The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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Researchers find a chemical necessary to feel the urge to scratch an itch
People with higher IQs are faster at detecting small moving objects but slower at noticing larger background ones, say US researchers.
Some drugs taken to protect the heart may increase the risk of developing Type-2 diabetes, according to researchers in Canada.
More MMR jabs, improved ambulance response times and an end to hospital bed-blocking are among the priorities being set by health chiefs for the NHS in Wales.
Enzymes released by cancerous cells have a protective function and are not one of the 'bad guys', say researchers from the University of East Anglia.
The WHO urges countries with possible cases of novel coronavirus to share information amid concern over patent rights held by commercial labs.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has deflected criticism from the British Medical Association (BMA) over his plans to improve out-of-hours care.
Family doctors are not prepared to shore up an emergency healthcare system left unsafe by "political meddling", a GP has warned.
An independent inquiry is needed into the NHS non-emergency 111 phone line "debacle" in England, GPs say.
Over 60,000 measles vaccinations have now been given during the outbreak in Swansea and Powys but another 33,000 people still need it, say health officials.
But is the NHS going to blow a gasket?
The Royal College of Nursing has said that a fall in the number of NHS district nurses is causing needless suffering for patients and is leading to pressure on casualty departments and ambulance services.
A way of creating more effective vaccines which could protect against a broad range of flu viruses has been reported by US researchers.
Family doctors are not prepared to shore up an emergency health care system left unsafe by "political meddling", a GP leader is to warn in a speech.
Health unions say the state of NHS services for people who can't get to a GP in many parts of England is "lamentable".
Has the world's caffeine habit spun out of control?
The Royal Glamorgan hospital in Llantrisant could stop treating the most serious accident and emergency cases as part of a major NHS shake-up in south Wales.
Fungi live all over the human body but their favourite spots are the heel, under toenails and between the toes, according to a US study.
Two people with mental health problems win their legal challenge after claiming the government test for sickness benefit would discriminate against them.
Vitamin C can kill multidrug-resistant TB in the lab, scientists reveal.