• 18 October 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPinderfields Hospital smokers shamed via loudspeakerPeople who ignore 'no smoking' signs by the doors of a Wakefield hospital are being shamed through a loudspeaker.Staff, visitors and patients can activate the pre-recorded messages, which are then played through a speaker outside Pinderfields Hospital. "Hi, I'm Georgia,...

  • 17 October 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Have you looked at the length of your index and ring fingers? Women whose left index and ring fingers are different lengths are more likely to be lesbians, a study suggests.Scientists measured the fingers of 18 pairs of female identical twins, where one was straight and the other gay.On average, the lesbians, but not the straight twins,...

  • By Alex Therrien Health reporter, BBC News 18 October 2018 Image copyright Alamy Baby boxes are being promoted as a safe alternative to standard cots, bassinets and Moses baskets despite a lack of evidence on their safety, experts warn. The cardboard boxes, which come with items like clothes and blankets and can be used as a bed, are offered to new mums in Scotland and parts of England.The Royal...

  • By Alex Therrien Health reporter, BBC News 18 October 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Chemists have been told by the NHS to check whether young children are in urgent need of adrenaline pens before dispensing the devices.Pharmacists must ask parents and carers how many auto-adrenaline injectors they have before deciding how many to give.Only children who have no pens - including expired but...

  • 17 October 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMystery donor gives thousands to ill Shropshire boyA mystery donor has given £100,000 to an ill four-year-old boy to enable him to go to the US for potentially life-saving cancer treatment.The parents of Zac Oliver from Broseley, Shropshire, who has a rare strain of leukaemia, have been campaigning to raise...

  • Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational marijuana 17 October 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nikki Rose (centre) and Ian Power (right) were the first people in Canada to buy legal cannabis The first recreational cannabis to be legally bought in Canada was purchased at midnight on Wednesday (02:30 GMT) on the eastern island of Newfoundland amid queues of hundreds of...

  • By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 17 October 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have found a way to make self-lubricating latex condoms that become slippery on contact.It is thanks to a special, durable coating that should last throughout intercourse, says the team, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.They hope it will make condoms more appealing...

  • 17 October 2018 Image copyright St George's Hospital Image caption Lacey spent four months in hospital after emergency surgery at five days old A premature baby whose heart stopped beating for 22 minutes has been called a "miracle" by doctors who treated her, as she celebrates her first birthday.Lacey Sherriff, who was born at 27 weeks weighing 1.4lb (635g), had two cardiac arrests during...

  • 17 October 2018 Image copyright SPL People affected by the contaminated blood scandal "lost everything" and "had to live on the breadline" as they struggled financially, the chairman of the public inquiry says.In a letter to the Cabinet Office, Sir Brian Langstaff said "decisive action" was needed over the support available.There is a variety of schemes running across the UK.Sir Brian said he...

  • 15 October 2018 Image copyright Other Image caption Sudip Sarker was jailed in February A surgeon jailed for lying about his qualifications had been cleared to work as a consultant despite "damning statements" from colleagues, an inquest has heard.Sudip Sarker is serving six years for fraud over his role at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.An inquest is being held into the deaths of...

  • 16 October 2018 Image copyright Getty Images The number of people who died in Scotland last winter hit a 18-year high, new statistics have revealed. There were 23,137 deaths between December 2017 and March 2018, according to the National Records of Scotland - the highest figure since 1999/2000. It also revealed that the seasonal increase in mortality - the number of "additional" deaths in winter...

  • 16 October 2018 Image copyright BHF "I heard my mam shout my name. You know when someone shouts your name and it frightens you? I ran downstairs and there's my dad on the couch, blacked out, blue lips, blue ear lobes, his fingers - everything. I thought: 'Right, that's CPR time'."Aaron Groves, from Liverpool, was 15 when his dad David suffered a cardiac arrest. His quick thinking saved David's...

  • 16 October 2018 Image copyright Radio Times Bill Turnbull has described dealing with cancer every day as "relentlessly boring" and admitted he asked doctors to stop his "unbearable" chemotherapy.The former BBC Breakfast anchor, who's now a presenter on Classic FM, said: "I just couldn't bear it any longer." After that round of chemo in July - his eighth - he went on to have one more. Turnbull...

  • By Azana Francis BBC News 16 October 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAn MP tells one woman's story during a debate on getting more help for those suffering from eating disordersPatients who fear they have eating disorders are being told by GPs they aren't "thin enough for treatment", according to a woman who was denied help.The woman's MP, Wera Hobhouse,...

  • By Rachel Flint BBC News 15 October 2018 Image copyright Family photo Image caption Chioma Udeogu, who lives in Nigeria, has never been able to return to visit her daughter's grave in Glyntaff Cemetery, Pontypridd Chioma Udeogu hopes one day she will be able to visit her baby girl's grave thousands of miles away from her home in Nigeria.Her daughter, Favour, was delivered stillborn after...

  • 15 October 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Children and young people up to 18 should have their weight and body mass index (BMI) recorded every year, says a report by child health experts.The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says England is falling behind other countries on obesity, mental health and infant deaths. It predicts rising health problems by 2030 without...

  • 15 October 2018 Image copyright Xesai Two painkillers are to be reclassified as class C controlled substances amid concerns people are becoming addicted to them and misusing them.The drugs - pregabalin and gabapentin - are also used for epilepsy and anxiety.The move, announced by the Home Office, means it will now be illegal to posses the drugs without a prescription and it will be illegal to...

  • 15 October 2018 Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England are being given permission to prescribe patients "social" activities, such as dance classes, to tackle loneliness. The strategy, announced by Prime Minister Theresa May, will also see postal delivery workers checking in on isolated people during their rounds. The government says about 200,000 older people have not had a conversation...

  • 14 October 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption England is the only part of the UK which charges for prescriptions Patients claiming free prescriptions in England face checks before medicine is issued in an effort to stamp out fraud.Prescription fraud currently costs the NHS in England an estimated £256m a year. A new digitised system to be piloted next year will mean pharmacies...

  • By Laurel Ives BBC Health 13 October 2018 Image copyright asiseeit Image caption Dedicated specialist cancer nurses provide physical and emotional support Thousands of incurable breast cancer patients are being denied a dedicated specialist nurse, according to Breast Cancer Care. The figures show almost three-quarters (72%) of NHS Trusts across the UK are not providing designated nurses.Three...