Asthma inhalers 'not used properly'

Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:00 pm

Ebola kills top Sierra Leone doctor

One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 11:51 am

EU approves first stem cell therapy

A stem cell therapy has been approved for widespread medical use in the EU for the first time.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:48 am

Stem cell scandal scientist resigns

A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:27 am

VIDEO: Girl hears Christmas for first time

It's almost Christmas, and Sula's new ear implants mean she will be able to hear carols and jingle bells this year.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 1:29 am

Painkillers 'cut skin cancer risk'

Regularly taking painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen may help protect against some forms of skin cancer, research suggests.

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 7:57 pm

Brain's 'internal compass' found

The precise part of the brain that gives people a sense of direction has been pinpointed by scientists.

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 7:46 pm

Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU

Obesity can constitute a disability if the health effects have an impact on people's working lives, the European Court of Justice rules.

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 7:26 am

Autism link to air pollution raised

A link between autism and air pollution during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 3:26 am

Drug allergy: Culprit protein found

Scientists uncover a single protein that could be responsible for drug allergies, on the surface of cells.

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 3:25 am

VIDEO: Visiting the doctor via the internet

A state-of-the-art clinic in Denmark is set to make dramatic changes to the relationship between doctor and patient.

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 12:24 am

S Leone houses searched for Ebola

Sierra Leone starts house-to-house searches in the capital Freetown to find hidden cases of Ebola, at the same time restricting shop opening hours.

Posted by on 17 December 2014 | 11:01 am

Rules for babies 'from three people'

The rules for creating babies from three people - which state only two would be classed as parents - have been announced by the UK government.

Posted by on 17 December 2014 | 9:03 am

E-cigarettes 'can help smokers quit'

E-cigarettes can help smokers stop or reduce their habit, a Cochrane review has found.

Posted by on 16 December 2014 | 6:13 pm

Fat 'breathed out' of body via lungs

Fat can be breathed out as well as burned off as you lose weight, biochemists who have studied metabolism at a microscopic level say.

Posted by on 16 December 2014 | 6:08 pm

Atul Gawande: What ails India's public health system

Atul Gawande on what ails India's public health system

Posted by on 16 December 2014 | 2:42 pm

Superbug found in Rio Olympic waters

Researchers in Brazil discover "super-bacteria" in the sea waters where sailing and windsurfing events will be held during the 2016 Olympics.

Posted by on 15 December 2014 | 8:21 pm

Ebola serum supply reaches Liberia

Liberia begins treating Ebola patients with serum therapy - a treatment made from the blood of recovered survivors.

Posted by on 15 December 2014 | 11:08 am

Victims of a craze for cosmetic surgery

Bitter regrets in one of the world's cosmetic surgery capitals

Posted by on 14 December 2014 | 6:37 pm

Shift workers 'sicker and fatter'

People working shifts in England have higher rates of obesity and long-term health problems than those doing normal hours, according to a major study.

Posted by on 14 December 2014 | 6:11 pm

Cardiff surgeons' musical medicine

Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees or Another One Bites the Dust by Queen? A study by Cardiff surgeons looks at the songs which could work best in the operating theatre.

Posted by on 12 December 2014 | 2:45 am

VIDEO: WHO: 'Ebola running ahead of us'

The head of the World Health Organization has told the BBC that the Ebola virus is still "running ahead" of efforts to contain it.

Posted by on 9 December 2014 | 11:04 pm

VIDEO: How malaria deaths were halved

The BBC's David Shukman looks at how a "staggering rate" of success against the fight against malaria has been achieved.

Posted by on 9 December 2014 | 6:41 pm

VIDEO: PNG: Winning the fight against malaria

Fariba Sahr-aei reports from community villages in Papua New Guinea about the defeat of malaria and the journey to eliminating the disease entirely.

Posted by on 9 December 2014 | 10:41 am

How to beat malaria

How are we winning the fight against the disease?

Posted by on 8 December 2014 | 6:03 pm