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Ashya parents fight extradition

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:07
The parents of Ashya King are held in police custody after refusing to consent to their extradition to the UK at an appearance at the High Court in Spain.

Sniffing faeces 'detects infection'

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 09:51
UK researchers say an "electronic nose" that smells faeces can detect strains of bacteria that can cause deadly infections.

The girl with three biological parents

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 00:15
The girl who has three biological parents

What is proton beam therapy?

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 18:48
What is proton beam therapy and why is it so sought after?

'No apology' over Ashya response

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 15:05
Police reject criticism of their search for a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was removed from a UK hospital by his parents against medical advice.

VIDEO: Are e-cigarettes safe?

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 11:31
Inside Out goes to the lab to investigate what is in e-cigarettes while we unwrap the arguments surrounding them.

VIDEO: Urgent calls to tackle childhood obesity

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 07:49
Children condemned to 'lifetime of ill-health', warn doctors leaders, as calls are made for a government taskforce.

'Urgent' call for obesity taskforce

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 03:14
Doctors' leaders are calling for an emergency taskforce to be set up to tackle childhood obesity in England.

Bionic pancreas: A new dawn for diabetics?

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 01:09
Labs in race to find bionic solution for Type 1 Diabetes

Sunbed study highlights cancer risk

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 00:28
Sunbed users are still at risk of skin cancer even if they do not burn their skin, according to a new study by Dundee University.

Experts argue for drink price plan

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 00:22
Health professionals say they are stepping up efforts to see alcohol minimum pricing in place in Scotland, with a seminar being held in Brussels.

Test Ebola drug '100% effective'

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 18:00
The only trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection.

Senegal confirms first Ebola case

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:59
Senegal's health ministry confirms a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth west African country now affected by the outbreak.

Post-natal care lacking, say midwives

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:59
A report from the Royal College of Midwives suggests that 40% of women are being discharged from hospital before they are ready after having a baby.

Parents snatch ill boy, 5, from ward

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:53
A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour is taken without consent from hospital by his parents, sparking a major police hunt for the family.

Electrical stimulation 'aids memory'

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:17
Electromagnetic stimulation of a specific part of the brain may improve the ability to remember certain facts, researchers say.

Plain packs 'no effect on smokers'

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:15
A study of smokers in Australia suggests there is "no evidence" that the introduction of standardised cigarette packaging has changed the way people buy cigarettes.

Ebola Africa travel bans to be axed

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:05
West African health ministers meeting in Ghana follow WHO advice and lift travel restrictions on countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.

New hospital food rules introduced

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:01
Hospitals in England will be expected to provide a higher standard of food under new rules being introduced by the government.

Genetic clues to spread of Ebola

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:00
Scientists have tracked the spread of Ebola in West Africa, revealing genetic clues to the course of the outbreak.