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More parts of Scotland are considered at risk of high levels of radon than previously thought, according to the Health Protection Agency.
GP Dr Arun Ghosh says that the best advice is for pregnant women to use organic products where possible, and to be aware of the research that is available.
The NHS in England must show more courage by facing up to the need to close hospital services managers, doctors and patients say.
Diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections rose to almost half a million in England in 2012, with the highest rates found in those aged under 25.
A royal college's advice about pregnancy and the risks of exposure to chemicals in everyday products from cosmetics to tin cans comes in for criticism.
Long waiting times at A&E are having a significant impact on patients, one relative has claimed.
The NHS in England missed its A&E waiting time target in the first three months of the year, researchers say.
Taking intelligence tests six decades apart
Record numbers of two-year-olds have now had the MMR vaccination as measles cases continue to rise, health officials say.
More than 800 children visit their doctor every day due to the serious effects of secondhand smoke, according to research published by the Royal College of Physicians.
Does the four-hour target matter?
Does oral sex cause throat cancer?
The World Health Organization is warning of an increased risk of disease epidemics in Syria and neighbouring countries as summer approaches.
Why most Finns put their babies to sleep in a box
The NHS in England missed its A&E target in the first three months of the year, with a sharp rise in those waiting more than four hours, researchers say.
NHS spending on private healthcare has risen dramatically since waiting time scandals came to light, BBC Scotland can reveal.
Former care minister Paul Burstow is renewing calls for a corporate neglect law following the collapse of a major police investigation into allegations of neglect in care homes.
BBC Breakfast's Graham Satchell has been to the Isle of Wight, where the 111 system has been used for three years.
New analysis of teeth from extinct fossils finds that our forbearers expanded their diets about 3.5 million years ago.
People in Northern Ireland are to be asked what they think about a bid to change the law on organ donation.