The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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British drug firm Shire recommends a takeover offer from US rival AbbVie after its most recent £30bn ($51.3bn) offer.
Decisions on whether a footballer can return to the pitch after a head injury should be taken by an independent doctor, says an editorial in The Lancet.
One in three cases of Alzheimer's disease worldwide is preventable, according to research from the University of Cambridge.
Nearly 500 young children a week are being admitted to hospital to have rotten teeth removed, according to NHS figures.
Ministers are piloting ways to get more people with mental health problems into work with earlier treatment and employment support.
The retired Anglican Archbishop of South Africa Desmond Tutu says he "reveres the sanctity of life" but supports assisted dying.
Surgeon and writer Atul Gawande will deliver this year's BBC Reith Lectures, to be grouped under the title 'The Future of Medicine'.
Investigating India's unrecorded deaths
One family's experience of assisted dying
Scientists argue over the merits of a review which concludes that organic foods have higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticide residues.
Young people explain psychosis on film
A cholera outbreak has spread to nine out of 10 states in South Sudan.
The first study to investigate brain activity in sex addicts finds remarkable similarities with scans of people addicted to drugs.
Using food and drink to diagnose disease
Will online technology offer a revolution in healthcare?
An expansion of weight loss surgery in England is being proposed to tackle an epidemic of type 2 diabetes.
The World Health Organization says all men who have sex with men should be offered antiretroviral drugs to help reduce the number of new HIV infections.
Many NHS trusts in England have temporarily shut maternity units in the past year, commonly because of lack of staff and beds, a BBC investigation shows.
NHS England says it does not know how many hospital beds are needed to deal with increasing demand for children's mental health services.
A child born in the US with HIV and believed cured after very early treatment has now been found to still harbour the virus, doctors say.