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Walking or cycling to work improves mental wellbeing, study finds

Walking or cycling to work is better for people's mental health than driving to work, according to new research. ... Read more >>

hrill-seeking pensioner Cliff Dadson skydives for charity, Action for Children

He is 94-years-old but Cliff Dadson has taken to the skies for his first ever parachute jump. Cliff, from Cumbria, took part in a tandem skydive from 13,500ft to raise money for the charity Action for Children. ... Read more >>

How smartphones could help make diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease easier

Smartphones will soon be able to perform the functions of a ‘pocket doctor' and map Parkinson's disease and other degenerative diseases, thanks to the work of a mathematician. ... Read more >>

Barnardo's calls on nation to celebrate kids' success

Barnardo's has launched a campaign to encourage the public to celebrate the achievements of the children in their lives and share them with the nation. ... Read more >>

Scientists say Ozone Layer is on track to recovery and call for further action on the climate

The Earth's protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades thanks to concerted international action against ozone depleting substances, according to a new assessment by 300 scientists. ... Read more >>

New funding from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in emergency response to Ebola outbreak

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will commit $50 million to support the scale up of emergency efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and interrupt transmission of the virus. ... Read more >>

How to help youngsters enjoy the great outdoors with a blackberry picking trip

The National Trust is urging families to make the most of what's expected to be a bumper blackberry crop this year, in its mission to get children into the great outdoors. ... Read more >>

Eating breakfast daily may help to prevent early development of diabetes risk in children

Children who eat breakfast daily have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who skip it or only eat it occasionally, says new research. ... Read more >>

New diagnosis technique to counter rapid rise in knee replacements

Researchers have developed a semi-automated computer model for more accurately assessing the condition of patients' replacement knees, so preventing unnecessary and costly revision surgery. ... Read more >>

California blue whales recover from potential extinction, research suggest

The number of threatened California blue whales has recovered, according to new research by the University of Washington. ... Read more >>

Support for animal experiments at lowest level since 2002, suggests survey findings

The RSPCA believes the results of two new polls commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills should stimulate more determined efforts to end animal use and suffering in experiments. ... Read more >>

Why plants in the office make workers more productive

Offices with plants make staff happier and more productive than ‘lean’ designs stripped of greenery, new research shows. ... Read more >>

BUPA Great North Run: Mark Knopfler releases charity song to mark millionth race finisher

Dire Straits star Mark Knopfler has re-released the North East anthem Local Hero to commemorate the Bupa Great North Run reaching a world-first one millionth finish and support cancer care for children. ... Read more >>

Nurse William Pooley leaves hospital following treatment for Ebola

Following ten days of successful treatment for Ebola, nurse William Pooley has been discharged from the Royal Free Hospital London's high level isolation unit. ... Read more >>

New heart-failure drug beats current ‘gold-standard’

A new drug that outperforms the current gold-standard treatment for heart failure may soon benefit patients. ... Read more >>

Food with Heart: Celebrity cookbook raises funds for Great Ormond's Street Hospital

A new cookbook enables you to eat like the rich and famous while supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. ... Read more >>

New approach could transform treatment of depression in cancer patients

Researchers say a fresh approach to the depression felt by patients diagnosed with cancer could transform treatment. ... Read more >>

How a tomato-rich diet could help prevent prostate cancer

Men who eat over 10 portions a week of tomatoes have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests. ... Read more >>

Breakthrough research brings new hope to sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis

Latest research into the chronic lung condition Cystic Fibrosis could influence the way new vaccines and treatments are developed. ... Read more >>

RSPCA Animal Hero Awards honour inspiring animals and those who help them

Now in its second year, the RSPCA's Animal Hero Awards aims to recognise and celebrate the most inspiring examples of bravery, dedication and resilience in the animal world. ... Read more >>

Sale of Banksy artwork Mobile Lovers keeps youth club open

A piece of artwork by Banksy that caused controversy over its ownership has finally been sold, ensuring that a boys club can remain open. ... Read more >>

Student finds new species of tree frog

A new species of tree frog has been discovered in the forests of Madagascar by an MSc student at the University of Bristol. ... Read more >>

New wetland home sought for ducklings of world’s rarest bird, the Madagascar pochard

Conservationists hope to develop a new wetland home for the threatened Madagascar pochard, described as the world's rarest bird. ... Read more >>

Breastfeeding mothers are less likely to suffer postnatal depression, study suggests

A new study of over 10,000 mothers has shown that women who breastfed their babies were at significantly lower risk of postnatal depression than those who did not. ... Read more >>

Student Henry Roth finds potential improvement for heart screening of black athletes

