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Ambulance staff to strike on 21 December

Services across England and Wales affected, but life-threatening calls will be responded to....

Strep A schools may be given preventive antibiotics

The drugs would be used to stop more cases of the bacterial infection that has killed some children....

Number of smokers drops as vaping rises, data shows

Data shows 13.3% of people smoked cigarettes in 2021 - down from 20.2% in 2011, while 7.7% vaped....

What is strep A and what are the symptoms to look out for?

Another UK child has died from this highly contagious infection. What should people look out for?...

Strep A: Mum warns of symptoms after child's illness

Joanne Jones said she initially mistook her daughter's sickness for a chest infection....

Strep A: Five-year-old girl dies from illness linked to bacterial infection

Black Mountain Primary School describes Stella-Lily McCorkindale as "a bright and talented little girl"....

Father of girl, 4, fighting for life with Strep A infection is 'praying for a miracle'

Dean Burns urges other parents with any concerns about their children's health to get them checked....

Angela Rayner: Covid contract VIP lane was 'a scandal of epic proportions'

Prioritising firms recommended by MPs and peers wasted taxpayers' money, deputy leader Angela Rayner says....

My mum's 40-hour wait to get to A&E with hip break

Woman, 85, endured "agonising" wait as BBC analysis shows delays now at record levels....

Infectious Covid virus can stay on some groceries for days

Scientists did the study for the government to better understand possible exposure to shoppers....

Bird flu: What is it and what's behind the outbreak?

Why is bird flu so bad this year and why are scientists so concerned?...

Ebola in Uganda: The people spreading misinformation online

Some Ugandans have been attacking the government's efforts, even denying the Ebola virus's existence....

Does the average nurse earn £34,000 a year?

Nurses have voted to strike. How much do they earn at the moment?...

Nurses' strike: How much do you know about their pay? Try our quiz

The BBC's Laura Foster tests your knowledge in this video quiz, with five questions on nurses' pay....

Nurses' strike: What is the dispute about and how will it affect patients?

Nurses belonging to the Royal College of Nursing union have voted to strike....

Staying warm: What does an unheated room do to your body?

The BBC's health and science correspondent undergoes an experiment to find out how a cold home affects him....

Intensive care delirium: 'I hallucinated that I'd been kidnapped'

Jan Ehtash endured strange and unsettling visions as she battled Covid in a south London hospital....

Have I dodged Covid and what does it mean?

Why have some people never had Covid and can that lead to better vaccines?...

What is China's zero Covid policy and what are its rules?

Protests broke out in China over its strict Covid lockdown measures....

Mould at home: How dangerous is it and what can be done?

Exposure to mould can cause respiratory illnesses, allergies and asthma, and can sometimes be fatal....

What is the menopause and what are the signs?

Symptoms can start in your 40s - here's our guide to what happens in the run-up to periods stopping....

'No-one joined the dots' - grandad who exposed an NHS scandal

Derek Richford's determination led to an inquiry into maternity care at East Kent hospitals....

Hormone replacement therapy and menopause: What you need to know about HRT

HRT can help with menopausal symptoms. If you're thinking about taking it, here's what you need to consider....

BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron: How worried should we be?

Surges of Covid are happening again around the world, driven by some new subvariants of Omicron....

Covid: What is the guidance across the UK now?

Almost all of the UK's Covid rules have ended, two years after they were introduced....

Sore throat and cough top symptoms that could be Covid

That is according to UK data from 17,500 people this week who say they have Covid....

How will the vulnerable be protected from Covid? And other questions

The government has announced the end of all Covid restrictions in England....

End of Covid regulations: What if I'm still worried?

What would ending isolation rules in England mean for people who are worried about getting Covid?...

Omicron: How do I know if I have it?

The symptoms are similar to a cold, while genetic analysis is the only way to confirm the variant....

Covid: How to look after yourself at home

What can you expect if you have Covid, and when should you get extra help?...

Covid vaccine ‘waning immunity’: How worried should I be?

Is the effectiveness of Covid vaccines waning over time? We look at how much protection being double vaccinated offers....

Why bonding over the Euros appeared to increase Covid cases in men

Psychologists say men need to be part of a group in order to vent their feelings and emotions....

Covid: Why are 12-15s now being double-jabbed?

All children aged 12 to 15 are being offered two doses of Covid vaccine....

Why you shouldn't get a second Covid jab too early

A government scientific advisor tells Newsbeat why four weeks is too soon between Covid jabs....

The 'life-changing' electric suit

A special body suit for people with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and strokes has had some remarkable results....

NHS: Ambulance delays as paramedic holds for GP

When ambulance crews bring patients to hospital they are meant to be able to handover their patients to A&E staff within 15 minutes....

Richard Hammond reveals Top Gear crash coma dream

The presenter has gone viral on TikTok talking about his experience following a high-speed car crash in 2006....

Disability and the cost of living: 'It's our son's life'

Six-year-old Cohen survives off the machines in his home and his mum's energy bills could rise to more than £3,000 a year....

Croydon Hospital: Patient tells PM to pay NHS staff more

Rishi Sunak is told he is needs to "try harder" over plans to give pay rises to hospital staff....

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