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Exercise benefits to the brain 'may be passed on'

Image copyright Getty Images Physical and mental exercise has been found to be beneficial for our brains, but scientists have now found it could also improve the learning ability of our children. In a mouse study, researchers found the benefits gained from these activities were passed on to their offspring, despite not altering their DNA. […]

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YouTube star prompts conversation about social anxieties

YouTube star prompts conversation about social anxieties By Paul Harrison BBC UGC and Social News Image copyright Getty Images Talking openly about social anxiety to people who haven’t experienced it can be really difficult, but a YouTube star was determined to start a conversation with her fans about it. In her candid tweet, Jessie Paege […]

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NHS heart bypass surgery waiting times double in Wales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Welsh NHS performed better than England in waits for kidney transplants The average length of time heart bypass patients have waited for surgery has nearly doubled across Wales. Official statistics show patients waited an average of 79 days between April 2016 and March 2017, compared to 43 days […]

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Woman's jaw regrown by 9cm in UK first operation after cancer

Image caption Val Blunden was first diagnosed with cancer in January 2015 A woman who lost her jaw to cancer has had it regrown from her own skin and bone. Val Blunden had the bottom of her mouth and chin destroyed by cancer more than two years ago. The 55-year-old was left unable to eat, […]

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Brain injuries increase dementia risk, study finds

Image copyright Science Photo Library People who suffer brain injuries are at increased risk of dementia later in life, a large study suggests. An analysis of 2.8 million people found those who had one or more traumatic brain injuries were 24% more likely to get dementia than those who had not. The risk was greatest […]

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Child amputees get new sport prosthetics fund

Pollyanna Hope lost her leg in a bus crash. She loves to dance and has been helped by a government fund giving sports and activity prosthetics to children. Her mum Sarah was a major force behind the campaign for the 2016 fund, which is now getting a further £1.5 million. Video journalist: Nick Raikes Source […]

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Why do people enjoy taking part in chilli-eating contests?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A contestant takes part in a chilli pepper-eating competition in China For some people putting chillies in a meal can ruin it completely, while for others they’re necessary for food to be as tasty as can be. But there’s also a third category of people who seek out the […]

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Man ends up in A&E after eating world's hottest chilli

Image copyright Spl A man who ate the world’s hottest chilli pepper in a chilli-eating contest ended up in A&E after experiencing “thunderclap” headaches. The 34-year-old man had eaten one Carolina Reaper chilli in the contest in New York State. The “crushingly painful” headaches came on in the next few days. His experience has been […]

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More than half your body is not human

More than half of your body is not human, say scientists. Human cells make up only 43% of the body’s total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists. Understanding this hidden half of ourselves – our microbiome – is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson’s. The field is even asking questions of […]

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MasterChef finalist Nawamin aims to rid world of tuberculosis

Nawamin Pinpathomrat is a finalist in 2018’s MasterChef, but while he has a passion for cooking, his day job is trying to rid the world of tuberculosis. He’s a doctor who’s researching a cure at Oxford University after he witnessed how the disease affected patients in his native Thailand. He hopes to open a restaurant […]

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Record number of organ donors in 2017

Image copyright Karen Glean Image caption Ben Glean, who died aged 18, helped make two sight-saving transplants happen A record number of people donated organs in the UK last year, with the highest increase in 28 years. There were 1,575 donors, an 11% increase on the previous year. Ben Glean from Grimsby, who died aged […]