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BBC News - Health

BBC News - Health

NHS in winter: Sharp rise in North West hospitals put on highest alert

Tue, 15 May 2018 17:45:01 GMT

Hospitals in North West England were put on the highest state of alert 32 times this winter.

‘OK, I’m fat - and this is how it feels’

Sun, 13 May 2018 00:53:13 GMT

One woman talks honestly about why she calls herself fat and how her weight shapes her life.

I was convinced my baby deserved a better mum

Fri, 04 May 2018 14:47:20 GMT

At the end of maternal mental health week, one mother details her experience of post-natal depression and the help she describes as a godsend.

Obesity and BMI: 'If I wasn't this size I wouldn't have a job'

Thu, 03 May 2018 23:53:25 GMT

Three people talk about how they don't worry about being classed as obese because they need to be bigger for their jobs.

Reality Check

Thu, 17 May 2018 22:40:16 GMT

A hospice charity wants people to talk more about dying and bereavement.

How to spot if someone has Alzheimer’s

Thu, 10 May 2018 14:38:25 GMT

What are the symptoms of dementia to look out for in a relative?

Male nurse: 'I was told to become a brickie'

Wed, 16 May 2018 00:38:29 GMT

Nine in 10 nurses are women - but the Royal College of Nursing wants that to change.

Why is there stigma around male baldness?

Thu, 10 May 2018 01:39:12 GMT

Scientists say an existing drug could one day treat baldness, but why do men try to "cure" themselves of it?

How likely is your e-cigarette to explode?

Fri, 18 May 2018 13:00:47 GMT

As a man dies from an exploding vape pen, we ask how dangerous are the devices?

Mental Health Awareness Week: 'My camera helped me beat anxiety'

Sat, 19 May 2018 23:07:21 GMT

A photographer's portraits of strangers helped him to overcome his mental health problems.

Heavy-period drug can treat brain haemorrhage

Wed, 16 May 2018 10:08:13 GMT

Tranexamic acid can stem dangerous bleeding in the brain, trials show.

Nurse: 'I've been hit, head-butted and taken hostage'

Tue, 15 May 2018 00:13:16 GMT

An A&E nurse opens up about life on the front line as the profession considers asking for body cameras.

US birth rates drop to lowest since 1987

Thu, 17 May 2018 08:08:12 GMT

Births decreased among young women and teenagers but increased among those aged between 40 and 44.

Eloise Parry: Diet pills caused 'distressing death'

Tue, 15 May 2018 16:39:44 GMT

Eloise Parry died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital after taking a slimming supplement, a court hears.

The little girl who can't enjoy the summer

Fri, 18 May 2018 11:58:54 GMT

Seven-year-old Harper Mitchell Hyslop has rare lung condition which makes it difficult to be in any heat.

Young encouraged to speak out over mental health

Thu, 17 May 2018 17:07:15 GMT

"Mental health is really hard to express in words" - one of the reasons See Me Scotland is launching a survey about young people's mental health.

Diabetes blood test 'could mean end to daily insulin jabs'

Wed, 16 May 2018 23:23:29 GMT

Doctors in Edinburgh say a simple blood test has identified previously unrecognised variations in Type 1 diabetes.

Drug target for curing the common cold

Mon, 14 May 2018 15:10:35 GMT

Scientists are working on an inhalable treatment that could stop any cold virus in its tracks.

'Memory transplant' achieved in snails

Mon, 14 May 2018 17:31:37 GMT

Memories are transferred from one snail to another in a laboratory.

Comfort box gives Norfolk cancer patients a 'little lift'

Sat, 19 May 2018 23:26:49 GMT

The kindness in a box that is making a huge difference to women undergoing chemotherapy.

Should we sleep and wake early to boost our health?

Sun, 13 May 2018 00:52:33 GMT

Some studies show night owls are at greater risk of health problems so should we all become early risers?

How long are you going to live?

Mon, 14 May 2018 14:43:53 GMT

Use our calculator to see where you are on the global life expectancy scale.

NHS: How much does it spend on the private sector?

Tue, 08 May 2018 15:41:29 GMT

NHS spending on the private sector was just over £9bn last year.

'Not just for naughty boys': The rise in adult ADHD pills

Tue, 08 May 2018 02:46:56 GMT

More than 1.6 million prescriptions for ADHD medication were dispensed last year - double 10 years ago.

