Health & Wellbeing News
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Sharing a bed with your newborn baby increases the risk of sudden death syndrome - commonly known as cot death - fivefold, research suggests.
NHS urged to improve use of drips
The lives of hospital patients who are put on a drip are being placed at risk by poor attention by staff to intravenous fluid care, experts warn.
Chief inspector of GPs post created
A chief inspector of GPs is to be appointed as part of a push to improve services outside of hospitals, ministers are set to announce.
Cancer risk gene testing announced
A pioneering programme to test cancer patients for nearly 100 risk genes is to start in London and could represent the future of treatment in the NHS.
Sunshine vitamin 'may treat asthma'
The amount of time asthma patients spend soaking up the sun may have an impact on their health, researchers have suggested.
Bunions 'blame family not footwear'
The risk of developing bunions - bony growths on the big toe - is linked to your family, not your shoes, a US study has shown.
Breast gene test extended in Scotland
More women in Scotland will be offered a breast cancer genetic test in line with a decision south of the border, the Scottish government confirms.
Mental health 'bible' is updated
An update to one of the most important manuals in mental health - known as the bible of psychiatry - is published.
Scots NHS alert line takes UK calls
A third of calls to a confidential phone line which allows health workers in Scotland to raise concerns about the NHS came from other parts of the UK.
Walk-to-school numbers 'falling'
Fewer children are walking to school in the UK, campaigners say.
Cleaning concern at cancer hospital
Inspectors express concern at the standard of cleaning at Scotland's largest cancer centre in Glasgow.
Rubella fears after measles epidemic
Health officials warn that action is needed to prevent a rubella outbreak, which can be particularly dangerous to pregnant women.
Time-lapse imaging 'improves IVF'
Time-lapse imaging which takes thousands of pictures of developing embryos can boost the success rate of IVF, according to British research.
Brain stimulation maths boost link
Applying high-frequency electrical noise to the brain can boost maths skills up to six months later, say Oxford University researchers.
Weight warning to young on diabetes
People under 40 are warned to watch their weight as researchers find a sharp rise in the number with type 2 diabetes.
Barefoot running injury concern
The trend for barefoot running could lead to injuries in some runners, a small study suggests.
Clue to why women live longer
Women live longer than men partly because their immune systems age more slowly, a study suggests.
Care of the dying 'litmus test'
People need a choice about where they die, say campaigners
Should therapists cry?
Many therapists have cried in a session, but is it right?
VIDEO: Making theatre more autism-friendly
The National Theatre of Scotland is staging an autism-friendly performance of its latest show for children.
VIDEO: NHS 'falling into chaos and crisis'
Members of Britain's largest trade union, Unite, are holding a rally outside Parliament in protest over changes to the NHS.
VIDEO: GPs 'shouldn't blindly follow targets'
The health secretary has said that GPs should be responsible for ensuring that there is a good out of hours service for people on their lists.
VIDEO: First chief social worker for children
England's first chief social worker for children has been speaking about her plans, ahead of taking up the post in September.
VIDEO: Price: Jolie cancer shows bodies 'need MOT'
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer shows people should treat their body like a car needing an MOT and get regular checks, says Katie Price.
VIDEO: Time-lapse embryo imaging 'improves IVF'
A fertility clinic says tests on a new embryo monitoring system significantly increases the chances in IVF treatment resulting in a successful pregnancy
AUDIO: 'We're a nation of lazy porkers'
The number of people under 40 with type 2 diabetes in the UK has risen sharply in the past 20 years, research shows.
VIDEO: Disability benefit assessments 'unfair'
A doctor who worked for the private company which assesses people for disability benefits says its methods are "unfair".
What kind of NHS can Britain afford?
As costs soar, how must the health service change?
Breast cancer: What is the risk?
How high is the risk for the average woman?
VIDEO: Running barefoot in Wyoming
How barefoot Indian tribe inspired a US fitness revolution
Revision techniques - the good, the OK and the useless
The good and the useless, according to psychologists
Should we all be more psychopathic?
Should we all be more psychopathic at work?
Children 'failed on grand scale'
Many would say the UK is a child-friendly nation - but is it true?
VIDEO: Diseases become art under a microscope
The strange beauty of infections under the microscope
Study to understand teenage brain
Researchers in Cambridge have begun a study to understand the adolescent brain
Asian couples hit by UK egg shortage
Egg shortage forces Asian couples abroad