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Assisted dying: Doctors' group adopts neutral position

The Royal College of Physicians votes to adopt a neutral position on helping terminally ill patients die....

Hancock criticised over DNA test 'over reaction'

England's health secretary said it had saved his life by revealing a "higher risk of prostate cancer"....

IVF ethics pioneer Mary Warnock dies

The philosopher Baroness Mary Warnock has died at the age of 94....

Cervical screening: DIY smear test could be 'game-changer'

Women who miss cervical screening appointments will be given home-testing kits in a pilot scheme....

NHS 'no chance of training enough staff'

Experts are warning nurses and GP shortages will worsen in England, unless radical action is taken....

Testosterone rules for female athletes 'unscientific'

There is a lack of evidence for the cut-off point adopted by athletics chiefs, a BMJ editorial says....

Instagram eating disorder content 'out of control'

Psychiatrists raise concerns as the BBC finds children are swapping extreme images of weight loss....

Unprecedented drug shortage linked to Brexit, NHS bosses say

Hospitals in England are experiencing a "spike" in medicine shortages, an NHS leader tells BBC Newsnight....

'No consent' for teeth removal op on woman who later died

Rachel Johnston, who had learning difficulties, died weeks after all her teeth were removed....

Potent cannabis increases risk of serious mental illness, says study

People who use potent cannabis increase their risk of serious mental illness, according to researchers....

Childcare offered for free to smear-test mums

Dozens of providers are offering an hour of free care so mothers can attend cervical screening appointments....

Parkinson's smell test explained by science

A woman who can smell Parkinson's disease helps scientists discover what causes the musky odour....

San Francisco moves to ban e-cigarettes until health effects known

The law would halt sales until vaping's health effects are fully evaluated by US regulators....

Medicinal cannabis: 'Patients still in limbo'

It could take years for patients to get medicinal cannabis on the NHS, a parliamentary committee has heard....

Gestational diabetes: Women left at risk, say researchers

Left untreated, gestational diabetes can increase the risk of a stillbirth and other complications....

Weedkiller glyphosate a 'substantial' cancer factor

Jury to consider damages after one of the world's most widely-used weedkillers is blamed for cancer....

People don't become 'adults' until their 30s, say scientists

Experts say people aged 18 are still going through changes in the brain that can affect behaviour....

Egg freezing: Behind the scenes of a fertility clinic

With more and more women considering it, what exactly does egg freezing involve?...

Cancer doctor shortage 'puts care at risk'

Despite patients urgently needing treatment, 7.5% of key posts are vacant, a study of NHS staffing finds....

Communication at infection outbreak hospital 'not great'

MSPs are told of communication issues between infection control nurses and maintenance staff at an outbreak-hit Glasgow hospital....

'My anorexia really loved Instagram'

One woman who has overcome anorexia says Instagram didn't cause her eating disorder, but it made it worse....

Bradford schoolchildren act as mental health mentors

Children in Bradford are learning how to support each other with mental health....

Racing driver Robert Kubica returns to Formula 1 after serious accident

Polish racing driver Robert Kubica is returning to Formula 1 after a serious accident in 2011 partially severed his arm....

How long are you going to live?

See how people react when you tell them how long they're going to live....

Vulvodynia: 'Tampons and certain underwear are agony'

Georgia is using art to cope with the pain of vulvodynia, which causes chronic pain in the vulva....

Lizzie's Fund to find cancer cure raises thousands

Lizzie Bramall died in 2018 just nine months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour....

The Londonderry barber shop offering men head space

Bareknuckle Barbershop in Londonderry is offering men the chance to open up about their mental health....

Blood donation: 'For two weeks she lived life to the full'

Marilyn's daughter Alice needed 144 blood transfusions for leukaemia treatment....

Majorca in drive to rein in boozy tourists

Tourist haunts that run drink promotions face fines in the resort city of Palma, as do rowdy visitors....

Woman in China nearly dies after injecting herself with fruit juice

The woman in China suffered liver, kidney, heart and lung damage and spent days in intensive care....

Can exercise reverse the ageing process?

It's not for everyone, but older athletes are pushing the limits of what the body can do as it ages....

My one-in-a-million daughter is a 'human timebomb'

Anya suffers from a one-in-a-million condition that is like having seven serious diseases all at once....

The good things about ADHD: 'It's my superpower'

ADHD can sometimes be portrayed quite negatively, so an ADHD parents' support group asked us to make a film looking at some of the good things about it....

'I was diagnosed with cancer at seven months pregnant'

It felt like Sarah Hanan's life had "come to a screeching halt", but it was only the start of her journey....

The human cost of insulin in America

Diabetics in the US are rationing insulin - and dying. How did we get to this point and what's the fix?...

'I thought my twins just had a cold'

When Stephanie Elderton's twin boys caught a cold, she never imagined that one of them would end up in intensive care....

Why was I accused of inventing my daughter's illness?

Why was I accused of inventing my daughter's illness?...

'How my life turned around with new treatment'

A pioneering hospital has abandoned the practice of restraining mental health patients, with dramatic results....

Face blindness: 'I can't recognise my loved-ones'

Boo James has a condition called face blindness - now scientists are trying to find out more about it....

What do the people of the world die from?

It will happen to all of us, but how and when we die speaks volumes about who we are and where we live....

Smear test top tips: How to make cervical screening more comfortable

The smear test, or cervical screening, can make some women nervous. Here's how to make it stress free....

‘I got a new heart - now my brother needs one’

Children can wait twice as long as adults for heart transplants because of a shortage of donors....

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

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

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