Health News from the BBC

  • E-readers 'damage sleep and health' December 23, 2014
    If you curl up under the duvet with an ebook for a bedtime read then you are damaging your sleep and maybe your health, US doctors have warned.
  • Tackle loneliness to 'shield' A&E December 23, 2014
    NHS leaders warn loneliness could cause a major spike in emergency admissions
  • Ebola vaccine 'promising in Africa' December 23, 2014
    Early trials in Uganda reveal an experimental Ebola vaccine is as safe in African populations as it is in American populations.
  • NHS to 'unlock secrets' using DNA December 22, 2014
    A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases" including cancer and rare genetic disorders, the NHS says.
  • Ambulance wait times 'may increase' December 21, 2014
    Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.
  • First UK reservists join Ebola fight December 20, 2014
    The first British army reservists along with 100 regular soldiers head to Sierra Leone to help the battle against Ebola in the West African state.
  • Asthma inhalers 'not used properly' December 20, 2014
    Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.
  • A&E has 'worst week' in England December 19, 2014
    Pressures in A&E units in England have hit record levels while Wales and Northern Ireland also perform poorly, figures show.
  • Stem cell scandal scientist resigns December 19, 2014
    A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.
  • EU approves first stem cell therapy December 19, 2014
    A stem cell therapy has been approved for widespread medical use in the EU for the first time.