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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.

WHO warns 20,000 at risk of Ebola

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:51
The UN's health agency says the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, and urges airlines to resume flights.

Ebola spreads to Nigeria oil hub

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:25
Nigeria confirms its first Ebola death outside Lagos, a Port Harcourt doctor, as the WHO says the total number of cases could eventually pass 20,000.

UK Ebola vaccine trial to start

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:25
A trial vaccine against Ebola could be tested on healthy volunteers in the UK in September, says an international health consortium.

NHS complaints rise to 480 every day

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:38
The number of complaints made about NHS care in England increased to an average of 480 every day, according to official data.

Ex dental prof loses dismissal claim

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:22
Prof Philip Lamey, a former professor of dentistry, has lost his case for unfair dismissal brought against Queen's University, Belfast.

Ebola outbreak 'will get worse'

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:36
A top US public health official says the Ebola outbreak is set to get worse before it gets better, as West African health ministers meet in Ghana.

Depression in cancer 'overlooked'

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:36
Three-quarters of cancer patients who are depressed are not getting the psychological therapy they need, researchers say.

VIDEO: I couldn't say no to Pulp

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:01
Pulp's keyboardist had arthritis at 16 but can't say no to playing

Cancer drugs face NHS price squeeze

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:01
The government might threaten to stop buying some expensive cancer drugs if the companies that make them do not cut their prices, Newsnight learns.

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