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Fitness trackers 'poor at measuring calories burned'

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:39:01 GMT

But they are accurate at measuring heart rate, a study of seven devices has found. denies exploiting users' DNA

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:19:32 GMT

The genealogy service says it is changing its terms and conditions after being criticised.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Ethiopian wins top WHO job

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:34:39 GMT

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus chosen as new boss of the World Health Organization

Lean-burn physiology gives Sherpas peak-performance

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:32:32 GMT

Nepalese mountain guides have a physiology that uses oxygen more efficiently than lowlanders.

Yemen war: Major cholera epidemic feared, says charity

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:48:30 GMT

Almost 250 people have died of the disease this month alone, says Save the Children.

Frozen 'space sperm' passes fertility test

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:23:23 GMT

Viable mouse sperm stored in space gives hope for sperm banks on the Moon, a Japanese team says.

Intersex patients 'routinely lied to by doctors'

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:43:07 GMT

Doctors in the UK routinely lied to patients with disorders of sex development known as intersex conditions, the BBC finds.

'Half a glass of wine every day' increases breast cancer risk

Mon, 22 May 2017 23:09:21 GMT

That's what a report says - but we look at all the risks of breast cancer for women.

Cigarettes sold in plain green packs under new rules

Sat, 20 May 2017 11:35:54 GMT

Standardised tobacco packaging rules come into force to try to put young people off smoking.

UK's first high-energy proton beam machine in Newport

Sat, 20 May 2017 14:06:06 GMT

The UK's first high-energy proton beam machine will offer treatments next year, the firm behind it says.

Exercise programme 'can reduce concussion' in youth rugby

Thu, 18 May 2017 07:23:19 GMT

Strength, balance and movement exercises help teenagers avoid injury, a study says.

US teen died after drinking caffeine too quickly, coroner says

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:23:31 GMT

A coroner says the healthy 16-year-old drank several highly-caffeinated drinks too quickly.

Road accidents biggest global killer of teenagers

Tue, 16 May 2017 04:04:50 GMT

More than 1.2 million adolescents died in 2015, with road injuries causing about one in 10 deaths.

NHS cyber attack: A&Es 'fully open' again

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:56:46 GMT

Patients are no longer being diverted away from A&E units following the cyber attack, NHS bosses say.

IVF treatment girl returns to Newcastle Centre for Life

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:51:39 GMT

"I was made out of two tiny little cells in a little glass tube," says seven-year-old Hannah.

'Spice' ban one year on

Fri, 19 May 2017 03:36:16 GMT

It's a year since the ban on so-called legal highs, but has making it illegal stopped people from using it?

Five tips from the ‘happiest man on earth’.

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:53:06 GMT

Renowned expert and author on compassion and happiness Matthieu Ricard, often called the ‘happiest man on earth', offers his five top tips for happiness.

Dementia: Why son fears for mum's future care

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:02:11 GMT

The BBC last saw dementia-sufferer Andriani in 2014. Her deterioration has been rapid - while the costs to care for her rise.

Mum's warning after daughter dies of meningitis W

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:56:31 GMT

Lauren Sandell was 18 years old when she died from the disease, a few months after starting university.

Can too much caffeine kill you?

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:19:49 GMT

Sixteen-year-old Davis Cripe died in the US after drinking caffeine too quickly.

Echopixel - the new 3D image tool for surgeons

Wed, 17 May 2017 07:12:55 GMT

Echopixel allows surgeons to view and interact with a patient's scans in 3D.

Jeremy Hunt: 'Lessons will be learnt' from NHS cyber-attack

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:20:52 GMT

The Health Secretary told the BBC that some parts of the NHS IT network were vulnerable.

Wanted: Top doctor to care for 7 billion people

Sun, 21 May 2017 00:06:13 GMT

The World Health Organization is recruiting a boss. Hear from the three candidates for the top job in their own words.

Microwave mushrooms 'to keep their goodness', scientists say

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:01:38 GMT

Grilling and microwaving are the best ways to cook the fungi, a Spanish study says.


Mon, 22 May 2017 00:39:09 GMT

Jeanette was 50 when she discovered the truth about her own body.

Body over mind

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:16:59 GMT

Research on the role of the immune system in depression.

Reproductive rebels

Sun, 21 May 2017 23:17:43 GMT

Contraception wasn’t just socially groundbreaking - it also changed the professional landscape.

Shock therapy

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:38:23 GMT

ECT has recently been used in some countries as a treatment for children who severely self injure.

Nine-month stretch

Wed, 10 May 2017 23:26:46 GMT

A look at the growing popularity around the world of exercise classes for pregnant women.

'Biscuits for breakfast'

Thu, 11 May 2017 03:34:29 GMT

Dr Michael Mosley investigates the impact of not getting enough sleep.

Blood scandal

Tue, 09 May 2017 23:04:34 GMT

Jason Evans says his father was killed by contaminated blood that the government "knew was dangerous".

Online organs

Mon, 01 May 2017 22:02:06 GMT

Rather than languishing on a waiting list for an organ transplant, some people are seeking help on the internet.