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Skin bacteria stay 'stable over time'

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 01:20
Everyone has their own personal range of bacteria living on their skin that stays largely unchanged over time, a US study suggests.

US to ban e-cigarettes for under-18s

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 16:24
The US government unveils new federal rules that include a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to people aged under 18.

Ministers offer doctors' contract pause

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:48
The government has said it is willing to pause the introduction of the junior doctors' contract for five days from Monday to allow the two sides to talk.

HIV-infected organs transplant success

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:49
HIV-infected organs have been successfully transplanted into four HIV-positive NHS patients in the UK, for the first time.

Microwave device to help diabetics

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 06:51
Scientists create a portable blood glucose measure for diabetics which uses microwaves instead of pricking the skin.

Exercise 'outweighs air pollution harm'

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 02:00
The health benefits of cycling and walking outweigh the negative effects of air pollution, a UK study suggests.

Chart-topping NHS choir signs film deal

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 01:46
The NHS choir that beat Justin Bieber to the UK's Christmas number one spot in 2015 signs a film deal to tell its story of success.

Hospital failings led to stillbirth

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 00:10
A hospital trust admits liability after failings at one of its midwife-led units resulted in a baby being stillborn.

A&E-only hospital's trust 'outstanding'

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 00:10
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust is rated "outstanding" despite concerns over its new pioneering emergency-only hospital.

'Unmanned sewing machine' does surgery

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 19:00
An unmanned robot has successfully stitched together a pig's bowel, moving science a step closer to automated surgery, say experts.

Embryo study shows 'life's first steps'

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 18:04
Scientists have developed a technique to grow human embryos in the lab past the point they normally implant in the womb.

VIDEO: Video game 'speeds dementia research'

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 17:39
Dementia researchers develop a video game they hope could further the development of diagnostic tests for the disease.

'Bugged mosquitoes' stop Zika spread

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:00
Infecting mosquitoes with bacteria could help prevent them spreading Zika, a Brazilian study suggests.

Mobile game 'helps dementia research'

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 14:56
Dementia researchers develop a video game they hope could further the development of diagnostic tests for the disease.

Quarter of UK care homes 'risk closure'

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 11:25
More than a quarter of care homes in the UK are in danger of going out of business within three years, figures obtained by BBC Radio 4 suggest.

Fat Labradors give clues to obesity

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 18:02
Genes are partly to blame for some dogs getting fat, say scientists who have studied Labrador retrievers.

NHS 'failed' man accused of knife murder

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 16:27
A mental health trust admitted failing a man accused of murdering a motorist by stabbing him 39 times on a road in West Sussex, a court is told.

Google given access to patient records

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:59
Google has signed an agreement with the Royal Free London NHS Trust to gain access to data of hundreds of thousands of patients.

Woman awarded $55m in talc cancer case

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:23
A US jury court orders Johnson & Johnson to pay $55m (£40m) to a woman who woman who says its talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer.

Rich and poor lifespan gap 'widening'

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 02:44
The gap between the lifespans of rich and poor people in England and Wales is rising for the first time since the 1870s, research suggests.

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