BBC News - Health

BBC News - Health

Shop vouchers could boost breastfeeding

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:55:21 GMT

A study suggests that offering shopping vouchers can increase breastfeeding among new mothers.

Four Seasons Health Care gains breathing space

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:29:02 GMT

Four Seasons Health Care, which looks after 17,000 elderly residents, has secured its future for now.

Diabetes nightmare: A hypoglycemic attack on air

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:30:02 GMT

When Alex Ritson's blood sugar dropped, he was glad his team at the BBC World Service knew what to do.

Check the key targets in your area

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:53:06 GMT

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

'£1 saved my life and found me love'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:40:59 GMT

Two young stroke survivors meet by chance and fall in love.

Myles Bradbury: Victim 'destroyed’ by Addenbrooke's abuse doctor

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:29:09 GMT

The blood cancer specialist used a spy pen to take pictures of his victims and was jailed for 22 years.

Is size important when it comes to wine glasses?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:54:08 GMT

If your wine was served in a smaller glass, would you drink less of it?

How giraffes helped Poppy Campbell find her voice

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:26:55 GMT

An encounter with giraffes at a safari park broke months of silence from Poppy Campbell.

Baby loss

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:10:14 GMT

It is hoped the exhibition will help break the silence around stillbirth and miscarriage.

Wearing a stoma

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:21:02 GMT

Natalie Toper tells her story of why she wears a stoma and how it has affected her daily life.

Physical assaults on ambulance staff at five-year high

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:09:36 GMT

There have been 21 attacks on ambulance staff in the Western Trust area in 2017.

Man searching for people with his rare cancer

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:25:42 GMT

Kevin O'Neill is one of 15 people in the world with malignant myopericytoma - and he wants to trace the others.

Baby Max spends first year in Southampton hospital

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:16:59 GMT

Max Olivares has a rare heart and lung condition, which requires a complex transplant operation.

Peppa Pig's GP visits copied by fans, says doctor

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:46:25 GMT

There are concerns the Pig family's inappropriate doctor calls encourage people to behave similarly.

Liver surgeon Simon Bramhall marked initials on patients

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:35:08 GMT

Simon Bramhall admits marking his initials on the livers of two transplant patients.

Cold weather and loneliness 'lethal in winter'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:10:19 GMT

England's chief nurse urges people to look out for family, friends and neighbours to help save lives.

Disabled man's cancer care criticised

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:54:10 GMT

The family of disabled man Ian Shaw were told he was dying - now he is responding well to cancer treatment.

Why is it so difficult to discover new antibiotics?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:18:28 GMT

Over-reliance on and misuse of antibiotics has raised fears of a future without effective medicines.

Vaginal mesh implants: The woman awarded a $57m payout

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:57:20 GMT

Ella Ebaugh was awarded a $57m payout after a mesh implant left her disabled.

Is England a healthy nation?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:13:37 GMT

From weight worries to smoking and drinking, the annual Health Survey for England provides a revealing insight into lifestyles.

'Like hot knives' inside

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:28:39 GMT

Jaimee Rae McCormack says her symptoms prompted diagnoses from hypochondria to food poisoning.

Man flu 'a near-death experience'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:31:45 GMT

We took to the streets of London to find out if you think 'man flu' is a real illness.

One voice

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:26:33 GMT

The Christmas song recorded by singers at risk of serious infection if they meet face-to-face.

Heat-not-burn tobacco 'is a health risk'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:37:39 GMT

The new tobacco products are safer than cigarettes but not risk-free, say UK experts.

Organ donation

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:54:08 GMT

What is it like to be a donor family, a recipient or to be on the waiting list for a transplant?

Share of European Union staff leaving NHS rises following Brexit

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:25 GMT

Experts say job security and a fall in the value of the pound are behind the trend.

Lethal adrenaline rush

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:33:29 GMT

Frank has a heart condition that means a sudden rush of adrenaline could kill him.

What will medicine be able to do with hearts?

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 01:09:11 GMT

Heart transplantation has become a routine surgical operation, but the future promises equally amazing progress.

Trafficking of pills used by suicide bombers soars in Sahel

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:50:33 GMT

The UN's drugs agency warns smuggling of the opioid tramadol, used by Boko Haram, must be stopped.

Almost half of under-25s 'never use a condom with a new partner'

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:14:26 GMT

Public Health England launches a new campaign to get more people thinking about using condoms.

NHS in England told to reveal avoidable deaths data

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:21:50 GMT

Most NHS trusts in England will publish information on deaths caused by failings in patient care by 2018.

Booze calculator

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:21:24 GMT

How does your drinking measure up to the average from countries around the world?

A mother's loneliness

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 06:49:32 GMT

When Lauren Thomas, 19, became a mother, she found the experience incredibly lonely.

Haemophilia A trial results 'mind-blowing'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:45:57 GMT

Doctors use gene therapy to correct the defect that causes haemophilia A.

Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:04:52 GMT

Giving youngsters too many takeaways is also criticised as a health risk by the researchers.

Talking openly

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:26:04 GMT

Dr Sara Kayat gives us her top tips for telling a partner or ex you have an STI.

Will change to organ donor rules mean more transplants?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:01:53 GMT

The government is proposing a big change by moving to a system of "presumed consent" in England.

Hannah Witton: 'Why doesn't anyone wear condoms on TV?'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:01:58 GMT

Sex vlogger Hannah Witton asks why there isn't more safe sex on TV and whether it matters.

Joe Biden comforts John McCain's daughter over cancer

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:26:18 GMT

The ex-VP offers words of advice on the senator's cancer during an emotional TV talk show encounter.

HIV positive man unable to become a commercial pilot

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:38:16 GMT

He said it was "utterly devastating" to discover that he could not join an airline's training scheme.

Haemophilia patient: How gene therapy has changed my life

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:37:16 GMT

How pioneering gene therapy has given a haemophilia patient a new lease of life.

'People with schizophrenia aren't all dangerous'

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 01:26:13 GMT

Alice, a married 26-year-old mother-of-two, has schizophrenia and is fed up of being portrayed as dangerous because of her condition.

'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.

My brain 'exploded'

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 00:23:12 GMT

A brutal attack changed Colin Robertson's life and he is now helping brain injury victims.

New hope for disabled man's cancer battle

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:33:14 GMT

Ian Shaw was sent home to die, but a doctor queried that decision after seeing his story on the BBC.

The family that doesn't feel pain

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:14:17 GMT

The experience of six related Italians may help to find a new treatment for people with chronic pain.

Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:34:01 GMT

Scientists say it could be the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative diseases for 50 years.


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