The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
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Illegal unlicensed tattoo parlours are putting customers at risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis, council bosses warn.
Swifter diagnoses could avert lifelong torment
The search for the origin of Hepatitis C
The Brazilian government is to try out a new test to help diagnose the early stages of leprosy
2012 was a challenging year for Nigeria with 122 reported cases.
"My son's case may make others take polio in Nigeria seriously"
Cutting the umbilical cord immediately after birth - currently standard practice - puts the baby at risk of iron deficiency experts say.
Scientists in the US take a step forward in their ability to mimic the sense of touch, developing highly touch-sensitive transistors.
Stephen Spiro, deputy chair of the British Lung Foundation, says it is "not possible to develop good advocacy for the disease".
Cancer is threatening to overwhelm Latin American countries, experts writing in Lancet Oncology warn.
Keeping the windows open on traditional NHS wards can dramatically reduce the risk of infection, say researchers.
Malaria, one of the biggest killers in Sub-Sahara Africa, has recently started spreading to places that were previously known to be free from the disease.
Family life with type 1 diabetes
One million schoolchildren in England are to be targeted by a measles vaccination plan aimed at curbing the growing threat of outbreaks.
Memory recall and formation can be improved simply by clenching the fists for 90 seconds, a study suggests.
Drinking one or more cans of sugary soft drinks a day is linked to an increased risk of diabetes in later life, a study suggests.
How do two people inhabit one body and live life to the full?
A teenager is fitted with a mobile phone-controlled artificial arm
Children who eat the same food as their parents have healthier diets, a University of Edinburgh study finds.
Health officials in Taiwan confirm that a 53-year-old businessman is the first case of the H7N9 bird flu virus outside mainland China.