• By Amber Haque BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme 17 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Labour is calling for a ban on parents-to-be being told the sex of their baby after early blood tests, amid fears it may lead to abortions of girls.The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is used by the NHS to test for genetic conditions, but people can pay for it privately to discover a baby's...

  • 17 September 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Around 500 people will be eligible for treatment with the new combination drug therapy Hundreds of patients with a type of aggressive skin cancer will be offered a targeted therapy on the NHS in England and Wales, which reduces the risk of it returning.At present, they have to hope their cancer will not return after...

  • 17 September 2018 Related TopicsUK heatwave Image copyright Getty Images There was a spike in deaths in England at the start of this summer's heatwave, new data reveals. But statisticians say it is too early to tell how many of them can be attributed directly to the heat.On 25 and 26 June, when temperatures soared, there were 259 more deaths than the five-year average of 2,146 for those two...

  • By Emma Forde 5 live Investigates 16 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Patients are facing delays in diagnosis because of severe shortages among pathology staff, according to a report seen by the BBC. A survey by the Royal College of Pathologists found only 3% of the NHS histopathology departments that responded had enough staff. Histopathologists are doctors and scientists who...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News 16 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Elderly people in good health should not take an aspirin a day, according to a major study in the US and Australia. There are proven benefits of the drug for people after a heart attack or stroke. But the trial found no benefit for healthy people over the age of 70, and the pills increased the...

  • 14 September 2018 comments Image copyright Science Photo Library The number of vapers in Great Britain has topped three million for the first time - four times the number in 2012, according to a survey by Action on Smoking and Health.Most use e-cigarettes because they have quit smoking and 40% are smokers who are trying to give up.The estimations are based on a survey of 12,000 British...

  • 14 September 2018 Image copyright Other It was a Sunday last August and Kirstie Walkden's nine-month-old daughter, Amy, had been out of sorts for a few days.Worried, she decided to take her to the local accident and emergency unit, where Amy was diagnosed with an ear infection and sent home with some medicine.Two days later, her condition had worsened. She had a sky-high temperature, was no...

  • By Gwyneth Rees BBC Wales News 13 September 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRachel Day was a healthy, happy 29-year-old - then she was struck down by sepsisRachel Day's mum Bernie had been trying to get hold of her all morning.When she finally did, instead of relief all she felt was terror.Her daughter was screaming uncontrollably and begging for help.As Bernie...

  • 13 September 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAre women seeking abortions being harassed?Calls for buffer zones to be introduced outside abortion clinics to stop patients being harassed have been rejected by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.He said such protest-free areas around clinics in England and Wales "would not be a proportionate response".A Home Office review...

  • 13 September 2018 Image copyright Family handout Image caption Joan Blaber, 85, died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in September last year An inquest into the death of a woman who died after drinking cleaning fluid has heard another patient at the same hospital may have drunk toilet cleaner. Joan Blaber, 85, from Lewes, died while being treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in...

  • By Michael Buchanan BBC News 13 September 2018 Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption There are concerns about the high level of alcohol consumption in the UK Dozens of public health experts have told Public Health England (PHE) they oppose its decision to work with a charity funded by the alcohol industry.In a letter seen by BBC News, they say the tie-up "will significantly damage the...

  • By Laurel Ives BBC Health 13 September 2018 Image copyright Laura Flaherty Image caption "I thought my partner was cheating when I was diagnosed with HPV" High levels of shame and ignorance are associated with HPV, the sexually-transmitted virus which affects 80% of people, a survey has discovered. The government is rolling out HPV testing as part of routine screenings for cervical cancer....

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 13 September 2018 comments Image copyright SPL Image caption The statistics cover waits for tests such as MRI scans The key cancer target has been missed by a record margin in England, figures show.Patients who are given an urgent referral by their GP are meant to start treatment within 62 days.But in July, 78.2% were seen in that timeframe, the worst...

  • 12 September 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLabour's deputy leader tells Today how he lost seven stone (44.5kg)Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson has revealed he was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes but has "reversed" the condition through diet and exercise.He has now come off medication after losing seven stone (44.5kg) since last summer.He cut out junk food,...

  • By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 12 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Clinics must make it clear that there is little point in women over 40 freezing their eggs, because the odds of a future pregnancy are very slim, says UK fertility regulator the HFEA.Fertility declines with age, so the optimum time for egg freezing is before a woman turns 35, it says.Yet data shows...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News 12 September 2018 comments Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption NHS staff are encouraged to have the vaccination to protect patients and the public An enhanced flu jab for elderly people will save hundred of lives this winter, according to Public Health England. Flu is far more dangerous in old age.The effectiveness of...

  • By Smitha Mundasad Global health correspondent, BBC News 12 September 2018 comments Image copyright Science Photo Library There will be 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million people will die with the disease this year worldwide, a report predicts. The rise, from 14.1 million cases and 8.2 million deaths in 2012, is partly due to a growing and ageing population. The figures suggest one...

  • Women 'struggling to access contraception' By Georgie Bevan , BBC East & Caroline Parkinson BBC News 12 September 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLisa Hardin had to wait two months for an appointment to fit a contraceptive implantDoctors are warning that contraceptive access is at a "crossroads", with services being cut across England.Figures seen exclusively...

  • 12 September 2018 Image copyright Facebook Image caption John and Susan Cooper died while staying at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel in Hurghada E. coli caused the deaths of a British couple who died after falling ill at a holiday resort in Egypt, the country's authorities have said.John Cooper, 69, and his wife Susan, 63, from Burnley, died in the Red Sea city of Hurghada on 21 August.In an...

  • 11 September 2018 comments Image copyright Cardiff & Vale health board Image caption Two patients have so far been dosed with the new drug and showed no ill-effects after being monitored for 72 hours A "ground-breaking" drug that helps people with diabetes re-grow insulin-making cells has been developed.About 19,000 people live with Type 1 of the condition in Wales and 90% have less than 5%...