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Fat found in overweight people’s lungs

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Fatty tissue has been found in the lungs of overweight and obese people for the first time.Australian researchers analysed lung samples from 52 people and found the amount of fat increased in line with body mass index.They said their findings could explain why being overweight or obese increased asthma risk.Lung experts said it would be interesting to see if the effect could be reversed by
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Genetic tests: Experts urge caution over home testing

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images People should not make health decisions based on genetic tests they do at home, experts have warned.The University of Southampton team, writing in the British Medical Journal, warn results can be unreliable.The geneticists said the tests could be wrongly reassuring - or lead to unnecessary worry.23andMe, one of the companies offering tests, said there were "many cases" where results had prompted further checks and preventative
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Microphone could be used to diagnose ‘noisy’ arthritic knees

[ad_1] Image copyright Lancaster University Image caption A tiny microphone records the "noises" produced by the knee Technology used by engineers to listen for faults in bridges could be used to diagnose "noisy" arthritic knees, a study suggests.It involved a tiny microphone being attached to participants' knees to pick up high-frequency sounds.Although not audible to humans, the waveforms can be analysed by computers to give an insight into knee health.Better
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Royal Papworth Hospital rated ‘outstanding’ in all categories

[ad_1] Image caption Royal Papworth Hospital has earned an "outstanding" rating from inspectors A leading heart hospital has become the first NHS hospital trust to earn "outstanding" ratings across the board by inspectors.Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge is where the first successful UK heart transplant was carried out in 1979.The hospital earned the top rating across all five areas, including patient safety, care and leadership.Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors said:
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How dad saved son from ‘scalding cuppa’ scars

[ad_1] Image copyright The Gray family Image caption Archie had scalds on both thighs - but no scars Scott Gray had made a cup of tea at home and left it on the side while playing with his sons, four-year-old Archie and two-year-old Freddie. Moments later, Archie had knocked the tea off the side and on to himself. Scott said: "I pulled his trousers and his skin came off too.
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NHS screening ‘needs to fit with busy lives’

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library There needs to be easier access to NHS screening programmes in England, including evening and weekend clinics, to increase uptake, a review says. The report by Prof Sir Mike Richards also called for tests to be offered in a wider variety of locations, including mobile units.And it recommended using social media to promote what was available.The government had asked Sir Mike to look at
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The world’s first artificial womb for humans

[ad_1] Scientists in the Netherlands say they are within 10 years of developing an artificial womb that could save the lives of premature babies.Premature birth, before 37 weeks, is globally the biggest cause of death among newborns. But, the development also raises ethical questions about the future of baby making.We meet Lisa Mandemaker, the designer working with the Maxima Medical Centre to create a prototype.A film by Kayleen Devlin for
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Deadly parasite ‘jumped’ from gorilla to humans

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A rare and unfortunate sequence of events allowed a deadly type of malaria in gorillas to "jump" species and attack humans, according to scientists. Hundreds of thousands of people die from malaria every year and Plasmodium falciparum - the type the researchers studied - accounts for most cases. African great apes were the original host to the parasite. But a chance genetic mutation about 50,000
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Children illegally sold vaping products

[ad_1] Image caption Georgia, Sydney and Casey all began using e-cigarettes aged 16 Almost 40% of sellers targeted by councils in England have been caught illegally allowing children to buy e-cigarette products, a report has found.Ninety of the 227 premises tested sold vaping goods to under-age teenagers in 2018-19, data from 34 councils showed.Trading Standards - which compiled the research - has called for greater resources to enforce the law.Public
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More than half of A&Es ‘not good enough’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Half of A&Es in England are not good enough - and there are no guarantees services will get better despite the extra money going into the NHS, the regulator says.The Care Quality Commission said people were turning to A&E in a crisis because of a lack of support in the community.It said services would remain under pressure until a funding solution was found for social