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Brain 'still active during sleep'

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:31
The brain is still active while we asleep, say scientists, who found people were able to classify words according to their meaning during their slumber.

VIDEO: UK Ebola survivor returns to Africa

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:10
UK Ebola survivor William Pooley explains why he is retuning to Africa to fight the spread of the disease just weeks after he was discharged from hospital.

VIDEO: Campaigns in debate clash over NHS

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 23:30
Supporters and opponents of independence argued over the best way to protect the NHS during the BBC's Big, Big Debate in Glasgow.

Ashya hospital staff 'receive abuse'

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 13:32
Staff at the UK hospital where brain tumour patient Ashya King was treated have been inundated with abusive calls and emails, it is revealed.

Google buys hi-tech spoon firm

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 13:06
Google's latest acquisition is a firm which makes a spoon to help people with Parkinson's disease.

Fat shaming 'leads to weight gain'

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:46
Making people feel shameful about their weight could lead them to gain weight, not lose it, suggests a University College London study.

GP patients 'sicker due to waits'

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:31
Patients may be getting sicker and becoming more expensive to treat while they wait to see a doctor, says the body that represents GPs in Wales.

UK proton beam centres open in 2018

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:39
Proton beam therapy centres to treat cancers will be available in Manchester and London in 2018, NHS officials confirm.

Call for lung cancer screening in UK

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:10
Delays bringing in screening for lung cancer in the UK could cost tens of thousands of lives, warns a leading cancer expert.

Life on the Ebola front line

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 02:59
One aid worker's week on the Ebola front line

Blood group 'link to memory loss'

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 01:46
US research suggests there may be a link between a rare blood type and memory problems in later life.

AUDIO: Can you die from a broken heart?

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 21:07
Losing a loved one can have a detrimental affect on the health of the elderly, according to a study.

AUDIO: 'I woke up during surgery'

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 16:50
Research suggest one in 19,000 undergoing an operation under general anaesthetic wake up during surgery, based on the biggest study into the subject.

New money to tackle Ebola outbreak

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 16:02
The Gates Foundation is committing $50m to help step up efforts to tackle Ebola in West Africa.

VIDEO: What is the best way to brush teeth?

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:58
Advice on the best way to brush teeth for adults and children is confusing and inconsistent, according to researchers from University College London.

Two more nurses on neglect charges

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:51
Two nurses arrested in an investigation into allegations of wilful neglect at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend have now been charged, say South Wales Police.

AUDIO: 'Issue of money' for dementia care

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:37
The Alzheimer's Society found that only a third of the £32,242 a year spent on care per patent came from NHS or council funds.

What is the NHS there for?

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:08
Why dementia is posing tough questions for the NHS

Ebola 'threat to Liberia existence'

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:35
Liberia is facing a "serious threat" to its national existence as the deadly Ebola virus "spreads like wildfire", its defence minister says.

VIDEO: Dementia patients 'face care tax'

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:29
A study suggests that people with dementia, and their families, face care costs that are equivalent to more than £20,000 a year.