Medics protective gear guidance 'to be updated'
26/03/2020 | news | health | 665
New rules on when health staff should wear masks and gloves are expected amid the Covid-19 crisis.
'Act early to save more than 30 million lives'
26/03/2020 | news | health | 31
A report on the global impact of Covid-19 finds the effects on developing countries will be greatest.
How fast is the coronavirus growing in the UK?
26/03/2020 | news | health | 3,850
Comparing the UK’s epidemic to other countries after Friday saw the biggest rise in deaths so far.
GPs demand 'clarity' over protective gear
25/03/2020 | news | health | 151
Doctors fear some patients could have the virus but no symptoms and unwittingly infect staff.
ExCeL Centre to be used as coronavirus hospital
24/03/2020 | news | health | 1,362
The space will become a critical care centre, amid fears NHS intensive care units will be overwhelmed.
Coronavirus: 'Bin lipstick testers' chemists told
23/03/2020 | news | health | 80
Leading chains say they're acting immediately to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Blood donations needed after 15% drop, says NHS
22/03/2020 | news | health | 76
Officials urge blood donors to stick to their appointments if they are well enough.
When will the coronavirus outbreak end?
19/03/2020 | news | health | 2,127
The huge challenge the world faces to find an exit strategy to end the lockdowns and return to normal.
Care companies fear coronavirus bankruptcy
17/03/2020 | news | health | 101
Firms which support people at home are struggling with the extra demands, care chiefs say.
Analysis: UK changes course amid death toll fears
16/03/2020 | news | health | 1,889
Ministers were warned hundreds of thousands of people in the UK would die without stronger measures.
NHS to ramp up coronavirus testing capacity
10/03/2020 | news | health | 403
NHS England will be able to carry out 10,000 tests per day, up from 1,500 currently.
Coronavirus: GPs prepare to drop routine work
10/03/2020 | news | health | 171
Too little detail is being given over what to do for UK patients reporting potential symptoms, GPs say.
Coronavirus symptoms 'take five days to show'
09/03/2020 | news | health | 384
Scientists reveal the average incubation time for the virus that's infected more than 116,000 people globally.
Will NHS buckle under coronavirus strain?
04/03/2020 | news | health | 405
The UK is braced for a coronavirus epidemic. How well prepared is the health service?
Coronavirus cases in UK jump to 87
04/03/2020 | news | health | 55
The UK reports its largest daily increase in cases, as two patients on a hospital ward are diagnosed.
Faster access to cannabis medicines in UK
02/03/2020 | news | health | 47
Patients should now be able to get treatments in days rather than months, say ministers.
How close are we to a coronavirus vaccine or drug?
27/02/2020 | news | health | 351
We answer some of the big questions about vaccines and how long one for coronavirus could take.
Sickest NHS patients 'face hours on trolleys'
25/02/2020 | news | health | 542
BBC analysis shows a surge in hospital delays as experts warn 'little in tank' to cope with coronavirus.
Children facing uncertain future, experts warn
18/02/2020 | news | health | 153
The World Health Organization says "radical change" is needed before it is too late
Rescue plan 'considered' for virus cruise Britons
17/02/2020 | news | health | 739
The Foreign Office is contacting the 74 people trapped in Japan to ask if they want to fly home.
Dentists hit by coronavirus face-mask shortage
13/02/2020 | news | health | 35
Some may have to "down drills" following curbs on how many they can order, the dentists' union says.
Britain's race to contain the coronavirus
12/02/2020 | news | health | 241
Health officials are trying to contain the virus after a cluster of cases on the south coast. Can the virus be kept at bay?
How many frozen eggs result in babies?
11/02/2020 | news | health | 45
The fertility expert Lord Winston warns the success rate could be as low as 1% but others say it is considerably higher.
Cancer patients 'missing out on basic information'
10/02/2020 | news | health | 178
NHS staff pressures are leaving 120,000 patients a year "in the dark" about their illness, a charity says.
Ban term 'painkiller' to end obsession with drugs
05/02/2020 | news | health | 92
Government adviser calls for change in culture on painkillers with greater focus on social issues.
Five need-to-know things about coronavirus
05/02/2020 | news | health | 160
There is no need to avoid certain foods or keep your pets at a distance - we give you the facts.
Scientists race to develop a coronavirus vaccine
29/01/2020 | news | health | 403
US researchers are already working on a vaccine against the new virus that has emerged in China.
Lungs 'magically' heal damage from smoking
29/01/2020 | news | health | 50
The effect has even been seen in people who had smoked for 40 years.
Seriously ill wait more than hour for ambulance
27/01/2020 | news | health | 769
Heart attack and stroke patients are among those facing long delays for crews to arrive, BBC finds.
