The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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Behaviour can be affected by events in previous generations which have been passed on through a form of genetic memory, animal studies suggest.
How comic strips can improve medics' bedside manners
"I thought I had months to live in the 1980s"
A by-product of cholesterol can fuel the deadly growth and spread of breast cancer, according to a group of scientists.
Future challenges in the fight against HIV/Aids
Scientists devise a new "love test" that they believe is a better guide to the success of a relationship than the good intentions of newly-weds.
The father of a schoolboy who died after suffering concussion during a rugby match meets the education minister to discuss compulsory awareness lessons in schools.
How have countries tried to cut smoking rates?
Why do public figures choose not to reveal they are ill?
Football fans travelling to the World Cup in Brazil next summer should be aware of the risk of dengue fever, a UK expert in epidemiology is warning.
Body piercings are used to control wheelchairs and computers in a move scientists believe could transform the way people interact with the world after paralysis.
Developing a virtual vaccine for racial bias
A man whose heart stopped multiple times within minutes is "incredibly unusual" to have made a full recovery, say doctors.
A French pharmaceutical company warns a morning-after contraceptive pill may be ineffective in heavier women, following a Scottish study.
Soluble painkillers used by millions of people in Britain can pose a risk because they are high in salt, UK researchers warn.
Why do people hate the word 'chemicals'?
Government grants in South Africa are helping poor girls resist the advances of "sugar daddies", reducing the risk of getting HIV, a study says.
A tone deaf US teenager has recovered from a concussion to find he can play thirteen musical instruments.
A US company offering genetic testing to the public has been told it must stop selling the kits immediately.
A mass vaccination programme is getting underway in the Philippines to immunise 33,000 children affected by Typhoon Haiyan.