106107380 tv052345301 - Testosterone rules for female athletes 'unscientific'
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Testosterone rules for female athletes 'unscientific'

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption South African athlete Caster Semenya has been prevented from competing for nearly a year New rules to reduce naturally high testosterone levels in female athletes have been branded “unscientific”. Last year, athletics chiefs ruled women with levels of five nanomoles per litre or more must have hormone treatment before […]

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NHS 'no chance of training enough staff'

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS in England has no chance of training enough GPs and nurses to solve the shortages it faces, experts say. A report by three leading think tanks predicts that in the next five years nurse shortages will double and GP gaps nearly treble, without radical action. The Nuffield Trust, Health […]

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Unprecedented drug shortage linked to Brexit, NHS bosses say

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals across England are experiencing medicine shortages due to “stockpiling and price pressure as the Brexit deadline approaches”, NHS Providers has told BBC Newsnight. The trade association warned some trusts had seen shortages of up to 160 different drugs in the past six weeks. This was compared with just 25 to […]

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'My anorexia really loved Instagram'

A BBC investigation has found extreme material encouraging and glamorising eating disorders on the social media platform Instagram. Jodie-Leigh Neil has overcome anorexia and says though Instagram didn’t cause her eating disorder, it did make it worse. Instagram say they do not allow content that encourages or promotes eating disorders and will remove it as […]

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Childcare offered for free to smear-test mums

Image copyright PA Image caption Registered childminders will look after children while mums attend screening appointments Dozens of childcare providers across the UK are offering to look after children for free to enable mothers to attend cervical screening appointments. Public Health England is currently spearheading a campaign to increase take-up rates of tests, said to […]

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San Francisco moves to ban e-cigarettes until health effects known

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anti-vaping activists say young people are deliberately targeted with flavoured products Officials in San Francisco have proposed a new law to ban e-cigarette sales until their health effects are evaluated by the US government. The law appears to be the first of its kind in the US and seeks […]

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Potent cannabis increases risk of serious mental illness, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People experiencing psychosis lose touch with reality and may hear voices, researchers said Smoking potent ‘skunk-like’ cannabis increases your risk of serious mental illness, say researchers. They estimate around one in 10 new cases of psychosis may be associated with strong cannabis, based on their study of European cities […]

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Could you run a marathon in your 80s?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Irene Obera (l), Emma Maria Mazzenga and Constance Marmour compete at the World Masters Athletics Championships in 2015 While many in their 80s and 90s may be starting to take it easy, 85-year-old track star Irene Obera is at the other end of the spectrum. Setting multiple world athletics […]

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Gestational diabetes: Women left at risk, say researchers

Image caption Gaynor Thompson and Ben Moorhouse believe more needs to be done to prevent stillbirth Women are being left at risk of stillbirth due to a lack of proper screening for gestational diabetes, new research suggests. The study involved pregnant women at 41 maternity units across the UK. It found not all women who […]

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Medicinal cannabis: 'patients still in limbo'

Image copyright Getty Images Most patients seeking medicinal cannabis on the NHS will not be able to get it soon, despite recent changes in regulation that allow doctors to give it, a committee has heard. England’s Chief Medical Officer called for robust scientific trials to check safety. These trials can last years. Families with children […]

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Majorca in drive to rein in boozy tourists

Image copyright AFP Image caption Locals in Majorca are fed up with alcohol-fuelled bad behaviour The resort city of Palma in Majorca is restricting alcohol in some popular areas, including the beach, in a drive against drunk tourists. Police will be able to fine them up to €3,000 (£2,565; $3,406) for anti-social behaviour from 1 […]

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First weight-loss surgery unit planned for Northern Ireland

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In 2017/18 almost two-thirds of adults in Northern Ireland were overweight or obese The Department of Health is considering setting up Northern Ireland’s first dedicated weight-loss surgery unit. An assessment will be carried out into whether or not the unit should be created in Enniskillen. Weight-loss surgery is sometimes […]