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Children’s hospital builds sleep app

5 hours 12 min ago
A free app to help improve children’s sleep has been launched by doctors at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London.

Drug giant 'blocks' eye treatment

5 hours 18 min ago
A drugs firm has been accused of trying to block access to what some doctors believe is a cheap, safe and effective drug to treat a common eye condition.

Blood test for Down's syndrome hailed

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:08
Testing a pregnant woman's blood for disorders in her unborn child promises 'dramatic' advances in medicine, say researchers.

VIDEO: 'We must plan for future of NHS'

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 22:56
As the 2015 election campaign gathers pace, the BBC speaks to a manager in the National Health Service - Matthew Fitzpatrick from London.

Paracetamol ‘no good for back pain'

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 00:06
Paracetamol is ineffective at treating back pain and osteoarthritis despite being a recommended treatment, a group of Australian researchers warns.

Care system 'gets biggest shake-up'

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 00:04
Major changes to the care system in England, dubbed the biggest shake-up for 60 years, are being introduced, while Scotland merges NHS and care budgets.

VIDEO: Could existing drugs offer MS hope?

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 22:39
Depression and heart-disease drugs are to be tested in a trial to find treatments for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) from existing medicines.

MS drug 'may already be out there'

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 18:00
Depression and heart disease drugs are to be tested in a new trial to find treatments for Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

VIDEO: Nursing code of conduct launched

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:17
A new code of conduct has been launched by the body that oversees 670,000 nurses and midwives in the UK.

VIDEO: Disability village 'under threat'

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 08:24
The village of Botton in North Yorkshire has been home to people with learning disabilities for 60 years, but there are claims that changes to employment laws are posing a threat to the community.

Uganda circumcision truck fights HIV

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 03:10
Uganda circumcision truck fights HIV

More veterans seek mental health aid

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 00:45
A mental health charity which treats military veterans says referrals have increased by 26% in the last year.

E-cigarette use 'high among teens'

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 00:00
A substantial number of teenagers are experimenting with e-cigarettes, even those who have never smoked, a study suggests.

Medieval eye remedy 'kills MRSA'

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 15:14
A 1,000-year-old treatment for eye infections could hold the key to killing antibiotic-resistant superbugs, scientists say.

Parents rarely spot child obesity

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 00:13
Parents hardly ever spot obesity in their children resulting in damaging consequences for health, doctors warn.

VIDEO: Vaccine to protect from meningitis B

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 13:31
An agreement has been reached to provide a meningitis B vaccine for all babies in the UK, the BBC's Sarah Campbell reports.

Meningitis B vaccine deal agreed

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 04:56
An agreement is reached with the drug manufacturer GSK to provide a vaccine for meningitis B for all babies in the UK, the health secretary says.

Chikungunya revives herbal remedies in Antigua

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 00:35
Antigua sees revival of natural remedies

The Bolivian women who knit parts for hearts

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 00:30
The Bolivian women knitting a high-tech medical device

VIDEO: Life-saving knitters

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 00:16
An army of Bolivian knitters is helping to save children with a hole in the heart.

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