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 •  'Huge leap' in prostate cancer testing
A quarter of men "could be spared invasive prostate biopsies" if gland was scanned first.
 •  Man evicted from hospital for blocking bed for two years
A hospital applies for a court order to remove a patient who had occupied a bed "unnecessarily".
 •  PIP breast implants: French court tells TUV to pay damages
German safety body TUV is told to pay hefty compensation over the PIP breast implant scandal.
 •  Drug cost-saving plans may hit patients
Patients in England may face delays getting new drugs or go without them under NHS cost-cutting plans.
 •  Nairn cataract patient's 12-month waiting time criticised at FMQs
A woman faces a minimum wait of 12 months for a consultation about surgery for a cataract, MSPs have heard.
 •  Robotic sleeve 'hugs' failing hearts
US scientists develop a robotic sleeve that can help hearts pump when they fail to work properly.
 •  Sedentary lifestyle in older women 'ages body cells'
Older woman who do not exercise daily have cells biologically older than their actual age, research suggests.
 •  Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked
Scientists identify three little-known diseases which could cause the next global health emergency.
 •  Addenbrooke's out of special measures due to staff 'dedication'
One of the UK's largest NHS trusts is taken out of special measures, thanks to the "dedication and skill" of staff, a report says.
 •  DNA-testing smartphone aims to tackle drugs resistance
A smartphone attachment that analyses DNA could help improve cancer and tuberculosis treatments.
 •  IVF: First three-parent baby born to infertile couple
A technique designed to help parents affected by genetic disorders is used to tackle infertility.
 •  'Exceptional' NHS winter pressure in Wales
The NHS in Wales has faced "exceptional" winter challenges, including some of the busiest days for A&E and ambulance services.
 •  Referral centres cause 'dangerous' NHS delays, BMA warns
Referral management centres may be slowing cancer diagnoses and delaying other NHS treatment, doctors warn.
 •  Eating disorders can strike in mid-life
Eating disorders affect a small but substantial number of women in their 40s and 50s, research suggests.
 •  Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail
Technology could be used to improve treatment for heart failure patients.
 •  Frances Cappuccini Caesarean death caused by hospital failures
The death of a woman following childbirth was a result of "failures, inadequate diagnosis and treatment", a coroner rules.
 •  Obamacare repeal: Trump pledges 'health insurance for all'
The US president-elect says the Republican replacement for Obamacare will be cheaper and better.
 •  'Don't be a martyr': Winter health warning for sepsis
People are urged to not be "martyrs" if they start experiencing symptoms of sepsis, as A&E departments deal with rising pressures.
 •  James Paget Hospital patient evicted after two years
A hospital patient who occupied a bed for more than years was evicted after a hospital applied for a court order.
 •  MRI scanning for prostate cancer biggest advance 'in decades'
The biggest leap in diagnosing prostate cancer "in decades" has been made using new scanning equipment, say doctors and campaigners.
 •  Inside lab where Mers vaccine made
Tulip Mazumdar visits the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford where scientists are developing vaccines for all three of the shortlisted viruses.
 •  Bill Gates: Ebola crisis handling had lack of 'clarity'
Bill Gates backs vaccine project which could prevent epidemics like Ebola spreading
 •  Virus lottery: What could be next epidemic?
Scientists have shortlisted three little-known diseases that they think could become the next global health emergency.
 •  NHS Wales chief says winter pressures 'very challenging'
The head of NHS Wales says A&E units and the ambulance service have faced exceptional challenges this winter.
 •  Stroke survivor: Virtual Reality helped me walk again
Shannon Mackey has been using virtual reality physiotherapy sessions to help learn to walk again after suffering a stroke.
 •  The trauma centres helping veteran amputees
A network of trauma centres has opened across the UK to allow the NHS to treat veterans.
 •  Babies remember their birth language - scientists
Babies learn language in the early months of life, and retain this knowledge, say scientists.
 •  Urine test reveals what you really eat
Analysing urine could improve what you eat, claim scientists.
 •  'Mental health system is broken'
People share their experiences of mental health problems and services.
 •  Tiger stripes
We explore exactly what stretch marks are after model Chrissy Teigen shows hers off on Twitter.
 •  Intimate questions
A transgender woman who offered people the chance to ask "invasive questions" on an internet forum has been overwhelmed by the response.
 •  Alkaline swindle
Naima Houder-Mohammed believed Robert O Young, the father of the alkaline diet, could cure her. It didn't turn out as she hoped.
 •  Hard pressed
Why is it that the NHS always seems to be short of staff, and is there anything that can be done to resolve the problem?
 •  Excessive crying
The crying of babies with colic may be reduced with acupuncture, according to controversial new research from Sweden.
 •  Dedicated donor
Tracey Jolliffe has already donated a kidney, 16 eggs and 80 pints of blood. She is now considering donating part of her liver too.
 •  Voice doctor
Our voices can activate gadgets and authenticate ourselves to banks. But can they tell if we're ill?
 •  Embryo rules
Should scientists be allowed to experiment on embryos beyond 14 days of development?
 •  Fatal attraction
How one woman's rare disorder means a kiss from her husband could end up killing her.
 •  Lemon-aid
How lemons are helping to explain what breast cancer can feel and look like.
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