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NHS strikes: What next?

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:29
Is there a way out of the NHS pay dispute?

Woman finds three-inch leech in nose

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:52
A backpacker finds a leech which had been living in her nose for a month after returning from a trip to South East Asia.

AUDIO: 'Despair' of being 93 and lonely

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:47
A 93-year-old describes the the "despair" and loneliness he has suffered since becoming a widower.

Activity guidelines"being ignored"

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:21
Why too few of us are doing enough exercise

Students advised of organ donor law

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:09
New students arriving in Wales are being advised that they will be subject to the planned changes to the organ donation laws from next year.

Does social media impact on body image?

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:41
How social media effects the way we see ourselves

VIDEO: NHS strike: On the picket line

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:12
Thousands of NHS workers, including nurses, midwives and ambulance staff, are taking part in a four-hour strike in a row over pay.

NHS ruling on new breast cancer drug

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:02
Women in Scotland with a particular type of terminal breast cancer are to find out whether they will get a pioneering treatment through the NHS.

AUDIO: Men 'cannot talk about feeling lonely'

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 09:51
Loneliness is more associated with men because a lot of men cannot talk about it, according to the chief executive of The International Longevity Centre.

VIDEO: 'I want to do Stephen Sutton proud'

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:53
I want to do Stephen Sutton proud, says award winner

NHS staff to stage four-hour strike

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 04:13
Thousands of NHS workers in England and Northern Ireland, including nurses, midwives and ambulance staff, will strike later in a dispute over pay.

Liberia strike threat over Ebola

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 03:56
Liberian officials appeal to medical staff not to strike over the risk fee paid to them for treating Ebola patients, as the health crisis continues.

How in a single year did life expectancy in the US drop by 12 years?

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:13
Why did life expectancy in the US drop by 12 years after WW1

VIDEO: Dementia care training concerns

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:04
BBC Inside Out examines the quality of training and care on offer to people with dementia in care homes and hospitals.

VIDEO: Sir Ian Botham on his dad's dementia

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:03
Former cricketer Sir Ian Botham has been speaking about his father's dementia and how difficult it was to cope with the deteriorating condition.

More men 'face lonely old age'

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:03
Increasing numbers of men are facing loneliness and isolation in their old age, suggests research.

New Ebola checks for NHS 111 calls

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 20:20
Calls to the NHS's non-emergency 111 phone line are to be screened to identify possible Ebola sufferers, the health secretary says.

'Robust' plans to counter NHS strike

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 14:57
Patient safety must be our priority, says England's chief nursing officer, ahead of the first strike by NHS staff over pay in more than 30 years.

VIDEO: Chief nurse in NHS strike plea

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 14:27
NHS England's Chief Nursing Officer appeals to health workers to "think carefully" about a four hour strike planned for Monday.

Ebola screening not perfect - Boris

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 12:33
The government is at risk of promising "stuff that doesn't really make any sense" in its plans to prevent Ebola reaching the UK, London Mayor Boris Johnson says.