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MRI scans the 'best and safest way' to identify high risk heart disease patients

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are the safest and most effective way to identify high risk patients with cardiac chest pain, according to researchers at University of Leeds.

MRI scanner Credit: Press Association

They have carried out a clinical study backed by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The study showed that cardiac MRI was better overall at predicting serious events, such as death or heart attack, following chest pain suspected to be angina.

Coronary heart disease (CHD), the world's biggest killer, is responsible for nearly 70,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 190 people each day, or one death around every eight minutes.

"The outcomes of this study could lead to changes in clinical guidelines and to the way doctors investigate chest pain due to suspected heart disease." ENDS

– Professor John Greenwood, School of Medicine at University of Leeds

"The BHF invested heavily in magnetic resonance scanners for research, including in Leeds, over a decade ago. It is pleasing that this investment of publically donated money is now paving the way for better patient care."

– Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director at British Heart Foundation

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KFC launches inquiry after Leeds academic discovers traces of faeces on ice

The fast food chain said it was 'extremely disappointed' Credit: PA

Fast food chain KFC has launched an investigation after a scientist from Leeds Beckett University found bacteria from faeces on ice that was served to an undercover journalist.

The discovery was made at the KFC branch in Birmingham's Martineau Place by researchers from BBC One's Rip Off Britain show.

They were looking into food hygiene standards at several big name takeaways and coffee shops. Most of the samples turned up low and harmless levels of bacteria, they said.

"We found high levels of bacteria in the ice.

The presence of faecal coliform suggests that there's faecal contamination either on the water that made the ice, or the ice itself, and so it increases the risk of getting sick from consuming this ice."

In a statement KFC told the programme that it was "extremely disappointed" by the ice test results adding that it had "immediately launched an investigation".

KFC also said they were undertaking "a retraining programme with all team members on our standards for touch point cleaning and procedures".

The restaurant chain added that it takes "food safety and hygiene extremely seriously."

– Dr Margarita Gomez Escalada

In a statement KFC told the programme that it was "extremely disappointed" by the ice test results adding that it had "immediately launched an investigation".

KFC also said they were undertaking "a retraining programme with all team members on our standards for touch point cleaning and procedures".

The restaurant chain added that it takes "food safety and hygiene extremely seriously".

Ready, teddy ..... we have lift off!

Ready Teddy

Pupils at a school in York are attempting to send a teddy bear into space - using the same computer hardware that astronaut Tim Peake is using for some of his experiments on the International Space Station.

The bear has been placed in a payload attached to a high altitude balloon by students at the Queen Margaret School in York. The project is to coincide with International Women's Day.

Attaching teddy
Preparing for lift-off

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