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Bowel cancer test: 'No health minister' means NI people must wait

A new screening test for bowel cancer in NI is on hold because there is no Stormont health minister.

Maternity 'must improve' at baby-deaths hospital trust

Progress is made at the Shrewsbury and Telford trust but maternity services must improve, the CQC says.

Meningitis jab uptake 'worryingly low'

School-leavers are being urged to be immunised against the highly aggressive strain.

Time spent frail in old age 'doubles'

More care homes are needed as an ageing population puts pressure on services, researchers suggest.

Apology over Indian blood donation 'embarrassment'

A "communication breakdown" meant 100 members of the Indian community were not allowed to give blood.

Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals

More than 200 patients have been infected, but none has died, Public Health England confirms.

Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine

A breakthrough could lead to easier, faster and cheaper vaccines.

Reunion after baby umbilical cord drama in Derbyshire

Baby Ella was struggling to breathe after getting her neck caught on the umbilical cord during her birth.

Why Scottish babies might start sleeping in cardboard boxes

Baby boxes containing essential items are to be delivered to new mothers across Scotland.

'Fat but fit' still risk heart disease

Even if medical tests don't show up any problems, being overweight is bad for the heart, experts say.