Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Ethiopian wins top WHO job

Image copyright AFP/Getty Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia will be the next director general of the World Health Organization (WHO). He will be the first African to head up the UN agency, after winning the most votes from 186 member states. He replaces Margaret Chan, who will step down from her 10-year post at the […]

‘Half a glass of wine every day’ increases breast cancer risk

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The link between alcohol and breast cancer is well-known but it’s just one of many risk factors Further evidence has emerged of the link between alcohol consumption in women and an increased risk of breast cancer. According to a report from the World Cancer Research Fund, half a glass […]

Frozen ‘space sperm’ passes fertility test

Image copyright RobinOlimb/Getty Healthy baby mice have been born using freeze-dried sperm stored in the near-weightless environment of space. The Japanese team behind the gravity-breaking experiment on the International Space Station (ISS) say it shows that transporting the seeds of life away from Earth is feasible. Sperm banks could even be made on the Moon […]

Intersex patients ‘routinely lied to by doctors’

Media captionJeanette was 50 when she discovered the truth about her own body Doctors in the UK routinely lied to patients with disorders of sex development known as intersex conditions, the BBC has found. A leading paediatric consultant told BBC Radio 4 that withholding the truth of patients’ diagnoses had been “widespread”. Jeanette, now 71, […]

Microwave mushrooms ‘to keep their goodness’, scientists say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Try microwaving your mushrooms to preserve the nutrients they contain, a study says The healthiest way to cook mushrooms is to microwave or grill them to preserve their goodness, researchers say. These cooking methods significantly increase levels of antioxidants which protect cells against diseases, but boiling or frying reduces […]

Mental health deaths probed at Essex NHS trust

Image copyright Leahy family Image caption Matthew Leahy was found hanged at the Linden Centre in 2012 Up to 20 deaths at an NHS-run mental health unit are being investigated as part of a police inquiry, the BBC has learned. It follows fresh investigations into the death of Matthew Leahy, who was found hanged at […]

General election: Theresa May denies social care U-turn

Media captionTheresa May: This is the right way forward Theresa May has said proposed changes to social care funding in England will now include an “absolute limit” on the money people will have to pay. The prime minister denied claims of a U-turn, saying she was responding to “shameful” claims that people would be forced […]

UK’s first proton beam machine arrives at Newport clinic

Image copyright PPI Image caption How the final proton beam therapy room will look A key component of the UK’s first high-energy proton beam machine has been delivered to its new home in Newport. Proton Partners International (PPI) received the part that will fire the cancer-treating beam at its Rutherford Cancer Centre. PPI said the […]

Cigarettes sold in plain green packs under new rules

Image copyright PA Image caption All cigarettes must be sold in plain green packaging with health warnings New rules have come into force which mean cigarettes and tobacco must be sold in plain green packets and carry graphic health warnings. The rules, which also end the sale of packets of 10, are designed to deter […]

NHS performance data delay ‘disappointing’, regulator says

Image copyright PA The publication of key financial performance data from the NHS in England will be delayed until after the election, the BBC understands. Regulator NHS Improvement had wanted to publish data on the scale of hospital deficits but was advised against it by the government. NHS Improvement said it was “disappointing” the results […]

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