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Advice on the best way to brush teeth for adults and children is confusing and inconsistent, according to researchers from University College London.
Two nurses arrested in an investigation into allegations of wilful neglect at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend have now been charged, say South Wales Police.
The Alzheimer's Society found that only a third of the £32,242 a year spent on care per patent came from NHS or council funds.
Why dementia is posing tough questions for the NHS
A study suggests that people with dementia, and their families, face care costs that are equivalent to more than £20,000 a year.
Scientists suggest one in 19,000 undergoing an operation under general anaesthetic wake up during surgery, based on the biggest study into the subject.
Long-term use of pills for anxiety and sleep problems may be linked to Alzheimer's, research suggests.
Dementia patients in the UK face what is, in effect, a "care tax" because they are left to sort out much of the care they need themselves, experts say.
Liberia is facing a "serious threat" to its national existence as the deadly Ebola virus "spreads like wildfire", its defence minister says.
Brain tumour patient Ashya King undergoes his first scans at a Czech clinic in advance of his planned proton beam treatment.
Smartphone technology revealed at the British Science Festival could help diagnose and treat Parkinson's disease.
Society has not recognised the prevalence of mental ill health, says Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies.
Mental health needs to be more of a priority, with targets for waiting times and more protection for funding, says England's chief medical officer.
A student will become the youngest person in the UK to donate his bone marrow when he has an operation this week.
Nicotine refill cartridges for electronic cigarettes could poison young children, warn doctors.
Mental health needs to be more of a priority, with targets for waiting times and greater protection for funding, says England's chief medical officer.
The future of the NHS in Scotland has been a major issue in the Scottish Independence Referendum campaigns.
Ebola is spreading exponentially in Liberia, with many thousands of new cases expected in next three weeks, the World Health Organization says.
Hundreds of children across the US have been hospitalised after contracting a respiratory virus, doctors say.
British military engineers and medics are being sent to Sierra Leone to help fight the world's largest-ever outbreak of Ebola.