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How the UK planned for the wrong pandemic

Thu, 18 Jul 2024 17:28:01 GMT

Over-confidence, wasted opportunities and muddled-thinking left UK sleep-walking into Covid.


DIY kits may see million more cervical-cancer tests

Wed, 17 Jul 2024 00:44:48 GMT

One million more women would have life-saving checks if the NHS adopted self-testing, researchers estimate.


Five takeaways from Johnson at the Covid inquiry

Thu, 07 Dec 2023 19:03:14 GMT

The former PM is the most high-profile witness so far to testify at the inquiry into the pandemic.


Are weight-loss injections the answer to obesity?

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 00:52:45 GMT

The appeal is clear - but should we be turning to appetite-suppressing injections?


Urgent action needed as malaria resists key drug

Thu, 18 Jul 2024 18:08:41 GMT

Malaria parasites that can shrug off the effects of artemisinin are now well-established in East Africa.


Faces made of living skin make robots smile

Tue, 25 Jun 2024 17:06:29 GMT

Scientists find a way to attach living skin to robot faces for more realistic smiles and expressions.


Children used as 'guinea pigs' in clinical trials

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 21:00:43 GMT

They were given infected blood products in trials without their knowledge, the BBC has found.


How much do junior doctors really get paid?

Fri, 11 Aug 2023 12:51:17 GMT

The BBC asked two junior doctors in England to show us their payslips and reveal their salaries.


UV levels explained - how do I protect myself?

Fri, 19 Jul 2024 10:23:00 GMT

How to be sun savvy and get the right level of protection from UV rays.


Ex-medical officer close to tears over Covid deaths

Tue, 20 Jun 2023 16:29:35 GMT

Dame Sally Davies apologises to bereaved families and says the UK was poorly prepared for the pandemic.


'An abuse by people supposedly there to care'

Mon, 20 May 2024 18:26:15 GMT

Victims of the scandal said they had been "gaslit for generations" and felt "vindicated" by the report.


'My consultant told me I was a medical mystery'

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 05:34:40 GMT

Women who were in pain for years without answers want greater awareness around their condition.


What is mpox and how is it spread?

Wed, 26 Jun 2024 15:56:09 GMT

Mpox, which used to be called monkeypox, is endemic in parts of west and central Africa.


Infected blood inquiry: Five things we have learned

Fri, 03 Feb 2023 15:34:45 GMT

An inquiry into the "worst treatment disaster in NHS history" hears its final evidence.


Cyber-attack delays child's cancer operation

Fri, 21 Jun 2024 16:15:21 GMT

Dylan Kjorstad's surgery was delayed due to concerns over blood supplies following a cyber-attack.


Ten tips for sleeping in hot weather

Thu, 18 Jul 2024 13:34:28 GMT

A simple guide on how to get a good night's sleep in the heat.


'There are loads of people that vape at school'

Mon, 29 Jan 2024 14:54:43 GMT

A group of teenagers in Fife have been making a documentary about the impact of disposable vapes.


Are we in a summer Covid wave?

Tue, 02 Jul 2024 10:17:53 GMT

Lots of people seem to have Covid at the moment but what is behind it and is it serious?


'I embrace my alopecia, but I’d love my old hair back’

Sun, 03 Mar 2024 23:36:30 GMT

People living with alopecia could have access to treatment on the NHS in Scotland for the first time.


How 175 British children were infected with HIV

Thu, 06 Oct 2022 00:23:44 GMT

Families of some of those affected are giving evidence at a public inquiry into the treatment disaster.


Senior doctors accept pay deal in England

Tue, 18 Jun 2024 11:07:19 GMT

The pay deal, worth up to 19.4% for some, comes after months of negotiations.


What is the law on assisted suicide and euthanasia?

Tue, 04 Jun 2024 14:52:25 GMT

Many countries have legalised assisted dying, assisted suicide or euthanasia, which are different.


Mum admits ending life of terminally ill son

Wed, 03 Jul 2024 16:50:46 GMT

Police say they are investigating reports relating to "an apparent case of assisted dying" in 1981.


Five surprisingly simple ways to optimise your diet

Fri, 03 May 2024 12:53:30 GMT

Here's five tips for better eating from BBC Ideas


Melanoma skin cancer cases rising in UK

Sun, 26 May 2024 23:40:31 GMT

The biggest increase is among the over 80s, with a marked rise in cases in adults aged 25-49.


