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.

Beta coronavirus variant: What is the risk?

Thu, 29 Jul 2021 08:57:20 GMT

There are fears that this version of coronavirus, first identified in South Africa, is

Invisible disabilities: How an autism diagnosis changed my life

Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:30:13 GMT

Barrington Campbell received an autism diagnosis at 30 - now he's helping others by providing a space for gaming.

How Sandwell is encouraging families to embrace exercise

Wed, 22 Jun 2022 05:55:19 GMT

Sandwell is reversing the trend of having the least active residents - and it's hugely paying off.

Covid rules: How can the clinically vulnerable stay safe?

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 15:02:33 GMT

As social-distancing and other Covid rules end in England, how can people who were shielding stay safe?

Hospice warns energy bill to rise by £35,000 in one year

Tue, 05 Jul 2022 12:59:32 GMT

Hospices across the UK are battling rising inflation and wage costs, charities warn.

Coronavirus: What it does to the body

Sat, 14 Mar 2020 01:02:03 GMT

What is it like to have the coronavirus, how will it affect you and how is it treated?

Covid: What is the guidance across the UK now?

Fri, 01 Jul 2022 09:59:05 GMT

Almost all of the UK's Covid rules have ended, two years after they were introduced.

Coronavirus: What is the risk to men over 50?

Thu, 16 Apr 2020 20:03:54 GMT

While most people will have mild symptoms and recover quickly, some are more prone to getting sick.

Why bonding over the Euros appeared to increase Covid cases in men

Sun, 01 Aug 2021 23:34:49 GMT

Psychologists say men need to be part of a group in order to vent their feelings and emotions.

Child stroke survivor determined to recover say Lowestoft parents

Sat, 11 Jun 2022 23:38:31 GMT

Five-year-old Tilli, from Suffolk, is one of 400 children to have a stroke in the UK every year.

Steve Barclay: What will new health secretary tackle first?

Wed, 06 Jul 2022 13:36:58 GMT

Sajid Javid's replacement faces a big list of problems, including NHS staff pay and long waiting lists.

Polio: What is it and how does it spread?

Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:32:20 GMT

What is polio and how can you protect yourself from it?

I gave up waiting for my NHS op and went private

Mon, 04 Jul 2022 05:56:14 GMT

Sue Stenton used savings to pay for hip surgery after being told it would take years on the NHS.

Cost of living: Are value food brands healthy?

Fri, 06 May 2022 00:11:48 GMT

MP George Eustice has urged shoppers to choose supermarket own brands to help cut living costs.

Fatboy Slim DJ sessions to help people's mental health

Tue, 21 Jun 2022 05:23:14 GMT

Norman Cook is volunteering for an NHS scheme to help those with severe mental health problems.

Weekend burst of exercise can be enough to stay fit

Tue, 05 Jul 2022 15:02:33 GMT

Weekend warriors who cram rather than space out their exercise quota do just fine, a study suggests.

Terrence Higgins: A name that gave hope to those with HIV and Aids

Mon, 04 Jul 2022 05:01:29 GMT

Higgins' friends talk about the man whose death was the catalyst for change for people with HIV.

Vaping - is it a risk-free option?

Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:53:21 GMT

Colourful gadgets and fruity flavours are popular, but what's really known about their health effects?

Covid: How to look after yourself at home

Wed, 06 Apr 2022 09:25:06 GMT

What can you expect if you have Covid, and when should you get extra help?

How will the vulnerable be protected from Covid? And other questions

Tue, 22 Feb 2022 15:25:22 GMT

The government has announced the end of all Covid restrictions in England.

Covid: When can teenagers get a second dose?

Wed, 17 Nov 2021 16:45:05 GMT

All 16 and 17 year-olds in the UK can now have a second dose 12 weeks after the first.

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

Wed, 15 Jun 2022 11:57:39 GMT

What impact do high temperatures have on our bodies?

Covid infections jump by half a million in UK, says ONS

Fri, 01 Jul 2022 15:55:41 GMT

The rise is being driven by two new sub-variants of Omicron which are spreading quickly.

NHS trials using drones to deliver chemotherapy drugs

Tue, 05 Jul 2022 01:24:18 GMT

A pilot scheme will courier chemotherapy drugs from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight, NHS England says.

Coronavirus: Intensive care and other key terms explained

Sun, 03 May 2020 00:06:18 GMT

Use our tool to check the meaning of key words and phrases associated with the Covid-19 outbreak.

Monkeypox: Time to worry or one to ignore?

Fri, 20 May 2022 23:24:05 GMT

We are facing an unusual and unprecedented monkeypox outbreak but how worrying is it?

Oldham doctor jailed for killing patient in botched procedure

Tue, 05 Jul 2022 12:21:53 GMT

Isyaka Mamman, thought to be 85, used the wrong needle and inserted it into his patient's heart sac.

Support bubbles: How do they work and who is in yours?

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 10:41:25 GMT

Some people across the UK have been able to form "support bubbles" or "extended households".

Covid Wales: All hospitals ask for masks as cases rise

Tue, 05 Jul 2022 14:52:01 GMT

One hospital also goes further by reinstating a temporary ban on visits to patients.

Hepatitis in children: How many cases are there?

