BBC News - Health

BBC News - Health

'How a smartphone saved my mother's life'

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 00:04:31 GMT

The smartphone is becoming a powerful medical tool that can diagnose a growing number of conditions.

Mouldy jam: Should you eat what's beneath?

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 18:04:58 GMT

Theresa May is said to eat jam after scraping mould off the surface. Is that safe?

Send patients email not letters, GPs told

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:13:27 GMT

Health Secretary Matt Hancock wants to see email used to communicate test results and prescriptions.

Meet the women helping fill Russia's rural healthcare gap

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:30:43 GMT

After the closure of thousands of clinics in rural Russia, one region has taken matters into its own hands.

Shark DNA could help cure cancer and age-related illnesses in humans

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:34:06 GMT

A new study maps the DNA of sharks and experts believe their genes could help cure human diseases.

Gambling addict with brain injury spent £210,000

Sun, 24 Feb 2019 00:24:15 GMT

A brain-damaged man says he gambled £210,000 after being "failed" by addiction self-exclusion scheme.

Call the Midwife: BBC in abortion advice row

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:53:26 GMT

As Call the Midwife tackles the issue, BBC Action Line users say there is no advice on abortion.

'Know your cholesterol like you know your Pin code'

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:54:56 GMT

Going for a free health check could flag up early signs of cardiovascular disease, health bodies say.

How will Brits in Spain cope with no-deal Brexit?

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:10:04 GMT

British pensioners in Europe worry about healthcare costs in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

'Why I was made allergic to husband's sperm'

Sun, 24 Feb 2019 00:07:51 GMT

Why this fertility lab worker had to be injected with her partner's white blood cells to give birth.

Chemicals 'repair damaged neurons in mice'

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:30:28 GMT

Some early studies in mice suggest drugs can be developed to halt mental decline, say scientists.

Isle of Wight cerebral palsy author writes autobiography with his nose

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:10:46 GMT

Author Josh Barry spent nine years writing book while also completing two degrees.

Southmead Hospital cervical cancer inquiry 'too small'

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:33:31 GMT

The family of a nurse who died after a hospital failed to spot her condition fear more are affected.

A&E waits at worst level for 15 years in England

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:53:11 GMT

Nearly 330,000 A&E patients waited for more than four hours last month in England.

Ambulance service 'destroyed my health'

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:12:26 GMT

An ambulance worker who won an unfair dismissal case recorded a boss talking about "pummelling" him.

'I nearly aborted my baby because of an unreliable test'

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 04:50:38 GMT

When Claire Bell became pregnant she received what appeared to be terrible news. But then she started investigating.

Catherine Wreford: The dancer with an 'invisible disease'

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 01:05:59 GMT

Catherine Wreford, 39, has a malignant brain tumour - but that isn't stopping her from performing.

Sepsis test could show results 'in minutes'

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:15:11 GMT

Researchers are developing a test they hope will one day help detect the condition in minutes.

What is it like to suffer a stroke at 25?

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 01:01:51 GMT

Emily Cane's dance career was cut short and now she has communication difficulties.

Fear wrong metal plates used to fix fractures

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:14:19 GMT

Hospitals are told to review X-rays to check if patients have received the correct treatment for broken arms and legs.

Anorexia recovery: 'I know the darkest of the darkest'

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:23:32 GMT

Lara Rebecca, 18, says she knows the "darkest of the darkest" after recovering from her eating disorder.

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

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:59:21 GMT

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

Beer before wine? It makes no difference to a hangover

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 01:56:58 GMT

A study finds the order in which you have alcoholic drinks makes no difference to your hangover.

Women cold water swimming in Gower to help menopause

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 01:28:29 GMT

Alison Owen started cold water swimming around the Gower Peninsula after she left her teaching job.

PTSD affects 'one in 13 by age of 18'

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 01:05:53 GMT

Researchers say, with many young people not receiving support, the study should be a "wake-up call".

Most hip and knee replacements 'last longer than thought'

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:34:01 GMT

This helps doctors who often struggle to answer questions from patients on how they will last.

Teen kickboxer Scott Marsden's death 'tragic fluke'

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:11:13 GMT

Scott Marsden, 14 from Sheffield, died when a blow to his chest caused cardiac arrest.

Psychiatric care saved me - Richard Coles

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:37:36 GMT

Pop star-turned-vicar the Reverend Richard Coles had clinical depression at the age of 17.

Would you be happy to see your doctor online?

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:20:45 GMT

Video consultations are saving doctors time and money, but are they good for patients, too?

Flu vaccine 'working better for children'

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:48:45 GMT

It is 87% effective in two to 17-year-olds against the main flu strain, mid-season data suggests.

Brexit: Will Britons living in the EU still get healthcare?