I lost mum, dad and sister to HIV in blood scandal

Mon, 13 May 2024 04:45:05 GMT

Families torn apart by the infected blood scandal break their silence to BBC Panorama.


Infected blood victims could get £2m compensation

Tue, 21 May 2024 15:32:17 GMT

Government unveils package after final report of public inquiry into scandal published on Monday.


What does hot weather do to the body?

Thu, 18 Jul 2024 13:18:07 GMT

What impact do high temperatures have on our bodies?


Fall in proportion of IVF cycles funded by NHS

Thu, 18 Jul 2024 12:22:58 GMT

The latest data also shows the average age for first-time treatment is now over 35.


Refund fears after sudden collapse of cosmetic surgery firm

Thu, 18 Jul 2024 10:59:17 GMT

The company had clinics in Birmingham, London, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow.


World first epilepsy device fitted in UK boy's skull

Sun, 23 Jun 2024 23:05:45 GMT

Oran, who is 13, was sometimes having hundreds of seizures a day due to his severe epilepsy.


UK 'failed citizens' with flawed pandemic plans

Thu, 18 Jul 2024 16:32:32 GMT

First report from Covid Inquiry says better planning would have saved lives and lessened economic costs.


What is the infected blood scandal and will there be compensation?

Tue, 21 May 2024 15:33:02 GMT

Thousands were infected with HIV and hepatitis C, in the worst treatment disaster in NHS history.


Can health secretary name NHS trusts performing well?

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 09:09:11 GMT

Victoria Atkins is challenged to name some health trusts meeting their targets to cut waiting lists.


'Blood compensation comes too late for my husband'

Tue, 21 May 2024 12:10:43 GMT

The government announced what it calls a "comprehensive" compensation scheme on Tuesday.


What is the UK Covid inquiry and what powers does it have?

Thu, 18 Jul 2024 11:34:44 GMT

"Never again can a disease be allowed to lead to so many deaths," the inquiry has said.


How to pull off an election all-nighter

Thu, 04 Jul 2024 02:36:19 GMT

You want to watch the results, but you also have a life to live... we have the plan to get you through.


Your Voice, Your Vote: Mental health crisis in young

Tue, 02 Jul 2024 09:57:11 GMT

What will the main parties do to support children and young people with their mental health?


Diabetic patient used social media to find insulin

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 06:11:26 GMT

A woman living with diabetes urges better communication over the supply of essential drugs.


Sunak reveals he fasts at beginning of the week

Mon, 29 Jan 2024 12:37:18 GMT

The PM says he tries to fast at the start of the week so he can indulge in his “weakness for sugary things” on other days.


NHS warns of GP disruption next week after IT outage

Sat, 20 Jul 2024 16:58:33 GMT

Healthcare IT systems are coming back online - but GPs face a growing appointments backlog.


Hugh Pym: Is sugar the missing ingredient in election manifestos?

Sat, 29 Jun 2024 23:33:14 GMT

Sugar taxes have been widely debated but in party manifestos, the word "sugar" barely appears. Why?


Will the new Parliament pass the smoking bill?

Tue, 04 Jun 2024 14:41:55 GMT

The smoking bill was not passed before Parliament was dissolved ahead of the general election.


Review says puberty blocker curb has not led to suicide rise

Sat, 20 Jul 2024 11:01:19 GMT

An independent review said the language used around the issue on social media was dangerous.


'Moronic': Vicious Covid WhatsApps reveal No 10 battles

Tue, 31 Oct 2023 18:31:44 GMT

"Meltdown", "liar", "embarrassing" - messages lay bare Downing Street divisions during the pandemic.


How Hollywood star Sheen helped uncover a dark secret

Mon, 24 Jun 2024 05:00:13 GMT

A chance scroll on the internet led the actor Michael Sheen on a journey to uncover a dark secret.


Covid inquiry: The UK pandemic in numbers

Wed, 05 Jul 2023 12:18:18 GMT

Explore the data on how the coronavirus pandemic unfolded in the UK.


Top sunscreens fail protection tests, Which? says

Fri, 21 Jun 2024 12:03:16 GMT

Some cheaper lotions from supermarkets Aldi and Lidl outperformed more expensive brands, Which? said.


How Dame Deborah James helped save a mum's life

Mon, 24 Jun 2024 09:06:52 GMT

A mother-of-three shared her story with Dame Deborah's mother Heather on BBC Breakfast.


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