BBC News - Health

BBC News - Health

'I was in excruciating pain from excess iron'

Sun, 11 Nov 2018 01:35:23 GMT

Too much iron in the blood, or haemochromatosis, is a little-known, debilitating condition, often undiagnosed.

Reality Check: How healthy is your commute?

Thu, 01 Nov 2018 00:38:26 GMT

What forms of transport in urban environments expose you to the highest amounts of pollutants?

Fighting heroin addiction: Bobby's story

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:10:34 GMT

Bobby was injecting heroin and crack cocaine up to six times a day. He's spoken to the BBC about what made him turn his life around.

Should we pay people for donating blood?

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:15:34 GMT

Worldwide sales of blood plasma are increasingly strongly, but is it ethically right that people should be paid to donate it?

Premature baby parents 'need extra maternity leave'

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:12:50 GMT

The mum of a premature baby explains why maternity leave is inadequate for parents like her.

Thousands caught up in 'appalling' cervical screening blunder

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:20:35 GMT

More than 40,000 women have not received information after a failure to send out letters.

The beautiful islands that could stop killer diseases

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 01:33:53 GMT

This living laboratory could hold the key to controlling malaria and other conditions.

Where are the most violent workplaces?

Fri, 02 Nov 2018 03:49:48 GMT

The Department of Health is drawing up plans to protect NHS staff better from violence.

Shropshire baby deaths: Review cases rise to 215

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:34:33 GMT

More than 200 families seek answers about their maternity care amid a review into baby deaths.

'Remarkable' decline in fertility rates

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 11:13:11 GMT

Half of the world's countries now have too few babies being born to maintain their populations.

'Disturbing' self-harm rates and violence at youth prisons

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:33:38 GMT

A reform charity says new figures "illustrate in graphic detail why prison is no place for a child".

Lynette Mchendry 'asked to sign cancer death warrant'

Sun, 11 Nov 2018 14:54:58 GMT

Lynette Mchendry is one of 100,000 NI claimants being reassessed for disability or illness benefits.

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:54:03 GMT

Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations, A&E and mental health treatment.

'New mums need to be given better health education'

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:21:49 GMT

George Roach's wife Michelle died from a pulmonary embolism six weeks after giving birth.

NHS bosses look to overhaul cancer screening

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:19:18 GMT

The announcement comes the day after an "appalling" cervical-screening blunder hits more than 40,000 women.

How antibiotic resistance could take us back to the 'dark ages'

Thu, 01 Nov 2018 01:18:01 GMT

There are major concerns that the overuse of the drugs might lead to them becoming ineffective.

Devon mother in fight with NHS for cystic fibrosis drug funding

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:08:16 GMT

Sarah Burgwin wants the NHS to pay for Orkambi to treat her six-year-old daughter's cystic fibrosis.

Call for UK ban on 'grotesquely sugary' freakshakes

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 01:04:48 GMT

Action on Sugar surveyed milkshakes on sale in the UK - one contained 39 teaspoons of sugar.

NHS funding: Is the boost worth 84bn or 20bn?

Tue, 30 Oct 2018 14:15:09 GMT

Both figures refer to the same thing, but they are based on different calculations.

Pollution linked to 'stunted lung capacity' in London schoolchildren

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:04:09 GMT

Exposure to diesel fumes was linked to an approximate 5% reduction in lung capacity in London children.

'Video games made me a better surgeon'

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 09:45:24 GMT

Rather than impede learning, gaming can improve your manual dexterity and concentration skills, one surgeon says.

Briton dies from rabies after cat bite in Morocco

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:44:20 GMT

The individual was on holiday in Morocco, a country deemed high risk by public health officials.

Drug firms fear 'wasting' money for a Brexit no-deal outcome

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 02:46:24 GMT

Experts say millions of pounds is being spent in case of a no-deal instead of creating new medicines.

A 12-year-old boy with Tourette's Syndrome finds animals stop his tics

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:13:34 GMT

Malachi Ralph from Cornwall says he feels calmer when he is around animals as his tics reduce.

Northern Ireland child post-mortem examinations to be done in England

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:12:04 GMT

From January 2019 post-mortem examinations on children from Northern Ireland will have to be carried out in Liverpool.

