 'helps in stroke'

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:12
Stimulating the part of the brain which controls movement may help people recover from strokes.

VIDEO: The debate over competition in the NHS

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:40
Recent large contracts are fuelling the debate over competition for services within the NHS.

VIDEO: Inside Liberia Ebola treatment centre

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:21
Following earlier denials, Liberia has admitted that 17 suspected Ebola patients are "missing" after a health centre in the capital was looted.

Pill 'reduces hair-loss' in alopecia

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:05
Scientists say three people with the hair-loss condition alopecia have seen their hair completely re-grow after taking a pill for five months.

How safe is eating meat?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 00:28
Doctor puts a high-meat diet to the test

Confusion as Ebola patients vanish

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 22:30
There are conflicting reports over the fate of 17 suspected Ebola patients who disappeared after a quarantine centre in the Liberian capital Monrovia was looted.

VIDEO: Alcohol tax 'should fund rehab'

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 08:36
Taxes on alcohol sold in shops should be increased to pay for rehabilitation services, according to the Centre for Social Justice.

Getting to grips with depression

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 01:42
How trapeze therapy can benefit mind and body

Alcohol tax urged to fund rehab

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 01:35
Alcohol taxes should be increased to fund rehabilitation services, a leading centre-right think tank urges.

Lesser-known things about Asperger's syndrome

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 15:32
Lesser-known things about Asperger's syndrome

Depression with Parkinson's 'common'

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:59
Depression and anxiety are twice as common in people newly-diagnosed with Parkinson's disease compared to the general population, research suggests.

VIDEO: Trapeze lessons 'help beat depression'

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:40
Women suffering from depression are being encouraged to attend a trapeze exercise class to help manage their symptoms.

VIDEO: Is it Salmonella or a tummy bug?

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:31
An investigation has begun into an outbreak of Salmonella which has now affected more than 150 people in England. Dr Brian Hope describes the symptoms and how to avoid infection.

Ebola 'to last at least six months'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 20:39
The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa will take at least six months to bring under control, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says.

VIDEO: 'Mental illness can happen to anyone'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 18:16
Sam Bailey spoke to BBC News about his experiences with depression.

Salmonella outbreak investigated

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:35
Public Health England is investigating a Salmonella outbreak which has affected more than 150 people in England over the past few months.

Ebola crisis 'vastly underestimated'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:13
The UN's health agency says the scale of the Ebola outbreak appears to be "vastly underestimated", as the death toll reaches 1,069.