Wed, 04 May 2022 14:08:14 GMT

It looks likely that a common virus which usually causes colds, vomiting and diarrhoea has a role to play.

Coronavirus: Do face masks actually work?

Sat, 14 Mar 2020 01:04:25 GMT

With face masks in high demand, we look at whether they really can protect people from the virus.

Mum, 29, with inoperable brain tumour in plea for research

Wed, 08 Jun 2022 20:11:48 GMT

Laura Mahon, 29, gave birth at 30 weeks after being told she had an inoperable brain tumour.

Are we failing young people with cancer?

Wed, 29 Jun 2022 15:39:43 GMT

Deborah James' experience has raised questions about how good the UK is at spotting and treating the disease.

Got a new rash? Monkeypox or something else?

Tue, 24 May 2022 23:19:47 GMT

Red bumps and lumps? Scabs or blisters? What are the signs to look for?

Kellogg's loses court case over sugary cereal supermarket offers

Mon, 04 Jul 2022 12:51:54 GMT

It means products like Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes will not be allowed in end of aisle promotions.

Deborah James: Her passionate vision for the £6.8m she raised

Wed, 29 Jun 2022 00:47:47 GMT

How Dame Deborah's fundraising will help scientists find new ways to outwit cancer.

The areas with the fewest GPs revealed

Tue, 31 May 2022 10:58:01 GMT

Shortage has left some areas of England having to cope with half the number of doctors than others.

What is monkeypox and how do you catch it?

Mon, 06 Jun 2022 14:56:31 GMT

Cases of monkeypox are being investigated in several countries, including the UK.

Why you shouldn't get a second Covid jab too early

Fri, 02 Jul 2021 06:21:34 GMT

A government scientific advisor tells Newsbeat why four weeks is too soon between Covid jabs.

Covid: Why are 12-15s now being double-jabbed?

Mon, 29 Nov 2021 16:45:36 GMT

All children aged 12 to 15 are being offered two doses of Covid vaccine.

'He shouldn't have to be this brave at six years old'

Sat, 02 Jul 2022 09:35:56 GMT

Mason McKenzie has been having gruelling treatment since he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Omicron: How do I know if I have it?

Tue, 04 Jan 2022 12:25:12 GMT

The symptoms are similar to a cold, while genetic analysis is the only way to confirm the variant.

Covid booster: Who can get the fourth jab and how do you book it?

Tue, 05 Apr 2022 08:51:54 GMT

Over-75s and those with a weakened immune system are being offered an extra booster dose this spring.

How to get a Covid test

Tue, 03 May 2022 15:14:47 GMT

Most people in England and Scotland no longer get free PCRs or LFTs, and rules vary across the rest of the UK.

'I never thought it would be something that I would get'

Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:09:07 GMT

Dan shares his experience of contracting monkeypox at the start of June.

Covid: UK hospital cases set to rise, says health chief

Sun, 03 Jul 2022 17:05:29 GMT

Dame Jenny Harries says Britons should lead "normal lives" but take precautions as infections go up.

Inside a US abortion clinic in its final days

Sat, 02 Jul 2022 23:02:14 GMT

The BBC spent time with staff before they had to stop work and turn patients away.

End of Covid regulations: What if I'm still worried?

Tue, 22 Feb 2022 13:53:36 GMT

What would ending isolation rules in England mean for people who are worried about getting Covid?

Bowel cancer: How to check your poo

Wed, 29 Jun 2022 13:49:22 GMT

It was Dame Deborah James' top advice - but what should you be looking for?

Sunbeds: Young use Wales tanning salons without ID checks

Mon, 04 Jul 2022 09:22:16 GMT

Tanning salons shown not making ID checks for under-18s despite cancer concerns for young people.

UK heatwave: How does sunscreen work?

Wed, 15 Jun 2022 11:51:56 GMT

Do you know your UVA from your UVB?

How do we know Covid vaccines are safe?

Tue, 15 Feb 2022 11:30:44 GMT

Busting myths and explaining the facts around vaccines.

Long Covid: Midwife's anger over new no-pay rule in NHS

Wed, 06 Jul 2022 22:14:48 GMT

Sarah Sutton faces not getting any sick pay due to ongoing health issues keeping her off work.

All you need to know on the coronavirus

Wed, 06 Oct 2021 10:24:04 GMT

A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms of coronavirus.

Covid: Norfolk man says he is 'fighting every day for life'

Wed, 06 Jul 2022 23:09:30 GMT

A man who spent two months in a coma after having Covid says people should "never give up".

Male MPs wear 'hot flush' vests to simulate menopause

Tue, 28 Jun 2022 23:38:30 GMT

The event was organised in parliament by the Labour MP Carolyn Harris.

Covid vaccine ‘waning immunity’: How worried should I be?

Sun, 14 Nov 2021 01:06:41 GMT

Is the effectiveness of Covid vaccines waning over time? We look at how much protection being double vaccinated offers.

Have I got Covid, a bad cold or something else?

Tue, 05 Apr 2022 12:34:21 GMT

What are the new Covid symptoms, and when should I stay at home?

How many cases in your area?

Fri, 01 Jul 2022 14:36:17 GMT

Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK.

What are the latest rules for face coverings and masks?

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 10:22:39 GMT

Rules around face coverings are easing across the UK but they are still required in some settings.