Health News from the BBC

  • Alzheimer's preventative drug hope February 13, 2016
    Cambridge scientists have detected a number of drugs which could help protect against Alzheimer's disease, acting like statins for the brain.
  • Doctors' dispute 'could become a war' February 13, 2016
    The dispute over the imposition of a new contract for junior doctors "could become a war" between NHS staff, employers and the government, a union warns.
  • Zika brain defect link confirmed "soon" February 12, 2016
    The World Health Organization says it expects to decide within a few weeks if there is a link between Zika and microcephaly in newborns.
  • Over-65s 'living longer than ever' February 12, 2016
    People in England are living longer than ever before in older age, a report from Public Health England says, although there are variations across the country.
  • GSK fined for deals with competitors February 12, 2016
    The pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and some generic drugs firms have been fined for being anti-competitive.
  • NHS Wales 'no better or worse' than UK February 12, 2016
    The NHS in Wales appears to be performing no better or worse than the rest of the UK, a major international review finds.
  • Routine operations target is missed February 11, 2016
    The target for routine operations in England, such as hip and knee ops, has been missed for the first time.
  • GPs 'ignore child cancer concerns' February 11, 2016
    Some 42% of parents of children diagnosed with cancer feel their concerns were ignored by GPs, research by cancer charity CLIC Sargent suggests.
  • Rise in child 'gender issue' referrals February 11, 2016
    The number of children referred to the NHS with gender identity issues has increased dramatically in recent years, new figures show.
  • Unfit at 40 'accelerates brain ageing' February 11, 2016
    Lack of exercise in mid-life ages the brain as well as the body, research suggests.