• 27 February 2020 Image copyright Family Photo Image caption Heather Planner died from a stroke on 1 April after being given another person's medicineAn 87-year-old woman died after her carers gave her the wrong medication, a coroner was told. Heather Planner, from Butler's Cross in Buckinghamshire, died at Wycombe Hospital on 1 April from a stroke. Senior coroner Crispin Butler heard three staff...

  • 27 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright EPANorthern Ireland has diagnosed its first case of coronavirus, bringing the UK's total to 16. Authorities said the patient had travelled from northern Italy via Dublin and had showed a presumptive positive result, which would be confirmed by a lab in England. It comes after health officials confirmed two new cases of the...

  • By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 27 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesA common type of gut bacterium may increase a person's chance of developing bowel cancer, according to a study published in the journal Nature. The bacterium is a type of E. coli infection, present in up to one in five people, scientists believe. It releases a toxin which experts say can damage the...

  • 27 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright AFP Image caption A specialist centre at the Royal Free Hospital, London, is treating one of the new patientsTwo more patients have tested positive for coronavirus in England, bringing the total number of UK cases to 15. They have been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres in Liverpool and London, the Department of...

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 27 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty ImagesCoronavirus has been seen in more than 30 countries, with signs it is getting a foothold in Europe. But what is the government planning to do if there is a major outbreak in the UK and how prepared is the NHS? The hope is it can still be contained The government has said the UK...

  • 26 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Under assisted dying, a doctor does not administer the medication but provides it (file pic)A five-year-old law banning professionally assisted suicide has been rejected as unconstitutional by Germany's top court. The court backed complaints by a group of terminally ill patients and doctors who challenged the law that made "commercial...

  • 26 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright ReutersTests for coronavirus are being increased to include people displaying flu-like symptoms at 11 hospitals and 100 GP surgeries across the UK. The tests will provide an "early warning" if the virus is spreading, Public Health England medical director Prof Paul Cosford said. It comes as more schools closed or sent staff and...

  • 26 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesMillions suffering from a chronic cough could have their debilitating symptoms relieved by a new treatment, according to a study. Up to 10% of adults worldwide experience symptoms with no clear underlying cause. Some suffer for decades and there is currently no effective treatment. Researchers at the University of Manchester said a clinical trial...

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 26 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty ImagesMany of the most seriously ill patients are waiting for hours on trolleys and in corridors as the NHS struggles to find them beds, BBC research shows. Nearly a quarter of patients admitted on to wards during December and January in England faced delays of more than four hours...

  • 25 February 2020 Image caption Darren King, 31, from Suffolk, drowned in his bath after suffering a seizure last yearA fake psychiatrist did not contribute to the death of a patient she treated prior to his death, an inquest heard. Darren King, 31, drowned in the bath after having an epileptic fit at his flat in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Zholia Alemi, who practised for 22 years with no qualifications,...

  • 24 February 2020 Image copyright Wallace Family Image caption Madeline Wallace died from sepsis in January 2018A coroner said GPs' knowledge of eating disorders was "woeful and inadequate" after an inquest into the death of a severely anorexic woman. Madeline Wallace, from Peterborough, died in January 2018 from sepsis. Coroner Sean Horstead told the inquest at Huntingdon Law Courts "different...

  • By Howard Mustoe Business reporter 25 February 2020 comments Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty ImagesHealth Secretary Matt Hancock has said Britons returning from quarantined Italian towns must self-isolate, even if they have no symptoms. In addition, those with flu-like symptoms coming back from areas of Italy north of Pisa should stay at home for 14 days. Italy has put...

  • Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIraj Harirchi mopped his brow at a news conference before testing positive for coronavirus disease.Iran's deputy health minister and an MP have both tested positive for the new coronavirus disease, as it struggles to contain an outbreak that has killed 15. The senior health official, Iraj Harirchi, said in a video that he was...

  • 25 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDrone captures massive queue for masks in South Korea's Daegu cityThe worst-hit countries are intensifying their efforts to contain the deadly coronavirus as the number of cases globally surpassed 80,000. In South Korea, infections have risen again, taking the total to 977. Americans...

  • 25 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Facebook/Alison Frawley Image caption Security forces are reportedly preventing people from leaving the hotelA hotel in Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands has been locked down after a visiting Italian doctor tested positive for coronavirus. Hundreds of guests at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel were initially told to stay in...

  • 25 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright AFP Image caption Cases of the coronavirus in Italy rose from three to 229 in four daysBritons returning from northern Italy are being told to self-isolate in the UK if they show coronavirus symptoms. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said people with flu-like symptoms who have been north of Pisa are asked to stay at home for 14...

  • 25 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesLife expectancy among women living in the poorest communities in England has declined since 2011, says a report warning of growing health inequalities. Overall, life expectancy growth has stalled over the past decade - for the first time in 100 years. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there was "still much more to do". The largest decreases were seen...

  • 24 February 2020 comments Image copyright Martin Rose Image caption The training guidelines are effective immediately but do not recommend a heading ban during matchesChildren aged 11 and under will no longer be taught to head footballs during training in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The new football association guidelines for coaches also puts limits on how much heading older...

  • 24 February 2020 Image caption Heidi Crowter with her mother LizA law allowing parents to terminate pregnancies where the foetus has Down's syndrome at any time up until its birth should be changed, campaigners say. They have written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock saying all non-fatal disabilities should be subject to the standard 24-week abortion limit. Heidi Crowter, who has the condition,...

  • 24 February 2020 comments Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright PA Media Image caption Evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship were taken to Arrowe Park Hospital on SaturdayThe UK is "well prepared" to deal with coronavirus cases and the risk to individuals "remains low", the government has said. Downing Street said 99% of those tested in the UK had come back negative. The...