BBC News - Health

BBC News - Health

Childhood dementia: Boy fronts Tube station poster campaign

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:17:54 GMT

George has a rare form of childhood dementia called Batten Disease.

Jérôme Hamon: Frenchman gets 'third face' in new transplant

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:33:00 GMT

Jérôme Hamon is the first patient to have two facial transplants and says he is doing well.

'I don't fear death, I fear going into a hospital'

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:49:15 GMT

Tommy says hospital staff don’t always understand the needs of dementia patients.

Malaria experts fear disease's resurgence

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:02:33 GMT

For the first time in 10 years, global malaria cases are no longer falling, and experts are worried.

Keeping livers 'alive' boosts transplant success, trial finds

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:59:29 GMT

The alternative to ice involves pumping livers with blood, nutrients and medicines while in a machine.

Sugar tax: Will paying more for fizzy drinks and alcohol make us healthier?

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:35:23 GMT

The price of some unhealthy drinks is about to go up - in the hope that we will make "better" choices.

Medic suspended over Tipton mother's sepsis death

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:42:45 GMT

An internal investigation will take place at Russells Hall Hospital after Natalie Billingham's death

'I lost legs and part of my face after a dog scratch'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:21:41 GMT

Dr Jaco Nel lost both his legs and all of the fingers on one hand after contracting sepsis.

Why a faecal transplant could save your life

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:54:44 GMT

Patient's lives are being saved by poo, but how far can microbial medicine go?

Is marathon running bad for you?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:59:30 GMT

Some 40,000 runners are due to take part in the London Marathon, but are those 26.2 miles doing us harm?

Cystic fibrosis: Company urged to lower cost of life-changing drug

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:02:51 GMT

Health ministers call on company to lower price of cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi so the NHS can afford it.

London Marathon: How to run in the heat

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:19:48 GMT

This London Marathon may break the record for the hottest yet, so how do you run in the heat?

Bedford Hospital nurse struck off for 'squeezing' patient's breasts

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:41:26 GMT

Gbadebo Olasunkanmi Alabi said "Everything on your body is perfect" to the patient.

NHS ransomware attack response criticised

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:53:25 GMT

MPs say it is "alarming" plans to improve cyber-security after the Wannacry attack have not been agreed.

Muscular dystrophy doesn't stop Adam living life to the full

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:45:07 GMT

Adam has a rare muscle-wasting disorder, but he isn't letting that stop him enjoying life.

European women twice as likely to be blonde as men, study says

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:03:08 GMT

Women from European descent are twice as likely to be naturally blonde as men, a new study suggests.

India's Gorakhpur hospital: The night the children died

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 00:38:24 GMT

Did lack of oxygen really cause the deaths of 30 children in one night at an Indian hospital?

The doctor who really feels his patients' pain

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 23:41:07 GMT

For Dr Joel Salinas, music creates colours, numbers have personalities and another person's pain feels almost like his own.

Skin implant could help warn of cancer, scientists say

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:40:17 GMT

It works by detecting elevated levels of calcium in the blood linked to some cancers.

'Theme park therapy' helps son to come alive, says mum

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:06:41 GMT

Robbie has the mental age of a two-year-old and is normally quiet and withdrawn.

Check the key targets in your area

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:54:46 GMT

Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting strict waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations and A&E.

Good bacteria: Why I put my poo in the post

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 23:53:02 GMT

How analysing faeces could unlock the secrets of good health.

Being a patient 'a full-time job'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:00:23 GMT

Rising numbers of people have multiple health conditions, leading to endless appointments and check-ups.

Ex-MP Tessa Jowell first to donate data to medical database

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:17:36 GMT

Former Culture Secretary Baroness Tessa Jowell hopes better cancer treatments can be developed.

How Amsterdam is reducing child obesity

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 08:45:44 GMT

Rising rates of childhood obesity are a global problem - but in Amsterdam they are falling.

Migraine: New drug works when others fail, researchers say

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:12:04 GMT

The monthly injection could be approved for NHS use by next year, experts hope.

'My teacher saved me from suicide'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:10:17 GMT

Now 26, Hati Sparey-South is herself training as a teacher, determined to help today's pupils.

Why do people enjoy taking part in chilli-eating contests?

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:08:13 GMT

Chilli-eating competitions are proving popular in the UK, despite potential risks.

Bajau people 'evolved bigger spleens' for free-diving

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:49:14 GMT

In an example of human natural selection, Asia's Bajau people have evolved bigger spleens for diving.

Hans Asperger 'collaborated with Nazis' in WWII

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:59:30 GMT

A medical journal suggests the renowned autism paediatrician was a Nazi collaborator.

Corrie actor: 'Amazing response’ to OCD storyline

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:38:13 GMT

Actor Colson Smith hopes the show has done its bit to help raise awareness.

Thalassaemia gene therapy trial shows 'encouraging' results

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:23:08 GMT

The treatment meant some patients stopped needing blood transfusions altogether.

Top tips on getting through hot weather with hay fever

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:17:37 GMT

With the temperature rising, here are our top tips in reducing your hay fever-induced tears.

Alfie Evans: Father begs Pope Francis to 'save our son'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:49:04 GMT

Tom Evans is asking the Pope to intervene in the legal battle about ending his son's life support.

Disability-led ensemble to play BBC Proms

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:19:48 GMT

The Resound ensemble will be the first disability-led group to play the BBC's music festival.

Breastfeeding: Abergavenny mums share nursing images online

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:34:20 GMT

The images are intended to start conversations about the difficulties nursing mothers can face.

Hospitals recruit managers faster than doctors and nurses

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:40:48 GMT

Three quarters of NHS hospital trusts are employing more managers than they did five years ago.

Russells Hall Hospital: Patient treated after 'inspectors intervene'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:15:06 GMT

Health inspectors on a visit to Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley had to intervene "as a matter of urgency".

Scotland's highest paid doctors mainly men

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:30:46 GMT

BBC research finds just 15 out of 100 of the highest paid senior doctors in Scotland are women.

How 'ninja polymers' are fighting killer superbugs

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:33:51 GMT

Is the fusion of biology and technology speeding us towards a synthetic future?

Mental health patients want immediate diagnosis, says report

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:26:52 GMT

Research suggests patients would prefer to be told their diagnosis face-to-face.

'The gym helps me cope with my OCD'

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:21:17 GMT

Gemma has OCD, but has found bodybuilding helps her manage and works as coping strategy.

'Malaria killed my daughter, I'm protecting others now'

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:13:53 GMT

Senegal is on track to be declared malaria-free by 2030.

Allied Healthcare: Home care provider seeks rescue plan

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:53:21 GMT

Allied Healthcare, one of the UK's biggest providers of in-home care, blames a "challenging environment".

'World's worst' super-gonorrhoea man cured

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:56:15 GMT

The patient had a lucky escape say doctors, but now two more cases have been discovered.

Alfie Dingley's family apply for licence for medical cannabis

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:52:27 GMT

Alfie Dingley's family want him to use cannabis oil, which is illegal in the UK, to treat his epilepsy.

Scientists discover mechanism behind motor neurone disease

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:48:30 GMT

An international team found that a protein causes brain cells to die when it is stuck in the jelly phase.

'I spent savings rather than wait'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:03:52 GMT

Patients facing long waits for treatment tell the BBC what it is like to be left in limbo.

Alfie Evans case: Supreme Court rules against parents for second time

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:46:25 GMT

The court has also refused permission for the parents of the terminally ill toddler to appeal.

Gestational diabetes an 'epidemic'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:28:53 GMT

Experts say more screening is needed to tackle the disease, which affects pregnant women.