BBC News - Health

BBC News - Health

General election 2017: Labour promises pay rises for NHS staff

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:22:37 GMT

The party says it wants to tackle workforce shortages that it says are risking patient safety.

Derby button battery girl Kacie Barradell home after ordeal

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:49:17 GMT

Kacie Barradell had the battery removed in hospital after it caused serious internal damage.

'Exciting' blood test spots cancer a year early

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:42 GMT

The discovery allows doctors to detect returning tumours earlier and increases chances of a cure.

Reality Check: How much will Labour's NHS plans cost?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:01:53 GMT

Reality Check looks at how much aspects of Labour's NHS proposals could cost.

Princes open up about Diana for mental health campaign

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:43:04 GMT

Prince William, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge spoke frankly about Diana's death.

Anne-Marie Slaughter: A year's maternity leave is too long for mothers

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:11:05 GMT

Former Hillary Clinton advisor Anne-Marie Slaughter clarifies why she thinks a year of maternity leave is too long for working mothers.

'I've given up everything to care for Mum'

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:29:43 GMT

Sue Jenkins says she has given up her life to care for her 88-year-old mother who has dementia.

Marathon pact

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:01:16 GMT

Jonny Benjamin says running with the man who stopped him jumping from a bridge was ‘emotional’.

Global plan to wipe out hepatitis

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:32:04 GMT

Viral hepatitis is killing almost as many people worldwide as HIV and TB, says the World Health Organization.

'Thousands of people read about my testicular cancer'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:20:23 GMT

After Andrew Lowden's blog was shared widely, he launched #testicletuesday to raise awareness.

Plain tobacco packaging 'may cut smokers by 300,000 in UK'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:59:24 GMT

A study review gives its best estimate of how standard packs could impact on smoking.

Premature lambs kept alive in 'plastic bag' womb

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:14:58 GMT

Scientists were able to keep premature lambs alive for a month using an artificial "plastic bag" womb.

Test may spot glaucoma before symptoms begin, study says

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:54:59 GMT

A simple eye test could lead to earlier detection of a condition causing irreversible sight loss.

Clean eating

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:29:21 GMT

The plant-based diet, beloved by celebrities, has got the experts worried.

NHS contaminated blood was 'criminal cover-up' - Burnham

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:40:53 GMT

Former Health Secretary Andy Burnham calls for a "Hillsborough-style inquiry" into the claims.

Early hip fracture surgery will save hundreds of lives

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:12:41 GMT

A report shows 8% fewer patients die within 30 days if they get surgery within 24 hours.

Britain's Got Talent 2008 winner George Sampson has had a hair transplant

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:38:22 GMT

The dancer says head spinning is partly behind his hair loss.

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg on grief: ‘It does get better’

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:38:12 GMT

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg speaks movingly about her grief after the death of her husband.

Brain Tumour Charity cautious about Italy mobile phone ruling

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:39:59 GMT

Charity urges caution after a ruling in Italy about mobile phone use and brain tumour growth.

Postpartum haemorrhage: Cheap lifesaver 'cuts deaths by a third'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:46:00 GMT

A drug to stop bleeding after giving birth could cut deaths by a third, research suggests.

Shops agree to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:12:20 GMT

The NHS in England wants to reduce sugar intake by patients and staff to reduce health problems.

Shrewsbury trust warned over baby heart monitoring in 2007

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:13:42 GMT

Since then, failures to monitor foetal heart rates have contributed to the deaths of five babies.

Saying no to the jab

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 23:08:37 GMT

An island community with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the US has provoked a storm.

Mental health care cuts in England 'to total £4.5m'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:24:48 GMT

Data from 127 clinical commissioning groups also suggests total spending will rise by 4.15% in 2017/18.

At a loss

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:57:48 GMT

Survivors say the pain of bereavement can easily push people into mental illness without proper support.

Inside a neonatal intensive care unit

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:51:08 GMT

What does it take to care for the sickest premature babies? 5 live takes a look inside the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Burnley General hospital.

Councils and health boards dispute £250m care costs

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:45:14 GMT

Law lords must decide who pays for nurses delivering social care in residential homes.

Sixteen-year-old's revolutionary heart surgery idea

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:57:43 GMT

A teenager on work experience came with a way for surgeons to see who has previously had surgery.

Cycling to work can cut cancer and heart disease, says study

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:14:57 GMT

Study of 250,000 UK commuters shows walking is good too but suggests two wheels are best.

Overnight acne

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:04:30 GMT

When Judith Donald developed acne suddenly at the age of 23 it really knocked her confidence.

Exercise 'keeps the mind sharp' in over-50s, study finds

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:14 GMT

The brain is fed with more oxygen and nutrients, boosting thinking and memory skills.

Most teenagers happy with life, study finds

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:29:26 GMT

But bullying and anxiety over exams remains a problem for many, an international study finds.

Superwoman Serena

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:49:06 GMT

Most women struggle to get out of bed when eight weeks' pregnant. How did Serena win a Grand Slam title?

Malaria: Kenya, Ghana and Malawi get first vaccine

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:02:09 GMT

It should prevent four in 10 cases of the disease, but it is the first "real world" trial.

The worst scenario

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:06:01 GMT

Molly Watt was born severely deaf but as a teenager discovered she was going blind too.

Alcohol binge can upset heart's rhythm, say researchers

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:08:09 GMT

Researchers studied the impact in volunteers visiting the Munich Oktoberfest.

Tennant and Colman support selfie mental health campaign

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:53:22 GMT

The stars of Broadchurch are among celebrities posting selfies to support a mental health initiative.

Air pollution: 'Heart disease link found'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:02:52 GMT

Extremely small particles of air pollution have the potential to end up in the body, a study suggests.

Welsh patient waits four years to leave hospital

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:03:09 GMT

The patient was declared fit for discharge more than 1,300 days ago, but has not left hospital.

Cheap and accessible drug tackles death in childbirth

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:57:25 GMT

New research shows promising results for cutting the risk of women bleeding to death in childbirth.