• 20 April 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTessa Jowell opens up about living with brain cancer Baroness Tessa Jowell has become the first person to donate her medical information to a new global database.The ex-culture secretary, who has an aggressive brain tumour, said she hoped that the Universal Cancer Databank would help develop better treatments.She feels a...

  • 20 April 2018 Image copyright Family photo Image caption Natalie Billingham's family said they want to know why her condition wasn't diagnosed sooner. A medic has been suspended after a mother-of-six died from a rare form of sepsis. Natalie Billingham, 33, from Tipton died 72 hours after going to A&E at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley with flu-like symptoms and pain in her foot. The trust...

  • 20 April 2018 Image caption Gbadebo Olasunkanmi Alabi started working at Bedford Hospital in 2004 A nurse who "squeezed" a patient's breasts has been struck off for "completely unacceptable" behaviour.Gbadebo Olasunkanmi Alabi, who worked in A&E at Bedford Hospital, was found to have made "sexually-motivated" advances in October 2012. A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fitness to practise...

  • 20 April 2018 Related TopicsAlfie Evans case Image copyright ACTION4ALFIE Image caption Alfie Evans is in a "semi-vegetative state" in Alder Hey Children's Hospital The parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans have lost the latest stage of their legal battle over his life support.Tom Evans and Kate James failed to persuade the Supreme Court that Alfie was being unlawfully detained at Alder...

  • 20 April 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have made a breakthrough in understanding the cause of both motor neurone disease and a rare form of dementia.They have discovered what causes a protein called FUS to stay in a jelly-like state, killing off brain cells.The researchers, from Cambridge and Toronto, said they were cautiously optimistic their findings could one day to...

  • By Alex Therrien Health reporter, BBC News 20 April 2018 Image copyright Getty Images This year's London Marathon is likely to be the hottest yet, so how do you run a marathon in the heat?On Sunday some 40,000 people are expected to take part in the race in temperatures that are forecast to reach up to 23C (73F), which would break the previous record of 22.2C (72F) in 1996 and 2007.Organisers...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 20 April 2018 Image copyright Getty Images A man in the UK who caught the world's "worst-ever" case of super-gonorrhoea has been cured.Sexual health doctors say he was "very lucky" and the case was a "major wake-up call for everybody".He picked up the superbug having sex with a woman in South East Asia, despite having a British...

  • By Judith Burns Education reporter 19 April 2018 Image caption Hati Sparey-South is now a trainee teacher By 16 Hati Sparey-South had already tried to kill herself. And she would have tried again and maybe succeeded if it hadn't been for a teacher who noticed how unhappy she looked. Hati says she owes her teacher her life. And now, aged 26 and a trainee teacher herself, she is determined to help...

  • 19 April 2018 Image copyright TOPFOTO Image caption Asperger's syndrome was first identified by Prof Asperger in 1944 Newly uncovered documents suggest Hans Asperger, the paediatrician whose name describes a form of autism, was actively involved in the Nazi regime's euthanasia programme in Austria.The evidence comes from previously unexamined Nazi-era documents and patient records.They suggest...

  • 19 April 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Mental health diagnosis needs to be useful for patients and not simply a meaningless label, a report suggests.Research from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and University of East Anglia suggests patients would prefer to be told their diagnosis face-to-face rather than by other means.However, doctors said that a diagnosis can be complex and take...

  • By David Rhodes BBC News 19 April 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are about 3,600 more management staff in NHS trusts than in 2013 Hospitals in England have recruited managers at a higher rate than doctors and nurses, BBC analysis of official figures reveals. Since 2013, an additional 3,600 managers started at NHS trusts compared with 8,300 more doctors and 7,000...

  • 19 April 2018 Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption High blood iron levels from regular blood transfusions require treatment in patients with thalassaemia Scientists say they are "excited" by the results of a gene therapy trial for the inherited blood disorder beta-thalassaemia, which reduced the need for blood transfusions.In 22 patients, blood stem cells were extracted, treated...

  • Being a patient 'a full-time job' By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 19 April 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Being a patient is a "full-time job", say researchers, because more people are likely to have multiple conditions. The Academy of Medical Sciences said doctors were seeing a clustering of different physical and mental health conditions in a single patient never previously seen...

  • 19 April 2018 Image copyright ETH Zurich Image caption The implant causes a mole to form when high levels of calcium are detected Scientists have created a skin implant they say could one day be used to help detect some of the most common cancers.It works by looking for elevated levels of calcium in the blood, which is linked to some cancers. When these levels go above a threshold, a response is...

  • 18 April 2018 Image caption The hospital trust said it has an improvement plan in place following the report Health inspectors had to intervene to ensure a patient with sepsis received treatment during a routine visit at a struggling hospital.Staff at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley failed to properly monitor the patient, who was not given antibiotics for two hours, a report said.The Dudley...

  • By Steven Brocklehurst BBC Scotland News 18 April 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Scotland's top earning senior doctors are overwhelmingly men, BBC research has found.The figures showed just 15 out of 100 of the highest-paid consultants across Scotland's health boards were women.The Freedom of Information data suggested just two of Scotland's NHS boards had as many as three women...

  • 17 April 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption WannaCry was the biggest cyber-attack to have affected the NHS The government and NHS bodies have been criticised by MPs for failing to implement measures to improve cyber-security nearly a year after a major ransomware attack on the service.Twenty-two recommendations were made after the WannaCry attack led to nearly 20,000 cancelled hospital...

  • 18 April 2018 Related TopicsAlfie Evans case Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlfie's father Tom Evans met Pope Francis at the VaticanThe father of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans has met Pope Francis, begging him to "save our son".Tom Evans has flown to Rome asking the Pope to intervene in the legal battle about ending 23-month-old Alfie's life support.It comes after...

  • By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 18 April 2018 comments Image copyright Science Photo Library For the first time in 10 years, global malaria cases are no longer falling, sparking concerns about a resurgence of the too often deadly disease. Experts, and philanthropist Bill Gates, are urging country leaders gathering at the Commonwealth summit in London to pledge more money to...

  • 18 April 2018 Image copyright PA Image caption Alfie's mother Hannah Deacon met the prime minister last month when she handed over a petition The family of a six-year-old boy with epilepsy has applied to the government to be able to use cannabis oil.Alfie Dingley, from Warwickshire, has a very rare form of the illness that causes up to 150 seizures per month.His family said his condition...