New strike by NHS staff announced

NHS workers, including nurses and midwives, are to stage a new four-hour strike in England on 24 November as part of an ongoing pay dispute.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 11:12 am

VIDEO: UK national sperm bank starts work

A UK national sperm bank - charged with reversing a growing shortage of donor sperm - has started work in Birmingham.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 10:34 am

VIDEO: Care plan 'to ease hospital pressure'

Vulnerable patients in England will get better support in the community as part of plans to ease pressure on hospitals, ministers say.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 10:17 am

VIDEO: Tough laws 'do not stop drug use'

A Home Office report examining drug policies across the world suggests there is no link between tough penalties and the level of use.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 9:19 am

Joined-up care: The elephant in the room

Are joined-up care plans as good as they sound?

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 8:53 am

Cancer survival rates 'improving'

Most people diagnosed with cancer in recent years are surviving for longer, according to the latest statistics.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 7:59 am

AUDIO: 'We want sperm donors to be proud'

The first national sperm bank is being launched to meet increasing demand; the new service has been awarded £77,000.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 6:06 am

NHS trusts counting on bailouts

NHS hospital trusts are continuing to draw heavily on government bailouts to plug funding shortfalls - but the cash may not last, the BBC has found.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 6:01 am

VIDEO: No hugs for Ebola volunteers

The United Nations is appealing for thousands of healthcare workers to volunteer to help in the countries worst affected by Ebola.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 4:32 am

VIDEO: 'Drug abuse should be a health issue'

The Liberal Democrat minister responsible for tackling drug use, Norman Baker, says the government should look at drug abuse as a health issue.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 3:12 am

VIDEO: 'My son died after taking legal high'

Mother Karen Audino says she wants tighter restriction on so-called legal highs after her son Jimmy Guichard died.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 3:00 am

Study points to new autism risks

A massive international study has started to unpick the "fine details" of why some people develop autism, say researchers.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 8:04 pm

UK national sperm bank starts work

A UK national sperm bank - charged with reversing a growing shortage of sperm - starts work in Birmingham.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 8:00 pm

Care plan 'to ease hospital pressure'

Vulnerable patients in England will get better support in the community as part of plans to ease pressure on hospitals, ministers say.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 7:46 pm

Dementia tops female causes of death

Dementia is the leading cause of death for women in England and Wales, official figures show.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 8:22 am

Disasters group launches Ebola appeal

The Disasters Emergency Committee is to launch an appeal in response to a disease outbreak for the first time, in aid of the Ebola crisis.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 6:40 am

Ebola: The right to refuse to treat

A doctor's right to refuse to treat

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 6:24 am

'Failure' in care of injured veterans

The government is failing to abide by its military covenant with armed forces veterans not getting the care they need, medical experts say.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 5:43 am

VIDEO: Women not aware of stroke risk

Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women in the UK.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 2:47 am

K bladder: UK's secret ketamine epidemic

Two ketamine users in their 20s tell Newsbeat how the drug nearly destroyed their bladders.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 12:16 am

Can you cheat your way to fitness?

Is it really possible to get in shape by just doing the chores

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 8:41 pm

Drinking milk 'may not protect bones'

Drinking large amounts of milk may not lower the risk of bone fractures, a study in the British Medical Journal suggests.

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 7:57 pm

Drugs fund 'papers over cracks'

A temporary fund to pay for cancer drugs not available on the NHS does not address problems with the price of new treatments, a charity says.

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 7:53 pm

NHS screening advice 'must improve'

The NHS needs to get better at highlighting the dangers of screening for diseases such cancer, an influential group of MPs says.

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 7:50 pm

Breastfeeding photo 'goes viral'

A photo of a Shropshire mother breastfeeding her baby daughter goes viral after it is removed by Facebook.

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 1:13 pm