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Breast cancer drug price cut urged
Campaigners urge pharmaceutical giant Roche to lower the cost of a pioneering breast cancer drug as the NHS prepares to rejects its use on price grounds.

Cancer teen reaches £1m target
A teenage blogger with terminal cancer raises £1m for charity after posting his final message to followers.

'A third' can't afford healthy food
High food prices mean a third of UK adults are struggling to afford to eat healthily, a survey by the British Heart Foundation suggests.

Clwyd hospital care claims rejected
Serious complaints made by a Labour MP over the hospital care given to her husband before his death are rejected following an independent investigation.

Hospice boss cleared of misconduct
The director of care at a children's hospice is cleared of professional misconduct over the way she dealt with a dying teenager.

Novartis in $16bn GSK division deal
Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), two of the world's leading drugmakers, strike a multi-billion-dollar deal to join forces and reshape their businesses.

Violent crime 'continues to fall'
Violent crime is continuing a long-term fall in England and Wales, according to annual figures from NHS hospitals.

Trust 'failed' on 111 call answering
The South Western Ambulance Service chief executive says the service has "failed to deliver the performance required" in answering weekend calls to the NHS 111 number.

Saudi health minister sacked
As Saudi Arabia dismisses its health minister, the Mers virus death toll continues to rise.

Skin cancer rates 'surge since 70s'
The incidence of the most serious skin cancer is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s, figures show.

Foreign doctors 'need tougher tests'
Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study says.

Scan training boosted by simulator
A new virtual reality training simulator could significantly increase the availability of ultrasound scanning worldwide, according to experts.

NHS data-sharing scheme 'mishandled'
The chair of the panel set up to advise ministers on the governance of NHS data tells the BBC the Care.data programme was "mishandled".

Sacked doctor was unfairly dismissed
A sacked heart specialist was unfairly dismissed after raising concerns about patient safety, an employment tribunal rules.

Cyborg glasses express fake emotions
A Japanese researcher creates glasses that show computer-generated eyes that express emotions so that the wearer does not need to bother.

Beard trend 'guided by evolution'
The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.

Why insurers should fund medical research
Should the insurance industry stump up funds?

Cancer virus discovery helped by delayed flight
Cancer virus discovered after delayed flight

VIDEO: Package holidays blamed for cancer rise
The most dangerous form of skin cancer is now five times more common than it was in the 1970s.

VIDEO: Buttock silicone injections 'lethal'
The BBC's Irene Caselli reports that silicone buttock silicone injections are causing health issues in Venezuela

VIDEO: Warning over foreign doctor training
There are calls for stricter assessments of foreign-trained doctors before they practise in the UK.

AUDIO: NHS Trust 'blackened' doctor's name
A senior cardiologist, who exposed concerns about patient safety at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, has won an unfair dismissal case.

VIDEO: Babylab studies development of ADHD
Scientists at a London laboratory carry out tests to try to discover how and why some people develop Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

AUDIO: Man amputated hand to get 'reaction'
A man who suffered with chronic hand pain chopped the limb off so people "would listen."

VIDEO: Lord Tebbit turns children's writer
Lord Tebbit, the former Tory minister and party chairman turns his hand to writing a children's novel, the central character being a 14-year-old boy left paralysed after a car crash.

AUDIO: RNIB: UK needs sight loss advisors
Every eye clinic in the UK should provide access to a sight loss advisor, the RNIB has claimed.

In pictures: Childhood vaccination
Why immunisation cards are vital for millions

VIDEO: Autistic workers get chance to shine
Group prepares autistic workers for tech jobs

Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?
Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

Why big buttocks can be bad for your health
Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health

Should drug firms make payments to doctors?
Does it matter that drug firms give doctors money and gifts?

How can music make your ears bleed?
How loud does it have to be for your ears to bleed?

Routine operations: Is a crisis brewing?
Concern over rise in waits for hospital operations

VIDEO: Inside the 'celeb' rehab centre
The Priory Hospital wants to shake off its 'quick fix' image

Bombing couple still Boston strong
Boston marathon bombing survivors cope with aftermath

Goggles help surgeons ‘see’ tumours
The glasses that help surgeons find cancer

Can you live without processed food?
Can you live without processed food?

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