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Frozen 'space sperm' passes fertility test

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 … Continue reading

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Lean-burn physiology gives Sherpas peak-performance

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 … Continue reading

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Microwave mushrooms 'to keep their goodness', scientists say

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 and frying reduce them. A study, from … Continue reading

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Intersex patients 'routinely lied to by doctors'

Media playback is unsupported on your device 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 … Continue reading

IVF treatment girl returns to Newcastle Centre for Life

A seven-year-old girl is taken back to where she was born at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. Sheila Webster, from Sunderland, turned to IVF treatment after not being able to conceive after 15 years of trying. “I was made … Continue reading

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Doctor in the house

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 One’s Doctor in the House, I … Continue reading

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Body over mind

Scientists in the UK are investigating whether some cases of depression could be triggered by an overactive immune system. It’s a theory which is rapidly gaining ground – and there are now a number of trials testing whether some anti-inflammatory … Continue reading

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Parkrun triumph for runner who recovered from two strokes

A runner who overcame two strokes, a hole in the heart and a broken back to complete his first five-kilometre parkrun says he will be back to try for a new personal best. Ben Parker had previously been told he … Continue reading

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Cigarettes sold in plain green packs under new rules

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 10, are designed to deter young people … Continue reading

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Dementia: Why son fears for mum's future care

In 2014, Andriani was suffering from dementia, and sold her small house in London to pay for residential care. The 64-year-old’s condition has deteriorated rapidly since then, while the costs to care for her have risen from £60,000 to £100,000 … Continue reading

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