Eighteen-year old Henry Roth has discovered a better screening process for sudden cardiac death in black athletes. ... Read more >>

Children's drawings indicate later intelligence, study suggests

How your four-year old child draws at the age of four is an indicator of intelligence at age 14, according to a new study. ... Read more >>

Kittens in socks make a good recovery with the RSPCA and need a home

First there was The Cat In The Hat, now meet the kittens in socks... The RSPCA's cute new residents George and Elton are wearing outfits made espcially from baby's socks to prevent them getting sore from suckling each other in their sleep. ... Read more >>

How American fundraiser Bret Parker has found a way to cope with Parkinson's disease positively

When Bret Parker was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at age 38, he likened the experience to "getting run over by a truck and then having it back up and run over me again." ... Read more >>

Downton Abbey cast embrace water bottle controversy to promote work of Water Aid

The cast of Downton Abbey have turned what could potentially have been an embarrassing gaffe into an inspired opportunity to promote the work of international charity WaterAid. ... Read more >>

How electric bugs could be used to detect water pollution in the Third World

A low-cost device has been created that could be used in developing countries to monitor the quality of drinking water in real time without costly lab equipment. ... Read more >>

One in three cases of Alzheimer’s worldwide is potentially preventable, study suggests

Researchers suggest that one in three cases of Alzheimer's is preventable. ... Read more >>

Gold nanoparticles can help kill brain cancer cells, according to research

A smart technology which involves smuggling tiny gold nanoparticles into brain cancer cells has proven highly effective in lab-based tests. ... Read more >>

New hope for Peregrine Falcons and other birds of prey in Peak District

The chances of spotting one of the UK's most iconic birds of prey – the Peregrine Falcon – are on the rise, thanks to conservation efforts to protect the birds involving monitoring and protecting their nest sites. ... Read more >>

Patient Kieran Sorkin receives two reconstructed ears made from his ribs in successsful surgery

A nine-year-old boy has undergone a double ear reconstruction, made from his own ribs. ... Read more >>

How smartwatches could help better monitor Parkinson's disease

Patients living with Parkinson’s disease are familiar with the usual clinical examination at their doctor’s surgery. They tap their fingers and rise from a chair, which tells a GP how their doing and helps determine any changes in their treatment.... Read more >>

How lessons on a musical instrument can boost the reading skills of disadvantaged children

Learning to play a musical instrument or to sing can help disadvantaged children strengthen their reading and language skills, according to research. ... Read more >>

Giant panda Tian Tian's apparent pregnancy brings hope for Edinburgh Zoo breeding programme

Edinburgh Zoo's giant panda Tian Tian is thought to be pregnant and expected to give birth at the end of the month. ... Read more >>

Alice Dowek overcomes fears to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in support The Children's Trust

Student Alice Dowek will face her fears when she attempts to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, inspired by her cousin. ... Read more >>

Aspirin may prevent major cancers, scientists suggest

New research from Queen Mary University of London reveals taking aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of developing – and dying from – the major cancers of the digestive tract, such as bowel, stomach and oesophageal cancer. ... Read more >>

National Trust volunteers create garden of reflection to commemorate First World War

An army of volunteers has created a garden of reflection to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War. The garden has been designed to offer a tranquil place to remember those who lost their lives in the conflict. ... Read more >>

RSPCA launches campaign to keep kids safe and dogs happy

With the school summer holidays underway, children and dogs are spending more time together and the RSPCA has produced advice for parents and youngsters to help make sure this time is spent safely. ... Read more >>

Jet-engine research leads to development of energy-saving saucepan, Flare pan

Research into high-efficiency cooling systems for next-generation jet-engines has led to a new design of cooking pan that uses 40% less energy. ... Read more >>

Rare bee-eater birds breed successfully on National Trust estate

The National Trust's Wydcombe Estate on the Isle of Wight has become home to a pair of rare bee-eater birds which are only the third on record to breed successfully in the UK in the last century. ... Read more >>

Understanding attention deficit in dyslexics could help improve reading, suggests study

A better understanding of attention deficit in adults with dyslexia may help develop new techniques for ready and writing. ... Read more >>

Celebrities lead the way as RSPCA reports more animal adoptions

The RSPCA says more people are following in the footsteps of big-hearted celebrities and rehoming its rescue pets.  ... Read more >>

New study finds physical activity is increased by closeness to cycling and walking routes

The provision of new, high-quality, traffic-free cycling and walking routes in local communities has encouraged more people to get about by foot and by bike, according to a new study. ... Read more >>

Fist bumps beat handshakes for better hygiene, study suggests

Bumping fists rather than shaking hands</SPAN><SPAN> when meeting someone could improve hygiene, research suggests. </SPAN>... Read more >>

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