The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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Scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the bed bug to help work out how to eliminate the pest, which has been developing resistance to existing insecticide sprays.
A boy with a rare sleeping illness caused by a swine flu vaccine wins £120,000 in damages.
Is it time to change our approach to cancer?
Pressures on GPs in England and Wales have grown so much that they feel they are "letting down" their patients and potentially providing unsafe care, doctors leaders say.
BBC News looks at the amount of sugar found in the kind of food and drink we consume every day.
A rare case of the Zika virus - linked to thousands of brain defects in babies in the Americas - being sexually transmitted has been reported in Texas.
Skyping with my grandmother on her deathbed
How did the world wake up to the threat caused by the Zika virus, that health experts link to birth defects?
England's chief medical officer has urged people to take personal responsibility for their drinking and to consider cancer risks carefully with each glass.
Sixty-five to 79 is the happiest age group for adults, while middle-aged people have the lowest levels of well-being, a UK study suggests.
An urgent global race is under way to establish how and why the Zika virus could be causing a devastating spike in cases of babies being born with underdeveloped brains in South America.
The amount of time it takes for autism to be diagnosed should be monitored by NHS England and targets set, the National Autistic Society (NAS) says.
They said I would die but now I play the violin
A disease linked to the Zika virus in Latin America poses a global public health emergency requiring a united response, says the World Health Organization.
Scientists recreate the furrows of a human brain using a simple two-layered gel model, showing that the brain's folds have physical origins.
Commentators across Latin America reflect on Zika's grip.
The problems care home residents experience getting health care
Confusion and fear is blighting the pregnancies of thousands of women across Brazil
Next week's strike by junior doctors in England will go ahead as talks with the government have failed to reach a solution - but union leaders say medics will provide emergency cover.
Actor Will Smith says he believes players who receive repeated knocks to the head are in danger of developing long-term brain damage.