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Potent cannabis increases risk of serious mental illness, says study

[ad_1] 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 and towns.In London and Amsterdam, where most of the cannabis that is sold is
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Could you run a marathon in your 80s?

[ad_1] 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 records in her age category, she is one of a growing band of "master
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Gestational diabetes: Women left at risk, say researchers

[ad_1] 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 were at high risk of developing the condition were tested as they should have
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Medicinal cannabis: ‘patients still in limbo’

[ad_1] 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 with severe epilepsy have been campaigning for greater access. Campaigners say they have been let
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Majorca in drive to rein in boozy tourists

[ad_1] 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 April. Bars, clubs or restaurants breaking the rules can also be fined. They must not
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First weight-loss surgery unit planned for Northern Ireland

[ad_1] 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 used to tackle health conditions in very obese adults and, until now, it has not been
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People don’t become ‘adults’ until their 30s

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Have you ever been told to "grow up" in your 20s or need an excuse as to why you still find cat videos on the internet really funny?Well now you might have an official reason as to why you're not acting like a mature adult.People don't become fully "adult" until they're in their 30s, according to brain scientists.Currently the UK law says you become a
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‘My egg freezing journey’ – BBC News

[ad_1] With more and more women around the world considering freezing their eggs, how does the process work?BBC Health reporter, Smitha Mundasad, has been behind the scenes of a fertility clinic to find out exactly how eggs are frozen, and has been speaking mum of two Ali about her own egg freezing journey.You can find out more on Beyond Today on BBC Radio 4 at 1700 GMT on Tuesday March
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NHS infection and safety inquiry begins at Holyrood

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Hospital infection rates are being investigated by a Holyrood committee MSPs will start hearing evidence later about safety and infection rates in Scotland's NHS.The inquiry was launched by Holyrood's health and sport committee after a series of infection outbreaks at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.Two people died after contracting an infection related to pigeon droppings.The committee's probe will have a
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Ellie Long inquest: Norfolk trust must take action after death

[ad_1] Image caption Ellie Long was a "beautiful, intelligent and wonderful young lady", her mother said A mental health trust has been called on to take urgent action following the death of a 15-year-old girl who suffered from anorexia.Ellie Long, of Wymondham, Norfolk, was found hanged in her room in 2017.Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake has issued a "prevention of future death" report calling for action from Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation