• By Dr Faye Kirkland BBC Today Programme 10 December 2019 Image copyright Elaine Gardiner Image caption Debbie (left) with her mum ElaineMore deaths could occur unless action is taken to keep people safe when obtaining medications from online health providers, says a UK coroner. Nigel Parsley has written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock highlighting the case of a woman who died after obtaining...

  • 10 December 2019 comments Image copyright PAA third of hospitals in England put up car parking charges last year, with total income rising by a 10th, an investigation shows. The Press Association used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain data from more than 140 NHS trusts. The responses showed £254m had been raised during 2018-19 - up from £232m the year before, with hourly...

  • 10 December 2019 Image copyright PA Media Image caption Manish Shah worked as a family planning specialistA GP who cited Angelina Jolie and Jade Goody to instil fear in his patients about their health has been found guilty of sexually assaulting 23 women. Manish Shah preyed on cancer concerns to carry out invasive intimate examinations for his own sexual gratification, the Old Bailey heard. He...

  • By Felicity Hannah Wake up to Money, BBC Radio 5 live 12 December 2019 Image copyright Audit Lab"This year I have taken two hangover days when I've been out with my friends, and I've taken three from when I've been out on work nights." Ellie is 19 and works as a PR manager for a digital marketing agency. Like a growing number of employers, her boss offers flexible working arrangements, including...

  • By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 11 December 2019 comments Image copyright Getty ImagesFood packs should display how much exercise a person would need to take to burn off the calories contained in the product, UK researchers say. Appreciating it would take four hours to walk off the calories in a pizza or 22 minutes to run off a chocolate bar creates an awareness of the energy...

  • By Colletta Smith Consumer affairs correspondent 12 December 2019 Image copyright Getty ImagesPharmacists are calling for better regulation of products claiming to contain cannabis derivative CBD. There has been a spike in demand within the last twelve months, according to manufacturers. Non-medicinal CBD is now on sale in High Street shops across the country, including chemists. But the...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent 12 December 2019 Image copyright Getty ImagesA drug that halves a woman's risk of breast cancer continues to work long after they stop taking it, say researchers. Anastrozole blocks the production of the hormone oestrogen, which fuels the growth of many breast cancers. It is already available on the NHS, but researchers at Queen Mary University...

  • 12 December 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Men are responsible for a third of cases of couples with infertility problemsNewborn boys weighing less than 3kg (6lb 10oz) could be at greater risk of infertility when they become adults, a Danish study suggests. By their early 30s, 8.3% of men who were small at birth had fertility problems, compared with 5.7% of those born within...

  • 14 December 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe hug that means Jacob's new arm is a successWhen Jacob was born eight weeks early most of his left arm was missing. His parents Gemma Turner and Chris Scrimshaw, from Calderdale in West Yorkshire, crowdfunded to get a £16,000 functioning limb made for him. The NHS and most companies take the view that a...

  • By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 13 December 2019 comments Image copyright Getty ImagesEvery major A&E unit in England has failed to hit its four-hour waiting time target for the first time, NHS figures show. All 118 units fell below the 95% threshold in November as the NHS posted its worst performance since targets were introduced more than a decade ago. Alongside the growing waits in...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent 5 December 2019 Image copyright Getty ImagesMore than 140,000 people died from measles last year as the number of cases around the world surged once again, official estimates suggest. Most of the lives cut short were children aged under five. The situation has been described by health experts as staggering, an outrage, a tragedy and easily...

  • 6 December 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAudrey Schoeman's heart was "dead" for more than six and a half hoursA British woman whose heart stopped beating for six hours has been brought back to life in what doctors have described as an "exceptional case". Audrey Schoeman developed severe hypothermia when she was caught in a snowstorm while hiking in the Spanish...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent 4 December 2019 Image copyright Gates Archive/Samantha ReindersA new typhoid vaccine works "fantastically well" and is being used to help stop an almost untreatable strain of the infection, doctors say. Cases of the bacterial disease fell by more than 80% in trials, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Experts said the vaccine was...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent 4 December 2019 Image copyright Gates Archive/Samantha ReindersA new typhoid vaccine works "fantastically well" and is being used to help stop an almost untreatable strain of the infection, doctors say. Cases of the bacterial disease fell by more than 80% in trials, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Experts said the vaccine was...

  • 2 December 2019 comments Image copyright Getty ImagesWomen and girls should be able to get hold of emergency contraception more easily without the need for a consultation with a pharmacist, say women's health experts. A report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends the morning-after pill "should be sold straight off the shelf", like condoms. There are too many...

  • By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent 2 December 2019 Image copyright Getty ImagesYears have been knocked off official projections of children's life expectancies in the UK, an Office for National Statistics (ONS) report shows. A baby girl born in 2019 is now expected to celebrate three fewer birthdays on average, than under previous calculations. Official 2014 data thought that...

  • 3 December 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Syrups can greatly increase the sugar content of drinksSeasonal lattes and hot chocolates being sold by some High Street coffee chains can contain up to 23 spoonfuls of sugar per cup, a study has found. Action on Sugar analysed more than 200 drinks and found "shockingly" large amounts of sugar in many of them. Some were made...

  • 4 December 2019 Image copyright Google Image caption The patient is receiving care at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, LondonA patient has been diagnosed with the rare viral infection monkeypox in the south west of England. It is believed the patient contracted the infection while visiting Nigeria, Public Health England (PHE) said. According to the World Health Organisation, the...

  • By Phil Shepka BBC News 5 December 2019 Image copyright Hurst Family Image caption Adam Hurst was expecting his first child with his wife Victoria when he diedThe family of a father-to-be have criticised hospital staff who left him "screaming out in pain" in the final hours of his life. Adam Hurst, 31, died from a rare type of hernia a few hours after arriving at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in...

  • 5 December 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sport England also found fewer girls than boys were getting enough exerciseWhen it comes to getting enough exercise, wealthier children are beating their poorer classmates, research from Sport England suggests. Only about two in five children (42%) from low-income homes do the recommended 60 minutes' exercise a day. But this rises to 54%...