The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 27 min 29 sec ago
The Obama administration's troubled health insurance website registers barely 27,000 enrolments, as ruffled Democrats head to the White House.
Why does BBC medical correspondent avoid the lift?
Unprecedented human and economic toll of diabetes
A teddy bear that is able to monitor the health of the child hugging it has been developed to aid paediatric care.
Changes to specific cells in the retina can help diagnose and track the progression of Alzheimer's disease, scientists say.
Surgeons make metal bones with groundbreaking 3D printer
Using magnetic fields to alter brain activity may help people quit smoking, according to an early study.
A third of all adult Americans should consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, according to the first such guidelines issued in a decade.
A television appeal is made by a group of leading UK aid charities after the devastating Philippines typhoon.
Bill Clinton says President Barack Obama should honour his pledge to let people keep their medical coverage, even if it means changing the health law.
Scientists say that if all smokers in the world switch from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, it can save millions of lives.
The health challenges facing the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Good Morning America's Amy Robach has revealed she will have a double mastectomy this week, a month after undergoing a mammogram on the show.
New mothers are to be offered up to £200 in shopping vouchers to encourage them to breastfeed their babies under a pilot scheme being launched.
Efforts to vaccinate 165,000 children against polio in Sudan have been blocked by the government and rebels, the UN humanitarian chief says.
Depression can make us physically older by speeding up the ageing process in our cells, research suggests.
A BBC poll reveals how the public feels about e-cigarettes
A camel tests positive for the Sars-like virus that emerged in the Middle East last year and has killed 64 people worldwide.
Two midwives put a four-day-old baby on its stomach in a stationery cupboard at a London hospital to allow its mother to sleep, a tribunal is told.
Explaining the stats behind suicides in the US military