• 22 February 2020 Image caption Pet scans - usually used to diagnose cancer - could help identify forms of dementiaA cancer scanner could be used to identify some of the earliest and most difficult to diagnose forms of dementia, scientists have said. Doctors at University Hospital of Wales (UHW) in Cardiff said its PET scanner could show signs of the condition in people who are not showing...

  • 21 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright EPA Image caption Lebanon has confirmed its first case - a woman returning from the Iranian city of QomThe head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern at the number of coronavirus cases with no clear link to China or other confirmed cases. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus's comments follow Iran's announcement...

  • 21 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesIn a world first, scientists have discovered a new type of antibiotic using artificial intelligence (AI). It has been heralded by experts as a major breakthrough in the fight against the growing problem of drug resistance. A powerful algorithm was used to analyse more than one hundred million chemical compounds in a matter of days. The newly...

  • 21 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty ImagesAn evacuation flight for Britons trapped on a coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan has been delayed by a day, the British embassy has said. About 70 UK nationals who have spent 16 days in quarantine on the liner had expected to fly home on Friday. But the flight is "logistically complicated" and will now leave on...

  • 21 February 2020 Image caption Simon has struggled with his mental health over the past three decadesPoor treatment and aftercare for people who self-harm or attempt suicide is putting their lives at risk, the Royal College of Psychiatrists says. Most patients treated in A&E for self-harm do not receive a full psychosocial assessment from a mental health professional to assess suicide risk....

  • 20 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesThe National Trust has said this year's Easter egg hunts will be the last with Cadbury as it seeks to focus on "nature and the outdoors". Annual egg hunts have taken place for 13 years, but the trust said it wanted to make chocolate "less of a focus". Health campaigners said they "applaud" the trust for ending the "unhealthy association" with sugary...

  • 20 February 2020 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDame Julie Walters spoke to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire about how a doctor broke the news to herDame Julie Walters has revealed she was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer. The actress, who has starred in Mamma Mia, Billy Elliot and Educating Rita, told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire she initially thought doctors...

  • 20 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Reuters Image caption The ship has been docked in Yokohama, a city south of Tokyo, since 3 FebruaryBritons stranded on a quarantined cruise ship in Japan will be able to board an evacuation flight home on Friday, the foreign secretary has said. Only those who are showing no signs of illness will be able to travel, and they will...

  • 19 February 2020 Related Topics Climate change Image copyright Getty ImagesNo country offers a child both the chance of a healthy upbringing and an environment fit for their future, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. Experts say climate change and harmful advertising encouraging fast-food consumption and under-age drinking are putting children at risk. The UK was ranked among the top 10...

  • By Deborah Cohen and Ed Brown BBC Newsnight 18 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesDoctors working on a clinical trial for treatment of heart disease held back key data, Newsnight has been told. The Excel trial tested whether stents were as effective as open heart surgery at treating patients with a heart problem called left main disease. The data suggested more people fitted with stents...

  • 17 February 2020 Image caption Hft runs services in Milton, near DidcotA care charity that provides services for about 90 adults in Oxfordshire says it will shut them by the end of May. Hft, which runs several services in Milton, near Didcot, said running them was leaving it with a £5,000 shortfall every week. Its chief executive said that was the result of "chronic underfunding of adult...

  • Jake Paul criticised after anxiety advice tweet Image copyright Getty ImagesJake Paul has been heavily criticised after telling Twitter followers to "remember anxiety is created by you". His comments provoked a strong reaction online, where people suffering from anxiety condemned the "dangerous" advice. Others sarcastically thanked him for his suggestions. The YouTuber, who has close to 20...

  • By Henri Astier BBC News, Washington DC 18 February 2020 Image caption Duane Oates spends four mornings a week on a dialysis machineTime is not on Duane Oates' side. His body is being slowly poisoned. Three years ago he found out that his kidneys had begun to shut down. Now, most days the 56-year-old spends hours hooked up to a dialysis machine that removes excess fluid and waste building up...

  • 18 February 2020 Image copyright Glasgow City CouncilNew HIV tests that provide results in minutes have been introduced in Glasgow to help tackle the worst outbreak of the infection in decades. Drug users sharing needles are in the group most affected by the surge of HIV cases in Scotland's biggest city. Previously, test results could take up to two weeks to come back from the laboratory and it...

  • By Lisa Hampele BBC News 18 February 2020 People who steal, bully and lie throughout their lives may have smaller brains, researchers say. MRI scans suggested 45-year-olds who had shown antisocial behaviour from childhood had reduced surface area and a thinner cortex in parts of the brain previously linked to such behaviour. But it is unclear if this was inherited or due to factors such as...

  • 18 February 2020 Image caption Kara said she "couldn't deal with the thought of further masculisation"Transgender patients are choosing to self-medicate with hormones bought online from unregulated sources due to waiting times to see NHS specialists, the BBC has learned. In many areas, some patients wait over two years to be seen, new figures show. England's target time is 18 weeks. One woman...

  • By Joseph Lee BBC News 14 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People might be asked to stay at home for two weeks if they have close contact with a coronavirus carrierMany more people may be asked to self-isolate to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the UK, the NHS has warned. But what do you have to do if you might be at risk? More...

  • 17 February 2020 Image copyright PA MediaA doctor who worked at the same private healthcare firm as rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been suspended, it has emerged. Spire Healthcare said Mike Walsh - a specialist in trauma and orthopaedic surgery - was suspended in April 2018 over concerns about patient treatment. Almost 50 of his patients from its Leeds hospital had been recalled. The...

  • 17 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty ImagesSchools do not need to close or send staff and pupils home if there is a suspected case of coronavirus, new guidance is to recommend. Public Health England will say no restrictions or special control measures are needed while tests are carried out on a suspected case. If a case is confirmed, health protection teams...

  • By Danny Vincent BBC News, Hong Kong 17 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Pavel Daryl Kem Senoua Image caption Kem Senou Pavel Daryl is the first African to contract the virus in ChinaWhen Kem Senou Pavel Daryl, a 21-year-old Cameroonian student living in the Chinese city of Jingzhou, contracted the coronavirus he had no intention of leaving China, even if that...