Scientists raise fear of higher Zika risk

The Zika virus may be even more dangerous than previously thought, affecting the babies of up to 20% of pregnant women who contract it, scientists in Brazil tell the BBC.

Posted by on 2 May 2016 | 5:31 am

Families 'not told' of resuscitation orders

Thousands of people in England are having "do not resuscitate" orders imposed on them without their family's knowledge, an audit of dying patients finds.

Posted by on 2 May 2016 | 5:28 am

Worsening depression 'link to dementia'

Increasing symptoms of depression in older age could indicate early signs of dementia, say scientists.

Posted by on 29 April 2016 | 7:22 pm

'Secret of youth' in ginger gene

Scientists say they have made a leap in knowing why some people retain their youthful looks while others age badly.

Posted by on 28 April 2016 | 7:16 pm

Gene therapy reverses sight loss

A genetic therapy improves the vision of some patients who would otherwise have gone blind.

Posted by on 28 April 2016 | 5:25 pm

Obesity 'explosion' in Chinese youth

Levels of obesity in China's rural youth have rapidly increased, a study warns, because of socioeconomic changes.

Posted by on 26 April 2016 | 11:09 pm

Hospitals 'coped with all-out strike'

Hospitals in England have coped well with the all-out strike by junior doctors - the first in the history of the NHS - health bosses are reporting.

Posted by on 26 April 2016 | 11:41 am

'Dentist of horror' jailed in France

A Dutchman dubbed the "dentist of horror" is sentenced to eight years in France for mutilating the mouths of some 120 patients.

Posted by on 26 April 2016 | 6:00 am

Bed bugs repulsed by certain colours

Bed bugs appear to have a strong preference for particular colours - a quirk that could be used against the troublesome pests, say scientists.

Posted by on 25 April 2016 | 7:22 am

Fear over eating disorder care in Japan

Most people suffering with eating disorders in Japan are not receiving any medical or psychological support, according to doctors.

Posted by on 24 April 2016 | 6:16 pm

Final piece of diabetes puzzle solved

A complete picture of what the immune system attacks to cause type 1 diabetes is revealed by scientists.

Posted by on 23 April 2016 | 7:19 pm

'This is what it's like to pee after female genital mutilation'

'This is what it's like to pee after female genital mutilation'

Posted by on 23 April 2016 | 6:24 pm

US suicide rate highest in 30 years

The suicide rate in the US has surged to its highest level almost three decades, according to a new report.

Posted by on 22 April 2016 | 4:02 pm

How Frozen helped a little girl with albinism

How the Disney film helped a family deal with their daughter's albinism.

Posted by on 20 April 2016 | 2:11 am

Could cures for cancer lie hidden in the cloud?

How pooling patient data could help combat cancer

Posted by on 18 April 2016 | 6:40 pm

VIDEO: How a new vaccine could eradicate polio

More than 150 countries are switching to a different vaccine to target polio.

Posted by on 18 April 2016 | 1:10 pm

'I was born without a womb, cervix and vagina'

'I was born without a womb, cervix and vagina'

Posted by on 17 April 2016 | 6:50 pm

VIDEO: Trapped in an institution for seven years

Debbie Evans talks about her son who has learning disabilities and has lived in a medical institution for seven years

Posted by on 15 April 2016 | 12:22 pm

No country for cancer patients

The country whose only cancer treatment machine is broken

Posted by on 14 April 2016 | 6:15 pm

VIDEO: Surgery live-streamed in virtual reality

The operation of a patient undergoing surgery for colon cancer is streamed-live using virtual reality video.

Posted by on 14 April 2016 | 12:56 pm

VIDEO: Should children learn about infertility?

Victoria Derbyshire speaks to a panel of guests about a project to teach teenagers about the issue of infertility.

Posted by on 14 April 2016 | 9:08 am

VIDEO: 'No doubt' Zika causes birth defects

Health officials in the United States have confirmed that the Zika virus in pregnant women causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and severe brain abnormalities.

Posted by on 13 April 2016 | 9:29 pm

VIDEO: Should we eat more fish?

Across Asia people eat more fish than anywhere else in the world, but there is a potential danger as mercury and other chemicals are found in fish.

Posted by on 9 April 2016 | 6:04 pm

Why are Northern Ireland's abortion laws different?

Why is abortion essentially illegal in Northern Ireland?

Posted by on 8 April 2016 | 3:37 am

VIDEO: 'I'd think twice': BBC tests new food label

The BBC has been asking shoppers what they think of the idea of being given food labels with exercise advice.

Posted by on 7 April 2016 | 12:10 pm