• 14 November 2018 Image copyright PA Image caption Katie Stafford is at the centre of a wrangle over the price of a drug which could extend her life The mother of a girl with cystic fibrosis is taking legal action against the NHS for refusing to pay for a drug which could extend her daughter's life.Sarah Burgwin, of Totnes, Devon, said it was "shameful" that Katie Stafford, six, was denied access...

  • 14 November 2018 Image caption The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust says it is co-operating fully with the review More than 200 families have raised concerns about maternity care at a hospital trust being investigated over a cluster of deaths and injuries.The government-ordered review into Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (SaTH) has now widened for a third time after initially focusing on 23...

  • By Ellie Costello and Christian Hewgill BBC Newsbeat reporters 14 November 2018 Image copyright Oli Weatherall Image caption 22-year-old Oli Weatherall who has a severe peanut allergy. There are lots of reasons to dread moving in for that first kiss - dying isn't normally one of them. But for Oli Weatherall it's a major concern along with going on flights and eating out. The 22-year-old from...

  • 14 November 2018 Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The glucose monitoring device works via a sensor attached to the skin, allowing people to check their blood sugar levels Wearable glucose monitors will be made available to tens of thousands more people with type 1 diabetes from April 2019, NHS England has announced.Its decision comes after an investigation found patients in...

  • By Nick Triggle and Dominic Howell BBC News 14 November 2018 Image copyright Science Photo Library More than 40,000 women in England have not received information regarding cervical cancer screening after a failure to send out letters by the NHS.The errors were made between January and June.Around 4,000 of them were results of tests, the remainder were letters inviting them for screening or...

  • 13 November 2018 Image copyright EPA Image caption Young offenders self-harming is a major concern, say prison reform charities The "disturbing extent" of self-harm and violence in some young offender institutes "illustrate why prison is no place for a child", a charity has said.Parc Prison in Bridgend has the highest rate of self-harm among youth jails in Wales and England that house children...

  • By Marie-Louise Connolly BBC News NI Health Correspondent 13 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption From January 2019 post-mortem examinations on children from NI will have to be carried out in Liverpool Post-mortem examinations on infants in Northern Ireland will have to be carried out in a hospital in England due to a lack of specialist staff.The paediatric pathologist...

  • 13 November 2018 Image copyright Twitter/ @SWPSwansea Image caption The estate car had been covered in logos to make it look like an ambulance An "apparently fake" ambulance vehicle was pulled over as it was being driven by a man in Swansea, police have said. The estate car, which was covered in highly-visible paint and logos, was stopped at Penclawdd, Gower, on Monday.The 19-year-old driver was...

  • 13 November 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSpecialist wound hub opens in BirminghamTerror attack victims and injured soldiers are among those set to benefit from Britain's first specialist wound research centre.Staff are developing new techniques to treat burns, with the goal of achieving scar-free healing within a generation.It will also give mental health...

  • 12 November 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mark Drakeford has proposed extending the smoking ban Smoking could be banned in town and city centres if Mark Drakeford succeeds in his bid to become the next first minister.The Welsh Labour leadership candidate has included the plan in his manifesto for the contest.Mr Drakeford, considered to be the favourite to win the...

  • By Leanna Byrne BBC News NI 11 November 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLynette Mchendry has been living with cancer for three yearsA mother-of-two with terminal cancer says she has been told to sign a form stating she has six months to live or risk losing her benefits.Lynette Mchendry said this would be like "signing her death warrant", as doctors have no idea how...

  • By James Williams BBC Wales Brexit correspondent 12 November 2018 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images Drugs companies in Wales have been distracted from creating new medicines as they are "wasting" time and money preparing for a no-deal Brexit, industry representatives have said.The UK government wants pharmaceutical firms to stockpile an extra six weeks' worth of medicine...

  • By Alex Therrien Health reporter, BBC News 12 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images A five-minute scan could be used to spot people at risk of dementia before symptoms appear, researchers claim.Scientists used ultrasound scanners to look at blood vessels in the necks of more than 3,000 people and monitored them over the next 15 years.They found those with the most intense pulses went on to...

  • 12 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A cat in Morocco (file picture) A Briton has died after contracting rabies while on holiday in Morocco, health officials have said.Public Health England said the victim became infected after being bitten by a cat.PHE issued a reminder to travellers to avoid coming into contact with animals when in rabies-affected countries.Rabies is not...

  • 12 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say.A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found.Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, Cancer Research UK says. And more than...

  • 11 November 2018 Image copyright PA Image caption The actress said she would use excuses to avoid the test Michelle Keegan has urged women to go for smear tests in an Instagram post about her own test.The actress admitted she had been putting it off "for quite a long time", ignoring numerous letters."I was really apprehensive", she wrote, and would use the excuse of being "too busy", before...

  • By Laurel Ives BBC Health 11 November 2018 Image copyright Katherine Hough Image caption Katherine Hough suffers from hair loss, IBS, and joint pain For years, Katherine Hough, 27, suffered from a series of mystifying symptoms. "I had unexplained stomach pains. Then when I got to university I began to faint frequently, my hair was falling out, I had severe joint pains and was constantly tired....

  • 9 November 2018 Image copyright EPA Image caption Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa were joined at the torso Surgeons in Australia have successfully separated conjoined twins from Bhutan and say they stand a good chance of a full recovery.The 15-month-old girls, Nima and Dawa Pelden, had been joined at the torso and shared a liver.Lead surgeon Dr Joe Crameri told reporters the girls had coped "very...

  • By Katherine Sellgren BBC News family and education reporter 7 November 2018 Image caption Olivia was diagnosed with absence seizures at the age of 11 "When I was younger my teachers thought I was naughty and 'away with the fairies'. But I was having absence seizures," says Olivia Salvati, 21."It's not like daydreaming - it's like having a horrendous nightmare that leaves you feeling completely...

  • By James Melley BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme 9 November 2018 Image caption Hayley Martin thought she was dying when she had her heart attack Women who survive a heart attack caused by a condition called SCAD are usually told not to have children due to the risk of it happening again. Now the first babies are being born at the world's first clinic that helps heart attack survivors to have a...