• 18 January 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCarter Cookson: Parents say 'we haven't failed him'A three-week-old baby in desperate need of an organ transplant may only have hours left to find a new heart, his parents have said.Carter Cookson has suffered three cardiac arrests and is on a life-support machine.Doctors at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital have advised the...

  • 18 January 2019 Image copyright Asthma UK Image caption Oscar has been in hospital 57 times with his asthma Five-year-old Oscar's life has regularly hung in the balance because of severe asthma.On his second birthday, he was so ill he did not respond to any medicines, leaving his parents fearing the worst."I will never forget how his tiny chest rose up and down in desperate movements, trying to...

  • 18 January 2019 Image caption The man sued a London IVF clinic after his ex-partner forged his signature to use frozen embryos A father, whose ex-partner forged his signature to conceive a child via an IVF clinic, said he was "absolutely floored" when he found out.The man, who can only be identified as ARB, sued IVF Hammersmith for damages for the cost of bringing up the girl.Although judges...

  • By Catherine Burns Health correspondent 18 January 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Pharmacists say they are struggling to obtain many common medicines including painkillers and anti-depressants.This is leaving patients complaining of delays in getting hold of drugs and pharmacists paying over the odds for common medicines.The BBC has found there has been a big rise in the number of drugs on...

  • By Owain Clarke BBC Wales health correspondent 17 January 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMerthyr has the worst child obesity problem but this Cardiff City football programme is encouraging activityObesity is overtaking smoking as the biggest risk to health in Wales, experts have warned.The "stark" problem with overweight children could also mean this generation...

  • 17 January 2019 Image caption Jenny Lees has haemochromatosis and believes her mother, sister and son died from the condition A "stealth disease" which can cause liver failure, diabetes and severe arthritis may be much more common than previously thought, research has shown.Genetic disorder Haemochromatosis causes the body to absorb too much iron from food and can lead to serious complications...

  • 17 January 2019 Image copyright TEENAGE CANCER TRUST Image caption Aggie is now working as a management consultant five years on from her cancer diagnosis Survival rates for teenagers and young adults with cancer in England are improving, particularly for those with leukaemia and bone cancer, says a report by Teenage Cancer Trust and Public Health England.But it found young patients living in...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 17 January 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images A diet has been developed that promises to save lives, feed 10 billion people and all without causing catastrophic damage to the planet.Scientists have been trying to figure out how we are going to feed billions more people in the decades to come.Their answer - "the planetary...

  • 16 January 2019 Image copyright David Nasralla Image caption The normothermic perfusion machine pumps oxygenated blood and nutrients into livers outside the body A new procedure for storing livers donated for transplant has been hailed a "game changer" and approved for use on the NHS. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) say perfusion machines could increase the number of...

  • 15 January 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJessica Jones was told her daughter Aurelia had just 5% chance of surviving when she was bornA couple is trying to get their baby back to Wales from Vietnam after she was born almost three months early.Jessica Jones and Alfredo Duenas's daughter Aurelia was born by emergency Caesarean section in Hanoi in October.Aurelia,...

  • 15 January 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Contact lens wearers will be able to recycle their lenses for free in a new UK-wide scheme launching this week.Wearers can dispose of their waste at public drop-off points, offered by Boots Opticians and other selected independent stores, or choose to have their old lenses collected. There are 3.7 million soft lens users in the UK who can access the...

  • 15 January 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'I carry my heart in a rucksack'A woman who carries an artificial heart in a rucksack after her own organ was removed because of cancer has been added to the transplant list.Becca Henderson, 24, has been given the green light to receive a donor heart after scans showed she has been clear of cancer for a year.Now she is on...

  • 15 January 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images Experts have developed a potentially "game-changing" test to predict a woman's risk of breast cancer. It combines information on family history and hundreds of genetic markers with other factors, such as weight, to give the most comprehensive assessment possible, says Cancer Research UK. The test is not yet routinely available on the NHS -...

  • 15 January 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Having sex too soon is the biggest regret of young people losing their virginity, a survey of British sexual behaviour suggests.More than a third of women and a quarter of men in their teens and early 20s admitted it had not been "the right time" when they first had sex. People must be 16 or over to legally consent to sex. The latest National Survey...

  • 14 January 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Perjeta is now available for advanced breast cancer A drug used to treat advanced breast cancer has been approved for use on the NHS in Scotland.Pertuzumab, trade name Perjeta, can now be used in the treatment of HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer and in aggressive breast cancers which cannot be surgically removed.The drug was...

  • By Sean Coughlan BBC News education and family correspondent 14 January 2019 Image copyright Getty Images An exhausted, overstretched generation of carers, are in need of emotional support themselves, say researchers.A report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says more than a quarter of such "sandwich carers" are suffering from depression or stress."Sandwich carers" look after their...

  • By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent 14 January 2019 comments Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUK scientists estimate air pollution cuts British people's lives by an average of six monthsWood burning stoves, open fires and farms all face new restrictions as the government sets out what it calls a "world leading" plan to tackle air pollution. In their Clean Air...

  • By Clive Coleman Legal correspondent, BBC News 14 January 2019 Image caption Landscape painter Denise Di Battista says her sight is both her life and her livelihood An artist whose vision deteriorated after lens replacement surgery is one of dozens of people considering legal action against manufacturer, Oculentis.Denise Di Battista claims she has "blind patches" in her right eye.The BBC has...

  • 12 January 2019 Image caption The waste was piled on top of containers at health centres in Coatbridge, Kilsyth and Cumbernauld Photographs showing bags of clinical waste piled at three health centres in North Lanarkshire have been posted on social media.The images - from Coatbridge, Kilsyth and Cumbernauld - showed bags of waste on top of large waste containers.It comes after the collapse of...

  • By Laurel Ives BBC Health 11 January 2019 Image copyright sturti Image caption Deprived patients in affluent areas can find themselves excluded when they miss GP appointments Mental health patients who miss two or more GP appointments within the space of a year are eight times more likely to die in the subsequent 18 months than those who miss none, a study suggests.The University of Glasgow...