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New prostate cancer drugs 'promising'

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 00:12
A new type of cancer drug could benefit men with aggressive prostate cancer which is no longer responding to treatment, say researchers.

Worsening depression 'link to dementia'

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 01:22
Increasing symptoms of depression in older age could indicate early signs of dementia, say scientists.

Scandal-hit trust probed for breaches

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 18:12
A hospital trust that ran a unit where a man drowned in the bath is to be investigated for safety breaches.

Newborn babies tested for alcohol

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:38
Newborn babies are being tested for alcohol after researchers raised concerns about pregnant women drinking regularly.

Lizards share sleep patterns with humans

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 08:55
Scientists say sleep patterns previously thought exclusive to mammals and birds are also found in lizards.

Scandal-hit trust patients 'at risk'

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 08:37
The NHS mental health trust which ran a care unit where a teenager drowned in a bath is "continuing to put patients at risk", inspectors say.

'Secret of youth' in ginger gene

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 01:16
Scientists say they have made a leap in knowing why some people retain their youthful looks while others age badly.

VIDEO: Southern Health chairman resigns

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 19:11
The chairman of one of England's biggest mental health trusts has resigned ahead of a critical report to be published on Friday.

Gene therapy reverses sight loss

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:04
A genetic therapy improves the vision of some patients who would otherwise have gone blind.

VIDEO: E-cigs 'have health benefits' says doctor

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:31
Smokers should be encouraged to use e-cigarettes to help them quit, says Dr Nick Hopkinson of the Royal College of Physicians.

Give e-cigs to smokers, say doctors

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 03:00
Smokers should be offered and encouraged to use e-cigarettes to help them quit, says a leading medical body.

Care children denied mental health help

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 02:03
Children in care have more mental health problems but too often miss out on treatment, say MPs.

Doctor row: Both sides ready to fight on

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 17:01
Ministers and doctors have both vowed to fight on as the first all-out doctor strikes in the history of the NHS ended in England without any major problems.

Spider bites Australian man on penis

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 09:11
An Australian man took himself to hospital after a venomous redback spider bit him on the penis in a portable toilet.

Obesity 'explosion' in Chinese youth

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 05:09
Levels of obesity in China's rural youth have rapidly increased, a study warns, because of socioeconomic changes.

More clean air zones needed, say MPs

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 01:40
"Clean air zones" targeting drivers of high-polluting vehicles should be extended to more cities in England, MPs say.

VIDEO: Doctors' strike 'disproportionate'

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 23:41
The withdrawal of emergency care as part of the strike by junior doctors was "disproportionate", according to the health secretary.

NHS 'hopes patients stay away'

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 19:37
Hospitals hope less urgent patients once again stay away as junior doctors in England prepare for a second all-out strike later in protest over a new contract.

Hospitals 'coped with all-out strike'

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 17:41
Hospitals in England have coped well with the all-out strike by junior doctors - the first in the history of the NHS - health bosses are reporting.

'Dentist of horror' jailed in France

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:00
A Dutchman dubbed the "dentist of horror" is sentenced to eight years in France for mutilating the mouths of some 120 patients.