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NHS bosses look to overhaul cancer screening

11:19 AM 15/11/2018

The announcement comes the day after an "appalling" cervical-screening blunder hits more than 40,000 women.

Thousands caught up in 'appalling' cervical screening blunder

02:20 PM 14/11/2018

More than 40,000 women have not received information after a failure to send out letters.

Diabetes glucose monitors 'available to thousands more'

10:25 AM 14/11/2018

The decision comes after patients in some areas of England were denied access to the device.

Pollution linked to 'stunted lung capacity' in London schoolchildren

01:04 AM 15/11/2018

Exposure to diesel fumes was linked to an approximate 5% reduction in lung capacity in London children.

'New mums need to be given better health education'

10:21 AM 15/11/2018

George Roach's wife Michelle died from a pulmonary embolism six weeks after giving birth.

'I avoid kissing as my peanut allergy could kill me'

03:56 PM 14/11/2018

Oli Weatherall has to go to extreme lengths to keep himself alive because of a severe peanut allergy

Shropshire baby deaths: Review cases rise to 215

01:34 PM 14/11/2018

More than 200 families seek answers about their maternity care amid a review into baby deaths.

Call for UK ban on 'grotesquely sugary' freakshakes

01:04 AM 13/11/2018

Action on Sugar surveyed milkshakes on sale in the UK - one contained 39 teaspoons of sugar.

Devon mother in fight with NHS for cystic fibrosis drug funding

04:08 PM 14/11/2018

Sarah Burgwin wants the NHS to pay for Orkambi to treat her six-year-old daughter's cystic fibrosis.

Fat-clogged cells explain why obesity can cause cancer

04:02 PM 12/11/2018

A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancer gets clogged by fat and stops working, findings suggest.

Briton dies from rabies after cat bite in Morocco

01:44 PM 12/11/2018

The individual was on holiday in Morocco, a country deemed high risk by public health officials.

Britain's first specialist wound hub to open

07:06 PM 13/11/2018

Terror attack victims and injured soldiers are to benefit from research at the Birmingham centre.

'Fake ambulance' pulled over by Swansea police

10:57 AM 13/11/2018

The estate car was covered in paintwork and logos that made it look like an operational ambulance.

Northern Ireland child post-mortem examinations to be done in England

12:12 PM 13/11/2018

From January 2019 post-mortem examinations on children from Northern Ireland will have to be carried out in Liverpool.

Dementia risk: Five-minute scan 'can predict cognitive decline'

01:12 AM 12/11/2018

Scientists hope the test may offer a new way to spot those at risk of dementia, before symptoms show.

'Disturbing' self-harm rates and violence at youth prisons

12:33 AM 13/11/2018

A reform charity says new figures "illustrate in graphic detail why prison is no place for a child".

Premature baby parents 'need extra maternity leave'

12:12 AM 12/11/2018

The mum of a premature baby explains why maternity leave is inadequate for parents like her.

Drug firms fear 'wasting' money for a Brexit no-deal outcome

02:46 AM 12/11/2018

Experts say millions of pounds is being spent in case of a no-deal instead of creating new medicines.

'I was in excruciating pain from excess iron'

01:35 AM 11/11/2018

Too much iron in the blood, or haemochromatosis, is a little-known, debilitating condition, often undiagnosed.

'Remarkable' decline in fertility rates

11:13 AM 09/11/2018

Half of the world's countries now have too few babies being born to maintain their populations.

Michelle Keegan vlogs about her cervical cancer screening

04:31 PM 11/11/2018

Michelle Keegan admits she had put off cervical cancer screening but tells women it was not painful.

Rachael Bland's husband on how their son has reacted to his mum's death

05:21 PM 13/11/2018

BBC presenter Rachael Bland's husband reveals moving words of their son, Freddie, after her death.

Fighting heroin addiction: Bobby's story

12:10 AM 14/11/2018

Bobby was injecting heroin and crack cocaine up to six times a day. He's spoken to the BBC about what made him turn his life around.

A 12-year-old boy with Tourette's Syndrome finds animals stop his tics

12:13 AM 13/11/2018

Malachi Ralph from Cornwall says he feels calmer when he is around animals as his tics reduce.

