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Are drink-driving limits too high?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption How many drinks takes you over the limit varies from person to person Have you ever decided to drive your car after a few drinks and wondered whether you were close to the limit – if it was safe? If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you […]

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Making sure you get the right type of calorie

Image copyright Getty Images The British Nutrition Foundation is launching a concept called the “quality calorie”, to make people think more about the types of foods they eat. While most adults consume more than they need, simply counting calories and cutting down is not enough, it says. It wants people to look at nutritional values […]

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Yoghurts (even organic ones) 'full of sugar'

Image copyright Getty Images Many yoghurts are full of sugar and the public should not be lulled into thinking they are eating healthy products, researchers say. The conclusion comes after a study of almost 900 yoghurts on sale in UK supermarkets. The research found that organic yoghurts were among the most sugary types. Only natural […]

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South Africa's highest court legalises cannabis use

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ruling is a victory for pro-marijuana activists South Africa’s highest court has legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places. Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted “