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Withings restores its cardio health feature on scales in Europe

When Withings introduced pulse wave velocity (PWV) measurements on its flagship scale, it offered customers an indicator of their cardiovascular health. In addition to more standard calculations, like weight and body mass index, the Body Cardio scale used the PWV measurement to estimate the "stiffness" of users' arteries and the correlated risk of hypertension or cardiovascular incident. But in January 2018, Nokia (which then owned the company ... Full story

Healthcare for the homeless: 'I probably wouldn't be alive without them'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Who looks after the health of the homeless? Homeless people face various challenges: where to find the next meal; where to seek shelter on a cold night; how to protect themselves from the threat of violence. A specialist service in Birmingham is trying to make life easier for them in one specific area - where to turn when they need medical help. Kaece McGowan was living in a hostel when ... Full story

HIV used to cure 'bubble boy' disease

Image caption Gael, a patient at St Jude Children's research hospital who received treatment, with his mother. US scientists say they used HIV to make a gene therapy that cured eight infants of severe combined immunodeficiency, or "bubble boy" disease. Results of the research, developed at a Tennessee hospital, were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The babies, born with little to no immune protection, now have fully functional ... Full story

A rasher of bacon 'ups cancer risk'

Even small amounts of red and processed meat - such as a rasher of bacon a day - can increase the risk of bowel cancer, according to research. The latest study led by Oxford University and funded by Cancer Research UK, adds to evidence, including from the World Health Organization, that eating red meat can be harmful. But exactly how big is the risk? And how much is too much? Here's what you need to know. WHAT THE STUDY FOUND:. Researchers ... Full story

Breech baby scan 'would save lives'

Mums-to-be could be routinely offered an ultrasound scan at 36 weeks to help spot risky breech deliveries, when a baby's bottom or feet will emerge first, say UK researchers. Breech births can be hazardous and tricky to diagnose. Currently, midwives and doctors tend to rely on the shape and feel of the mother's bump to check. Researchers estimate the scans would avoid 4,000 emergency caesareans and eight baby deaths a year in England. If the ... Full story

Pig brains partially revived four hours after death News

US scientists have partially revived pig brains four hours after the animals were slaughtered. The findings could fuel debate about the barrier between life and death, and provide a new way of researching diseases like Alzheimer's. The study showed the death of brain cells could be halted and even restored some connections in the brain. However, there were no signals from the brain that would indicate awareness or consciousness. The surprise ... Full story

Ji Sung Confirmed To Star In Medical Drama With Lee Se Young

Ji Sung has been confirmed to star alongside Lee Se Young in an upcoming medical drama. On April 17, his agency Namoo Actors confirmed that he will be taking the lead role in SBS’s new Friday-Saturday drama “Doctor Room.”. “Doctor Room” follows the stories of doctors who work with pain management. Each episode will show patients whose source of pain is unknown and patients that suffer from chronic illnesses as the doctors pursue the unknown ... Full story

The Priory fined £300k over death of 14-year-old girl

Image caption Amy El-Keria was found hanged in her room in November 2012. The Priory healthcare group has been fined £300,000 over the death of a child at one of its hospitals. Amy El-Keria, 14, was found hanged in her room at the Priory in Ticehurst, East Sussex, in November 2012. The private company, which runs mental health services as part of an NHS contract, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court. In 2016, an inquest that found her death may ... Full story

Growing underwater noise in the Arctic puts whales and other animals at risk

Until recently, the Arctic Ocean's ice cover made it a natural “acoustic refuge” for marine animals for much of the year. Many marine animals, including narwhals, belugas, and bowhead whales, rely on clicks, whistles, songs and other noises to locate food, raise calves, and find mates for survival. But melting sea ice has led to expanded shipping routes and increased oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. And that traffic is expected to ... Full story

Schools to get free sanitary products

Image caption Free sanitary products are being made available in Welsh schools. More than 141,000 girls in all Welsh primary and secondary schools will be given access to free sanitary products under Welsh Government plans. Ministers have set up a £2.3m grant for councils to fund the scheme. The move aims to tackle period poverty - where young women and girls find it too expensive to buy sanitary items. It follows similar moves to roll out free ... Full story