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VIDEO: Wild forest lab studies immunity

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 08:16
Patches of Kielder forest are being turned into a wild laboratories, to work out the environmental triggers for common diseases.

VIDEO: Rural GP surgeries 'in crisis'

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:12
Senior doctors have told the BBC that GP surgeries in rural areas are in crisis as they say it's harder to find family doctors in remote areas, as they struggle to recruit staff.

VIDEO: NHS money spent on 'treats' for patients

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 19:58
Thousands of pounds from NHS "personal health budgets" are spent on "treats" such as holidays and clothes, a Freedom of Information request has found.

VIDEO: Drinkers 'stealing hospital hand gel'

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 19:14
A man who nearly died from drinking hand gel containing alcohol, says he was part of a group which systematically raided London hospitals for a drink.

VIDEO: 'Wild lab' studies immune system

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:55
A section of forest in northern England is being used to study how the immune system in wild field voles is affected by the environment.

VIDEO: Speed of meningitis 'most frightening'

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 09:06
Daniel Wells, who has contracted Meningitis twice, says the speed with which the disease affects you is the "most frightening part".

VIDEO: New antibiotic in C. diff battle

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 13:20
Clinical trials begin of a new class of drug that researchers say could potentially transform the treatment of potentially fatal diseases.

VIDEO: Why are there so few male carers?

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 06:19
More male care workers are needed to look after older people according to Care England, the organisation representing independent providers.

VIDEO: Health benefits of a daytime snooze

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 07:57
Researchers say taking forty winks in the middle of the day could reduce blood pressure and stave off heart attacks.

VIDEO: Study identifies pre-suicide symptoms

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 07:53
An international study says it has identified common behaviour patterns which often precede suicide attempts.

VIDEO: Blood test 'finds early cancer relapses'

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 14:01
A blood test has been developed by scientists that could save lives by finding early signs of cancers that have started to grow again after treatment.

VIDEO: 'I can't see pictures in my head'

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 23:00
Niel Kenmuir describes his life with aphantasia - the lack of a mind's eye.

VIDEO: 'Why am I less worthy than army amputee?'

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 21:07
Suzanne Thomas, who had to have her leg amputated after contracting an infection, tells the BBC's Nikki Fox about her disappointment with her prosthetic leg.

VIDEO: Army veteran amputee 'wants normal life'

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 20:54
The BBC's Nikki Fox has been speaking to former soldier Craig Gadd, who lost his leg in Afghanistan after he stepped on a bomb back in 2010, about his struggles with his NHS prosthetic leg.

VIDEO: Why are these Ebola workers dancing?

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 17:42
Why are Ebola workers in Makeni, Sierra Leone, having a song and dance?

VIDEO: Civilian amputees 'face discrimination'

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 13:30
Treatment for amputees varies greatly for patients, included injured veterans returning to civilian life, according to charities.

VIDEO: Mental health nurses and police team up

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:30
Teams of mental health nurses and police are giving support on the ground to help keep mental health sufferers out of prison cells.

VIDEO: The dangers of loneliness as a parent

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 06:15
A quarter of British parents feel lonely and isolated, according to a survey by the charity Action for Children.

VIDEO: 'Fire-ambulances' respond to 999 calls

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 08:09
If you dialled 999 and asked for an ambulance, how would you feel if a firefighter arrived instead?

VIDEO: The dark side of BBQs

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 23:00
One of the deadliest risks from BBQ cooking happens once the flames have gone out.