BBC News - Health

BBC News - Health

BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron: How worried should we be?

Fri, 01 Jul 2022 08:57:51 GMT

Surges of Covid are happening again around the world, driven by some new subvariants of Omicron.

Covid global health emergency is over, WHO says

Fri, 05 May 2023 14:47:46 GMT

Close to 20 million people are likely to have died during the last three years, says the WHO.

Climate change is harming my mental health

Thu, 08 Jun 2023 10:27:05 GMT

A former climate scientist is among a growing number of people overwhelmed by "eco-anxiety".

'Living with bigger boobs made me want to hide'

Thu, 01 Jun 2023 09:57:04 GMT

As the number of breast reductions rises, women open up on their experience of having bigger breasts.

Toxic debate over lab leak theory hampers search for Covid origins

Thu, 02 Mar 2023 14:16:58 GMT

US agencies cannot agree on how the pandemic started, with the scientific community bitterly divided.

Covid: Was Matt Hancock right to push for schools to close?

Thu, 02 Mar 2023 15:26:26 GMT

The move had huge costs - socially, emotionally and academically, so could schools have been kept open?

UK Covid modelling data to stop being published

Mon, 26 Dec 2022 05:26:53 GMT

The UK Health Security Agency says it will halt publishing the figures from early January.

IVF patients need more mental health support, charity says

Sun, 28 May 2023 23:13:21 GMT

Infertility can devastate people's mental health, relationships, finances and career, a charity says.

Covid map: Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccinations by country

Tue, 05 Jul 2022 16:53:25 GMT

Key maps and charts explaining how the virus has spread around the world.

Puberty blockers to be given only in clinical research

Fri, 09 Jun 2023 18:59:21 GMT

NHS England says the drugs will only be prescribed for those signed up to a clinical research programme.

Matt Hancock: Eight government WhatsApp Covid messages revealed

Thu, 02 Mar 2023 20:43:38 GMT

The ex-health secretary's pandemic text messages have been published by a newspaper - here are eight.

Covid origin: Why the Wuhan lab-leak theory is so disputed

Wed, 01 Mar 2023 14:55:13 GMT

The claim Covid-19 leaked from a Chinese laboratory dates from early in the pandemic. Here's what we know.

Plan for GPs to offer NHS patients Wegovy weight-loss jab

Wed, 07 Jun 2023 06:52:22 GMT

But experts warn "skinny jabs" are not a quick fix or a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise.

Covid inquiry: What is it investigating and how will it work?

Thu, 08 Jun 2023 13:01:36 GMT

The inquiry into the UK government's handling of the pandemic will soon hold public hearings.

Face mask rule easing 'a good thing', says health boss Jason Leitch

Tue, 16 May 2023 15:47:42 GMT

Covid guidelines for wearing face coverings in Scotland's health and social care settings have ended.

Needle-free Covid vaccination trials taking place in Cambridge

Mon, 15 May 2023 10:06:45 GMT

Trials are taking place in Cambridge, where the technology was developed.

Is the past year's spike in strike action here to stay?

Thu, 25 May 2023 05:04:19 GMT

BBC economics editor Faisal Islam asks whether a historic surge in industrial action is likely to persist.

Glastonbury: Disposable vapes added to 'what not to bring' list

Thu, 08 Jun 2023 16:57:51 GMT

The festival extends its "reduce, reuse, recycle" slogan to "environmentally hazardous" e-cigarettes..

Heatwaves: What do they do to the body and who is at risk?

Thu, 08 Jun 2023 16:40:52 GMT

What impact do high temperatures have on our bodies?

Watch: Brain implants help paralysed man to walk again

Wed, 24 May 2023 15:05:33 GMT

A paralysed man has been able to walk simply by thinking about it, thanks to electronic brain implants

China Covid: How is it tackling the latest surge in cases?

Thu, 05 Jan 2023 14:56:31 GMT

China is ramping up its vaccination programme in response to the latest wave of Covid.

Kettering General Hospital chief apologises over children's care

Thu, 08 Jun 2023 11:01:30 GMT

Kettering General Hospital has been accused of failing children and its services are inadequate.

Covid: Why are some places testing Chinese arrivals?

Thu, 29 Dec 2022 22:42:49 GMT

Beijing is finally opening its borders - but some countries are wary of a Covid threat.

Isabel Oakeshott reveals why she leaked Matt Hancock's WhatsApp messages

Thu, 02 Mar 2023 09:24:15 GMT

The journalist released WhatsApps she obtained while working on the former health secretary's book.

Lewis Capaldi: Why more musicians are prioritising mental health

Wed, 07 Jun 2023 10:28:30 GMT

Lewis Capaldi says he needs a break from touring in order to be "Lewis from Glasgow for a bit".

Sore throat and cough top symptoms that could be Covid

Thu, 14 Jul 2022 11:54:06 GMT

That is according to UK data from 17,500 people this week who say they have Covid.

Covid vaccine: How many people are vaccinated in the UK?

Fri, 04 Mar 2022 09:55:06 GMT

A look at progress made in vaccinating the country, as more than 52 million people have received at least one dose and 38 million have had a booster or third dose.

Gonorrhoea and syphilis sex infections reach record levels in England

Tue, 06 Jun 2023 09:39:55 GMT

There were 82,592 cases of gonorrhoea in 2022 - up 50% on the year before, officials say.

Senior doctors plan 48-hour strike for July in England

Wed, 07 Jun 2023 11:00:20 GMT

British Medical Association said hospital consultants in England will walk out if members vote for action.

Singing strikers on the junior doctors' picket lines

Tue, 11 Apr 2023 15:49:18 GMT

Junior doctors sing their protest chants to popular tunes on picket lines in England.

Strictly dancer Amy Dowden says breast cancer surgery went well

Thu, 08 Jun 2023 10:52:07 GMT

Stars are wishing the Strictly dancer well as she starts treatment for grade three breast cancer.

Ban disposable vapes to protect children - doctors

Tue, 06 Jun 2023 07:23:46 GMT

But others warn that could stop some adults giving up cigarettes, which are much more harmful.

Unite announces further ambulance and hospital staff strikes

Fri, 09 Jun 2023 15:31:03 GMT

Strike action by Unite union members is announced in an ongoing dispute over pay.

NHS struggling to provide safe cancer care, say senior doctors

Thu, 08 Jun 2023 09:45:53 GMT

Staff shortages are driving up waiting times in all four UK nations, the Royal College of Radiologists says.

Abortion pills explained in 60 seconds

Fri, 24 Mar 2023 00:05:04 GMT

They have become the new frontier in the US battle over abortion access but their future is at risk.

Heat health alert as parts of UK set for 30C

Fri, 09 Jun 2023 06:18:35 GMT

Parts of the country are predicted to be hotter than Marbella, Ibiza and Tenerife in the coming days.

Ghana patients in danger as nurses head for NHS in UK - medics

Mon, 05 Jun 2023 23:31:33 GMT

The recruitment of nurses by high-income countries is "out of control", a nursing body says.

Vaping: How do you quit e-cigarettes?

Wed, 24 May 2023 10:13:46 GMT

It can get you off tobacco - but what do you do when you want to say bye to your e-cig?

Rob Burrow receives ‘Points of Light’ award from Rishi Sunak

Tue, 07 Mar 2023 11:54:48 GMT

The ex-Leeds Rhinos star was the 2,000th recipient of the award for outstanding individual volunteers.

Taurine may extend life and health, scientists find

Thu, 08 Jun 2023 18:00:58 GMT

Researchers say the nutrient may be an "elixir of life" but warn against buying it until more research is done.