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Ebola vaccine 'promising in Africa'

4 hours 15 min ago
Early trials in Uganda reveal an experimental Ebola vaccine is as safe in African populations as it is in American populations.

Tackle loneliness to 'shield' A&E

4 hours 15 min ago
NHS leaders warn loneliness could cause a major spike in emergency admissions

E-readers 'damage sleep and health'

4 hours 17 min ago
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.

VIDEO: DNA project 'revolution' in diagnosis

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:02
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.

NHS to start era of DNA-medicine

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 00:00
The NHS is setting up 11 centres aimed at unlocking the secrets of DNA and developing drugs to target cancer and rare genetic diseases.

VIDEO: 'Ambulance targets may help patients'

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 18:55
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''.

Ambulance targets plan revealed

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:35
Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.

VIDEO: Fixing bones with a household drill

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 02:09
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

First UK reservists join Ebola fight

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 18:17
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.

Asthma inhalers 'not used properly'

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 00:00
Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.

Ebola kills top Sierra Leone doctor

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 17:51
One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.

EU approves first stem cell therapy

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:48
A stem cell therapy has been approved for widespread medical use in the EU for the first time.

Stem cell scandal scientist resigns

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:27
A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.

A&E has 'worst week' in England

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:32
Pressures in A&E units in England have hit record levels while Wales and Northern Ireland also perform poorly, figures show.

NHS staff to strike in new year

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:31
There will be a fresh wave of strikes across the NHS in England in new year, it has been announced.

VIDEO: Robotic suit helps patients to walk

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:28
Nikki Fox, the BBC's disability correspondent, has walked without help for the first time in 10 years, thanks to motorised robotic equipment.

VIDEO: Disability work scheme 'lacks cash'

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 09:56
Substantial numbers of disabled people are missing out on government support to help them into work, MPs have said.

VIDEO: Is this the future of bionics?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 09:24
How motion capture technology is being used to create better prosthetics

VIDEO: Girl hears Christmas for first time

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:29
It's almost Christmas, and Sula's new ear implants mean she will be able to hear carols and jingle bells this year.

Painkillers 'cut skin cancer risk'

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 01:57
Regularly taking painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen may help protect against some forms of skin cancer, research suggests.


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