• 14 June 2017 From the section Africa Image copyright AFP Image caption Polio can only be prevented through immunisation Two outbreaks of polio have been identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a blow to the goal of wiping out the disease from the world.The World Health Organization said there was a high risk the vaccine-derived virus could spread.The strain of polio involved comes...

  • By Smitha Mundasad Health reporter , BBC News 14 June 2017 From the section Health comments Image copyright Getty Images People over 75 taking daily aspirin after a stroke or heart attack are at higher risk of major - and sometimes fatal - stomach bleeds than previously thought, research in the Lancet shows.Scientists say that, to reduce these risks, older people should also take...

  • By Kevin Peachey Personal finance reporter 14 June 2017 From the section Business Image copyright PA Care homes may be charging families for extended periods after a resident has died as well as large upfront fees, a competition inquiry has revealed.The concerns emerged from the initial findings of a review by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) which began in December.The CMA has now...

  • 14 June 2017 From the section Northern Ireland Image copyright Photo Science Library The UK's highest court has rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England.The Supreme Court challenge centred on the case of a Northern Ireland woman who became pregnant when she was 15.She went to England with her...

  • By Owain Clarke BBC Wales health correspondent 13 June 2017 From the section Wales comments Image copyright Thinkstock Significantly more junior doctors are choosing to come or stay in Wales to train to be GPs, the health secretary has said.Currently 91% of the 136 available family doctor training places in NHS Wales have been filled, compared to 75% at the same stage last year.Health Secretary...

  • 13 June 2017 From the section Scotland politics New figures show that 180 women travelled from Scotland to England for an abortion last year.The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said this highlighted the difficulty in obtaining late-stage terminations for women north of the border.The law currently allows the procedure up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, and 73 of the 180 women who travelled south...

  • By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 13 June 2017 From the section Health Image copyright Paul_Brighton/Getty How do you get more people to eat their greens? Give vegetables seductive names, say US researchers. A team at Stanford tried it out on students in the university cafeteria and found veggie sales went up by 25% when indulgent labels were used. "Sizzlin' beans", "dynamite...

  • 13 June 2017 From the section London Image copyright Featureworld Image caption Charlie Gard's rare disease has left him unable to cry The parents of a terminally-ill baby have been given more time to put forward a legal case that he should be allowed to go to the US for treatment.Life-support for Charlie Gard must continue until midnight on Monday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled.The...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News website 13 June 2017 From the section Health Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have developed a drug that mimics sunlight to make the skin tan, with no damaging UV radiation involved. The drug tricks the skin into producing the brown form of the pigment melanin in tests on skin samples and mice. Evidence suggests it will work even on...

  • 12 June 2017 From the section Wales comments Image copyright sturti/Getty Images Image caption There has already been a consultation on recruitment issues facing the care sector A planned curb on zero-hours contracts for thousands of care workers has been unveiled by the Welsh Government.Workers will be given the choice after three months whether they want to carry on with the arrangement or...

  • 12 June 2017 From the section Health Image copyright Getty Images You don't have to be diagnosed as obese to be at risk of dying from illnesses related to excess weight, a global study suggests.Of the 4 million deaths attributed to being overweight in 2015, nearly 40% were not considered clinically obese.The study found more than 2 billion children and adults suffered from health problems linked...

  • EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 12 June 2017 From the section Health comments Related Topics Brexit Image copyright Science Photo Library There has been a sharp drop in nurses registering to work in the UK since the EU referendum, figures suggest.Last July, 1,304 nurses from the EU joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council register, compared...

  • 12 June 2017 From the section London Image copyright Connie Yates Image caption Connie Yates posted the image along with the message "a picture speaks a thousand words" The mother of Charlie Gard has shared a photo of her son with his eyes open as she waits to find out if his life-support will be switched off.Connie Yates posted the image on Facebook with the message "a picture speaks a thousand...

  • 9 June 2017 From the section London Image copyright PA Image caption Charlie Gard's rare disease has left him unable to cry Terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard must continue to receive life-support treatment until Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights has said.His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have launched a final legal challenge at the European court after their Supreme Court...

  • 9 June 2017 From the section Health Image copyright andresr Image caption Patients are waiting longer for non-urgent operations in England The number of patients in England waiting longer than 18 weeks for routine treatment is the largest since September 2008, official figures show.The data showed there were over 382,000 patients waiting longer than the target timeframe in April out of a total...

  • 9 June 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Shutterstock Chocolate maker Mars is recalling some bars of Galaxy, Maltesers Teasers and bags of Minstrels due to the "potential presence of salmonella".Mars said the products, for sale in the UK and Ireland, should not be eaten.The recall began after tests showed salmonella may be in ingredients."We are working closely with the relevant...

  • By Smitha Mundasad Health reporter 8 June 2017 From the section Health Image copyright SPL Scientists say they may have found the world's first blood test that predicts when someone at risk is likely to get Huntington's disease and tracks how quickly damage to the brain occurs. Experts describe the early research as a "major advance" in this field. The study, in the Lancet Neurology, suggests...

  • 8 June 2017 From the section Middle East Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe UN says it is struggling to deliver medicine to treat those with cholera because of the ongoing conflictThe number of suspected cases of cholera resulting from a severe outbreak in Yemen has passed 100,000, the World Health Organization says.A total of 798 deaths associated with the disease...

  • There's a call for UK festivals to provide drug-testing services, in an attempt to reduce deaths.The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) says stronger ecstasy in the UK is resulting in "serious health harm".They want festival-goers to be able to test their drugs on site to make sure they aren't carrying dangerous substances.Testing was piloted at Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling...

  • 8 June 2017 From the section London Image copyright PA Image caption Charlie's rare disease has left him unable to cry and made him deaf The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the parents of sick baby Charlie Gard, over plans to take him to the US for treatment. Chris Gard and Connie Yates want the 10-month old, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, to undergo a therapy trial. His...