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Second Texas Ebola case announced

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:57
A second health worker in the US state of Texas has tested positive for Ebola, officials say, after treating a Liberian man who died last week.

VIDEO: London set for smoking crackdown?

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:39
Smoking in London's parks as well as Trafalgar and Parliament squares could be banned under proposals submitted to Mayor Boris Johnson.

Dying patients 'lack home support'

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:35
The NHS is failing to provide access to 24-hour expert support for patients dying at home in England, according to palliative care charity Sue Ryder.

Call for Trafalgar Square smoking ban

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:02
Smoking could be banned in Trafalgar and Parliament squares as well as the city's parks if a report by London's Health Commission is implemented.

VIDEO: 'I was screened for Ebola at Heathrow'

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 23:12
Documentary maker Clive Patterson was one of the people screened for Ebola at Heathrow as screening measures came into force.

VIDEO: In 80 seconds: Ebola vaccine

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 20:30
The progress towards a vaccine against Ebola in 80 seconds.

VIDEO: On board Royal Navy's 'Ebola ship'

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:41
The Royal Navy are loading Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus with medical supplies before sailing to Sierra Leone to fight the Ebola virus this week.

Ebola screening begins at Heathrow

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:10
Passengers arriving at Heathrow airport from Ebola-affected countries have been screened by health officials for symptoms of the virus.

VIDEO: How to avoid catching Ebola

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:55
Dr Colin Brown explains how to prevent transmitting Ebola after caring for patients with the disease

Anti-Ebola text tech set to expand

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:25
Charities plan to expand a system that allows Ebola advice to be texted to mobile phones located inside a specific contagion zone.

Ebola treatments - how far off?

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:18
How soon could there be an off-the-shelf treatment and vaccine?

UN worker dies of Ebola in Germany

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:54
A UN health worker infected with Ebola dies at a hospital in the German city of Leipzig, hospital officials say.

Radio to the rescue: many saved

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:49
How broadcasting health messages can save lives

New trust to run Stafford Hospital

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:31
A new trust is being set up to run the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital and a second hospital in Stoke, with both hospitals being renamed.

Fly genes hold clue to human illness

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:21
Scientists sequence the entire genome of the common housefly in a bid to find cures for human diseases.

NHS spending warning by watchdog

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 07:29
Health will swallow up an ever-increasing share of the public purse in Wales unless there is a rethink, the head of a spending watchdog warns.

Heathrow to start screening for Ebola

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:53
Heathrow airport is to start Ebola screening for passengers flying into the UK from at-risk countries.

GPs missing signs for lung cancer

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:15
Doctors in Britain are "missing opportunities" to spot lung cancer at an early stage, meaning one in three people with the disease dies within 90 days of diagnosis, research suggests.

VIDEO: Vaccine race for 'enemy' Ebola virus

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 23:38
The BBC's David Shukman reports on the race to develop a vaccine and treatment for Ebola, which health officials are describing as ''the enemy''.

Heathrow Ebola screening from Tuesday

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:54
Ebola screening will begin at London's Heathrow Airport on Tuesday, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says.