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A two-year-old whose parents have appealed for more people from the Asian community to register as bone marrow donors is to be given a transplant.
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Urgent action is needed to stem the rise in avoidable emergency admissions among the elderly, regulators say.
Cancer patient Steve Evans tells the BBC that he has decided to stop all aggressive cancer treatment and move to palliative care.
People who regularly eat nuts appear to live longer, according to the largest study of its kind.
As figures show one in five people with HIV in the UK are unaware they have it, someone who lives with it explains how he found out.
Better use of electronic prescribing in NHS hospitals would improve patient safety, a study suggests.
The damage caused by concussion can be detected months after the injury and long after patients feel like they have recovered, brain scans show.
Scientists have developed a non-invasive test that can predict whether men with zero sperm counts are capable of fathering children through IVF.
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BBC Africa's Sophie Ikenye visits an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, in London, where global attitudes to medicine are translated into art.
The government is expected to make an extra £150m available for A&E units in England as they gear up for what looks set to be a tough winter.
Frederick Sanger, the British biochemist who twice won the Nobel Prize, has died at the age of 95.
Higher wages and corruption fears are driving Bulgaria's junior doctors to move west
Dogs with the bleeding disorder haemophilia A have been successfully treated using gene therapy, say US scientists.
A new NHS non-emergency helpline in Wales - to replace NHS Direct - is set to go ahead but will not be introduced before April 2015.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed landmark legislation banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.
Many hospitals in England are failing to provide adequate care for people who have self-harmed, despite a national drive to improve services, research suggests.
Experts are concerned that children's fitness levels are declining as a study finds many cannot run as fast as their parents did.
Research suggests synaesthesia - the jumbling up of the senses - is more than twice as common in adults with autism.