The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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An extra 34.5 million drugs and other prescription items were given out in 2014 compared to the year before, the latest snapshot for England shows.
A patient considered not well enough to swallow solid food choked to death after he was mistakenly given lunch, a court is told.
The World Health Organization (WHO) lacks the "capacity and culture" to deal with global health emergencies, says the chair of a new independent report on Ebola.
Doctors' life-saving role after 7/7 bus bombing
The world's oldest man, Japanese supercentenarian Sakari Momoi, dies in a Tokyo care home at the age of 112.
A study of people born in the same year has uncovered a huge difference in the speed at which their bodies age.
The Scottish Secretary hints that the UK government may be willing to devolve abortion law to Holyrood, during a debate on the Scotland Bill.
Journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts, who has an aggressive form of leukaemia, tells her video diary that she has found a stem cell donor.
Final decisions about changes to the health service could be taken out of the hands of politicians under new proposals.
Doctors have raised fresh concerns about the level of support people with dementia and their carers get from the NHS and social services in the UK.
Patchy support for people with dementia is failing patients and their carers, doctors warn.
More than 3,000 patients are sent a letter of apology by the NHS after sensitive personal information is found by a member of the public.
BBC journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts, who has an aggressive form of leukaemia, says she has found a stem-cell donor following a public appeal.
Clubfoot used to mean a life of unemployment and illiteracy for children born in developing countries - but now effective treatments mean they have a better chance at a full life.
The pollen count is an important part of the weather forecast for the estimated 31 million people who suffer from hayfever.
Where do your memories live?
Renewed efforts are needed to vaccinate dogs against rabies, health experts warn.
Helping children with clubfoot
A beauty blogger who was born with a facial disfigurement is hoping to inspire others to overcome their obstacles.
A leading researcher says industry must "wake up and invest more" in urinary catheters