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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 […]

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People don't become 'adults' until their 30s

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” […]

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Cancer doctor shortage 'puts care at risk'

Image copyright Ridofranz/Getty Images A shortage of cancer doctors will hamper the ability of the NHS to provide cutting-edge care, experts are warning. A Royal College of Radiologists census of 62 major UK cancer centres found more that 7.5% of consultant posts were vacant, with services maintained only by large amounts of overtime. It said […]

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Northern Health Trust staff told to clean own offices

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Domestic services will continue to clean communal areas but staff will be responsible for their offices Office staff in the Northern Health Trust have been told they are now responsible for vacuuming, dusting and keeping their own work area clean. A memo seen by BBC News NI said domestic […]

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MPs call for tax on social media companies

Image copyright Getty Images A group of MPs is calling for a tax on social media companies’ profits, saying the firms are operating in “an online wild west”. Its report, which follows a year-long inquiry into the health impact of social media, says the industry should do more to protect children and young people online. […]