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    Cannabis: What are the risks of recreational use?

    Image copyright Getty Images The government has said there will be a review into the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes but has rejected suggestions by former Foreign Secretary Lord Hague that its recreational use could be legalised. Home Secretary Sajid Javid said there was strong scientific evidence he drug could “harm people’s mental and […] More

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    Cannabis oil row: Billy Caldwell discharged from hospital

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCannabis oil row: Mother calls for drug to be legalised A boy with severe epilepsy, who was admitted to hospital after his medical cannabis oil was confiscated, has been discharged. Billy Caldwell, 12, was treated with the drug in hospital after the Home Office granted a 20-day […] More

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    NHS funding: Theresa May unveils £20bn boost

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMrs May said the extra funding amounted to billions of pounds a year extra for the NHS The NHS in England is to get an extra £20bn a year by 2023 as a 70th “birthday present”, Theresa May says. It means the £114bn budget will rise by […] More

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    Cannabis oil row: Boy has epilepsy medication returned

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCharlotte Caldwell says “history has been made” after the Home Office allowed her son to use cannabis oil A boy with severe epilepsy has been given back medicinal cannabis oil that was confiscated from his mother at customs, the home secretary has said. Billy Caldwell, 12, received […] More

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    Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area

    The NHS is under severe pressure. Rising numbers of patients need hospital care – whether in an accident and emergency department, for cancer treatment or for planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements. For each there are strict targets local services are expected to meet across the UK. But what are the […] More

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    Gene therapy reverses rat’s paralysis

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionParalysed rat picks up sugar cube after gene therapy repairs spinal cord Scientists say they have taken a significant step towards the goal of giving paralysed people control of their hands again. The team at King’s College London used gene therapy to repair damage in the spinal […] More

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    Stoke patients delaying cancer treatments for holidays

    Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Royal Stoke University Hospital has urged people referred with cancer not to delay treatment because of social arrangements People are putting their lives at risk by turning down cancer appointments because they clash with their holiday plans, a hospital has claimed. Royal Stoke University Hospital said an increasing […] More

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    Social media must be made less addictive, says watchdog

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJames Reevell looks at the tricks technology companies use to keep you hooked on your phone Social media firms need to limit features that hook youngsters on devices, Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has said. Streaks, the number of consecutive days people have sent Snapchat messages […] More

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    Bottle feeding is a woman’s right, midwives told

    Image copyright Science Photo Library If a woman decides not to breastfeed her baby it is her choice and must be respected, midwives are being told. The Royal College of Midwives’ new position statement makes it explicitly clear that women should be supported if, after being given advice, information and support, they opt to bottle […] More

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    The deaf patients ‘left behind’ by the NHS

    Image caption Jeff Parfitt, who was born deaf, does not like using online interpretation services. A lack of face-to-face interpreters is meaning deaf patients are missing key operations and being informed of serious medical issues – such as a miscarriage – via a tablet computer, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. Many of those affected […] More

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    Kitchen towels ‘can cause food poisoning’

    Image copyright Getty Images Multi-use of kitchen towels is putting households at risk of food poisoning, research suggests. Scientists from the University of Mauritius examined 100 kitchen towels that had been used for a month. They found E.coli was more likely to be found on towels used for multiple jobs, such as wiping utensils and […] More

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