• 18 September 2019 Image copyright Inneke Gebruers Image caption Ellen, Pia's mother, said the response to the family's fundraising campaign was "overwhelming" More than 950,000 Belgians have responded to a couple seeking €1.9m ($2m; £1.7m) to cover the cost of their baby's life-saving treatment.Nine-month-old Pia, who has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and lives in Antwerp, requires...

  • 18 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images India's cabinet has announced a ban on the production, import and sale of electronic cigarettes, saying they pose a risk to health.An executive order had been approved banning vaping products because of their impact on young people, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.It is not clear if the order will also prohibit the use of vaping...

  • 18 September 2019 Image copyright SECAMB Image caption South East Coast Ambulance Service said it had changed its call-handling systems since the three deaths A woman who died after waiting almost two hours for an ambulance was let down by "systemic" failings with a computer call-handling system, a coroner said.Daisy Filby, 90, was one of three people who died after delays in receiving care from...

  • By Dominic Hughes Health correspondent, BBC News 18 September 2019 How do you improve the health of an entire town? That was the question facing the former fishing port of Fleetwood, in Lancashire.It's a place where lives have been blighted by illness and people were dying younger. So, in 2016, a local GP began to lead efforts to turn things around, helping people take control of their...

  • 18 September 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA man confronted told Boris Johnson during a ward visitBoris Johnson has said he is "glad" the father of a sick child challenged him about NHS funding in a hospital corridor.The prime minister was confronted by Omar Salem at Whipps Cross University Hospital in north-east London.Mr Salem, who said his seven-day-old...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 18 September 2019 Babies born by Caesarean section have dramatically different gut bacteria to those born vaginally, according to the largest study in the field. The UK scientists say these early encounters with microbes may act as a "thermostat" for the immune system.And they may help explain why Caesarean babies are more likely to...

  • 17 September 2019 Image caption Edinburgh's new children's hospital was due to open in 2017 A public inquiry will be held to examine safety and wellbeing issues at the new children's hospital in Edinburgh and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.The inquiry will determine how vital issues relating to ventilation and other key building systems occurred.It will also look at how to...

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 17 September 2019 comments Image copyright PA The rise in hospital nurses in England has been dwarfed by a jump in patients, a study suggests. The Royal College of Nursing research points to data showing the nurse workforce has increased by 4.6% in five years.But hospital admissions have jumped by 12.3% - nearly three times the rate. The union says this shows...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Particles of black carbon - or soot - can cross the placenta, a study has found.The Nature Communications research is the first direct evidence the particles can get into the part of the placenta that feeds the developing fetus.It could be the first step to explaining why high pollution is linked to an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth...

  • By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 17 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images A drug used to treat enlarged prostates may be a powerful medicine against Parkinson's disease, according to an international team of scientists. Terazosin helps ease benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) by relaxing the muscles of the bladder and prostate.But researchers believe it has another...

  • 15 September 2019 Image copyright George Westwood/Reuters Gareth Thomas' revelation that he has HIV will make "a whole new demographic of people" aware of the condition, says George Westwood, who has lived with HIV for 18 months."The stigma still does exist and I think it takes people like Gareth to battle and remove that stigma," says the 20-year-old.He adds that it's "not necessarily what it's...

  • By Hannah Richardson BBC News education and social affairs reporter 16 September 2019 Image caption An inquest into student Ceara Thacker's death opens on Monday Universities should be bound by law to meet the mental health needs of their students, an ex-health minister says.Information gathered by Sir Norman Lamb's office reveals a "complex and fragmented" picture of mental health provision...

  • 16 September 2019 Image copyright Family handout Image caption Oscar has been treated at Birmingham Children's Hospital The family of a five-year-old boy with leukaemia has said his cancer has returned, after he underwent a stem cell transplant.Oscar Saxelby-Lee, from Worcester, had a transplant in May but tests have shown cancer present in his cells.His family aims to raise £500,000 for...

  • 16 September 2019 Image copyright Own Image caption Lesley says she's been 'stubborn' and kept on working part-time Life is very different for Lesley Hart since she had meningitis nearly 10 years ago."I'm no longer Miss Independent. It's impacting more and more as time goes on. But I live each day as I want to."Lesley is one of nearly 2,500 people who develop bacterial meningitis and...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 16 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Scientists think they have found a way to stop the common cold and closely related viruses which can cause paralysis. Instead of trying to attack them directly, the researchers targeted an essential protein inside our cells which the viruses need to replicate.The approach gave "complete...

  • 14 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Using those steps at home to good effect Using "time outs" to discipline children is not going to harm them or your relationship with them, US research suggests.Despite criticism of the "naughty step" strategy, children's anxiety did not increase and neither did their aggressive behaviour, the eight-year study of families found.But a...

  • 13 September 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEdie is now a healthy toddler but developed sepsis when she was born prematurelyScientists say a new test for sepsis could cut diagnosis times from days to minutes.Detecting the deadly illness is difficult because the symptoms are nondescript.Current tests can take as long as 48 hours - problematic with an illness where...

  • By Susie Forrest Scottish health producer, BBC News 13 September 2019 Image caption Alex waited 16 months to be seen for the first time at Scotland's biggest gender clinic Transgender people are being put at greater risk of suicide and self-harm because of "unacceptably" long waits for specialist medical clinics in Scotland, according to campaigners. The Scottish Trans Alliance (STA) said there...

  • YouTube advertises big brands alongside fake cancer cure videos By Flora Carmichael & Juliana Gragnani Beyond Fake News & BBC Monitoring 13 September 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionProf Justin Stebbing from Imperial College London looks at some of the cancer claims the BBC found in YouTube videosYouTube's algorithm promotes fake cancer cures in a number of...

  • 13 September 2019 Related TopicsNobel Prize Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The researchers used probes to measure the left and right testicles of 22 postmen and bus drivers Research measuring if there is a difference in temperature between the left and right testicles is one of the winners of this year's spoof Nobel prizes. Fertility experts Roger Mieusset and Bourras Bengoudifa...