Autism appears 'largely genetic'

Autism is caused by genetic make-up in 74-98% of cases, a Medical Research Council study of 516 twins indicates.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 10:54 am

Clegg in drug law election pledge

The Lib Dem election manifesto will include a pledge to hand drugs policy from the Home Office to the Department of Health, Nick Clegg says.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 10:05 am

VIDEO: 'Cancer target missed for 20,000 people'

An MP who lost his father, mother and sister to cancer questions the prime minister about cancer referral targets.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 8:09 am

VIDEO: Fears for future of Ebola orphanage

There is growing concern about the future of an orphanage run by a British charity in Sierra Leone, after one member of staff died last week from Ebola.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 7:46 am

Is another NHS scandal brewing?

Can we be sure another scandal isn't brewing?

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 5:52 am

VIDEO: 'I am against modern cult of fattism'

Journalist James Delingpole on who should pay for the health care of people who are overweight.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 5:20 am

The number of old people in the UK killing themselves has fallen. Why?

The number of old people killing themselves has fallen. Why?

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 2:29 am

Adults get flu 'every five years'

Adults catch real flu about once every five years, while children get it every other year, scientists calculate, based on a field study in China.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 6:42 pm

Home care 'being short changed'

Just one in seven councils in the UK is paying a "fair" price for home care for the elderly, according to a survey.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 6:42 pm

VIDEO: The man who changed parenting

In 1946, Dr Benjamin Spock published his parenting guide 'Baby and Childcare'

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 6:00 pm

Tablet video game combats lazy eye

Video games firm Ubisoft is working on a title that it believes can treat lazy eye, a condition that can result in reduced vision.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 2:54 pm

VIDEO: How much coffee is good for you?

BBC News asks whether coffee really is healthy after a study appeared to show that moderate consumption may help people avoid heart disease.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 11:45 am

Unison votes to accept NHS pay deal

NHS staff have voted to accept a government pay offer, Unison has announced.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 11:21 am

Ebola nations 'need huge aid plan'

Liberia's president calls for an aid package for the Ebola-affected countries of West Africa along the lines of the post-WWII Marshall Plan.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 10:49 am

Formal end to NI child heart surgery

Northern Ireland's health minister has formally accepted proposals for a single, all-Ireland children's heart surgery centre, based in Dublin.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 10:46 am

'Lethal failures' led to baby deaths

A "lethal mix" of failures at a Cumbrian hospital led to the unnecessary deaths of 11 babies and one mother, an inquiry rules.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 10:11 am

Hospital investigation cost £19.5m

The costs of sending special administrators into the troubled Mid Staffordshire NHS trust rose to almost £19.5m, a health watchdog reveals.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 9:13 am

A&E waiting time targets missed

Scotland's A&E departments treated 87% of people within the Scottish government's target of four hours in January, NHS statistics show.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 9:05 am

Could Michael Sheen enter politics?

Actor Michael Sheen defending the NHS

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 6:59 am

Parent power prompted midwife review

Bereaved parents' persistence led to hospital failings being exposed

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 6:12 am

Cancer drug patient's England move

A cancer patient describes his battle for a potential life-extending drug as "degrading" as he is forced to move to England to get treatment.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 4:49 am

What people see instead of darkness

What do you see when you close your eyes?

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 3:51 am

The art of before-and-after pictures

Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 2:44 am

Coffee linked to 'cleaner' arteries

Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries - a known risk factor for heart disease - South Korean researchers believe.

Posted by on 2 March 2015 | 6:08 pm

VIDEO: Hidden victims of the Ebola crisis

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed almost 10,000 people, but it appears the number of people dying from the virus is finally slowing down.

Posted by on 2 March 2015 | 1:15 pm