The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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Early trials in Uganda reveal an experimental Ebola vaccine is as safe in African populations as it is in American populations.
NHS leaders warn loneliness could cause a major spike in emergency admissions
If you curl up under the duvet with an ebook for a bedtime read then you are damaging your sleep and maybe your health, US doctors have warned.
A new genetics project "will bring in a revolution" in the diagnosis and treatment of inherited disease, according to Prof Graeme Black, who will lead it in Manchester.
The NHS is setting up 11 centres aimed at unlocking the secrets of DNA and developing drugs to target cancer and rare genetic diseases.
Professor Keith Willett, head of acute care at NHS England, says changes to ambulance target times may result in giving individual patients ''a better response''.
Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.
A Canadian team has come up with an ingenious solution for using an ordinary power drill safely in surgery - wrapping it in a sterile bag
The first British army reservists along with 100 regular soldiers head to Sierra Leone to help the battle against Ebola in the West African state.
Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.
One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.
A stem cell therapy has been approved for widespread medical use in the EU for the first time.
A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.
Pressures in A&E units in England have hit record levels while Wales and Northern Ireland also perform poorly, figures show.
There will be a fresh wave of strikes across the NHS in England in new year, it has been announced.
Nikki Fox, the BBC's disability correspondent, has walked without help for the first time in 10 years, thanks to motorised robotic equipment.
Substantial numbers of disabled people are missing out on government support to help them into work, MPs have said.
How motion capture technology is being used to create better prosthetics
It's almost Christmas, and Sula's new ear implants mean she will be able to hear carols and jingle bells this year.
Regularly taking painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen may help protect against some forms of skin cancer, research suggests.