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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 […]

NHS performance data delay ‘disappointing’, regulator says

NHS performance data delay ‘disappointing’, regulator says

Image copyright PA The publication of key financial performance data from the NHS in England will be delayed until after the election, the BBC understands. Regulator NHS Improvement had wanted to publish data on the scale of hospital deficits but was advised against it by the government. NHS Improvement said it was “disappointing” the results […]

More than 10,000 defibrillators in public places ‘could be faulty’

More than 10,000 defibrillators in public places ‘could be faulty’

Image copyright MHRA More than 10,000 defibrillators in the UK may be affected by a fault, which means they will not work in an emergency. The fault affects LIFEPAK 1000 devices, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said. The manufacturer, Physio-Control, has sent a safety alert to those with the devices concerned, urging […]

Exercise programme ‘can reduce concussion’ in youth rugby

Exercise programme ‘can reduce concussion’ in youth rugby

Image copyright University of Bath Image caption Strength, balance and agility are at the core of the exercise programme A 20-minute exercise programme for young rugby players to improve their strength and balance could help to reduce concussion injuries, according to a study from the University of Bath. In a study of 14- to 18-year-olds […]

Private surgery ‘needs better patient safety regulation’

Private surgery ‘needs better patient safety regulation’

Image copyright Getty Images The Royal College of Surgeons has called for a review of the way private hospitals are regulated, following the case of Ian Paterson. The surgeon was convicted last month of unlawfully wounding patients during breast surgery at private clinics in the West Midlands. He is due to be sentenced this month. […]

Beauty sleep is a real thing, research shows

Beauty sleep is a real thing, research shows

Image copyright MilanMarkovic/Getty images Beauty sleep is a real thing, according to researchers who have shown that people who miss out on sleep do appear less attractive to others. A couple of bad nights is enough to make a person look “significantly” more ugly, their sleep experiments suggest. Dark-circled “panda” eyes and puffy lids can […]

NHS cyber attack: A&Es ‘fully open’ again

NHS cyber attack: A&Es ‘fully open’ again

Image copyright EPA Patients are no longer being diverted away from accident and emergency units following the cyber attack, NHS England says. When the computer virus struck on Friday 47 trusts were affected and seven had to close their doors in A&E to ambulances. Some routine surgery and GP appointments were also cancelled across the […]

Google DeepMind patient app legality questioned

Google DeepMind patient app legality questioned

Image copyright DeepMind Image caption The Streams app is saving nurses hours each day says the Royal Free hospital The head of the Department of Health’s National Data Guardian (NDG) has criticised the NHS for the deal it struck with Google’s DeepMind over sharing patient data. In a letter dated February and leaked to Sky […]