Cancer treatment patients get beauty workshops

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 02:30:04 GMT

Beauticians are giving cancer patients free workshops to help with the side effects of treatment.

Michelle Keegan vlogs about her cervical cancer screening

Sun, 11 Nov 2018 16:31:37 GMT

Michelle Keegan admits she had put off cervical cancer screening but tells women it was not painful.

'I call my OCD Olivia'

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:38:56 GMT

Catherine Benfield was diagnosed with OCD as a young mum. Creating a character who personifies her condition helped her recovery.

Inside the hospital treating acid attack scars

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 02:08:52 GMT

The BBC has had unique access inside Europe's largest burns unit, to see how one survivor is recovering.

'Fake ambulance' pulled over by Swansea police

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:57:31 GMT

The estate car was covered in paintwork and logos that made it look like an operational ambulance.

Doctors gave me a new penis - I want to find love

Fri, 26 Oct 2018 00:36:57 GMT

Anick - who was born intersex - had a series of operations to give him a fully-functioning penis. The BBC followed his progress.

'I was told I'd die if I had a baby'

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 04:16:00 GMT

Babies are being born at the world's first clinic to help woman who have a baby after being heart attack survivors.

Teenager Chloe Bellerby's 200 mile walk for mental health

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:08:19 GMT

Why one teenager walked from Leeds to London to raise awareness of mental health.

Stillbirth: 'How I chose an outfit for my baby'

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 01:35:03 GMT

How do you go about dressing your baby for their final resting place when conventional clothes don't fit?

Diabetes glucose monitors 'available to thousands more'

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 10:25:55 GMT

The decision comes after patients in some areas of England were denied access to the device.

Spinal injury garden legacy of boy killed by bear

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 13:03:00 GMT

The mother of a boy killed by a polar bear, has created a garden inspired by his idea.

Rugby protective headgear 'cuts impact by almost half'

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:55:20 GMT

A new Dundee University study calls for mandatory protective headgear to prevent injuries in the sport.

'I do my school work from my hospital bed'

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:58:25 GMT

Ashleigh tells us how she copes with kidney disease

Architects: 'Beautiful' that Tom is still in our music after death

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:37:59 GMT

Brighton band Architects say their guitarist Tom, who died in 2016, is still part of their music.

Should there be a tax on red meat?

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:40:38 GMT

It could save lives, experts say, but some people find being told what to eat too much to swallow.

Does sex addiction really exist?

Mon, 05 Nov 2018 00:05:01 GMT

It's a year since movie mogul Harvey Weinstein checked himself into a sex addiction clinic - but does sex addiction really exist?

Fat-clogged cells explain why obesity can cause cancer

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:02:20 GMT

A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancer gets clogged by fat and stops working, findings suggest.

'I never knew men could get breast cancer'

Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:15:11 GMT

Moses Musonga, a 67-year-old Kenyan, got a shock when he was diagnosed with the disease.

'I avoid kissing as my peanut allergy could kill me'

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:56:23 GMT

Oli Weatherall has to go to extreme lengths to keep himself alive because of a severe peanut allergy

Britain's first specialist wound hub to open

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:06:35 GMT

Terror attack victims and injured soldiers are to benefit from research at the Birmingham centre.

Veganism: Does it affect your social life?

Thu, 01 Nov 2018 09:20:51 GMT

Adrian Chiles says people don't ask him out for dinner any more - other vegans have their say.

'I feel really bad when I hurt my mum'

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 01:24:59 GMT

Families with autistic children say they struggle to get support to cope with violent outbursts.

What is it like to prevent a suicide?

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:55:19 GMT

Gillian Assor was walking her dog when she heard crying and what followed would change multiple lives.

Rachael Bland's husband on how their son has reacted to his mum's death

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:21:17 GMT

BBC presenter Rachael Bland's husband reveals moving words of their son, Freddie, after her death.

Motor neurone disease: Joe Hammond's birthday legacy for sons

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 17:11:03 GMT

Joe Hammond has motor neurone disease and is leaving a birthday legacy for his sons after he dies.

Dementia risk: Five-minute scan 'can predict cognitive decline'

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 01:12:34 GMT

Scientists hope the test may offer a new way to spot those at risk of dementia, before symptoms show.