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Chronic fatigue syndrome is more common than previously thought, particularly among girls at the age of 16, research by the University of Bristol suggests.
Why the government appears to be wavering on the matter of a sugar tax
Paint on playground equipment has been found to contain high amounts of the toxin lead - sometimes 40 times the recommended levels, research suggests.
The UK is vulnerable to epidemics such as Ebola due to a gaping hole in the country's ability to manufacture vaccines, a group of MPs warns.
Could a Chinese herb stop you drinking too much?
Getting healthcare to far-flung places
Akbar Hossain reports on the floating hospital that travel to patients in need in Bangladesh.
Three Britons have contracted Zika virus, which may cause severe birth defects, after travelling to South and Central America, Public Health England says.
Four Latin American and Caribbean nations warn women to avoid pregnancy after Brazil's outbreak of Zika, a virus linked to severe birth defects.
Ben Tavener reports from Sao Paulo on the new diseases that have come with increased prosperity.
The Scottish government is considering a plan to add folic acid to flour to help prevent brain and spinal disorders developing during pregnancies.
Does cosmetic surgery really make people feel better?
Is this Victorian disease making a comeback?
Brazilian women on the Zika virus threat to their babies
MPs criticise the Department of Health and the NHS in England for being too slow to act in preventing and treating diabetes.
Scotland is considering whether to add folic acid to flour as concern mounts over a delay in making the decision at Westminster.
The government wants to increase the amount of money on offer for those affected by the blood contamination scandal by a further £100m, public health minister Jane Ellison says.
Within just 15 months Mary Lloyd and her two sisters, Sandra and Kerry were all diagnosed with breast cancer.
The disturbing infection spreading through the Americas.
A new study has been trying to find out the long term effects of concussion on men and women who have competed in contact sports.