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VIDEO: New measures to tackle FGM

4 hours 22 min ago
Parents who allow their daughters to be subjected to female genital mutilation will face prosecution under new legislation.

VIDEO: NHS tests patient monitoring patch

4 hours 39 min ago
A patch the size of a plaster is to be tested by the NHS as a new way of continuously monitoring a patient's heart rate, breathing and temperature.

AUDIO: UK mum 'spent £20,000' to have girl

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 14:46
A British mother tells 5 live she spent £20,000 on gender selection treatment in the US.

VIDEO: Do disabled children miss out on PE?

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 06:45
PE provision for children with disabilities in mainstream schools is lacking and could damage Britain's Paralympic prospects in the future, according to a survey carried out by the Youth Sport Trust.

VIDEO: Assisted dying bill passes first hurdle

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:20
A bill to legalise assisted dying has passed its second reading in the Lords on Friday without a vote.

VIDEO: Patrick Stewart backs assisted dying

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 14:02
Actor Sir Patrick Stewart has joined campaigners on a march in support of assisted dying, as the House of Lords debate a new attempt to change the law.

AUDIO: 'I have Alzheimer's, please be patient'

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:45
A woman with dementia describes being diagnosed on her 55th birthday, and the difficulties she faces in everyday life.

AUDIO: Downton actor on anorexic wife's death

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:57
Actor David Robb, whose anorexic wife killed herself, says people should realise the illness affects older women too.

VIDEO: Warning over child dental health

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 17:21
Nearly 500 young children a week are being admitted to hospital to have rotten teeth removed, according to NHS figures.

VIDEO: Study sparks organic foods debate

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 08:17
Scientists argue over the merits of a review which concludes that organic foods have higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticide residues.

VIDEO: Cholera outbreak in South Sudan

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:29
A cholera outbreak has spread to nine out of 10 states in South Sudan.

VIDEO: PM and Miliband trade health statistics

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:07
Ed Miliband calls for David Cameron to "correct the record" over hospital waiting times claims.

VIDEO: How organ transplant changed my life

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:14
The number of organ transplants carried out in the UK has reached a new record - with more than 4,600 patients benefiting from operations last year.

VIDEO: 'Major step' in Alzheimer's detection

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 21:11
British scientists say they have made a major step forward in developing a blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

VIDEO: Hospital parking fees are 'stealth tax'

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:44
Hospital parking fees are a stealth tax, and need to be cut or abolished, says Tory MP Robert Halfon.

AUDIO: Alzheimer's blood test breakthrough

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:30
Scientists describe the development of a new blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer's as a 'major step forward'

AUDIO: Would drunk tanks ease A&E pressure?

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:06
5 live's David Grundy visits an alcohol treatment centre to find out if they can ease pressure on A&E services.

VIDEO: How hens help beat social isolation

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:50
As an official report prepares to highlight the impact of loneliness, the BBC's Tim Muffett has been to see one project in Gateshead which uses chickens to help ease social isolation.

VIDEO: GP prescriptions to tackle loneliness

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 19:31
GPs are being encouraged to prescribe trips to lunch clubs and museums as part of new measures to tackle loneliness.

VIDEO: NHS had 'years of real financial squeeze'

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:58
Chris Hopson, who represents NHS foundation trusts, says the NHS is going through the longest squeeze in its history.