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Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

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

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

Adolescence now lasts from 10 to 24, scientists say

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

UK 'in grip of worst flu season since 2011'

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

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

Angelina Jolie gene testing for all?

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

Chemistry 'Van Gogh' could help with cancer

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

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

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'

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

Fundraising page set up for disgraced liver surgeon

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

Minister for loneliness appointed to continue Jo Cox's work

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

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

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

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

Measles outbreak in five English regions

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

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

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

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'

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'

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

Almost 500 operations postponed across Scottish hospitals last week

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

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

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

Should there be a right to die?

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

Using cannabis helped ease 'frightening' tremors

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

The choir helping people with dementia

"He comes alive when he's here."

How community spirit helps a girl with autism and severe anxiety

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?

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

How nursing in the NHS has changed

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?

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

UK sends medics to halt Rohingya diphtheria outbreak

There have been 4,000 suspected cases of diphtheria in the overcrowded refugee camps and at least 31 deaths.

Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

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

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

Drinking and darts: Does alcohol improve performance?

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

Reality Check: Is NHS funding worse in Wales?

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?

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

Why is it so difficult to discover new antibiotics?

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

How I became a surrogate

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

Changing profession

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

Carbs for dinner?

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

Sneezing myths and facts

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

Check your pollution

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

They wouldn’t let sister die

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

Beads of Courage

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

'Aussie' flu

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

Hearing hints

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

Coconut oil

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

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'

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



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