The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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Medication used to treat stomach ulcers may cause vitamin B12 deficiency, a study finds.
Medical students from the US have brought together a number of medical mobile phone applications to create a 10 minute physical examination, including and ultrasound scan and heart rate monitor.
Insufficient midwife supervision is blamed for failings which led to the deaths of three babies and a mother at a hospital.
Electronic help for those with impaired speech.
The UK will aim to double funding for dementia research by 2025 from the £66m target for 2015, the prime minister says.
Health chiefs suspend a specialist liver surgeon linked to the "avoidable deaths" of eight patients he operated on in Cardiff.
A project that uses sensors to monitor eating and exercise with a view to reducing obesity levels is to be funded by the EU.
The artificial sweetener aspartame is safe and poses no threat to health, checks by European food regulators concludes.
The cash-strapped NHS trust which provides mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk is not "in crisis", its chairman insists.
A doctor who left a cancer patient at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with a "deformed chest" is suspended for another year.
A trial has begun to see whether a drug used to treat diabetes can slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
A teenager's chances of survival after routine surgery would have significantly increased had opportunities to treat her not been lost, a coroner says.
Lack of a proper national policy to get UK children to do more exercise amounts to mass "child neglect", the British Journal of Sports Medicine says.
Patients are urged to avoid going to Morriston Hospital's A&E in Swansea unless they have a genuine emergency due to "high pressure" facing staff.
An ambulance overturns while responding to a 999 call in the West Midlands, blocking a road.
The founder of French company PIP, which distributed defective breast implants, is sentenced to four years in prison for fraud.
An elderly man dies 12 days after he was attacked in a hospital bed by a dementia patient wielding a bottle.
Users tell how the drug affected their health
Changes are needed to improve the treatment of laboratory animals at one of the UK's leading animal research centres, a panel of experts concludes.
Health boards across the country must learn lessons from failings at Wales' largest health board, assembly members are warning.