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Hospices could play a greater role in end-of-life care and stop hospitals being the "default option", says former Tory party leader Lord Howard.
Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.
As the US grapples with a resurgence of heroin addiction, police, emergency workers and addicts' families are turning to an "antidote" called Naloxone to prevent overdose.
Why is medicinal use of honey so limited in the UK?
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New treatments for schizophrenia could be possible as vital clues behind the factors causing the mental illness are discovered. One person diagnosed with it explains the impact and the stigma.
A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health.
Two key health unions are to ballot their members in England on industrial action, including strikes, over pay.
Parents will face prosecution if they fail to prevent their daughters undergoing female genital mutilation or forced marriage under new measures being announced.
New measures aimed at ending female genital mutilation within a generation will be announced at a global summit in London.
Parents who allow their daughters to be subjected to female genital mutilation will face prosecution under new legislation.
A patch the size of a plaster is to be tested by the NHS as a new way of continuously monitoring a patient's heart rate, breathing and temperature.
A man with a fly in his ear and a woman questioning if a green potato was poisonous were among thousands of non-urgent 999 calls made to the Welsh Ambulance Service last year.
The NHS is starting to test a sticking-plaster-sized patient-monitoring patch.
Scientists say they have made an "exciting" step towards curing HIV by forcing the virus out of its hiding places in the body.
In the largest ever genetic study of the disease, scientists have discovered some 80 genes which could leave people at higher risk of schizophrenia.
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One man's HIV campaign in Indonesia's Bandung prison
Falkirk Community Hospital records the first perfect score in an initial Healthcare Environment Inspectorate review.