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Medicinal cannabis: Why has it taken so long to get to patients?

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Medicinal cannabis was legalised last year but so far, virtually no-one in the UK has been able to access it.Now, enough cannabis to treat 30 patients for a month has arrived in the UK from the Netherlands. Four patients with prescriptions, all to treat chronic pain, will receive cannabis-derived medicines immediately. Specialist doctors have been able to prescribe cannabis since 1 November - so what has
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Tilly Lockey: ‘I can paint with my bionic arms’

[ad_1] Tilly Lockey, 13, has bionic arms that are so sophisticated she can now paint and apply make-up.She lost both of her hands after contracting meningitis as a baby and is now at the forefront of testing the technology. Her latest set, complete with pressure sensors and fine motor control, are not yet available on the NHS - but it is hoped they will be soon. Watch the Victoria Derbyshire
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Most hip and knee replacements ‘last longer than thought’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Eight out of 10 knee replacements and six out of 10 hip replacements last as long as 25 years, says a large study from the University of Bristol.This is much longer than believed, the researchers said, and the findings will help patients and surgeons decide when to carry out surgery.To date, there has been little data on the success of new hips and knees.But this
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Super gonorrhoea: Why the STI could become untreatable

[ad_1] What happens if you can't treat the second-most common STI, gonorrhoea? This sexually transmitted infection affects millions of people around the world every year. But those working on the front line are worried they are running out of drugs to treat it. Newsnight's Kay Devlin explores the challenges involved in stopping the spread of super gonorrhoea and finds out about some of the surprising ways you can get it.
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Down’s syndrome: Parents help Michael and Alison find love

[ad_1] A couple who both have Down's syndrome have spoken about how their relationship has thrived thanks to the support of their families.Alison Williams, 35, and Michael Gallagher, 31, from Anglesey, have been together for 12 years after meeting at a sports club.Support group Mencap Cymru said people with learning disabilities have the right to meaningful relationships.It urged carers to help them and not to be "frightened". [ad_2] Source link
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The hairdressing salon for people who have cancer

[ad_1] "Somewhere like here has been really supportive, because it is not a hospital environment for once, and you can just speak to other people who may not have the same cancer as you, but are going through similar types and totally understand how you feel."The words of Sharon McFeat, one of the women who benefit from the Feel Good Project in Grangemouth.Once a month, when the salon would otherwise
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RAF Lakenheath: USAF nurses work in NHS hospitals

[ad_1] Image caption Surgeons from RAF Lakenheath are working with medical staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital Patients are being seen "more quickly" after US airmen and women started working at NHS hospitals in England in a bid to refresh "rusty" skills.The USAF nurses, from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, started working alongside staff at five hospitals this winter. Col Thomas W Stamp, commander of the 48th Medical Group, said it gave medics
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Cannabis use in teens linked to depression

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Parents should not be complacent about the risks of teenagers using cannabis, experts are warning.UK and Canada researchers said they had found "robust" evidence showing using the drug in adolescence increased the risk of developing depression in adulthood by 37%.They said the findings should act as a warning to families who saw cannabis use as part of the growing-up process.The team added that the developing
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Glasses in school scheme to aid pupils’ reading

[ad_1] A trial to get glasses to four and five-year-olds who need them to improve their maths and reading skills has begun.Pupils in 100 schools across England are to take part in the Glasses for Classes scheme.Boys and girls at Newby Primary School in Bradford are among those taking part - those who need glasses will get a pair to keep at school and one to take home. [ad_2] Source
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Send patients email not letters, GPs told

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England must start routinely using email instead of sending letters to communicate with patients, the health secretary says.Matt Hancock wants email to become the default option by 2021. He said there was no reason why doctors could not email a test result or prescription - although people who did not use email would still be able to request letters were sent.It comes after