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VIDEO: Meningitis: 'No one should go through this pain'

7 hours 55 min ago
The parents of a girl who lost part of her limbs after catching Meningitis B are supporting a campaign to speed up introduction of a vaccine against the disease.

VIDEO: 'Cancer target missed for 20,000 people'

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:09
An MP who lost his father, mother and sister to cancer questions the prime minister about cancer referral targets.

VIDEO: Fears for future of Ebola orphanage

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:46
There is growing concern about the future of an orphanage run by a British charity in Sierra Leone, after one member of staff died last week from Ebola.

VIDEO: 'I am against modern cult of fattism'

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:20
Journalist James Delingpole on who should pay for the health care of people who are overweight.

VIDEO: The man who changed parenting

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:00
In 1946, Dr Benjamin Spock published his parenting guide 'Baby and Childcare'

VIDEO: How much coffee is good for you?

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 17:45
BBC News asks whether coffee really is healthy after a study appeared to show that moderate consumption may help people avoid heart disease.

VIDEO: Hidden victims of the Ebola crisis

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 19:15
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed almost 10,000 people, but it appears the number of people dying from the virus is finally slowing down.

VIDEO: Improving palliative care in Mexico

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:25
The fight to bring pain relief and comfort to terminally ill patients in Mexico.

VIDEO: 'Bionic eye' allows man to see wife

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:08
An optical implant allows a man to see his wife again for the first time in years, and other technology highlights.

VIDEO: Dementia 'like having a small child'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:15
Laurie Graham, whose husband suffers from dementia, says having a partner with the disease is "like having a child".

VIDEO: Health devolution for Greater Manchester

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 19:30
Greater Manchester is to become the first region in England to get full control of health spending.

VIDEO: Flu scientists defend vaccine choice

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:53
Experts are set to announce what sort of vaccine they believe will protect people against new strains of flu.

VIDEO: Finger on the pulse of bionic research

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:11
Scientists at the University of Newcastle are using microchips as fine as human hair to produce a prosthetic hand.

VIDEO: The smart bandage treating wounds

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 00:09
Dan Simmons looks at the medical devices of the future.

VIDEO: The dangers of tanning addiction

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 14:11
BBC Inside Out meets two tanning addicts.

VIDEO: Mental health deaths 'avoidable'

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 11:06
Inquiry finds that the deaths of hundreds of people with mental health conditions who were detained in police cells and psychiatric wards could have been avoided.

VIDEO: Youth heart screening saving lives

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 06:35
Campaigners are lobbying for compulsory heart screening for all 14 to 35-year-olds to help prevent sudden cardiac deaths in the UK.

VIDEO: Tackling FGM's poor prosecution rate

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 06:33
BBC Inside Out investigates why there have been no successful prosecutions for female genital mutilation even though it has been a criminal offence in Britain for 30 years.

VIDEO: Ex-pilot warns over 'toxic plane fumes'

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 19:00
Former pilot John Hoyte describes how he had to retire on medical grounds after he was affected by aerotoxic syndrome.

VIDEO: Swine flu outbreak spreads across India

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 18:32
Health officials in India are struggling to contain an outbreak of swine flu after the number of cases doubled within a week.