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NHS 'dangerously' short of 100,000 staff

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:25:13 GMT

Figures show one in 12 posts in England is unfilled - enough to staff 10 large hospitals.

Life after Ebola

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:37:36 GMT

The legacy of the virus which spread through three West African countries.

Debtors with mental health problems need 'breathing space'

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:14:27 GMT

Charities say people with mental health problems should be given "breathing space" to sort out debts.

Red wine compound 'could help tooth decay and gum disease fight'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:09:11 GMT

Polyphenols found in red wine helped fend off harmful bacteria in the mouth, a study finds.

Warning over fake piercing magnet craze

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:58:44 GMT

One 12-year-old boy had to have part of his bowel removed after swallowing the magnetic balls.

Check the key targets in your area

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:12:25 GMT

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

Are sick migrants avoiding NHS doctors over deportation fears?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:12:03 GMT

Should doctors continue to hand over names and addresses to immigration officers, asks the NHS in England.

Woman pleads guilty after Tunstall ambulance abuse note

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:53:33 GMT

Kirsty Sharman admits a public order offence after leaving a foul-mouthed note on an ambulance.

What you need to know about fruit tea

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:09:03 GMT

Sipping acidic fruit teas between meals can wear away teeth, a study shows – and it's not the only thing.

Tool 'names and shames' hidden drug trials

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:21:37 GMT

Institutions that fail to report the results of drug trials will be named on a new website.

WHO warns of soaring rates of measles in Europe

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:26:52 GMT

There was a four-fold increase in cases in 2017 compared with the previous year.

Why are some flu outbreaks so much worse than others?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:30:36 GMT

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

Non-smoker's lung cancer

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:01:34 GMT

BBC legal correspondent, Clive Coleman, says his sister's diagnosis came too late to save her.

Rescue dog gets 'new lease of life' with 3D printed leg

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:06:20 GMT

Duke the Irish retriever is learning to walk on four paws after a 3D printed leg was made for him.

Mitsutoki Shigeta: 'Baby factory' dad wins paternity rights

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:45:56 GMT

The Japanese man can now pursue custody of 13 children he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers.

Partially paralysed man blinks to communicate

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 01:52:07 GMT

Simon Field might not be able to move but he can still communicate, by blinking.

MPs debate changes to organ donations law

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:22:50 GMT

A bill which would introduce "opt-out" consent rules in England passes its first stage in Parliament.

Consultants criticise 'catastrophic' rise in 12-hour A&E waits

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:13:59 GMT

Hospital consultants warn over patient safety as the longest waits to be seen in emergency units rise.

Alfie Evans' father: 'My son's been sentenced to the death penalty'

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:00:32 GMT

The parents of a boy with a mystery illness lose a fight in the High Court for doctors to continue life support.

Alfie Evans: Sick toddler’s life support ‘can end’

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:13:33 GMT

Doctors can stop providing life support to Alfie Evans against his parents' wishes, a court rules.

A third of UK adults 'underestimate calorie intake '

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:02:21 GMT

A new analysis of the nation's diet reveals we are generally poor on judging how much we eat.

'I forgot my mum had died'

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:26:44 GMT

After waking from a coma following a brain injury, Peter was forced to grieve all over again.

Lorde isn't here for unsolicited acne advice

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:01:37 GMT

The singer posted an Instagram story about the unhelpful things people say to acne sufferers like her.

Guilt over miscarriage

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:02:38 GMT

Three women and one man describe the shock, guilt and distress of losing a baby through miscarriage.

World Hacks: Putting your leftover pills back to work

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:17:36 GMT

An app in Greece is helping people donate their leftover drugs to those who can't afford to buy them.

India doctors remove world's 'largest brain tumour'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:43:23 GMT

The patient had been living for three years with the 1.8kg tumour, which was larger than his head.

What you need to know about bread

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:06:12 GMT

Ultra-processed foods have been linked to cancer - so should we be worried about eating bread?

Fighting for change

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:03:59 GMT

For 16 years, Mercy Ngulube felt unable to tell people she had HIV - but now she's a vocal campaigner.

Dishing the dirt

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:38:16 GMT

Lots of us use wipes to keep our kitchen surfaces clean. But is it worth it?

Stephen Fry recovering from prostate cancer surgery

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:43 GMT

The presenter had surgery for prostate cancer and says "it all seemed to go pretty well".

Taking control

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:44:15 GMT

Sofie Hartley, who's 27, wants to have a hysterectomy so that she can take back control of her body.

DNA tests for UK’s nuclear bomb veterans

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:12:21 GMT

A genetic study will look at whether damage was done to the DNA of veterans who saw nuclear weapon tests.

'Anti-depressants help me function'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:21:45 GMT

Scientists say more people could benefit from taking pills to reduce the symptoms of acute depression.

How Malawi reduced infant mortality

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:31:53 GMT

Every year 2.6m babies around the world don't survive beyond a month but Malawi's number is dropping.

Share your NHS stories and memories with the BBC

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:52:18 GMT

As the NHS turns 70 we want to hear from doctors, nurses, porters and patients, past and present about your memories and experiences

Sipping acidic fruit teas can wear away teeth, says study

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:14:43 GMT

Even unsweetened drinks are acidic and should not be drunk between meals, researchers say.

Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:08:49 GMT

Scientists hail "good news for patients" as analysis finds 21 drugs reduce symptoms of depression.

Cancer drugs could help Nikki's blood vessel disorder

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:38:24 GMT

Scientists uncover faulty genes behind a rare blood vessel disorder and say cancer drugs could treat it.

Asthma inhalers recalled in device alert

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:43:58 GMT

Specific batches of Ventolin Accuhaler and Seretide Accuhaler do not deliver the full dose.

Boozy brain

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:25:58 GMT

What do we know about the risks of dementia from drinking alcohol?

Review ordered into epilepsy drug, vaginal mesh and Primodos

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:14:36 GMT

The PM wants concerns over a pregnancy test, vaginal mesh implants and an epilepsy drug to be looked at.

Wombs for rent

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:16:46 GMT

Demand for surrogacy in Ukraine, one of Europe's poorest nations, is soaring. But what happens to the women involved?

Mum's Twin-To-Twin Transfusion Syndrome action call

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:49:52 GMT

Mum recounts losing one twin in the womb while other survived

Ovarian cancer: Persistent tummy bloating can be sign, charity warns

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:30:11 GMT

Only a third of women would see a doctor despite it being a major symptom, a survey suggests.

'Mini-tumours' created to battle cancer

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:22:56 GMT

The lab-grown versions made from a patient's cancer can predict whether drugs will actually work.

'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.

On anti-depressants

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:31:30 GMT

People with a history of depression tell the BBC about their experiences of taking anti-depressants

FaceTime chat 'saves woman's life'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:18:25 GMT

Woman notices her sister is suffering from a stroke while they spoke on a FaceTime call.

Drug errors cause appalling harm and deaths, says Hunt

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:08:08 GMT

Mistakes made by the NHS in England could be a factor in thousands of deaths a year