Immune discovery 'may treat all cancer'
20/01/2020 | news | health | 136
Research is at an early stage but scientists said it had huge potential for destroying cancers.
'Hidden sugar' in pre-mixed gin and cocktail drinks
20/01/2020 | news | health | 41
Some cans of spirits and cocktails sold in shops and supermarkets contain eight teaspoons of sugar.
NHS criticises betting firms' 'damaging tactics'
15/01/2020 | news | health | 64
Free bets and other incentives should be banned to make gambling safer, a letter to companies says.
Pensions row 'making bad situation worse in NHS'
13/01/2020 | news | health | 405
Doctors are still refusing overtime despite NHS bosses promising to cover tax bills, hospitals say.
Fatty tongues 'main factor in disrupted sleep'
09/01/2020 | news | health | 150
Fat lost from the tongue was the reason for improvements in a sleep apnoea weight loss study.
Healthy habits 'deliver extra disease-free decade'
08/01/2020 | news | health | 466
Women and men can ward off cancer, heart problems and diabetes, a US study finds.
NHS pressures 'put medical breakthroughs at risk'
07/01/2020 | news | health | 15
The proportion of senior doctors involved in leading research programmes is falling, say academics.
Running marathon cuts years off 'artery age'
06/01/2020 | news | health | 107
Training for a first marathon delivers more elastic arteries and lower blood pressure, experts say.
GPs 'shun full-time work as pressures take toll'
17/12/2019 | news | health | 100
Nearly half of GPs now work part-time with a drive to increase numbers under threat, regulators warn.
Many at risk of flu this Christmas, experts say
16/12/2019 | news | health | 273
They predict a peak in cases and want people to get immunised now, before visiting friends and family.
Every major A&E misses wait target for first time
13/12/2019 | news | health | 539
Hospitals in England endure their worst-ever performance against waiting times.
A third of hospitals 'increased parking charges'
09/12/2019 | news | health | 190
Income from fees jumps 10% in a year, with hourly charges of up to £4 levied.
Exercise calorie labels 'make food less tempting'
09/12/2019 | news | health | 802
Consumers should be told it takes four hours to walk off the calories in a pizza, researchers say.
'Sugar overload' warning for festive hot drinks
02/12/2019 | news | health | 293
Seasonal lattes and hot chocolates sold by coffee chains can contain up to 23 spoonfuls, a study finds.
Morning-after pill 'should be sold off the shelf'
29/11/2019 | news | health | 140
A report says accessing contraceptives and abortion pills in the UK should be easier for girls and women.
Living near busy road 'can stunt children's lungs'
18/11/2019 | news | health | 62
A King's College London study finds children's lung development can be reduced by up to 14%.
'Global epidemic' of childhood inactivity
18/11/2019 | news | health | 114
Report shows 81% don't exercise enough with effects on health, brain development and social skills.
Herbal pills for cancer 'do more harm than good'
13/11/2019 | news | health | 149
Garlic and ginger pills can delay the healing of skin wounds when breast cancer spreads, expert says.
Labour vows to outspend Tories on the NHS
12/11/2019 | news | health | 3,333
The party says it would tax the "wealthiest" to cut hospital waiting times if it wins the election.
Some people 'genetically wired' to avoid veg
12/11/2019 | news | health | 126
An inherited gene makes certain healthy foods taste exceptionally bitter and unpleasant, according to researchers.
Two cannabis medicines approved for NHS
08/11/2019 | news | health | 245
The drugs, used to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, are recommended for use by the NHS in England.
Asthma carbon footprint 'as big as eating meat'
28/10/2019 | news | health | 457
Seven in every 10 inhalers prescribed in England contain propellants harmful to the environment, researchers say.
Health bosses' 'serious concerns' over homeopathy
28/10/2019 | news | health | 332
The UK's largest group of registered homeopaths should not be accredited, NHS bosses say.
Heavy social media use linked to poor sleep
22/10/2019 | news | health | 41
Teenagers spending more than three hours on their phones are more likely to sleep badly, a study suggests.
Blood pressure pills 'work better at bedtime'
21/10/2019 | news | health | 199
Evening doses gives more protection against heart attacks and strokes, a study suggests.
Pollution 'triggers hundreds more heart attacks'
21/10/2019 | news | health | 84
People also suffer more strokes and asthma attacks on days when air quality is poor, academics say.
Scientists seek clues to 'birth of cancer'
17/10/2019 | news | health | 37
Cancer researchers from the UK and US are teaming up to search for the very earliest signs of cancer.
NHS screening 'needs to fit with busy lives'
15/10/2019 | news | health | 77
Mobile clinics and evening and weekend opening could help increase uptake of NHS screening programmes.