• By Ben Robinson and Rob Cave 5 live Investigates 17 February 2019 Image copyright Submitted picture Image caption After Gabriel was born 15 weeks premature, his mum had to leave her job Two thirds of fathers of premature and sick babies are being forced to return to work while their child is in intensive care, a charity has said.Of 737 parents surveyed by the neonatal charity Bliss and BBC Radio...

  • By Laurel Ives BBC Health 16 February 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sprint interval training is most effective for weight loss, researchers suggest Bursts of high intensity interval training (Hiit) may be more effective for weight loss than longer less intense workouts, a study suggests.The research, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, analysed results from 36...

  • 15 February 2019 Image copyright Getty Images The brain function of very late risers and "morning larks" during the hours of the working day is different, according to a study.Researchers scanned the brains of night owls with a bedtime of 02:30 and a wake time of 10:15, along with early risers.The tests - performed between 08:00 and 20:00 - found night owls had less connectivity in brain regions...

  • By Philippa Roxby Health reporter, BBC News 15 February 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Eight out of 10 knee replacements and six out of 10 hip replacements last as long as 25 years, says a large study from the University of Bristol.This is much longer than believed, the researchers said, and the findings will help patients and surgeons decide when to carry out surgery.To date, there has been...

  • By Nikki Fox and Nic Rigby BBC East 14 February 2019 Image caption Surgeons from RAF Lakenheath are working with medical staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital Patients are being seen "more quickly" after US airmen and women started working at NHS hospitals in England in a bid to refresh "rusty" skills.The USAF nurses, from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, started working alongside staff at five hospitals...

  • 14 February 2019 Image caption Call the Midwife has won praise for tackling sensitive issues The BBC has been criticised for not linking directly to information on abortion after the issue was dealt with in an episode of Call the Midwife.Doctors, midwives and pro-choice charities highlighted the issue after the BBC's Action Line website was advertised after the programme aired.Excluding abortion...

  • By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News, Washington DC 14 February 2019 Image caption Brain signals weaken when some cells wear out New results suggest ageing brains can potentially be rejuvenated, at least in mice, according to researchers.Very early-stage experiments indicate that drugs can be developed to stop or even reverse mental decline.The results were presented at the 2019...

  • 14 February 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most cases of cardiovascular disease are preventable through a healthy diet and lifestyle People are being encouraged to know their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers as well as they know their bank Pin code - because it could save their life.These numbers flag up early signs of cardiovascular disease, which can lead to...

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 14 February 2019 Image copyright Getty Images A&E waits in England have reached their worst level since the four-hour target was introduced in 2004.The deterioration in performance came after hospitals appeared to be coping well in the early part of winter.During January, only 84.4% of patients were treated or admitted in four hours - well below the 95%...

  • By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 13 February 2019 Image copyright Claire Bolton Image caption Claire wants to raise awareness about HPV and cervical cancer Having human papilloma virus (HPV) is not rude or shameful and is extremely common, experts say. It comes as a survey of 2,000 women shows there are still stigmas around the infection, which can be passed on during sex and...

  • 13 February 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England must start routinely using email instead of sending letters to communicate with patients, the health secretary says.Matt Hancock wants email to become the default option by 2021. He said there was no reason why doctors could not email a test result or prescription - although people who did not use email would still be able to...

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 13 February 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Parents should not be complacent about the risks of teenagers using cannabis, experts are warning.UK and Canada researchers said they had found "robust" evidence showing using the drug in adolescence increased the risk of developing depression in adulthood by 37%.They said the findings should act as a warning to...

  • 12 February 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The number of women smoking at their first assessment rose to 21.1% in 2017-18 Mothers-to-be who smoke or drink could be hiding their habits in private - because of negative reactions, a study has found. Pregnant women told Cardiff University researchers they felt "irritated and alienated" by people if they smoke or drank in...

  • 12 February 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrendan ‘Dr Evil’ McCarthy admits GBH for performing tongue splitting and nipple removalA body modification artist has admitted three counts of grievous bodily harm, by carrying out tongue splitting and ear and nipple removal procedures.Brendan McCarthy, also known as Dr Evil, carried out consensual procedures...

  • 12 February 2019 Image copyright Family handout Image caption The family of Maxine Howell said they are living in a 'nightmare' The family of a seriously ill woman in Mexico have said they are living a "nightmare" as her £200,000 medical bills are not covered by insurance.Maxine Howell, from West Bromwich, celebrated her 50th birthday in Cancun but days later she was struck down by...

  • 12 February 2019 Image copyright Bethan Simpson Image caption Bethan Simpson's unborn baby had foetal repair surgery at 24 weeks' gestation An unborn baby has had surgery on her spine while she was still in her mother's womb.Bethan Simpson, 26, from Maldon, Essex, was told her unborn daughter Eloise had spina bifida at her 20-week scan.Mrs Simpson has become one of the first mothers in the UK to...

  • 12 February 2019 Image copyright CDC Image caption The rash is raised around the edges Lyme disease can be diagnosed by the rash alone, new advice for the NHS says.People with the "bull's eye" circular rash do not need a blood test and should be treated immediately to avoid complications, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says. Waiting for lab results is unnecessary and can...

  • 12 February 2019 Image copyright Provided by govt press office Image caption Bradley McKenzie used to work as a fitness instructor, but now provides care to people with mental health and alcohol problems Young people in England are being targeted by the government in a bid to recruit thousands of more care workers. The Every Day is Different campaign will be promoted on social media and online...

  • 12 February 2019 Image copyright Getty Images The wrong metal plates may have been inserted into patients who have broken bones, the NHS has admitted.Hospitals have been asked to review the X-rays of patients treated with metal plates for the fracture of long bones, such as arms and legs, in the past year.Patients at one trust had a flexible plate meant for reconstruction inserted instead of a...

  • By Marie-Louise Connolly BBC News NI Health Correspondent 11 February 2019 Image caption Belfast High Court found there was insufficient evidence to justify the temporary suspensions Belfast High Court has found there was insufficient evidence to suspend seven nurses from Muckamore Abbey Hospital from the national nursing register.They were suspended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council...