• By Ben Hunte BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme 18 June 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Men who have sex with men are barred from giving blood in England, Scotland and Wales for three months after sexual activity - but some are deciding to break the rules."It galls me every time I hear an advert on the radio asking for people to give blood, when there's a huge section of society that is just...

  • 18 June 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJudith wanted her son to go to university, now she hopes he can tell the timeA mother has laid bare the "brutal reality" of bringing up her adoptive son after he was left damaged by exposure to alcohol in the womb.Judith Knox says her 12-year-old son has a range of behavioural problems as a result of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum...

  • By Marie-Louise Connolly BBC News NI Health Correspondent 18 June 2019 Related TopicsHyponatraemia Inquiry Image caption The 14-year inquiry into hyponatraemia-related deaths was set up to examine the deaths of the children - Adam Strain, Raychel Ferguson, Claire Roberts and Conor Mitchell. Lucy Crawford's family chose not to release a photograph An investigation into how a whistleblower's...

  • By Nick Triggle and Philippa Roxby BBC News 18 June 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Lives are being lost and destroyed by the failure of the NHS in England to provide care for people with eating disorders, MPs and campaigners say. They say more than a million people have an eating disorder, but specialist help is often difficult to access. It leaves patients relying on GPs who lack the skills...

  • By Dr Emma Davenport Wellcome Sanger Institute 17 June 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Medicine has always been personal to some extent - a doctor looks for the best way to help the patient sitting in front of them. But with advances in technology, it is becoming possible to use the most unique of characteristics - our genomes - to tailor treatments for individuals.Genomes are made up of a...

  • 17 June 2019 Image copyright Mearl Brown Image caption Nyall Brown, 19, took his own life in May 2018 A coroner has criticised a troubled mental health trust for failing a teenager who took his own life.Nyall Brown, 19, from Cromer, died in May 2018.Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake said she had concerns over staff not reviewing his care records before appointments, which would have enabled more...

  • By Judith Burns BBC News 17 June 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Children whose parents are divorced are more likely to get fat than those whose parents stay together, say researchers. The weight gain is particularly marked in children whose parents divorce before they are six, the study found. Researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science analysed data on 7,574...

  • By Fiona Stalker BBC Scotland reporter 17 June 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMorven-May MacCallum is still suffering nine years after starting treatmentMorven-May MacCallum says her life is still "completely dominated" by Lyme disease, nine years on from starting treatment.About 200 people a year in Scotland are recorded with the disease but the true number is...

  • By Sean Coughlan BBC News family and education correspondent 16 June 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images Every new teacher in England will be trained in how to spot early warning signs of mental illness, under a plan being unveiled by Theresa May later.Mrs May, using some of her remaining political authority before leaving office, has called for improvements in preventing problems."Too...

  • 17 June 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Eight hospitals in seven NHS Trusts have reported cases of listeria linked to pre-packed sandwiches and salads eaten by patients, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed. The list includes Leicester Royal Infirmary and two hospitals in Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, along with hospitals in Derby, Liverpool, Manchester and Wexham.Nine patients...

  • 15 June 2019 Image copyright PA Image caption Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he is "incredibly concerned" by the outbreak A "root and branch" review of hospital food has been ordered by the health secretary after two more deaths were linked to an outbreak of listeria.The number of deaths related to pre-packed sandwiches and salads at hospitals had risen from three to five, Public Health...

  • By Adina Campbell BBC Community Affairs Correspondent 15 June 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHospice support for BAME familiesA study has been launched to try to boost the number of black and Asian people using end-of-life care services.Figures suggest black and Asian patients are 20% less likely to seek palliative help than their white counterparts.There is...

  • 14 June 2019 Image copyright Ashleigh White Image caption Ashleigh White, from Barnsley, and her son, Noah. Ashleigh White's son Noah became seriously ill with neonatal herpes after being infected with HSV-1, the highly contagious "herpes simplex virus" that causes cold sores in adults. It is sometimes known as the "kiss of death" because of the way it is passed on.HSV-1 in babies is rare and...

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 14 June 2019 Image copyright PA The infection of up to 30,000 people with contaminated blood has been called the biggest treatment disaster in NHS history. Thousands have died.A public inquiry is now under way - but what is already known about the scandal?Who was affected?People with haemophilia and other bleeding disorders were given blood infected with HIV...

  • 14 June 2019 Image copyright Family photo Image caption Jamie Osborne's mother Jackie Curtis said his death had torn her apart A mental health trust has been fined £200,000 after a "grossly psychotic" suicidal teenager in its care was found dead in his prison cell.Jamie Osborne, 19, took his own life on the hospital wing of Lewes Prison, run by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, in...

  • 14 June 2019 Image copyright Getty Images There were more than 200,000 abortions in England and Wales last year - the highest number ever recorded.Over the past 10 years, rates have been increasing among older women over 35 and decreasing in under 18s, figures from the Department of Health and Social Care show.Doctors said the figures showed there was an urgent need to improve access to...

  • 14 June 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Procedures which involving piercing the skin are an infection risk Shops offering tattoos and piercings pose an infection risk, and laws on who works in them should be tightened, say public health experts.At present, anyone in the UK can set up a parlour and offer procedures without proper training, a report from the Royal Society for...

  • 14 June 2019 Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Listeria monocytogenes bacteria Two more hospital patient deaths have been linked to an outbreak of listeria in pre-packed sandwiches and salads.Friday's announcement from Public Health England (PHE) takes the number of confirmed cases from six to nine and the deaths from three to five.Last week PHE confirmed two patients from...

  • 14 June 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC's Anne Soy reports from the Uganda-DR Congo borderThe World Health Organization has decided not to declare a global emergency over the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.The WHO said Ebola was "very much an emergency" in the region, but it did not pose a global threat.However, it was damning of countries...

  • 13 June 2019 Image copyright Hayley Minn Image caption Hayley Minn says that other people sharing their story with her helped her through the experience When Hayley Minn was 23, she found out she had an 85% chance of getting breast cancer.That's because she has a gene mutation called BRCA1, which affects around one in every 300-400 people. This is her story in her own words. Image copyright...