BBC News - Health

BBC News - Health

People don't become 'adults' until their 30s, say scientists

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 07:24:50 GMT

Experts say people aged 18 are still going through changes in the brain that can affect behaviour.

Potent cannabis increases risk of serious mental illness, says study

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 01:50:45 GMT

People who use potent cannabis increase their risk of serious mental illness, according to researchers.

IVF ethics pioneer Mary Warnock dies

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:53:13 GMT

The philosopher Baroness Mary Warnock has died at the age of 94.

'Baby Grady' gives hope to infertile boys with cancer

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:52:06 GMT

A new approach could preserve fertility for boys having cancer treatment - thanks to a baby monkey.

Blood donation: 'For two weeks she lived life to the full'

Mon, 11 Mar 2019 11:07:03 GMT

Marilyn's daughter Alice needed 144 blood transfusions for leukaemia treatment.

San Francisco moves to ban e-cigarettes until health effects known

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:37:09 GMT

The law would halt sales until vaping's health effects are fully evaluated by US regulators.

'I was diagnosed with cancer at seven months pregnant'

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 03:06:49 GMT

It felt like Sarah Hanan's life had "come to a screeching halt", but it was only the start of her journey.

Medicinal cannabis: 'Patients still in limbo'

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:01:22 GMT

It could take years for patients to get medicinal cannabis on the NHS, a parliamentary committee has heard.

Gestational diabetes: Women left at risk, say researchers

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:03:50 GMT

Left untreated, gestational diabetes can increase the risk of a stillbirth and other complications.

Egg freezing: Behind the scenes of a fertility clinic

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 02:19:52 GMT

With more and more women considering it, what exactly does egg freezing involve?

Assisted dying: Doctors' group adopts neutral position

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 15:12:22 GMT

The Royal College of Physicians votes to adopt a neutral position on helping terminally ill patients die.

Unprecedented drug shortage linked to Brexit, NHS bosses say

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:19:28 GMT

Hospitals in England are experiencing a "spike" in medicine shortages, an NHS leader tells BBC Newsnight.

How long are you going to live?

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:10:45 GMT

See how people react when you tell them how long they're going to live.

My one-in-a-million daughter is a 'human timebomb'

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:43:31 GMT

Anya suffers from a one-in-a-million condition that is like having seven serious diseases all at once.

Cancer doctor shortage 'puts care at risk'

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 02:07:17 GMT

Despite patients urgently needing treatment, 7.5% of key posts are vacant, a study of NHS staffing finds.

Instagram eating disorder content 'out of control'

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:00:48 GMT

Psychiatrists raise concerns as the BBC finds children are swapping extreme images of weight loss.

Woman in China nearly dies after injecting herself with fruit juice

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:30:11 GMT

The woman in China suffered liver, kidney, heart and lung damage and spent days in intensive care.

Parkinson's smell test explained by science

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:11:54 GMT

A woman who can smell Parkinson's disease helps scientists discover what causes the musky odour.

Childcare offered for free to smear-test mums

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:53:42 GMT

Dozens of providers are offering an hour of free care so mothers can attend cervical screening appointments.

Testosterone rules for female athletes 'unscientific'

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 03:20:44 GMT

There is a lack of evidence for the cut-off point adopted by athletics chiefs, a BMJ editorial says.

Why was I accused of inventing my daughter's illness?

Mon, 11 Mar 2019 12:14:35 GMT

Why was I accused of inventing my daughter's illness?

What do the people of the world die from?

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:14:52 GMT

It will happen to all of us, but how and when we die speaks volumes about who we are and where we live.

Smear test top tips: How to make cervical screening more comfortable

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 13:09:11 GMT

The smear test, or cervical screening, can make some women nervous. Here's how to make it stress free.

'I thought my twins just had a cold'

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 03:10:22 GMT

When Stephanie Elderton's twin boys caught a cold, she never imagined that one of them would end up in intensive care.

'No consent' for teeth removal op on woman who later died

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:01:38 GMT

Rachel Johnston, who had learning difficulties, died weeks after all her teeth were removed.

NHS 'no chance of training enough staff'

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 02:50:07 GMT

Experts are warning nurses and GP shortages will worsen in England, unless radical action is taken.

'My anorexia really loved Instagram'

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:02:33 GMT

One woman who has overcome anorexia says Instagram didn't cause her eating disorder, but it made it worse.

Cervical screening: DIY smear test could be 'game-changer'

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:59:16 GMT

Women who miss cervical screening appointments will be given home-testing kits in a pilot scheme.

Racing driver Robert Kubica returns to Formula 1 after serious accident

Sat, 16 Mar 2019 00:16:13 GMT

Polish racing driver Robert Kubica is returning to Formula 1 after a serious accident in 2011 partially severed his arm.

The Londonderry barber shop offering men head space

Sat, 09 Mar 2019 08:46:36 GMT

Bareknuckle Barbershop in Londonderry is offering men the chance to open up about their mental health.

The good things about ADHD: 'It's my superpower'

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:25:58 GMT

ADHD can sometimes be portrayed quite negatively, so an ADHD parents' support group asked us to make a film looking at some of the good things about it.

Bradford schoolchildren act as mental health mentors

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 01:02:33 GMT

Children in Bradford are learning how to support each other with mental health.

Vulvodynia: 'Tampons and certain underwear are agony'

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 00:10:22 GMT

Georgia is using art to cope with the pain of vulvodynia, which causes chronic pain in the vulva.

The human cost of insulin in America

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 18:52:22 GMT

Diabetics in the US are rationing insulin - and dying. How did we get to this point and what's the fix?

Hancock criticised over DNA test 'over reaction'

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:39:02 GMT

England's health secretary said it had saved his life by revealing a "higher risk of prostate cancer".

Lizzie's Fund to find cancer cure raises thousands

Mon, 11 Mar 2019 11:04:16 GMT

Lizzie Bramall died in 2018 just nine months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Can exercise reverse the ageing process?

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:33:47 GMT

It's not for everyone, but older athletes are pushing the limits of what the body can do as it ages.

Communication at infection outbreak hospital 'not great'

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:58:41 GMT

MSPs are told of communication issues between infection control nurses and maintenance staff at an outbreak-hit Glasgow hospital.

Face blindness: 'I can't recognise my loved-ones'

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:23:44 GMT

Boo James has a condition called face blindness - now scientists are trying to find out more about it.

Weedkiller glyphosate a 'substantial' cancer factor

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:02:54 GMT

Jury to consider damages after one of the world's most widely-used weedkillers is blamed for cancer.

Majorca in drive to rein in boozy tourists

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:52:29 GMT

Tourist haunts that run drink promotions face fines in the resort city of Palma, as do rowdy visitors.

'How my life turned around with new treatment'

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 16:55:43 GMT

A pioneering hospital has abandoned the practice of restraining mental health patients, with dramatic results.

‘I got a new heart - now my brother needs one’

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 00:01:22 GMT

Children can wait twice as long as adults for heart transplants because of a shortage of donors.

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:59:21 GMT

Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations, A&E and mental health treatment.