The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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Pregnant women should avoid alcohol altogether, the chief medical officer for Wales warns.
As many as one in 10 men training in UK gyms could have muscle dysmorphia, where individuals see themselves as small, despite being big and muscular.
Nearly one in four teenagers having an abortion in England and Wales has been pregnant at least once before, a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health has found.
Fewer than half of a group of 21,000 people took the chance to attend a bowel cancer screening test, a Cancer Research UK report says.
World Rugby's chief medical officer tells the BBC the sport's rules may have to change to reduce concussions.
The dignity, heath and wellbeing of older people and those with disabilities in England are in danger, health and care groups warn.
The village where children change sex at the age of 12
A simple system of coloured paper strips is being used in Malawi to stop children with serious illness being left at the back of the queue.
The BBC's James Burridge spends the day with the England flanker Tom Wood to look at his eating routine.
Urinary tract infections can be treated more quickly using a new DNA sequencing device, according to research.
Smokers who quit could lower their risk of type 2 diabetes in the long term, research suggests.
Tai Chi has benefits for people with health conditions like arthritis, a study has found.
The former boss of an NHS hospital who resigned days before inspectors are expected to criticise its financial management has defended its results.
A 3D printed windpipe has been used to practise delicate surgery before an operation on a six-year-old at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
UK researchers want to use a controversial new genetic technique to carry out research into infertility.
Patients are being put at risk because of regional variations in access to services across England, according to an NHS report.
About a third of cancer cases in the UK could be prevented if people ate healthily, exercised more and cut down on alcohol, figures indicate.
Differences in access to key NHS services, including stroke and cancer care, are putting patients at risk, an official report suggests.
Highly drug-resistant gonorrhoea is spreading in the north of England with an outbreak centred in Leeds, health officials have confirmed.
A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the charity Unicef says malaria death rates have fallen 60% globally since 2000 and more than six million lives have been saved.