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Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

12:25 AM 19/01/2018

Scientists move nearer to one of the biggest goals in medicine - a universal blood test for cancer.

NHS bail-outs could become new normal, National Audit Office says

01:19 AM 19/01/2018

Money meant to transform services has been used to shore up finances, the National Audit Office says.

'Adolescence now lasts from 10 to 24'

01:21 AM 19/01/2018

Delayed marriage and parenthood has pushed back perceptions of when adulthood starts.

UK 'in grip of worst flu season since 2011'

05:43 PM 18/01/2018

Latest weekly figures show rise in numbers of patients going to their GP and being admitted to hospital.

Noel Conway: Terminally ill man granted assisted dying appeal

11:54 AM 18/01/2018

Noel Conway wins the right to challenge a High Court decision against changing the law on assisted dying.

Angelina Jolie gene testing for all?

01:13 AM 18/01/2018

Testing everyone for cancer risk genes would save lives and is cost effective say doctors.

Chemistry 'Van Gogh' could help with cancer

06:02 PM 17/01/2018

Scientists capture "incredible" images of instructions contained in DNA being read

NHS 'haemorrhaging' nurses as 33,000 leave each year

09:18 AM 17/01/2018

More than one in 10 leave the NHS in England every year, enough to staff more than 20 hospitals.

A&E safety risks in Wales 'unacceptable'

05:54 PM 18/01/2018

Hospital safety is being "compromised to an unacceptable degree", Welsh emergency consultants warn.

Fundraising page set up for disgraced liver surgeon

02:51 PM 17/01/2018

A former patient says Simon Bramhall is a "man of excellence."

Minister for loneliness appointed to continue Jo Cox's work

06:08 PM 17/01/2018

The government creates a new ministerial role, which continues the work of the late MP Jo Cox.

Cost legacy of decades-old NHS blunders begins to rise

02:03 PM 16/01/2018

Experts say maternity wards are still making the same "avoidable errors".

East of England ambulance delays: 20 patients have died, says MP

07:40 PM 17/01/2018

The deaths occurred when a trust did not move into its highest emergency level, Clive Lewis MP says.

Measles outbreak in five English regions

06:53 PM 16/01/2018

Numbers of cases have been increasing since late 2017 and are linked to ongoing large outbreaks in Europe.

Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

01:06 AM 16/01/2018

Clamping your nose and mouth shut when you need to sneeze is dangerous, doctors warn the public.

Employers urged to 'normalise' menopause in the workplace

01:46 PM 16/01/2018

A BBC survey found 70% of women did not tell their employers about their menopause symptoms.

Manchester Children's Hospital: 'Dangerously low' staffing levels reported

04:16 PM 16/01/2018

Using an "honesty box" to voice their concerns, medical staff say they fear patients' safety is being risked.

'Being a teenage mother is so lonely'

12:56 AM 15/01/2018

New guidelines aim to cut UK teenage pregnancy rates which remain among the highest in Europe.

London's January air quality 'best in 10 years'

10:57 AM 15/01/2018

The capital has breached air pollution limits by 6 January every year since 2008.

Almost 500 operations postponed across Scottish hospitals last week

07:42 PM 15/01/2018

A rapid rise in flu cases and a spell of severe weather has put additional pressure on the NHS in Scotland.

Scottish NHS waiting times performance at new low

11:37 AM 18/01/2018

The latest weekly figures showed that 77.9% of patients were dealt with within the four-hour target time.

'Staggering' trade in fake degrees revealed

01:14 AM 16/01/2018

Doctors and a defence contractor are among those buying bogus qualifications, a BBC probe finds.

'The infection took my nose and legs'

01:44 AM 19/01/2018

Oxford professor Liz Frood was fit and healthy until she was struck by what she thought was a stomach bug.

Should there be a right to die?

08:54 PM 18/01/2018

Two women explain their opposing views on the contentious right-to-die issue.

Using cannabis helped ease 'frightening' tremors

09:42 PM 17/01/2018

A mother-of-two from Pembroke Dock wants to see cannabis legalised to help ease symptoms like hers.

The choir helping people with dementia

05:52 AM 18/01/2018

"He comes alive when he's here."

How community spirit helps a girl with autism and severe anxiety

03:10 PM 17/01/2018

A scheme to let parents close their streets to cars so children can play is hugely beneficial to one young resident, who has autism and severe anxiety.

Why are so many nurses quitting the NHS?

12:34 AM 17/01/2018

Why are so many nurses quitting the NHS? One, Mary, tells us her reasons.

How nursing in the NHS has changed

11:47 AM 17/01/2018

Nurses haven been an integral part of the NHS since its inception. Here they talk about what has changed.

What does NHS compensation pay for?

12:13 AM 16/01/2018

The Hord family were given an £8m settlement after an NHS mistake. But what does it pay for?

Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

08:00 PM 15/01/2018

Human body lice, rather than rat fleas, spread plague during the Black Death, a study simulating the outbreak suggests.

Cycling does not harm men's sexual health, study says

03:51 AM 12/01/2018

The sexual and urinary health of cyclists is comparable with runners and swimmers, a study suggests.

Drinking and darts: Does alcohol improve performance?

01:10 AM 07/01/2018

Some former darts champions drank heavily but did it improve their performance on the oche?

Reality Check: Is NHS funding worse in Wales?

02:23 AM 12/01/2018

Theresa May criticised the NHS in Wales for missing targets and claimed funding had been cut.

What will medicine be able to do with hearts?

01:09 AM 05/12/2017

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

Why is it so difficult to discover new antibiotics?

12:18 AM 27/10/2017

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

Under pressure

06:48 AM 18/01/2018

How has Wales' biggest hospital been coping with winter pressures?

Flu season

02:30 AM 19/01/2018

Flu comes along every year - but just how bad it will be is hard to predict.

How I became a surrogate

05:49 PM 17/01/2018

As Kim Kardashian West has her third baby by a surrogate, one Essex mum tells of the joy of surrogacy.

Changing profession

05:33 AM 17/01/2018

From nurses who operate on their patients to those who run general practices, nursing is changing.

Carbs for dinner?

01:10 AM 17/01/2018

Is it true that you shouldn't eat carbohydrates in the evening?

Sneezing myths and facts

04:50 PM 16/01/2018

Can you sneeze with your eyes open and what is the best way to stop a sneeze?

Check your pollution

11:08 AM 10/01/2018

Enter your postcode to see what the air quality is like where you are living in Britain.

They wouldn’t let sister die

01:40 AM 10/01/2018

A car crash left Polly Kitzinger with devastating brain injuries. Her family was unable to persuade doctors to let her die.

Beads of Courage

11:22 AM 15/01/2018

Children undergoing cancer treatment receive beads to document their journey and one mum wants to expand the scheme.

'Aussie' flu

11:04 AM 08/01/2018

The NHS is braced for a bad flu season as the 'Australian' virus strain H3N2 dominates.

Hearing hints

01:41 AM 10/01/2018

The signs you have a problem - and what you can do about it.

Coconut oil

12:52 AM 09/01/2018

Coconut oil sales are rocketing, but is it a cholesterol-busting wonder food, or is this dangerous hype?

Check the key targets in your area

01:17 PM 18/01/2018

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

'I spent savings rather than wait'

11:03 PM 17/10/2017

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

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