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One in five child deaths 'preventable'

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:36
One in five child deaths in England could be prevented, according to reports in The Lancet.

E-cigarettes: Debate - and confusion - is natural

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:09
Debate - and confusion - is natural, says Nick Triggle

E-cigarette criticisms 'alarmist'

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:00
Warnings about e-cigarettes are "alarmist" - and increasing their use could save thousands of lives a year in the UK, researchers say.

VIDEO: Fears over missing anorexic teenager

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:32
Alice Gross, 14, has been missing from her home in West London since Thursday 28 August. Her sister Nina has been speaking to Newsbeat.

Third American with Ebola named

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:32
A US aid worker infected with Ebola in Liberia has been identified as a family doctor from Massachusetts.

Suicide death 'every 40 seconds'

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:24
Somebody dies by killing themselves every 40 seconds, according to a major report by the World Health Organization.

Ebola death toll exceeds 1,900

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 08:00
More than 1,900 people have now died in West Africa's Ebola outbreak, 40% of them in the past three weeks, the World Health Organization says.

Call to end NHS-social care divide

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:38
The NHS and social care systems in England need to be merged in the most radical overhaul since they were created in the 1940s, an independent review says.

IVF treatment on NHS 'needs reform'

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 16:51
Lord Robert Winston says better IVF provision is needed on the NHS as he receives an honorary degree in Birmingham.

VIDEO: Inside hospital welcoming maggots

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 15:44
Patients in Kenya may soon start receiving live maggots as a treatment after promising results from a pilot study using the age-old practice

VIDEO: Doctor describes Ashya King treatment

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 15:04
A Chief Paediatrician at Southampton General Hospital has denied that a five-year-old with a brain tumour was blocked from going to Prague for treatment.

Ashya's mother 'cried and prayed'

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:31
The mother of Ashya King tells the BBC in an exclusive interview how she prayed in prison she would be reunited with her child.

VIDEO: Ebola patient on his lowest point

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:27
William Pooley, the first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa, has been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery.

British Ebola patient 'discharged'

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:07
The first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa has made a full recovery.

How maggots can lower Kenyan hospital bills

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:39
Would you like larvae to eat your infected flesh?

All diets 'have similar results'

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:23
All diets - from Atkins to Weight Watchers - have similar results and people should simply pick the one they find easiest, say researchers.

House the elderly on NHS land - MP

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:17
Surplus NHS land should be used to build dedicated housing for older people, a former care minister says.

Allergy mistakes 'risking lives'

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 00:01
Thousands of lives are put at risk each year by doctors prescribing drugs that patients are known to be allergic to, the medicines watchdog says.

Ashya's parents freed from prison

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 21:54
The parents of Ashya King are released from prison in Spain after UK prosecutors withdrew a European arrest warrant.

Ebola vaccine human trial begins in US

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:46
A potential vaccine for Ebola is being tested in the US, with the first stage looking at how the immune system of 20 volunteers will respond to it.