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Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU

4 hours 45 min ago
Obesity can constitute a disability if the health effects of their weight impact on their working life, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

VIDEO: Hunt: NHS getting record funds

4 hours 54 min ago
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt defends the government's plans to cope with winter pressures on emergency healthcare.

Autism link to air pollution raised

7 hours 50 min ago
A link between autism and air pollution during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.

Drug allergy: Culprit protein found

7 hours 51 min ago
Scientists uncover a single protein that could be responsible for drug allergies, on the surface of cells.

VIDEO: Visiting the doctor via the internet

10 hours 52 min ago
A state-of-the-art clinic in Denmark is set to make dramatic changes to the relationship between doctor and patient.

Ill teenagers not to be held in cells

14 hours 58 min ago
Teenagers experiencing mental health problems will no longer be detained in police cells as a "place of safety", Home Secretary Theresa May is to announce later.

VIDEO: Smoking in cars 'harmful for children'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 23:44
A scientist who has studied the effects smoking in cars has on children, says it is almost as harmful as smoking indoors, because of the enclosed space.

Rules for babies 'from three people'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:03
The rules for creating babies from three people - which state only two would be classed as parents - have been announced by the UK government.

Car smoke ban 'to start in October'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:22
Smoking in cars with children will be banned in England, under new laws put forward by the government.

VIDEO: Fewer or more nurses in NHS today?

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:11
The prime minister rejects the claim from a Labour MP of 2,500 fewer nurses in the NHS today than in 2010.

Cancer bungle 'down to incompetence'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:00
Inaccuracies in a hospital's cancer waiting times figures were caused by managerial incompetence rather than bullying of staff, investigators find.

NHS winter: Your questions answered

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:33
The BBC's health correspondent Nick Triggle is answering a selection of your questions.

S Leone houses searched for Ebola

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:24
Sierra Leone is due to mount house-to-house searches in the capital Freetown to find hidden cases of Ebola, and restricts shop opening hours.

VIDEO: UK may allow 'three parent babies'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:14
The UK could be the first country to allow a technique which helps prevent genetic disease and produces so-called "three parent babies".

VIDEO: NHS 'over-reliant on foreign nurses'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:09
Figures from an investigation by the Health Service Journal suggest four out of five nurses hired by NHS hospitals in England last year were from overseas.

Auditors question public health spend

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:30
A £2.7bn fund to improve public health in England is not always being spent where most needed, the National Audit Office says.

Mental health support for mothers

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:00
Women with or at risk of mental health problems should receive extra support at all stages of pregnancy and beyond, updated NHS guidelines say.

E-cigarettes 'can help smokers quit'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:13
E-cigarettes can help smokers stop or reduce their habit, a Cochrane review has found.

Fat 'breathed out' of body via lungs

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:08
Fat can be breathed out as well as burned off as you lose weight, biochemists who have studied metabolism at a microscopic level say.

UK to aid children affected by Ebola

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 21:33
The UK announces a £2.5m grant for the charity Unicef to help children affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.


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