Ebola: 'Five S Leone cases per hour'

Save the Children says healthcare demands are far outstripping supply in Sierra Leone and warns that the Ebola outbreak there is getting worse.

Posted by on 1 October 2014 | 4:58 pm

VIDEO: Texas children 'monitored for Ebola'

More information has come to light about the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States.

Posted by on 1 October 2014 | 4:31 pm

Smell test 'may predict lifespan'

US researchers say a simple smell test could help predict how likely someone is to be alive in five years' time.

Posted by on 1 October 2014 | 1:48 pm

Cancer gene test 'would save lives'

Younger bowel cancer patients should be offered a genetic test to screen for a rare condition linked to a higher risk of cancer, say UK researchers.

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 6:04 pm

Norway best country for older people

Norway is the best place to be old, according to an index of the quality of later life in published on the UN's International Day of Older Persons.

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 6:02 pm

Thousands of Ebola orphans 'shunned'

At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who have lost one or both parents to Ebola this year face being shunned, the UN says.

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 1:44 pm

Antibiotic 'link to child obesity'

A large American study suggests young children who are given repeated courses of antibiotics are more likely than those given fewer drugs to be obese.

Posted by on 29 September 2014 | 11:02 pm

Children hit by tooth decay at three

More than one in 10 three-year-olds have tooth decay, the first survey of the age group shows.

Posted by on 29 September 2014 | 6:28 pm

Liberia chief doctor in quarantine

Liberia's chief medical officer puts herself under quarantine for 21 days, after a colleague was killed by the deadly Ebola virus.

Posted by on 27 September 2014 | 9:15 am

VIDEO: Dementia friendly design

Well designed surroundings can make a big difference to the lives of people with dementia, so one school teaches simple techniques to make homes dementia friendly.

Posted by on 27 September 2014 | 2:42 am

VIDEO: France launches cigarette crackdown

The French government has unveiled controversial new measures to cut the number of smokers, including introducing plain cigarette packaging.

Posted by on 25 September 2014 | 11:37 pm

Curry spice 'helps brain self-heal'

An early study in rats suggests the spice turmeric may help boost the brain's ability to repair and regenerate itself.

Posted by on 25 September 2014 | 6:07 pm

VIDEO: US: Ebola 'threat to global security'

President Barack Obama told the UN than the spread of Ebola in Africa represented a "threat to regional and global security".

Posted by on 25 September 2014 | 11:24 am

French launch crackdown on smoking

The French government has unveiled controversial new measures to cut the number of smokers, including introducing plain cigarette packaging.

Posted by on 25 September 2014 | 10:37 am

VIDEO: Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes

Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacterium that suppresses Dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

Posted by on 24 September 2014 | 10:34 pm

In pictures: Mali’s motorbiking eye surgeons

Motorbiking eye surgeons battle preventable blindness in Mali

Posted by on 24 September 2014 | 6:17 pm

Skirt size 'can flag up cancer risk'

Going up several skirt sizes in midlife could be a warning sign of increased breast cancer risk, research suggests.

Posted by on 24 September 2014 | 6:03 pm

Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes

Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

Posted by on 24 September 2014 | 4:38 pm

Ebola nations may 'face collapse'

The Ebola outbreak threatens to become a political crisis that could unravel years of effort to stabilise West Africa, a think tank warns.

Posted by on 24 September 2014 | 12:46 pm

AUDIO: 'I lost ten family members to Ebola'

A man from Liberia says ten members of his family have been killed after contracting the Ebola virus.

Posted by on 24 September 2014 | 12:39 pm

Ebola drains weak health systems

Ebola pushes West Africa's weak health systems over the edge

Posted by on 24 September 2014 | 6:30 am

Breath test for TB developed

US researchers develop the first breath test for TB, which they say shows promise in animal studies.

Posted by on 24 September 2014 | 4:37 am

Spain scraps tighter abortion law

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy drops plans to limit abortion to cases of rape or where the mother's health is at serious risk.

Posted by on 23 September 2014 | 11:49 am

Ebola death rates 70% - WHO study

New figures suggest 70% of those infected in West Africa have died, higher than previously reported.

Posted by on 23 September 2014 | 11:45 am

VIDEO: NHS staff to help in Ebola areas

The World Health Organization has warned the number of people with the Ebola virus could reach 20,000 by November if swift action is not taken now.

Posted by on 23 September 2014 | 7:55 am