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The latest stories from the Health section of the BBC News web site.
- Bed-sharing 'raises cot death risk'
- Tue, 21 May 2013 11:47:16 GMT - Sharing a bed with your newborn baby increases the risk of sudden death syndrome - commonly known as cot death - fivefold, research suggests.
- A&E units on cliff edge - NHS chiefs
- Tue, 21 May 2013 10:14:15 GMT - A&E units are on a cliff edge, say NHS leaders as MPs start an inquiry into the state of emergency care.
- Bipolar woman's battle for abortion
- Tue, 21 May 2013 09:34:02 GMT - The High Court in London is judging whether a pregnant woman with bipolar disorder has the mental capacity to request an abortion.
- NHS urged to improve use of drips
- Mon, 20 May 2013 23:57:44 GMT - The lives of hospital patients who are put on a drip are being placed at risk by poor attention by staff to intravenous fluid care, experts warn.
- Chief inspector of GPs post created
- Tue, 21 May 2013 00:58:21 GMT - A chief inspector of GPs is to be appointed as part of a push to improve services outside of hospitals, ministers are set to announce.
- Premature babies have 'brain arrest'
- Tue, 21 May 2013 11:07:53 GMT - Premature birth may interrupt vital brain development processes, medical scans reveal.
- Hospital criticised on patient death
- Tue, 21 May 2013 09:57:10 GMT - An Essex hospital is criticised by a health watchdog for "missing opportunities" to save the life of a woman with disabilities.
- Fatal 'superbug' not being monitored
- Tue, 21 May 2013 06:50:17 GMT - One of the most concerning classes of hospital 'superbug' is not being tracked by the Department of Health, it is revealed.
- Joint 'NHS and care budget needed'
- Tue, 21 May 2013 06:51:40 GMT - Ministers have been told they must go further with their overhaul of social care in England by merging its budget with the NHS.
- Cancer risk gene testing announced
- Mon, 20 May 2013 14:42:31 GMT - A pioneering programme to test cancer patients for nearly 100 risk genes is to start in London and could represent the future of treatment in the NHS.