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Fewer young smokers and drinkers
Smoking, drinking and drug use among secondary school pupils have more than halved over the past 10 years, figures show.
Government 'loses Â£700m NHS IT case'
Taxpayers could be hit with a Â£700m bill after the government reportedly loses a legal fight with Fujitsu.
A&E units miss 12-hour wait targets
The 12-hour waiting time target for Northern Ireland A&E units was breached more than 700 times between April and June, according to the latest figures.
Paracetamol for back pain questioned
Taking paracetamol for lower back pain does not improve recovery time or provide any greater pain relief than using a placebo, scientists say.
Contraceptive pill safe for all women
A review of morning-after contraceptive pills has concluded that they are suitable for heavier women.
Warning over NHS trust finances
Nineteen NHS trusts have been referred to ministers after auditors raised concerns about their financial health.
'Casual attitude' to vCJD warning
The government has a "casual attitude" to the human form of "mad cow disease", MPs warn, while ministers say the issue is treated "extremely seriously".
Genetic clues to age of first period
The timing of when a girl reaches puberty is controlled by hundreds of genes, say scientists.
NHS 'should work more with hospices'
Hospices could play a greater role in end-of-life care and stop hospitals being the "default option", says former Tory party leader Lord Howard.
Three person IVF plans 'progress'
A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health.
Quarantine over China plague death
Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.
Victorian-era diseases 'returning'
Diseases traditionally associated with the Victorian era are on the rise again in England, experts are warning.
S Leone chief Ebola doctor infected
The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone is now being treated for the deadly virus, a statement from the presidency says.
NHS staff balloted over strike action
Midwives, nurses and ambulance workers are among more than 400,000 NHS workers in England being balloted on industrial action, including strikes, over pay.
'Large gene find in schizophrenia'
In the largest ever genetic study of the disease, scientists have discovered some 80 genes which could leave people at higher risk of schizophrenia.
'Exciting' drug flushes out HIV
Scientists say they have made an "exciting" step towards curing HIV by forcing the virus out of its hiding places in the body.
Indian boy has 232 teeth removed
Doctors in India extract 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation.
Fly in ear time-wasting call to 999
A man with a fly in his ear and a woman questioning if a green potato was poisonous were among thousands of non-urgent 999 calls made to the Welsh Ambulance Service last year.
Admitting fewer patients 'won't cut costs'
The risks of a plan to admit fewer patients
'Most dangerous day of their life'
The first is the most dangerous of life
VIDEO: The rehydration unit in an Indian slum
An Indian charity has set up a rehydration unit in their health centre to ensure local people get access to oral rehydration therapy
VIDEO: Clue to antibiotic resistance spread
Scientists trying to understand the rise of antibiotic resistance believe pilgrimages could provide clues to the mechanisms behind its spread.
AUDIO: Gay man had shocks on NHS as 'cure'
A man who was given electric shocks on the NHS in the 1970's to 'cure' his homosexuality says he 'deeply regrets' it.
VIDEO: Healthy start for newborns
A new study shows that newborn babies can reap the health benefits of a delay in cutting their umbilical cord - whilst they're safe in their mothers' arms.
VIDEO: Schizophrenia 'impact and stigma'
New treatments for schizophrenia could be possible as vital clues behind the factors causing the mental illness are discovered. One person diagnosed with it explains the impact and the stigma.
VIDEO: The six-year hair pulling selfie
Documenting hair pulling condition on YouTube
VIDEO: Do disabled children miss out on PE?
PE provision for children with disabilities in mainstream schools is lacking and could damage Britain's Paralympic prospects in the future, according to a survey carried out by the Youth Sport Trust.
AUDIO: UK mum 'spent Â£20,000' to have girl
A British mother tells 5 live she spent Â£20,000 on gender selection treatment in the US.
'How I survived teen domestic abuse'
Beauty queen on being abused as a teenager
When will we take honey seriously?
Why is medicinal use of honey so limited in the UK?
VIDEO: Heroin antidote offers cities hope
The heroin 'antidote' that can save overdosing addicts' lives
NHS 'wasting millions on supplies'
NHS 'wasting millions every year on supplies'
Illegal bottom injections on rise in US
The deadly danger of illegal backstreet buttock injections
Anatomy of female genital mutilation
What is it and why is it still being carried out across the world?
In pictures: One man's HIV campaign
One man's HIV campaign in Indonesia's Bandung prison
Caring for Kenya's HIV orphans
Finding the right drugs to care for Kenya's HIV orphans
Seeing a doctor for the first time in seven years
The Americans seeing a doctor for the first time in years
'Invisible' partners in miscarriage
How grief of miscarriage affects husbands and partners
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