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The NHS lags behind other countries on preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and improving survival rates, a report has suggested.
The Indian government is not publishing the results of a vast national survey of the health of the country's citizens.
Nomsa Maseko looks at how South Africa, with one of the greatest numbers of people with HIV, is tackling the disease.
Medical editor Fergus Walsh visited a Unicef nutrition centre in Chad to see what is being done to tackle the problem of child malnutrition.
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.
Simon Kindleysides, who lost the use of his legs in 2013, says it is an "incredible feeling" to walk with robotic legs.
Thousands of disabled people in England face an uncertain future as the Independent Living Fund closes, with responsibility for funding moved to local authorities.
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.
The lure of a bright blue target is helping to reduce numbers of tsetse flies which pass on the parasite responsible for sleeping sickness.
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.
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.
A 3D printer is to be used in ground-breaking surgery on a two-year-old girl.
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.
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
Australians in Melbourne and Adelaide give their reaction to a warning that skinny jeans can cause damage to nerves and muscles.
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.
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."
About 5,000 lives could be saved each year in England if GPs follow new guidelines on cancer diagnosis, the health watchdog NICE says.
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.
All newborn babies in England and Scotland are to be offered a vaccine to combat meningitis B from September, the government announces.