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 •  Carter Cookson: Baby who needed new heart dies
His parents, who lost their first son in 2013, say Carter Cookson has "gained his angel wings".
 
 •  The pain of Tourette's: 'I'm always covered in bruises'
Charity Tourettes Action has discovered that patients are facing long delays in diagnosis.
 
 •  Two dead after pigeon dropping infection at hospital
An investigation is under way after patients contracted a fungal infection associated with pigeon droppings.
 
 •  Differences in GP access across England 'shocking'
A BBC analysis suggests there is a shocking variation in access to GPs across England, doctors' leaders say.
 
 •  Mental Health: Tougher checks before Superdrug Botox
The high street retailer will check mental health of customers before giving Botox or fillers.
 
 •  Pharmacists warn of a 'surge' in shortage of common medicines
Patients in England are struggling to get hold of drugs such as painkillers and anti-depressants.
 
 •  IVF dad 'floored' over baby he did not consent to
The man sued an IVF clinic after his ex-partner forged his signature to use frozen embryos.
 
 •  'My son's severe asthma is very distressing'
Every three seconds in the UK, someone has an asthma attack which could be life-threatening, a charity says.
 
 •  A bit of meat, a lot of veg - the flexitarian diet to feed 10bn
And you don't have to be vegan to follow the "planetary health diet".
 
 •  Carter Cookson 'has hours to find new heart'
Doctors say Carter Cookson, who is on life support, needs an organ transplant as soon as possible.
 
 •  Teenage cancer survival 'on the up' in England, report finds
But youngsters living in poorer areas of England had lower chances of survival, cancer data found.
 
 •  Haemochromatosis 'bigger threat than we thought'
Genetic disorder Haemochromatosis can cause liver failure, diabetes and severe arthritis if untreated.
 
 •  Footballers in new concussion study
Premier League footballers are taking part in a "ground-breaking" new concussion study this season that could lead to pitch-side diagnosis.
 
 •  Obesity overtaking smoking as biggest Welsh health risk
Wales' first obesity strategy wants to make eating healthier food and staying active "normal and easy".
 
 •  Liver transplant 'game changing' treatment approved
It's hoped perfusion machines that "warm livers" will increase the number of viable donated organs.
 
 •  Becca Henderson: Transplant hope for rucksack heart woman
Scans show Becca Henderson has been clear of cancer for a year and is now eligible for a donor heart.
 
 •  Breast cancer risk test 'game changer'
GPs would use the online calculator to tell women their risk of getting breast cancer, say scientists.
 
 •  Contact lens recycling scheme launched across UK
The programme will give contact lens wearers the opportunity to recycle their lenses for free.
 
 •  Lens replacement led to 'blind patches', says artist
Landscape painter Denise De Batista is considering legal action against lens manufacturer Oculentis
 
 •  James Watson: Scientist loses titles after claims over race
Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson has repeated remarks about race and intelligence.
 
 •  'I wear a mask to prevent cold allergy reaction'
Max Fisher, 23, gets red, itchy welts and swelling when in contact with anything cold.
 
 •  IVF couple have triplets after sex mistake
Betty Bienias said she was shocked to find out she was expecting triplets - two of which had been conceived naturally.
 
 •  Clean air: Do low emission schemes improve children’s lungs?
Children in London and Luton are taking part in a study to measure how their lungs are affected by air pollution.
 
 •  'I wanted a black belt at the age of 75'
This group of high kicking, power-punching pensioners prove "it's never too late to learn".
 
 •  The ultrasound scan you can do yourself
A US company has produced an ultrasound scanner that plugs into an iPhone and costs $2,000 (£1,555).
 
 •  Student makes bucket list after cancer diagnosis
Laura Nuttall had just started university when a routine eye test discovered several brain tumours.
 
 •  Intersex surgeries: is it right to assign sex to a baby?
Attitudes are changing to the medical practice, with some calling them limiting and unnecessary.
 
 •  Healthy eating: What is a correct food portion?
British Nutrition Foundation launches new "handy" guide to stop people cooking and eating too much.
 
 •  World's coffee under threat, say experts
Of 124 coffees in the world, we only drink two, but we need to protect all of them, say scientists.
 
 •  What is the right age to lose your virginity?
More than a third of women and a quarter of men think they got it wrong, research suggests.
 
 •  The breakthroughs that could save our lives
From reversing blindness and paralysis to new treatments for cancer and infertility.
 
 •  'Why I wanted a tattoo on my mastectomy scar'
Kris Hallenga was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but beat the odds. Her scar is part of her body art.
 
 •  The Arab country turning to 'female Viagra'
Egypt is the first Arab country to authorise the sale of flibanserin - but how well is it going down?
 
 •  'I’m just ill – respect me for who I am'
An Edinburgh student is urging people to be more mindful when they interact with people with disabilities.
 
 •  Are flexitarians half-hearted vegetarians?
Can simply lowering meat consumption be considered a thing, or is it just "half-hearted" vegetarianism?
 
 •  Tips on how to limit excessive screen time
If screen use is disrupting sleep, exercise and concentration, what can parents do?
 
 •  Why did child screen advice not go further?
Leading paediatricians have stopped short of setting time limits for screen use, but why?
 
 •  Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area
Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations, A&E and mental health treatment.
 
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