• By Michele Paduano BBC Midlands health correspondent 24 April 2019 Image caption Judith Mills says she is incontinent and virtually unable to walk A woman struggling to walk after an operation by a neurosurgeon had unacceptable treatment, doctors say.Since 2014, the care of Hussien El-Maghraby has been scrutinised, with an inquiry ruling three years later he should no longer perform complex...

  • 24 April 2019 Image copyright Family handout / PA Image caption Mike Davies said he accepted his hands and legs "needed to go" A man who almost died from meningitis has revealed how he began to look forward to having his limbs amputated.Mike Davies, 60, from Brighton, spent 70 days in intensive care with meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia.During this time, he said he knew his hands and...

  • By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 24 April 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images Babies and toddlers should not be left to passively watch TV or other screens, according to new World Health Organization guidelines. Sedentary screen time, including computer games, should not happen before a child is two, the WHO says. The limit for two- to four-year-olds is an hour a day and...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 24 April 2019 Image copyright Alamy Image caption Electrodes read the electrical activity in the brain Scientists have developed a brain implant that can read people's minds and turn their thoughts to speech. The team at the University of California, San Francisco says the technology is "exhilarating".They add that their findings,...

  • By Kate Morgan BBC Wales sports news correspondent 23 April 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGina Paletta's training regime led her to developing problemsEndurance athletes could risk their long-term health by under-fuelling and over-training, an expert has warned.Distance runner Gina Paletta has not had a period in more than eight years and was diagnosed with...

  • 23 April 2019 Image copyright D Poland/PATH Image caption The vaccine has already been tested in smaller trial programmes A large-scale pilot of what has been called the world's first malaria vaccine to give partial protection to children has begun in Malawi.The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites.Earlier, smaller trials showed...

  • By Adam Eley and Pete Walker BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme 23 April 2019 comments Image copyright Rachael Knappier Image caption There have been calls for more regulation of non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as lip fillers A campaign to tackle "botched" cosmetic procedures is to be launched shortly by the government in England.It follows a rise in people seeking surgeries such as a...

  • Older women exploited by IVF clinics, says fertility watchdog 22 April 2019 Image copyright Science Photo Library Older women are being exploited by IVF clinics "trading on hope", the fertility watchdog has warned.Sally Cheshire, chairwoman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), told the Daily Telegraph some private clinics were using "selective success rates" to target...

  • By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News 22 April 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGail Jardine: "I can walk, I can turn... it's really helped me"A treatment that has restored the movement of patients with chronic Parkinson's disease has been developed by Canadian researchers. Previously housebound patients are now able to walk more freely as a result of...

  • 21 April 2019 Image copyright Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Seven-year-old Leia Armitage lived in total silence for the first two years of her life, but thanks to pioneering brain surgery and years of therapy she has found her voice and can finally tell her parents she loves them."We were told you could put a bomb behind her and she wouldn't hear it at all if it went off," said Leia's...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 20 April 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Nearly one in 10 heart attacks and strokes in England and Wales could be prevented if routine check-ups were better targeted, say researchers.Currently, people aged 40 and over are eligible to have their heart health assessed every five years.But UCL scientists say people at low risk are...

  • 18 April 2019 Image copyright Imperial College London Image caption The arrow on the scan shows where the fabella is - behind the knee A little bone in the knee scientists thought was being lost to evolution seems to be making a comeback, say experts from Imperial College London.The fabella is found in some people buried in the tendon just behind their knee.Doctors think it is entirely...

  • 18 April 2019 Image copyright Dave Wilson Image caption Dave Wilson tweeted "you make a difference and so despite it all this is why we're still plodding" A GP has tweeted a job advert for his surgery saying: "I won't sugarcoat it... we're heavily undermanned and the hours stink."Dave Wilson, from Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, said his surgery, Argyle Medical Group, had just eight GPs looking...

  • 17 April 2019 Image copyright Courtesy of St Jude Children's Research Hospital Image caption Gael, a patient at St Jude Children's Research Hospital who received treatment, with his mother US scientists say they used HIV to make a gene therapy that cured eight infants of severe combined immunodeficiency, or "bubble boy" disease. Results of the research, developed at a Tennessee hospital, were...

  • By Keiligh Baker BBC News 18 April 2019 Image copyright Holly Eastall Image caption Holly Eastall and her baby son Louie who died from sudden infant death syndrome A mother who lost her son to cot death says she wants a change in how such cases are reported after misleading headlines left her feeling "suicidal".Holly Eastall, 23, from Kingston, south-west London, was grieving her baby when it...

  • 18 April 2019 Image copyright Getty Images An NHS target to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities being treated in long-stay hospitals has been missed, resulting in more than 2,200 remaining in-patients in England.Charities say they are at risk of abuse and neglect in hospital units and should be cared for in homes in the community, close to their families.NHS England committed...

  • 17 April 2019 comments Image copyright Imperial College London Sensors small enough to fit in the ear, robotic devices and sleep monitors could all become standard technology in the homes of people with dementia, scientists say.The idea is to keep people safe and independent in their own homes, rather than needing to go to hospital.Scientists, engineers and doctors are working to develop the...

  • 16 April 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Mums-to-be could be routinely offered an ultrasound scan at 36 weeks to help spot risky breech deliveries, when a baby's bottom or feet will emerge first, say UK researchers. Breech births can be hazardous and tricky to diagnose.Currently, midwives and doctors tend to rely on the shape and feel of the mother's bump to check. Researchers estimate the...

  • 17 April 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images Even small amounts of red and processed meat - such as a rasher of bacon a day - can increase the risk of bowel cancer, according to research. The latest study led by Oxford University and funded by Cancer Research UK, adds to evidence, including from the World Health Organization, that eating red meat can be harmful. But exactly how big is the...

  • 17 April 2019 Image copyright Family handout / PA Image caption Amy El-Keria was found hanged in her room in November 2012 The Priory healthcare group has been fined £300,000 over the death of a child at one of its hospitals.Amy El-Keria, 14, was found hanged in her room at the Priory in Ticehurst, East Sussex, in November 2012.The private company, which runs mental health services as part...