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The Senegalese woman teaching braille for free

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 19:59
Meet Fama Ka, the visually impaired woman who runs free braille classes to teach blind people in her neighbourhood how to read.

Yellow fever vaccine: UN backs lower doses amid shortage

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 17:24
UN health experts recommend cutting the standard dose of yellow fever vaccine by 80% in emergencies, amid an outbreak in Angola and DR Congo.

'A massive shock' - suffering from anorexia in later life

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 07:15
New research by the BBC's Breakfast programme shows an increase in the number of people in England and Wales who are middle-aged or elderly and struggling with eating disorders.

Cut the frills?

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 04:40
Rebecca Rosen, a GP from a busy London practice, says pressures on the service risk "budget airline" style medicine.

Exercise four hours after learning 'boosts memory'

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 01:35
Intensive physical exercise four hours after learning is the key to remembering information learnt, say Dutch researchers.

Pioneering cancer drug combination approved

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 01:30
A pioneering pair of cancer drugs that unleash the immune system on tumours will be paid for by the NHS in England.

Philadelphia to bring in 'soda tax' to fight obesity

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 22:20
The US city of Philadelphia introduces a tax on carbonated sugary drinks, despite a multimillion-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it.

Health bodies call for drugs to be decriminalised

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 05:06
Two leading public health organisations call for the possession and personal use of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised in the UK.

South West NHS 111 service rated inadequate

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 00:55
A "consistently failing" NHS patient helpline is rated inadequate in a "damning" report.

'Safety concerns' at ambulance trust

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 23:26
One of the UK's busiest ambulance services is being investigated after reports of bullying and harassment and a dispatch system described as "unfit for purpose".

Computer failures hit ambulance service

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 17:05
An ambulance trust is being investigated after reports of bullying and harassment and an "unfit for purpose" dispatch system.

Cancer risk from coffee downgraded

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 15:39
The cancer risk of coffee has been downgraded, with experts concluding there is inadequate evidence to suggest it causes the disease.

Rise in type-2 diabetes in children 'deeply worrying'

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 02:32
The UK is seeing a small but "extremely worrying" rise in the number of children developing a type of diabetes that is linked to obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, experts warn.

Edward Mallen: Teen's parents not told of suicidal thoughts

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 22:55
A coroner says gifted teenager, Edward Mallen, who took his own life fell through the cracks of an underfunded mental health service.

Zika virus: Risk of spread from Olympics 'very low' says WHO

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 21:46
The World Health Organization sees a "very low risk" of the Zika virus spreading internationally as a result of the Brazil Olympics.

Government to review 12-month deferral period for gay men donating blood

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 17:07
The Department of Health says it's going to review a law which means that gay men can't donate for 12 months after having sex.

Rio Olympics Zika: Opinion divided over threat of virus

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 09:11
Opinion is divided over the threat to visitors at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as Wyre Davies reports.

How scalpel-free scanners are revolutionising post-mortems

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 07:36
5 live finds out how pathologists are conducting post-mortems without the need for a scalpel.

Graduate entry medical courses by 2018

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 07:21
Scotland's first graduate entry courses for medicine are to start at St Andrews and Dundee University in 2018.

Half of organ transplants from deemed consent after new law

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 06:15
More than half of organs transplanted since a new system came into effect were from people whose consent was deemed.