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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 ...

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Ethiopian wins top WHO job

Image copyright AFP/Getty Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia will be the next director general of the World Health Organization (WHO). He will be the first African to head up the UN agency, after winning the most votes from 186 member states. He replaces Margaret Chan, who will step down from ...

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‘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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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Doctor in the house

Image copyright BBC/Studio Lambert Image caption Dr Rangan Chatterjee with Emma Gleeson (right) and her family Approximately one in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year in England. As part of our fight against this, we have a very much underutilised tool – food. In BBC ...

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Parkrun triumph for runner who recovered from two strokes

Image copyright Perry Evans Image caption Ben Parker is awaiting an operation at Addenbrooke’s Hospital to close up the hole in his heart that has caused him to suffer two strokes A runner who overcame two strokes, a hole in the heart and a broken back to complete his first ...

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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, ...

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Top doc

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The WHO confirmed that Zika virus caused microcephaly or small brains in babies There’s another big election coming up which will have an impact on hundreds of millions of people all around world – but you probably haven’t heard anything about it. Health ministers ...

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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 vital component of the UK’s first proton beam therapy machine is to be delivered to its new home in Newport. Proton Partners International (PPI) will receive the part that will fire the cancer-treating beam at ...

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Cigarettes sold in plain green packs under new rules

Image copyright PA Image caption All cigarettes must be sold in plain green packaging with health warnings New rules have come into force which mean cigarettes and tobacco must be sold in plain green packets and carry graphic health warnings. The rules, which also end the sale of packets of ...

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NHS performance data ‘likely to be delayed until after election’

Image copyright PA It is likely that publication of key financial performance data from the NHS in England will be delayed until after the election, the BBC understands. Regulator NHS Improvement is understood to want to publish data on the scale of hospital deficits but has been advised against it ...

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