The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 2 hours 33 min ago
The government is failing those with learning disabilities by keeping them in hospitals far from home for too long, a report commissioned by NHS England says.
Calls for extra money for the NHS in England are intensifying after latest figures show the deficit is growing as performance deteriorates.
What went wrong with a cancer treatment that should have healed rather than harmed?
Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia have been shown to impair the same network of cells.
A problem with the freezing of stem cells may have contributed to the death of a 12-year-old girl with cancer, a coroner rules.
The concern e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking might be unfounded, data suggests.
Health secretary Shona Robison is to make a statement to MSPs after an inquiry into a C. diff outbreak found "systemic failures".
In its first year, a free 24-hour UK helpline for the elderly has been inundated with calls about loneliness.
Professor Atul Gawande of Harvard University on why more effort needs to be made to improve the last stage in people's lives.
The brain has a weak spot for Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, according to experts who have pinpointed the region using scans.
A terminally ill woman who claims a hospital did not treat her suspected cancer as urgent has launched legal action against a health board.
A coroner has concluded the death of a 25-year-old woman in a hospital in East Yorkshire was "not a case of neglect".
The Food Standards Agency says people should ensure they use a separate bag for raw meat and fish to avoid contamination with bugs.
NHS strike: A walkout with a difference
Thousands of NHS workers in England and Northern Ireland, including nurses, midwives and ambulance staff, have been staging four hour strikes.
People who need organ transplants may "die needlessly" following concerns raised by the death of two patients given kidneys infected by a parasitic worm, a leading transplant surgeon warns.
The public can have their say on the state of cross-border health services at two meetings on Monday.
A five-year inquiry into Scotland's worst outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) will be published later.
Nurses, midwives, ambulance staff and other NHS workers are staging a four-hour strike on Monday.
Hopes pinned on Ebola clinical trials in Guinea