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The predicted explosion of dementia may be less severe than previously thought, a study in Nature Communications suggests
The NHS in England says it will reconsider whether or not to provide a drug treatment that can prevent HIV.
A new type of cancer drug that wakes up the patient's own immune system to fight tumours could be a game changer for tackling head and neck cancers, say experts.
Junior doctors in England may need to rethink plans to take part in next week's all-out strikes amid concerns some hospitals could struggle to cope, the regulator of the profession says.
Age UK has been criticised by the Charity Commission, after it recommended an energy tariff that was not the cheapest available.
Scientists believe injections of a natural protein could lessen the symptoms and progress of dementia after promising early trials in mice.
A fifth of people with advanced melanoma have no sign of tumours in their body after treatment with a pair of immunotherapy drugs, a study shows.
How pooling patient data could help combat cancer
More than 150 countries are switching to a different vaccine to target polio.
A body found washed up in Dorset is that of missing junior doctor Rose Polge, police say.
Elan Shoffman has Parkinson's disease, but he is determined to deliver a speech at his daughter's wedding.
More than a third of people with Parkinson's disease feel the need to hide their symptoms or lie about having the condition, a survey by Parkinson's UK suggests.
'I was born without a womb, cervix and vagina'
More than 150 countries have begun switching to a different polio vaccine in a push to eradicate the disease completely.
Doctors say the spread of super-gonorrhoea widely across England and to gay men is causing "huge concern" about the ability to treat it in the future.
More than 150 countries begin switching to a different polio vaccine - an important milestone towards eradicating the disease, health campaigners say.
Scientists in Japan say they have developed ultra-thin electronic "skin" that can measure oxygen levels when stuck to the body.
Families of people with learning disabilities say they are planning to take legal action against local authorities and NHS providers over lack of provision in the community.
A drug for treating children aged five and over with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will be made available to around 50 children through NHS England.
Debbie Evans talks about her son who has learning disabilities and has lived in a medical institution for seven years