• By Steven McIntosh Entertainment reporter 15 October 2019 Image copyright Channel 4 Image caption Bill Turnbull discusses living with cancer in his new Channel 4 documentary Staying Alive Broadcaster Bill Turnbull says there should be a "proper conversation" in the UK about the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.The former BBC Breakfast presenter, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in...

  • By Deborah Cohen and Hannah Barnes BBC Newsnight 15 October 2019 Over the past year, there have been mounting criticisms of a study into the effects of puberty-blocking drugs when used to treat young people with gender dysphoria - including concerns raised by Newsnight. The study was carried out at the Gender Identity Development Service (Gids) at London's Tavistock Clinic - England's only NHS...

  • By Daniel Davies BBC Wales social affairs correspondent 15 October 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Swansea and south west Wales area shows the highest rate of care proceedings involving babies The rate of newborn babies involved in care proceedings has more than doubled in three years, the first analysis of data in Wales has revealed.It means newborns in Wales are now more...

  • By Harry Low BBC Ouch 15 October 2019 Image copyright Bronwyn Berg Bronwyn Berg became so fed-up with people manhandling her without asking, she put spikes on her wheelchair. And she's not alone. With a spate of disabled people reporting unwanted touching some are taking action to stop it in its tracks. You're minding your own business when - out of nowhere - a man you've never met puts his...

  • By Callum Tulley BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme 15 October 2019 Image caption Georgia, Sydney and Kassy all began using e-cigarettes aged 16 Almost 40% of sellers targeted by councils in England have been caught illegally allowing children to buy e-cigarette products, a report has found.Ninety of the 227 premises tested sold vaping goods to under-age teenagers in 2018-19, data from 34...

  • 15 October 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Half of A&Es in England are not good enough - and there are no guarantees services will get better despite the extra money going into the NHS, the regulator says.The Care Quality Commission said people were turning to A&E in a crisis because of a lack of support in the community.It said services would remain under pressure until a funding...

  • 15 October 2019 Image caption Pam Foley took part in the trial after a head injury in a road accident A cheap and widely available drug could save hundreds of thousands of lives a year worldwide if it was routinely given to people brought into hospital with head injuries, UK doctors say.Tranexamic acid helps stop bleeding in and around the brain when blood vessels have been torn.A large...

  • 15 October 2019 Image copyright Getty Images A rare and unfortunate sequence of events allowed a deadly type of malaria in gorillas to "jump" species and attack humans, according to scientists. Hundreds of thousands of people die from malaria every year and Plasmodium falciparum - the type the researchers studied - accounts for most cases. African great apes were the original host to the...

  • 10 October 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption "Prohibit eating and drinking on urban public transport, except fresh water, breastfeeding and for medical conditions," says Dame Sally Davies A ban to stop people snacking on public transport has been mooted by England's outgoing chief medical officer, in a bid to tackle childhood obesity. Has the plan found favour with commuters across...

  • 13 October 2019 Image copyright Getty Images People from Western cultures are more likely to look for a partner who wants children than those in the East, a Swansea University study has found. The research found women and men in countries such as the UK and Australia were more likely to prioritise a partner who wants children. Dr Andrew Thomas, from Swansea University, said this was as a result...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent 12 October 2019 Image copyright Boston Children's Hospital A girl with a deadly brain disease has been given a unique drug that was invented from scratch just for her and in a fraction of the normal time.Mila Makovec, now aged eight, was diagnosed with fatal and untreatable Batten disease. In less than a year, doctors at Boston Children's...

  • By Philippa Roxby Health reporter, BBC News 12 October 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Slow walkers have 'older' brains and bodies, the study found How fast people walk in their 40s is a sign of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are ageing, scientists have suggested.Using a simple test of gait speed, researchers were able to measure the ageing process.Not only were...

  • 11 October 2019 Image copyright Jo Myatt Image caption Jo Myatt had breast cancer at the age of 30 and was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer 10 years later One in four patients with secondary breast cancer had to visit their GP three or more times before they got a diagnosis, a survey suggests.A breast cancer charity said there should be more awareness that the disease can spread to other...

  • By Catherine Burns Newsbeat reporter 10 October 2019 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image caption Michaela Sheehan, who has epilepsy, takes her European Health Insurance Card on holiday to Europe European Health Insurance Cards let UK residents get medical care for free, or at a reduced cost, in 31 countries.But if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, that will no longer be the...

  • 10 October 2019 Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The characteristic Lyme disease "bullseye" rash The majority of people who believe they have a chronic form of Lyme disease are more likely to have chronic fatigue syndrome, experts suggest.There are around 3,000 cases of Lyme disease, caused by tick bites, in the UK each year. Most of those who take antibiotics make a full...

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 10 October 2019 comments Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPeople in Manchester give a mixed response to banning snacks on public transportSnacking should be banned on public transport and extra taxes placed on unhealthy foods to tackle child obesity, England's outgoing chief medical officer says. In her final report as CMO, Dame Sally...

  • By Deborah Cohen and Ed Brown BBC Newsnight 10 October 2019 Image copyright Getty Images This summer was the worst for A&E waiting times in England since the four-hour target was introduced. Analysis by BBC Newsnight and the Nuffield Trust found an average of 86% of patients were admitted, transferred or discharged from A&E within four hours in the six months to September.This is the...

  • 9 October 2019 Image copyright Bloomberg US drug firm Johnson & Johnson has been told to pay $8bn (£6.6bn) in punitive damages to a man over claims he was not warned that an anti-psychotic drug could lead to breast growth.A Philadelphia jury made the award to Nicholas Murray, 26, whose case was one of thousands pending in the state.His lawyers argued J&J's subsidiary Janssen put...

  • 9 October 2019 Image copyright Ryan McDade Image caption Ryan McDade wet himself after he was passed by three buses in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire A wheelchair user says he was "forced to wet" himself when he was left at a bus shelter for an hour.Ryan McDade said he was passed by three Pronto buses in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.The 20-year-old said he felt "dehumanised" by the drivers and that...

  • By Marie-Louise Connolly BBC News NI Health Correspondent 9 October 2019 Image copyright PA The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is to start balloting members on industrial and strike action over staffing and pay in Northern Ireland.Voting papers are being posted to RCN members working in health and social care services, with the ballot due to last for four weeks.The RCN's Northern Ireland...