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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.
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.
Supporters and opponents of independence argued over the best way to protect the NHS during the BBC's Big, Big Debate in Glasgow.
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's latest acquisition is a firm which makes a spoon to help people with Parkinson's disease.
Making people feel shameful about their weight could lead them to gain weight, not lose it, suggests a University College London study.
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.
Proton beam therapy centres to treat cancers will be available in Manchester and London in 2018, NHS officials confirm.
Delays bringing in screening for lung cancer in the UK could cost tens of thousands of lives, warns a leading cancer expert.
One aid worker's week on the Ebola front line
US research suggests there may be a link between a rare blood type and memory problems in later life.
Losing a loved one can have a detrimental affect on the health of the elderly, according to a study.
Research suggest one in 19,000 undergoing an operation under general anaesthetic wake up during surgery, based on the biggest study into the subject.
The Gates Foundation is committing $50m to help step up efforts to tackle Ebola in West Africa.
Advice on the best way to brush teeth for adults and children is confusing and inconsistent, according to researchers from University College London.
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.
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.
Why dementia is posing tough questions for the NHS
Liberia is facing a "serious threat" to its national existence as the deadly Ebola virus "spreads like wildfire", its defence minister says.
A study suggests that people with dementia, and their families, face care costs that are equivalent to more than £20,000 a year.