The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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Physical activity has little role in tackling obesity - and instead public health messages should squarely focus on unhealthy eating, doctors say.
An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the strain of the Ebola virus present in West Africa, US-based scientists say.
NHS founder Aneurin Bevan would be "turning in his grave" if he saw the way Welsh ministers run the service, the UK government's Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says.
Thousands of people in England are dying from bowel cancer because their disease is not being spotted early enough, warns a charity.
A government drive to increase participation in rugby within English schools is ill-conceived and risks children getting hurt, doctors warn.
The lives of six boys with a deadly genetic disease have been transformed by a pioneering treatment to correct errors in their DNA, say doctors.
A child born with foetal alcohol syndrome is refused permission to take her case for criminal injuries compensation to the UK Supreme Court.
Scientists from Newcastle University are urging the government to introduce guidelines on daily consumption of wholegrain foods.
A mindfulness-based therapy could provide a "new choice for millions of people" with recurrent depression, a study in the Lancet says.
A Christian health worker claims the NHS made her look "a bit crazy" by disciplining her for allegedly trying to convert a Muslim colleague.
Labour would launch an emergency recruitment drive to get 1,000 more nurses into training this year if they win the election, Ed Miliband will say.
A student dies after taking suspected diet pills bought online, police reveal.
An online video of a six-year-old boy swallowing tablets for cystic fibrosis is viewed more than 650,000 times.
Two common drugs - one for treating athlete's foot and another for alleviating eczema - might be useful therapies for multiple sclerosis, scientists believe.
According to a new study, a quarter of people with Parkinson's say they have had their symptoms mistaken for drunkenness. Jayne McCubbin reports.
Are women with severe pregnancy sickness being failed?
A survey of 2,000 people with Parkinson's finds that more than half have experienced rudeness or hostility from the public.
The number of schoolgirls at risk of emotional problems has risen sharply in the last five years, a study suggests.
The Brazilian authorities in Sao Paulo are fighting a large outbreak of dengue fever that has killed 130 people.
There will be 2,000 fewer NHS nurses in England over the next four years according to projections, Labour says, but the Conservatives say the figures are old.