The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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Have the Danes cracked childhood obesity?
A major trauma unit in west London is trying to reduce the number of young people being admitted with gang related injuries, by using youth workers in its wards.
Why doctors are still unsure how to treat pain after amputation
Researchers say the current one-size-fits-all approach to treating teenagers with anxiety disorders is leaving them at risk of future mental health issues.
The testes have been identified as the most distinctive type of human tissue, by a major project in Sweden.
Our genes influence whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our gut, say experts.
Researchers in Sweden claim a "breakthrough" in how stem cells could be used to treat Parkinson's disease.
The hospital in Prague which treated Ashya King, the young boy recovering from a brain tumour, confirms he has received no chemotherapy - an important part of his original treatment plan.
The head of the UN mission charged with fighting Ebola tells the BBC he does not yet have the resources necessary to defeat the deadly virus.
Fatal cases of breast cancer could be prevented if a bill to repurpose existing drugs wins government support, Breast Cancer Campaign says.
The number of NHS organisations investigating allegations of abuse by Jimmy Savile is extended to 41.
Doctors have an ethical duty to prevent waste in the NHS, says a report by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges - which also points to potential savings of nearly £2bn.
Rory Cellan-Jones meets volunteers in Reading trialling a headset that talks visually impaired people around cities.
How do pharma firms make such fat profits?
The United Nations mission charged with fighting Ebola does not yet have the capacity to defeat the disease, the operation's head tells the BBC
A prototype inflatable incubator for prematurely born babies has been picked as 2014's winner of the James Dyson Award for engineering.
Happiness nose dives as you hit middle age - but only if you live in affluent Western countries, latest research suggests.
Minor cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections and fillers are very safe when carried out by trained professionals, say researchers.
A protein found in sugar beet that is related to haemoglobin in human blood could be used as a blood substitute, say researchers in Sweden.
A headset that guides visually impaired people around cities has been developed by Microsoft and charity Guide Dogs.