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Charlie Gard’s parents lose life support court appeal

Charlie Gard’s parents lose life support court appeal

Image copyright PA Image caption Charlie’s rare disease has left him unable to cry and made him deaf Doctors can stop providing life-support treatment to ill baby Charlie Gard, Court of Appeal judges have ruled. Charlie’s parents appealed against a ruling made last month that would allow specialists to move their eight-month-old son to palliative […]

Fitness trackers ‘poor at measuring calories burned’

Fitness trackers ‘poor at measuring calories burned’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Do I really deserve that ice cream or not? Most fitness trackers are good at measuring heart rate but poor at measuring calories burned, a study suggests. As a result, people should be cautious about using them to judge what to eat, Stanford University scientists said. The study recommended […]

Ancestry.com denies exploiting users’ DNA

Ancestry.com denies exploiting users’ DNA

Image copyright Bloomberg A leading genealogy service, Ancestry.com, has denied exploiting users’ DNA following criticism of its terms and conditions. The US company’s DNA testing service has included a right to grant Ancestry a “perpetual” licence to use customers’ genetic material. A New York data protection lawyer spotted the clause and published a blog warning […]

‘Half a glass of wine every day’ increases breast cancer risk

‘Half a glass of wine every day’ increases breast cancer risk

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The link between alcohol and breast cancer is well-known but it’s just one of many risk factors Further evidence has emerged of the link between alcohol consumption in women and an increased risk of breast cancer. According to a report from the World Cancer Research Fund, half a glass […]

Frozen ‘space sperm’ passes fertility test

Frozen ‘space sperm’ passes fertility test

Image copyright RobinOlimb/Getty Healthy baby mice have been born using freeze-dried sperm stored in the near-weightless environment of space. The Japanese team behind the gravity-breaking experiment on the International Space Station (ISS) say it shows that transporting the seeds of life away from Earth is feasible. Sperm banks could even be made on the Moon […]

Intersex patients ‘routinely lied to by doctors’

Intersex patients ‘routinely lied to by doctors’

Media captionJeanette was 50 when she discovered the truth about her own body Doctors in the UK routinely lied to patients with disorders of sex development known as intersex conditions, the BBC has found. A leading paediatric consultant told BBC Radio 4 that withholding the truth of patients’ diagnoses had been “widespread”. Jeanette, now 71, […]

Lean-burn physiology gives Sherpas peak-performance

Lean-burn physiology gives Sherpas peak-performance

Image copyright Extreme Everest Image caption Science at the top of the world Nepalese Sherpas have a physiology that uses oxygen more efficiently than those used to the atmosphere at sea level. This is the finding of a new study that investigated high-altitude adaptation in mountain populations. The research involved taking muscle samples from mountaineers […]

Microwave mushrooms ‘to keep their goodness’, scientists say

Microwave mushrooms ‘to keep their goodness’, scientists say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Try microwaving your mushrooms to preserve the nutrients they contain, a study says The healthiest way to cook mushrooms is to microwave or grill them to preserve their goodness, researchers say. These cooking methods significantly increase levels of antioxidants which protect cells against diseases, but boiling or frying reduces […]

Mental health deaths probed at Essex NHS trust

Mental health deaths probed at Essex NHS trust

Image copyright Leahy family Image caption Matthew Leahy was found hanged at the Linden Centre in 2012 Up to 20 deaths at an NHS-run mental health unit are being investigated as part of a police inquiry, the BBC has learned. It follows fresh investigations into the death of Matthew Leahy, who was found hanged at […]

UK’s first proton beam machine arrives at Newport clinic

UK’s first proton beam machine arrives at Newport clinic

Image copyright PPI Image caption How the final proton beam therapy room will look A key component of the UK’s first high-energy proton beam machine has been delivered to its new home in Newport. Proton Partners International (PPI) received the part that will fire the cancer-treating beam at its Rutherford Cancer Centre. PPI said the […]

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