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'Unacceptable gaps' in NHS baby care

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:12
Gaps in NHS services designed to help sick and premature babies are completely unacceptable, a child health expert says.

Obesity 'linked to womb cancer rise'

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:28
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.

Mother asks strangers to breastfeed son

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 16:27
A mother receiving medical treatment successfully appeals for strangers to breastfeed her son.

Learning disability deaths investigated

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:46
Health watchdog will look at how NHS trust services learn from the deaths of patients with learning disabilities.

Clampdown on cosmetic surgery cowboys

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 00:13
The body that regulates UK doctors is introducing new guidelines for cosmetic procedures to stop rogue practitioners who put profits before patients.

Zika virus 'scarier than thought' - US

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 20:24
The Zika virus is "scarier" than first thought and its impact on the US could be greater than predicted, public health officials says.

'Superhero DNA' keeps diseases at bay

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 16:34
Some people appear to be born with 'superhero DNA' that cancels out genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis, say researchers.

'Disappointment' as muscle drug denied

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 16:04
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.

Body found in search for junior doctor

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 13:29
A body believed to be that of a missing junior doctor has been found, police say.

VIDEO: Teen's diary reveals mental health ordeal

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 06:55
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 urged over cancer diagnosis change

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 06:21
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.

New test measures cancer drugs success

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 02:13
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.

Mental health deaths 'under-reported'

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 02:05
A campaign group that represents bereaved families is demanding the government investigates the way deaths of young people in mental health units are recorded.

Next doctors' strike 'will damage trust'

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 14:24
An all-out strike by junior doctors will "irreparably damage" trust and the reputation of the profession, NHS England's medical director says.

VIDEO: Should we eat more fish?

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 00:04
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.

Can Obama's cancer campaign succeed?

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 00:57
Can President Obama's campaign succeed?

Chinese medicine plant secrets probed

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 00:36
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 unit breaks

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 18:04
Uganda's only radiotherapy machine used for treating cancer is broken beyond repair, the country's main cancer unit says.

Huge leap to mass produced platelets

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 13:59
Scientists have made a significant leap towards mass producing platelets - the part of the blood that forms clots.

Why are Northern Ireland's abortion laws different?

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 09:37
Why is abortion essentially illegal in Northern Ireland?