• By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 17 June 2018 Related TopicsNHS at 70 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMrs May said the extra funding amounted to billions of pounds a year extra for the NHSThe NHS in England is to get an extra £20bn a year by 2023 as a 70th "birthday present", Theresa May says.It means the £114bn budget will rise by an average of 3.4%...

  • By Gemma Ryall BBC News 16 June 2018 Image copyright Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundations Trust Image caption Distinctive cowpox lesions appeared on the boy's hands, arms and feet A 15-year-old boy has surprised doctors by contracting cowpox, a historical disease now so rare it has not been seen in Wales for more than a decade.The teenager, who lives on the Wrexham-Cheshire border,...

  • 16 June 2018 Image copyright Getty Images People over 40 in England will be given advice on dementia as part of their free NHS health check.Guidance on how to reduce the risk of dementia will be given to patients at GP surgeries and through community health programmes.Public Health England (PHE) said up to one-third of dementia cases could be improved through lifestyle choices. But its says 28%...

  • 16 June 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCharlotte Caldwell says "history has been made" after the Home Office allowed her son to use cannabis oilA boy with severe epilepsy has been given back medicinal cannabis oil that was confiscated from his mother at customs, the home secretary has said.Billy Caldwell, 12, received the oil after doctors made clear it was a...

  • By Philippa Roxby Health reporter, BBC News 15 June 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Four o'clock in the morning is the time most babies are born spontaneously in England, with the majority arriving between 01:00 and 07:00, a study shows.While planned C-section births tended to happen on weekday mornings, births after induced labours were more likely to occur around midnight.Overall, more than...

  • 15 June 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Children in England have already consumed more than their recommended sugar intake for 2018, according to Public Health England survey - and we're only halfway through June.Four to 10-year-olds are eating more than twice as much sugar as they should per day, equivalent to 13 sugar cubes.That amounts to 4,800 sugar cubes on average by the end of...

  • By Jenny Rees BBC News 14 June 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Public Health Wales said tests showed about a third of image enhancing drugs bought online did not contain what they claimed An increase in men using steroids in a bid to get the perfect body is creating a "time bomb" for the NHS, an expert has warned.A needle exchange for steroid users has been opened in...

  • 14 June 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ideally, women should plan a pregnancy months in advance, experts say Some women spend more time planning their summer holiday than they do a pregnancy, a survey by baby charity Tommy's suggests.Only one in five started taking folic acid before stopping contraception, while one in six didn't take it at all.A daily folic acid tablet while...

  • NHS groups welcome immigration change for doctors and nurses 14 June 2018 Image copyright Getty Images NHS groups have welcomed the decision to relax immigration rules to allow more doctors and nurses from outside the EU into the UK. The Home Office said foreign medics would be excluded from the government's cap on skilled migration.NHS bosses said it would be a "huge relief" to health trusts...

  • By Alex Therrien Health reporter, BBC News 14 June 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Are you someone in middle age who keeps putting off that planned health kick for another day?If so, a couple of new studies may give you a sense of urgency.One paper found that elevated blood pressure in middle age increases the risk of dementia, while another says being frail at this time raises your...

  • 14 June 2018 Related TopicsNHS at 70 Image copyright Getty Images The number of people waiting for a hospital operation in England is at its highest for more than a decadeAn estimated 4.2m people are waiting to be seen - the highest since 2007.April's figures also showed growing numbers waiting more than 18 weeks, the treatment target time, including people due to have cataract or back surgery...

  • By Laurel Ives BBC Health 14 June 2018 Image copyright diego_cervo Image caption Cannabis addiction is rising among women Addiction to cannabis is rising among people above the age of 40, and women in particular, according to a study by the University of York. In the past 10 years, the number of women citing the drug as their sole concern at treatment centres more than doubled, from 471 to 1008....

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 14 June 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionParalysed rat picks up sugar cube after gene therapy repairs spinal cordScientists say they have taken a significant step towards the goal of giving paralysed people control of their hands again.The team at King's College London used gene therapy to repair damage...

  • 13 June 2018 Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Royal Stoke University Hospital has urged people referred with cancer not to delay treatment because of social arrangements People are putting their lives at risk by turning down cancer appointments because they clash with their holiday plans, a hospital has claimed.Royal Stoke University Hospital said an increasing number of...

  • By Alex Therrien Health reporter, BBC News 13 June 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images When you hear of a drug having side-effects you might think of a physical reaction like a rash or a headache.But according to a new US study, many commonly-prescribed drugs may increase the risk of depression.The list includes heart medications, birth control pills and some painkillers - things lots of...

  • 12 June 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Dutch poultry industry was hit hard by last year's fipronil crisis Six German states have been told to pull some 73,000 eggs from sale after residue was detected from an insecticide called fipronil.Agriculture officials in Lower Saxony said the eggs had come from an organic farm in the Netherlands and insisted there was no risk to human...

  • 12 June 2018 Related TopicsGrenfell Tower fire Image copyright EPA Image caption About 700 adults and children affected by the tower block fire are currently being treated by a mental health service Mental health treatment for people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire is expected to cost the NHS more than £10m within two years of the tragedy.The Central and North West London NHS...

  • By Marie-Louise Connolly BBC News NI Health Correspondent 12 June 2018 Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Patients have been reassured that this is a precautionary recall One hundred and fifty women in Northern Ireland are being recalled to have their cervical smear test redone.It follows the discovery that the procedure had not been carried out properly. The women belong to two...

  • 11 June 2018 Image caption Billy Caldwell, 12, has severe epilepsy The Home Office has rejected a County Tyrone mother's plea to legalise cannabis oil for her epileptic son.Charlotte Caldwell accused Home Office minister Nick Hurd of having "likely signed my son's death warrant".Ms Caldwell brought cannabis oil from Canada for her son Billy, but it was confiscated at Heathrow on Monday.In 2017,...

  • 12 June 2018 Image copyright Science Photo Library If a woman decides not to breastfeed her baby it is her choice and must be respected, midwives are being told. The Royal College of Midwives' new position statement makes it explicitly clear that women should be supported if, after being given advice, information and support, they opt to bottle feed using formula milk.Although breast is best,...