The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 1 hour 10 min ago
'Designer vagina ops' not the role of NHS
Mothers carrying babies skin-to-skin could significantly cut global death and disability rates from premature birth, a leading expert says.
The NHS trust paying for young people to go surfing
US states struggle in secret to find drugs for executions
The Global Fund which fights Aids, TB and malaria has suspended contracts with two suppliers of mosquito nets, after uncovering evidence of corruption in Cambodia.
A French court orders a German company to pay compensation to hundreds of women who were fitted with defective breast implants.
The world needs to be prepared for "unpredictable pandemics" from viruses making the leap from animals to people, scientists in Taiwan say.
A mother's 30-year-fight to get justice for her son
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.