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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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Politicians unite to demand dignity for terminally ill

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There have been calls for changes to the benefits system for people with life-limiting health conditions Six political parties have signed a letter calling for a fairer definition of terminal illness to be applied in the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) process. The system requires people with a life expectancy […]

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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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Epileptic boy, 12, will get cannabis oil

Image copyright PA Image caption Billy was admitted to hospital in London on Friday A severely epileptic boy is to receive cannabis oil to treat his seizures, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said. Billy Caldwell, 12, will receive the oil after it was confiscated at Heathrow Airport earlier this week. Home Secretary Mr Javid said […]

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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 […]