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Review needed on medicinal cannabis cases, says May

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Twelve-year-old Billy Caldwell – pictured with his mother Charlotte – has severe epilepsy There is a need to review how cases for the medical use of cannabis are handled, the prime minister has said. Theresa May made the comment after a special licence was granted allowing Billy Caldwell, 12, to […]

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How does gaming affect your brain?

Hamish loves playing the video game Fortnite, but does his brain show signs of addiction? He and his brother Noah had their brains scanned while playing. Gaming addiction has been listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the World Health Organisation. Here are some tips for staying healthy and enjoying gaming. […]

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HPV vaccine cuts cancer-causing infection

Image copyright jarun011 Image caption The HPV vaccine was introduced in 2008 There has been a significant fall in the number of cases of HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer, following the introduction of a vaccine for young women, a new study says. The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine fights the high-risk infections which […]

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Hundreds of breast cancer patients 'denied reconstruction'

Image caption Jo is one of hundreds of women who have had their options restricted after breast cancer One in five NHS bodies in England is limiting the number of reconstruction surgeries breast cancer patients are allowed, potentially affecting hundreds of women, a charity report suggests. Breast Cancer Now says the restrictions are “arbitrary” and […]

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NHS funding: PM calls for 10-year plan to spend cash

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The funding boost means an extra £20bn a year for the NHS by 2023 The NHS must come up with a 10-year plan to best use its £20bn funding boost in England, Theresa May will say. In a speech in London, the prime minister will stress the NHS must […]

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Over 40s health check to include dementia advice

Image copyright Getty Images People over 40 in England will be given advice on dementia as part of their free NHS health check. Guidance on how to reduce the risk of dementia will be given to patients at GP surgeries and through community health programmes. Public Health England (PHE) said up to one-third of dementia […]

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Teenager's cowpox diagnosis surprises doctors

Image copyright Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundations Trust Image caption Distinctive cowpox lesions appeared on the boy’s hands, arms and feet A 15-year-old boy has surprised doctors by contracting cowpox, a historical disease now so rare it has not been seen in Wales for more than a decade. The teenager, who lives on the […]

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Children in England consuming 'twice as much sugar as recommended'

Image copyright Getty Images Children in England have already consumed more than their recommended sugar intake for 2018, according to Public Health England survey – and we’re only halfway through June. Four to 10-year-olds are eating more than twice as much sugar as they should per day, equivalent to 13 sugar cubes. That amounts to […]

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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 […]

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Hospital waiting list in England highest since 2007

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people waiting for a hospital operation in England is at its highest for more than a decade An estimated 4.2m people are waiting to be seen – the highest since 2007. April’s figures also showed growing numbers waiting more than 18 weeks, the treatment target time, including people […]

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Cannabis addiction 'rising among women and over 40s'

Image copyright diego_cervo Image caption Cannabis addiction is rising among women Addiction to cannabis is rising among people above the age of 40, and women in particular, according to a study by the University of York. In the past 10 years, the number of women citing the drug as their sole concern at treatment centres […]