Neurologist Oliver Sacks dies aged 82

British neurologist and acclaimed author Oliver Sacks dies at the age of 82.

Posted by on 30 August 2015 | 9:42 am

'Pre-suicide behaviour' identified

Depressed people who display "risky behaviour", agitation and impulsivity are at least 50% more likely to attempt suicide, a study finds.

Posted by on 30 August 2015 | 5:41 am

Paid to poo: Combating open defecation in India

Indian scheme aims to encourage better toilet habits

Posted by on 29 August 2015 | 6:05 pm

NHS tests implanted sugar monitor

A blood sugar monitor that can stay in the body for five months is being tested on NHS patients with type 1 diabetes.

Posted by on 29 August 2015 | 6:01 pm

Drinking water 'no hangover cure'

Snacking or drinking water after a heavy night of drinking alcohol does not prevent a hangover, research on Dutch students suggests.

Posted by on 29 August 2015 | 1:02 am

Young goths 'at risk of depression'

Young people who identify as goths may be at increased risk of depression and self-harm, a study suggests.

Posted by on 28 August 2015 | 1:16 am

Brain cells 'burn out' in Parkinson's

Brain cells in Parkinson's disease exhaust themselves and die prematurely, burning out like an "overheating motor", an early study suggests.

Posted by on 27 August 2015 | 6:08 pm

Blood test 'detects cancer relapse'

Searching blood for fragments of cancer can find tumours that have come back months before symptoms appear, a study shows.

Posted by on 26 August 2015 | 6:01 pm

Laser detects brain tumour during surgery

Surgeons in London use lasers to diagnose abnormal tissue during an operation to remove a brain tumour.

Posted by on 26 August 2015 | 11:01 am

Low vitamin-D genes linked to MS

People genetically prone to low vitamin-D levels are at increased risk of multiple sclerosis, a large study suggests.

Posted by on 25 August 2015 | 7:33 pm

Thousands of microbes in house dust

The dust in our homes contains an average of 9,000 different types of fungi and bacteria, a study suggests.

Posted by on 25 August 2015 | 6:02 pm

Aphantasia: A life without mental images

A life without any visual imagination

Posted by on 25 August 2015 | 6:00 pm

VIDEO: 'I can't see pictures in my head'

Niel Kenmuir describes his life with aphantasia - the lack of a mind's eye.

Posted by on 25 August 2015 | 6:00 pm

S Leone discharges last Ebola patient

Sierra Leone releases its last known Ebola patient, according to the World Health Organization.

Posted by on 24 August 2015 | 10:57 am

Universal flu vaccine comes closer

Researchers say they are closer to developing a universal ‘catch all’ flu jab after promising trials in animals.

Posted by on 24 August 2015 | 10:05 am

VIDEO: The dark side of BBQs

One of the deadliest risks from BBQ cooking happens once the flames have gone out.

Posted by on 22 August 2015 | 6:00 pm

VIDEO: Female libido drug passes US regulators

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves a libido-enhancing drug for women that has been dubbed "female Viagra".

Posted by on 19 August 2015 | 5:47 pm

'Female Viagra' - what you need to know

What you need to know

Posted by on 19 August 2015 | 11:04 am

VIDEO: What is the 'female Viagra' pill?

The world's first officially sanctioned drug to boost sexual desire in women has been given approval in the US. But what does it do and who wants it?

Posted by on 19 August 2015 | 10:37 am

Why antibiotics are precious

Antibiotics really are wonder drugs - but we misuse them at our peril

Posted by on 18 August 2015 | 9:43 am

My Lariam dreams

The odd dreams people get when on malaria drug Larium

Posted by on 17 August 2015 | 6:38 pm

Lifeblood for children who need it most

When should children receive blood donations?

Posted by on 15 August 2015 | 7:02 pm

VIDEO: Uganda blood transfusion trial begins

Catherine Byaruhanga went to a world-first clinical trial to find a reason behind the high child anaemia rates in Uganda.

Posted by on 14 August 2015 | 1:46 am

VIDEO: The gadgets that track workplace fitness

BBC News explains how some employers are trying to keep their staff in the peak of health and fitness - and are even issuing wearable health devices.

Posted by on 10 August 2015 | 3:58 pm

VIDEO: A garden that explores synaesthesia

A new garden design explores a trait called synaesthesia, where people's senses are involuntarily joined up.

Posted by on 7 August 2015 | 6:21 pm