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Parents who allow their daughters to be subjected to female genital mutilation will face prosecution under new legislation.
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.
A British mother tells 5 live she spent £20,000 on gender selection treatment in the US.
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.
A bill to legalise assisted dying has passed its second reading in the Lords on Friday without a vote.
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.
A woman with dementia describes being diagnosed on her 55th birthday, and the difficulties she faces in everyday life.
Actor David Robb, whose anorexic wife killed herself, says people should realise the illness affects older women too.
Nearly 500 young children a week are being admitted to hospital to have rotten teeth removed, according to NHS figures.
Scientists argue over the merits of a review which concludes that organic foods have higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticide residues.
A cholera outbreak has spread to nine out of 10 states in South Sudan.
Ed Miliband calls for David Cameron to "correct the record" over hospital waiting times claims.
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.
British scientists say they have made a major step forward in developing a blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
Hospital parking fees are a stealth tax, and need to be cut or abolished, says Tory MP Robert Halfon.
Scientists describe the development of a new blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer's as a 'major step forward'
5 live's David Grundy visits an alcohol treatment centre to find out if they can ease pressure on A&E services.
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.
GPs are being encouraged to prescribe trips to lunch clubs and museums as part of new measures to tackle loneliness.
Chris Hopson, who represents NHS foundation trusts, says the NHS is going through the longest squeeze in its history.