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VIDEO: NHS 'should do better' on survival

6 hours 14 min ago
The NHS lags behind other countries on preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and improving survival rates, a report has suggested.

VIDEO: India fails to publish UN health report

12 hours 33 min ago
The Indian government is not publishing the results of a vast national survey of the health of the country's citizens.

VIDEO: South Africa's fight to tackle HIV

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:04
Nomsa Maseko looks at how South Africa, with one of the greatest numbers of people with HIV, is tackling the disease.

VIDEO: Feeding Chad's children with Unicef

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 13:10
Medical editor Fergus Walsh visited a Unicef nutrition centre in Chad to see what is being done to tackle the problem of child malnutrition.

VIDEO: What do children think of hospital care?

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:24
A survey that asked more than 18,000 children what they think about hospital care, found a majority felt safe in hospital, but many said they were not given enough attention from staff.

VIDEO: Paralysed man walks with robot legs

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:32
Simon Kindleysides, who lost the use of his legs in 2013, says it is an "incredible feeling" to walk with robotic legs.

VIDEO: Fears as Independent Living fund closes

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 06:32
Thousands of disabled people in England face an uncertain future as the Independent Living Fund closes, with responsibility for funding moved to local authorities.

VIDEO: NHS staff told 'to be open and honest'

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 06:11
NHS staff are expected to follow new guidelines on being open and honest with patients when things go wrong under a "duty of candour" rule.

VIDEO: Blue targets reduce sleeping sickness

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 23:05
The lure of a bright blue target is helping to reduce numbers of tsetse flies which pass on the parasite responsible for sleeping sickness.

VIDEO: GPs 'taking own lives' due to stress

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:35
The number of GPs seeking help for work-related stress and mental health problems is increasing, according to the former head of the Royal College of GPs.

VIDEO: Concern raised over inactive teens

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 17:39
Teenagers should take an hour of exercise a day, but new figures suggest a mere 8% of girls aged 13 to 15 in England are meeting that target.

VIDEO: 3D printer to help build girl's nose

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:16
A 3D printer is to be used in ground-breaking surgery on a two-year-old girl.

VIDEO: Sister's quest for Down's death inquest

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 14:23
The sister of a woman with Down's Syndrome who died in hospital has gone to the High Court to try to overturn a coroner's decision not to allow a full inquest into her death.

VIDEO: Ambulance service in crisis in England

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 08:16
Paramedics are being overstretched and under staffed in England with unions warning that the service would not cope with an incident in a major city

VIDEO: Australians react to skinny jeans warning

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 21:09
Australians in Melbourne and Adelaide give their reaction to a warning that skinny jeans can cause damage to nerves and muscles.

VIDEO: 'We can diagnose there and then'

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 08:48
Dr Brian Hope says new guidelines will mean that GPs will be able to make rational decisions on diagnosis with the patients in front of them.

VIDEO: Cancer patients 'won't have to wait'

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 08:18
Mark Baker, NICE director, says those patients "that do [have cancer] won't have to wait until their third of fourth appointment before the right test is ordered."

VIDEO: 'Thousands' saved by cancer test move

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:08
About 5,000 lives could be saved each year in England if GPs follow new guidelines on cancer diagnosis, the health watchdog NICE says.

VIDEO: Lloyd-Roberts' bid for stem cell match

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:09
Award-winning journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia, appeals for donors so she can have a stem cell transplant.

VIDEO: UK babies offered meningitis B jab

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 22:18
All newborn babies in England and Scotland are to be offered a vaccine to combat meningitis B from September, the government announces.