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Liberia declares Ebola emergency

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 03:29
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declares a state of emergency as the country grapples with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

Councils raise care funding concerns

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:47
Plans to cap the amount of money people in England and Wales spend on their social care could be jeopardised by a lack of funding, councils say.

Low vitamin D 'boosts dementia risk'

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:29
People over 65 who have a severe vitamin D deficiency have double the risk of developing dementia, a study has suggested.

'Ebola victim' dies in Saudi Arabia

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 22:35
A man being treated for Ebola-like symptoms dies in Saudi Arabia, in what could be the latest outbreak's first fatality outside Africa.

VIDEO: Can horses help autistic children?

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 22:18
Rupert Isaacson believes he has found a method to ease the dysfunctional symptoms associated with autism.

VIDEO: Ebola drug 'poses ethics questions'

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 21:06
Tarik Jasarevic from the World Health Organisation told the BBC that an experimental drug has been used.

VIDEO: Chikungunya virus hits Caribbean

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 14:08
The Caribbean has been hit hard by the painful, mosquito-borne disease chikungunya. Lorena Arroyo reports from the Dominican Republic, home to half of all the Caribbean cases.

WHO starts emergency talks on Ebola

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:28
Global experts begin two days of emergency talks at the World Health Organization in Geneva on new measures to tackle the Ebola outbreak.

GPs take campaign to Downing Street

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:20
Campaigners fighting new funding arrangements for GPs' surgeries are delivering a 21,000-signature petition to Downing Street.

Junior doctors 'under pressure'

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:57
The majority of young doctors feel they can't care for their patients properly because of heavy workloads and long hours, a survey suggests.

Deafness, by those in the know

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 08:38
Five lesser-known things about life for those who are deaf

VIDEO: Emergency WHO summit on Ebola

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:50
The World Health Organization is beginning a two day emergency meeting to discuss new measures to tackle the Ebola virus.

VIDEO: Daily aspirin 'cuts cancer deaths'

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:28
Professor Jack Cuzick from Queen Mary University of London says new research suggests aspirin could reduce the risk of developing - or dying from - certain types of cancer.

Super units 'needed for stroke care'

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 00:52
Stroke care needs to be centralised in large specialist units in a radical shake-up of hospitals, experts say.

Daily aspirin 'cuts cancer deaths'

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 00:50
An analysis suggests taking a small dose of aspirin every day can prevent deaths from bowel, stomach and oesophageal cancers.

VIDEO: London doctor treating Ebola victims

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:11
A doctor from King's College in London has been treating patients with the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.

Stem cell scientist found dead

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:58
A Japanese scientist involved in a scandal over discredited stem cell research has been found dead in an apparent suicide.

Blood app 'can detect diseases'

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:46
A team has developed an app and small lens add-on that allows blood-cell analysis via your smartphone, which it says can detect diseases such as malaria in seconds.

Possible Ebola exposure case watched

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:35
A Welsh resident who may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus while visiting western Africa is being monitored by health officials.

Ebola drug given to US aid workers

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:59
US aid workers who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia appear to be improving after receiving an experimental drug, officials says.