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Mount Everest's famous Hillary Step destroyed, mountaineers confirm

0SHARESShare A famous feature of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the world’s highest peak even more dangerous to climbers. Mountaineers said the Hillary Step may have fallen victim to Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake. The near-vertical 12-metre (39 ft) rocky outcrop stood on the mountain’s southeast ridge, and was the last great challenge before the top. It was named after ...

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Norway to boost protection of Arctic seed vault from climate change

0SHARESShare Norway is boosting the flood defences of its Global Seed Vault on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard after water entered the entrance tunnel last year. The storage facility, deep inside a mountain, is designed to preserve the world’s crops from future disasters. Unseasonably high temperatures last year caused the permafrost to melt, sending water into the access tunnel. No ...

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Cigarettes sold in plain green packs under new rules

New rules have come into force which mean cigarettes and tobacco must be sold in plain green packets and carry graphic health warnings. The rules, which also end the sale of packets of 10, are designed to deter young people from taking up the habit. Health groups have welcomed the measure, as the number of smokers in the UK continues ...

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UK's first high-energy proton beam machine in Newport

A key component of the UK’s first high-energy proton beam machine has been delivered to its new home in Newport. Proton Partners International (PPI) received the part that will fire the cancer-treating beam at its Rutherford Cancer Centre. PPI said the UK’s “most-advanced piece of cancer machinery” could transform treatment for 500 patients a year. Currently, only low-energy treatment is ...

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General election 2017: Illegal content sanctions threat

Online companies could face fines or prosecution if they fail to remove illegal content, under Conservative plans for stricter internet regulation. The party has also proposed an industry-wide levy, dubbed a “Twitter tax”, to fund “preventative activity to counter internet harms”. Labour said it had “pressed for tough new codes” in the past but the government had “categorically refused”. The ...

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Chester hospital baby deaths to be investigated by police

Baby deaths at a neonatal unit with a “higher than usual” mortality rate are to be investigated by police. Countess of Chester Hospital reported “a greater number of baby deaths and collapses than normally expected” between June 2015 and July 2016. The police probe will focus on eight deaths, but a further seven during the same period will also be ...

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Exercise programme 'can reduce concussion' in youth rugby

A 20-minute exercise programme for young rugby players to improve their strength and balance could help to reduce concussion injuries, according to a study from the University of Bath. In a study of 14- to 18-year-olds in 40 schools, those completing the exercises three times a week saw 59% fewer concussions than other schools. The exercises focus on increasing neck ...

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More than 10,000 defibrillators in public places 'could be faulty'

More than 10,000 defibrillators in the UK may be affected by a fault, which means they will not work in an emergency. The fault affects LIFEPAK 1000 devices, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said. The manufacturer, Physio-Control, has sent a safety alert to those with the devices concerned, urging them to check the battery connection. The defibrillators ...

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Instagram 'worst for young mental health'

Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people’s mental health, a UK snapshot survey suggests. The poll asked 1,479 people aged 14-24 to score popular apps on issues such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, bullying and body image. Instagram said keeping the platform a safe and supportive place for young people ...

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NHS performance data delay 'disappointing', regulator says

The publication of key financial performance data from the NHS in England will be delayed until after the election, the BBC understands. Regulator NHS Improvement had wanted to publish data on the scale of hospital deficits but was advised against it by the government. NHS Improvement said it was “disappointing” the results could not be published until after the election. ...

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