The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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What happens when drug trials end
Smoking in cars when children are present is to be banned in Wales, the first minister announces.
How many nurses short is the NHS?
A study from US researchers suggests that friends are more genetically similar than strangers - to the same degree as fourth cousins.
Hospitals in England are being given strict guidelines on safe staffing levels for nurses - but they stop short of giving absolute minimums.
Actor David Robb, whose anorexic wife killed herself, says people should realise the illness affects older women too.
A trust has paid £30,000 to the family of a toddler who died on Christmas Day from a serious infection.
Child neglect is to blame for "absolutely appalling" levels of children needing their teeth pulled in hospital, a dental charity says.
A new screening test for Down's syndrome is still not available across the Welsh NHS, six years after guidelines said it should be.
Non-EU patients are to be charged 150% of the cost of NHS treatment in a fresh crackdown on so-called "health tourism".
British drug firm Shire recommends a takeover offer from US rival AbbVie after its most recent £30bn ($51.3bn) offer.
Decisions on whether a footballer can return to the pitch after a head injury should be taken by an independent doctor, says an editorial in The Lancet.
One in three cases of Alzheimer's disease worldwide is preventable, according to research from the University of Cambridge.
Nearly 500 young children a week are being admitted to hospital to have rotten teeth removed, according to NHS figures.
Ministers are piloting ways to get more people with mental health problems into work with earlier treatment and employment support.
The retired Anglican Archbishop of South Africa Desmond Tutu says he "reveres the sanctity of life" but supports assisted dying.
Surgeon and writer Atul Gawande will deliver this year's BBC Reith Lectures, to be grouped under the title 'The Future of Medicine'.
Investigating India's unrecorded deaths
The Church of England seeks an inquiry into assisted dying as an ex-Archbishop of Canterbury backs a bill that would allow terminally ill people get help to end their lives.
One family's experience of assisted dying