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Sperm swimming technique ‘all down to simple maths’

Sperm swimming technique ‘all down to simple maths’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Millions of sperm set off but only a few will complete the journey How an individual sperm swims, against all the odds, through fluid to reach the fallopian tubes has been revealed – and it’s all about rhythm. Researchers from the UK and Japan found that the head […]

Spider venom may offer stroke therapy

Spider venom may offer stroke therapy

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Funnel web spiders are milked using a pipette that sucks up their venom A protein in spider venom may help protect the brain from injury after a stroke, according to research. Scientists found a single dose of the protein Hi1a worked on lab rats. They said it showed […]

Whistleblowers ‘to be protected’ if they apply for NHS job

Whistleblowers ‘to be protected’ if they apply for NHS job

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said staff who speak up should be listened to NHS whistleblowers could be protected against discrimination if they apply to work for the health service again. Government plans would give applicants a right to complain to an employment tribunal if they believed they had […]

Private care contracts for councils ‘being cancelled’

Private care contracts for councils ‘being cancelled’

Swimming technique of sperm ‘all down to simple maths’

Swimming technique of sperm ‘all down to simple maths’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Millions of sperm set off but only a few will complete the journey How an individual sperm swims, against all the odds, through fluid to reach the fallopian tubes has been revealed – and it’s all about rhythm. Researchers from the UK and Japan found that the head […]

Women ‘should be told’ sex of foetus in pregnancy scan

Women ‘should be told’ sex of foetus in pregnancy scan

Image copyright Getty Images Women should be told the sex of the foetus when they are scanned during pregnancy, a senior, retired obstetrician has said. Prof Wendy Savage told the Mail on Sunday that withholding the information because of fears over sex-selective abortions was “outrageous”. Some hospitals have a policy not to reveal the sex, […]

NHS facing ‘mission impossible next year’

NHS facing ‘mission impossible next year’

Image copyright PA NHS services in England are facing a “mission impossible” to meet the standards required by the government, health bosses say. The warning has been made by NHS Providers, which represents hospital, mental health and ambulance trusts. It said front-line services simply do not have enough money – and predicts longer waits for […]

NHS facing ‘mission impossible next year’

NHS facing ‘mission impossible next year’

Image copyright PA NHS services in England are facing a “mission impossible” to meet the standards required by the government, health bosses say. The warning has been made by NHS Providers, which represents hospital, mental health and ambulance trusts. It said front-line services simply do not have enough money – and predicts longer waits for […]

Skin creams containing paraffin linked to fire deaths

Skin creams containing paraffin linked to fire deaths

Image caption Sparks from Philip Hoe’s cigarette reacted with a cream he was covered in Skin creams containing paraffin have been linked to dozens of fire deaths across England, the BBC has learned. The products for conditions like eczema and psoriasis can leave people at risk of setting themselves ablaze. If people use the creams […]

‘Healthiest hearts in the world’ found

‘Healthiest hearts in the world’ found

Image copyright Michael Gurven The healthiest hearts in the world have been found in the Tsimane people in the forests of Bolivia, say researchers. Barely any Tsimane had signs of clogged up arteries – even well into old age – a study in the Lancet showed. “It’s an incredible population” with radically different diets and […]