The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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A chemotherapy drug can extend the lives of patients with advanced prostate cancer by nearly two years, a major "game-changing" study shows.
The chances of having a heart attack, stroke or dying young may be hidden in the palm of the hand, a study suggests.
The global pharmaceutical industry is being called on to pay for a $2bn innovation fund to revitalise research into antibiotics.
It would be unethical and a "sin of omission" to prevent the genetic engineering of embryos, a leading scientist has argued.
Doctors' leaders launch a major campaign to stop "under pressure" medics "over-treating" patients with unnecessary tests and treatments.
Is surviving on 20-minute naps bad for you?
A man once dubbed the world's fattest has between three and four stone (22 to 27kg) of skin removed.
The European Space Agency gives financial backing to a Scottish project to use new technology to map tick hotspots and tackle Lyme disease.
A complementary therapy called Hijama, or wet cupping, needs tighter regulation, say experienced practitioners.
The seasons appear to have a profound effect on how human genes work, according to scientists.
Tougher measures are needed to tackle the high rates of alcohol consumption in the UK, according to a leading international body.
Plans for a law to ensure Welsh hospitals have enough nurses on duty at all times are supported by AMs.
There has been an "alarming" rise in the number of working-age men and women in England having strokes in recent years, a charity warns.
Scotland's biggest nursing agency calls on former nurses to consider doing occasional shifts, after warning of a lack of qualified nurses.
Did we get the full story on the NHS during the election?
A boy who suffered brain damage at birth is awarded a £13m-compensation package.
Trounced by a brain-training octogenarian
Studies have shown that dance could improve the lives of dementia sufferers - Lizzie Crouch visits a class in east London.
The rise of drug-resistant malaria in south-east Asia is leading to new strategies to eliminate the disease from the region.
Heavy duty insecticide sprayers often can't get to communities that need them. Motofog is a modified motorbike that could be one solution to this problem.