The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.
Children suffering a mental health crisis in England are being forced into police custody because 35% of NHS "places of safety" ban under 16s, figures suggest.
Bowel cancer screening uptake needs to improve, campaigners say, after figures showed just half of people eligible in England come forward for the test.
Lord Tebbit, the former Tory minister and party chairman turns his hand to writing a children's novel, the central character being a 14-year-old boy left paralysed after a car crash.
A patient who awoke from an anaesthetic minutes before major surgery speaks of the "terrifying" experience.
A woman who has Crohn's disease loses a legal challenge against a decision to refuse her NHS funding to freeze her eggs before chemotherapy.
A health board admits 'failures' in the care of a man who died following routine surgery for cancer, an inquest hears
Every eye clinic in the UK should provide access to a sight loss advisor, the RNIB has claimed.
GP out-of-hours health care in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan is "diabolical" with people waiting too long to be seen and assessed, a patient watchdog says.
The Priory Hospital wants to shake off its 'quick fix' image
Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed three-directional pressure sensors which they say could prevent dangerous sores for thousands of patients
Concern over rise in waits for hospital operations
Boston marathon bombing survivors cope with aftermath
Researchers have developed a new type of pressure sensor - dubbed a "second skin" - which they say could prevent dangerous sores.
Radiohead star Colin Greenwood will take part in a charity triathlon at Blenheim Palace after being inspired by a cancer sufferer.
The government says new opening hours for GP surgeries in England will benefit seven million patients, far more than originally planned.
Public services still need to learn lessons from the Stafford Hospital scandal on how to handle complaints, says a committee of MPs.
Lung experts have called for the insurance industry to fund research into the deadly asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma.
UK drug company GlaxoSmithKline is facing a criminal investigation in Poland for allegedly bribing doctors, BBC Panorama discovers.
With research funding low - but insurance payouts soaring - leading lung experts are suggesting a novel solution.