Cancer treatment patients get beauty workshops

02:30 AM 12/11/2018

Beauticians are giving cancer patients free workshops to help with the side effects of treatment.

'I do my school work from my hospital bed'

07:58 AM 13/11/2018

Ashleigh tells us how she copes with kidney disease

Teenager Chloe Bellerby's 200 mile walk for mental health

12:08 AM 12/11/2018

Why one teenager walked from Leeds to London to raise awareness of mental health.

Spinal injury garden legacy of boy killed by bear

01:03 PM 09/11/2018

The mother of a boy killed by a polar bear, has created a garden inspired by his idea.

Motor neurone disease: Joe Hammond's birthday legacy for sons

05:11 PM 06/11/2018

Joe Hammond has motor neurone disease and is leaving a birthday legacy for his sons after he dies.

Rugby protective headgear 'cuts impact by almost half'

11:55 AM 13/11/2018

A new Dundee University study calls for mandatory protective headgear to prevent injuries in the sport.

Lynette Mchendry 'asked to sign cancer death warrant'

02:54 PM 11/11/2018

Lynette Mchendry is one of 100,000 NI claimants being reassessed for disability or illness benefits.

Where are the most violent workplaces?

03:49 AM 02/11/2018

The Department of Health is drawing up plans to protect NHS staff better from violence.

NHS funding: Is the boost worth £84bn or £20bn?

02:15 PM 30/10/2018

Both figures refer to the same thing, but they are based on different calculations.

Should we pay people for donating blood?

12:15 AM 15/11/2018

Worldwide sales of blood plasma are increasingly strongly, but is it ethically right that people should be paid to donate it?

The beautiful islands that could stop killer diseases

01:33 AM 14/11/2018

This living laboratory could hold the key to controlling malaria and other conditions.

'I feel really bad when I hurt my mum'

01:24 AM 13/11/2018

Families with autistic children say they struggle to get support to cope with violent outbursts.

Stillbirth: 'How I chose an outfit for my baby'

01:35 AM 12/11/2018

How do you go about dressing your baby for their final resting place when conventional clothes don't fit?

'I was told I'd die if I had a baby'

04:16 AM 09/11/2018

Babies are being born at the world's first clinic to help woman who have a baby after being heart attack survivors.

Should there be a tax on red meat?

11:40 AM 07/11/2018

It could save lives, experts say, but some people find being told what to eat too much to swallow.

What is it like to prevent a suicide?

01:55 PM 07/11/2018

Gillian Assor was walking her dog when she heard crying and what followed would change multiple lives.

'I call my OCD Olivia'

12:38 AM 07/11/2018

Catherine Benfield was diagnosed with OCD as a young mum. Creating a character who personifies her condition helped her recovery.

Architects: 'Beautiful' that Tom is still in our music after death

01:37 PM 07/11/2018

Brighton band Architects say their guitarist Tom, who died in 2016, is still part of their music.

Inside the hospital treating acid attack scars

02:08 AM 06/11/2018

The BBC has had unique access inside Europe's largest burns unit, to see how one survivor is recovering.

Does sex addiction really exist?

12:05 AM 05/11/2018

It's a year since movie mogul Harvey Weinstein checked himself into a sex addiction clinic - but does sex addiction really exist?

Veganism: Does it affect your social life?

09:20 AM 01/11/2018

Adrian Chiles says people don't ask him out for dinner any more - other vegans have their say.

How antibiotic resistance could take us back to the 'dark ages'

01:18 AM 01/11/2018

There are major concerns that the overuse of the drugs might lead to them becoming ineffective.

Reality Check: How healthy is your commute?

12:38 AM 01/11/2018

What forms of transport in urban environments expose you to the highest amounts of pollutants?

'Video games made me a better surgeon'

09:45 AM 31/10/2018

Rather than impede learning, gaming can improve your manual dexterity and concentration skills, one surgeon says.

'I never knew men could get breast cancer'

12:15 AM 30/10/2018

Moses Musonga, a 67-year-old Kenyan, got a shock when he was diagnosed with the disease.

Doctors gave me a new penis - I want to find love

12:36 AM 26/10/2018

Anick - who was born intersex - had a series of operations to give him a fully-functioning penis. The BBC followed his progress.

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area

10:54 AM 18/10/2018

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

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