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:16:50 GMT

A reader asks about state healthcare for UK nationals in EU countries.

Nephew, 5, inspires hairdresser's Spargoland 'sensory' salon

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:08:13 GMT

A hairdresser says his five-year-old nephew, who has cerebral palsy, inspired his specialist salon.

More veg, fewer burgers - can a family learn to like the planetary health diet?

Sat, 02 Feb 2019 00:54:49 GMT

One family tell how they adapted to switching their sausages and burgers to tofu and beans.

Having HPV 'isn't rude or shameful'

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:14:16 GMT

Most women have some form of the infection in their lifetime so shouldn't be embarrassed, experts say.

Breast cancer: Scan younger women at risk, charity says

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:51:35 GMT

Research suggests screening for 35 to 39-year-olds with a family history can reveal the disease early.

Supermarkets misleading shoppers on healthy food, say nutritionists

Sun, 24 Feb 2019 00:20:02 GMT

Supermarkets should be more transparent on food classification, say public health experts.

RAF Lakenheath: USAF nurses work in NHS hospitals

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:16:09 GMT

NHS bosses say it means patients are being seen "more quickly" and US medics gain wider experience.

Cannabis use in teens linked to depression

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:11:57 GMT

Experts link use of the drug in teenage years to cases of depression later in life.

Young people told - become a care worker

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:07:17 GMT

The government wants young people to work in the care sector as care workers and therapists.

The breakthroughs that could save our lives

Sat, 29 Dec 2018 03:02:39 GMT

From reversing blindness and paralysis to new treatments for cancer and infertility.

Brain function of night owls and larks differ, study suggests

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:37:28 GMT

Late risers have poorer attention, slower reactions and increased sleepiness, a study suggests.

Is young people's mental health getting worse?

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 04:30:22 GMT

Social media and school pressures are often blamed for a rise in young people saying they need help.

NHS told to ditch 'outdated' pagers

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 00:41:31 GMT

The health secretary wants to scrap the “archaic technology” which costs the NHS about £6.6m a year.

Short bursts of intense exercise 'better for weight loss'

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:05:07 GMT

Researchers suggest bursts of high intensity workouts, like sprinting, are more effective for weight loss.

Sepsis campaigner takes son's ashes to Buckingham Palace

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:05:47 GMT

Melissa Mead takes the ashes of her son William in a teddy bear to Buckingham Palace to collect an MBE.

Teen has vaccinations after asking Reddit

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 19:29:45 GMT

Ethan Lindenberger took to the website to ask whether he could get vaccines without his parents .

Medicinal cannabis: Why has it taken so long to get to patients?

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:24:14 GMT

Medicinal cannabis was legalised in November 2018.

Partner of man who killed himself calls for mental health review

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:58:09 GMT

Luke Henderson's partner claims he asked for medical help eight times in the week leading up to his death.

Parents of sick babies need more leave, charity says

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 00:19:45 GMT

Parents of sick babies need more paternity and maternity leave, a neonatal charity says.

Asthma: Young people in the UK 'more likely to die'

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:37 GMT

The UK lags behind other wealthy nations across a number of health indicators, a report finds.

West Bromwich family's 'nightmare' over £200k medical bill

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:10:40 GMT

Mother-of-three Maxine Howell has been in an induced coma for a fortnight after falling ill in Mexico.

Lyme disease can be diagnosed by 'bull's eye' rash alone

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 01:31:02 GMT

The rash is diagnostic and means the patient needs urgent antibiotics, new guidelines tell doctors.

'Dr Evil': Wolverhampton modification artist admits GBH

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 18:29:44 GMT

Brendan McCarthy ran a body modification emporium in Wolverhampton before his arrest.

Princess Royal Maternity Hospital: Dead babies had 'extremely rare' infection

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:04:02 GMT

Two babies who died in a Glasgow maternity hospital had been infected with a bacterium never seen before in Scotland.

Smoking in pregnancy: Stigma 'causes women to do it in private'

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:38:33 GMT

Expectant mothers are smoking in private because of judgement from doing so in public, a study claims.

Encephalitis: 'I told my boyfriend I thought I was a monkey'

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:36:56 GMT

Lucy Evans had encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain that caused her frightening delusions.

Discrimination: ‘I can’t take your guide dog, I’ve got an allergy’

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 03:50:46 GMT

BBC journalist Damon Rose went to court after a taxi driver broke the law and refused to take him and his guide dog.

Essex baby's spine 'repaired' in the womb

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:50:27 GMT

Bethan Simpson's daughter Eloise had a "foetal repair" carried out at 24 weeks after a spina bifida diagnosis.

The toxic legacy of the Vietnam War

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:58:40 GMT

How millions suffered from exposure to toxic chemicals sprayed by US forces during the Vietnam war