Patients 'could have been harmed' after Capita outsourcing

Thu, 17 May 2018 00:04:51 GMT

Support services run by Capita have been "well below" acceptable standards, a watchdog says.

Sleep tips: Six ways to boost the chances of a good night's rest

Wed, 16 May 2018 12:50:49 GMT

How to maximise the chances of a good night's sleep.

Vape pen explosion pierces Florida man's cranium killing him

Thu, 17 May 2018 14:27:10 GMT

The Florida man's death is believed to be the first in the US caused by a vape pen.

Josh Cullip: Coping with dementia at 11 years old

Wed, 16 May 2018 09:42:18 GMT

Josh has a rare genetic condition and is losing his memory but feels "positive" about his future.

'Spice epidemic in jails risk to nurses'

Tue, 15 May 2018 01:15:11 GMT

One nurse lost consciousness after inhaling fumes while attending an ill prisoner, her union says.

Bristol mother on cutting teachers for deaf children

Mon, 14 May 2018 16:00:40 GMT

A Bristol mother explains what a teacher of the deaf service means to her and her family.

Body clock linked to mood disorders

Wed, 16 May 2018 07:09:27 GMT

Researchers say it is a warning to urban societies becoming less in tune with nature.

Furness hospital baby deaths: Midwifery council criticised

Wed, 16 May 2018 13:10:28 GMT

Eleven babies and one mother died at Furness General Hospital in Barrow between 2004 and 2013.

Alzheimer's: How much should you reveal?

Fri, 11 May 2018 01:02:19 GMT

Should you tell others when a loved one is diagnosed with the condition?

Nine facts about how long we live

Mon, 14 May 2018 16:23:26 GMT

How has life expectancy changed since 1990?

Chorley and Royal Preston hospitals on high alert 169 times over winter

Thu, 17 May 2018 14:59:11 GMT

Chorley and Preston hospitals issued 169 high level alerts across the winter of 2017-18.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: Scientists closer to understanding cause

Tue, 15 May 2018 19:00:36 GMT

A common cause of infertility may be due to a hormonal imbalance before birth, researchers say.

Are we eating at the wrong time for our body clocks?

Sat, 19 May 2018 23:25:54 GMT

Is when we eat clashing with our circadian rhythms and could changing our mealtime habits boost our health?

Rap producer Steel Banglez opens up about mental health

Tue, 15 May 2018 23:02:02 GMT

Rap producer Steel Banglez shares his struggles with depression and how he was able to overcome it.

Why Ebola keeps coming back

Sun, 13 May 2018 23:42:11 GMT

It is unrealistic to think Ebola will ever be eradicated, but it is now easier to prevent a crisis.

Growing resistance to antifungal drugs 'a global issue'

Thu, 17 May 2018 23:28:01 GMT

Scientists warn this could lead to more outbreaks of disease and affect people who are already ill.

Smart SoPhy socks send data to your physiotherapist

Wed, 16 May 2018 07:55:35 GMT

The socks have three sensors reading weight distribution, movement and orientation of the foot.

Check the key targets in your area

Thu, 10 May 2018 16:46:18 GMT

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

Mum wants postnatal depression awareness after dad's suicide

Thu, 17 May 2018 16:17:24 GMT

Vicky Clayton cannot give her son the thing he wants most in the world - his dad.

Dementia patients 'abandoned' by system

Thu, 17 May 2018 00:09:39 GMT

Thousands of people with the condition are ending up in hospital unnecessarily because of inadequate support, a charity says.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak 'not global emergency'

Fri, 18 May 2018 16:05:42 GMT

The World Health Organization says it believes the outbreak can be brought under control.

Dealing with a child who will not sleep through the night

Tue, 15 May 2018 08:34:29 GMT

Sleep clinics are helping parents ensure their children get a good night's rest.

Dementia exercise programmes 'don't slow brain decline'

Thu, 17 May 2018 00:13:41 GMT

Gym exercise programmes for people with mild to moderate dementia "don't work", researchers say.

Artificial intelligence can be weapon in cancer fight, PM to say

Sun, 20 May 2018 21:36:53 GMT

Smart technologies can sift through data to help the NHS spot diseases quicker, the PM is to say.

Singapore's measures to reduce short-sightedness

Thu, 17 May 2018 17:42:11 GMT

As global rates of short-sightedness - or myopia - increase around the world, Singapore is hoping to buck the trend with three simple but innovative solutions.

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