The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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Gaps in NHS services designed to help sick and premature babies are completely unacceptable, a child health expert says.
Rising levels of obesity are likely to be fuelling an increase in the number of women diagnosed with womb cancer, charity Cancer Research UK warns.
A mother receiving medical treatment successfully appeals for strangers to breastfeed her son.
Health watchdog will look at how NHS trust services learn from the deaths of patients with learning disabilities.
The body that regulates UK doctors is introducing new guidelines for cosmetic procedures to stop rogue practitioners who put profits before patients.
The Zika virus is "scarier" than first thought and its impact on the US could be greater than predicted, public health officials says.
Some people appear to be born with 'superhero DNA' that cancels out genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis, say researchers.
A new drug to treat muscular dystrophy, highlighted by a boy with the condition who lobbied Nicola Sturgeon, is rejected for routine use in Scottish hospitals.
A body believed to be that of a missing junior doctor has been found, police say.
Sarah Green was a 17-year old girl who died as a result of self-harming while an inpatient in a mental health unit.
NHS Wales can be among the world's best for cancer care if big changes are made in how quickly it is diagnosed, says an international expert.
A new scanning technique is being tested to see if it can give an early indication of how well cancer drugs are working in patients.
A campaign group that represents bereaved families is demanding the government investigates the way deaths of young people in mental health units are recorded.
An all-out strike by junior doctors will "irreparably damage" trust and the reputation of the profession, NHS England's medical director says.
Across Asia people eat more fish than anywhere else in the world, but there is a potential danger as mercury and other chemicals are found in fish.
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Scientists have unravelled one of the secrets of a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine that may have promise for fighting cancer.
Uganda's only radiotherapy machine used for treating cancer is broken beyond repair, the country's main cancer unit says.
Scientists have made a significant leap towards mass producing platelets - the part of the blood that forms clots.
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