The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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Which medical tests are worth doing?
Care inspectors and ministers are criticised for failing to explain in detail how they aim to improve the quality of life of elderly people in care homes.
An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York - largest in the city's history - leaves at least 12 people dead.
China's black market for human organs
BBC News explains how some employers are trying to keep their staff in the peak of health and fitness - and are even issuing wearable health devices.
A new study suggests the more children living in a house, the more weeks of a year the family spends being ill.
More than 300,000 households in Lancashire are warned they may have to boil drinking water until at least Wednesday.
A watchdog says Powys council faces a "demanding" schedule to modernise its social services.
The Department of Health admits the NHS could be vulnerable to fraud due to loopholes in how European Health Insurance cards are issued.
Health Secretary Shona Robison is due to chair the annual review of NHS Grampian at the end of a turbulent year for the health authority.
Recommending iodine supplements for all pregnant women could save the NHS money as well as providing overall economic benefits, say researchers.
Loopholes in the issuing of European Health Insurance cards could allow foreigners to charge the NHS for care in their own countries, the Department of Health admits.
What can doctors learn from how vets care for animals?
New figures show more than 150 new cases of abuse against the frail and elderly are being reported to England's social care watchdog every day.
New guidelines will list factors that must be considered before people's mental health crises are disclosed in background checks.
The first clinical trial to determine whether dogs can detect cancer effectively through scent is being held in Britain.
Frances Oldham Kelsey, the Canadian doctor who played a central role in preventing thalidomide being distributed in the US, dies at 101.
A new garden design explores a trait called synaesthesia, where people's senses are involuntarily joined up.
Development of a universal flu vaccine and a home testing kit for lung infections are among 12 projects winning backing from a £18m fund for medical innovation.
A Nursing and Midwifery Council panel says patients died as a direct result of their poor care at Brithdir Care Home, near Bargoed between 2004 and 2006.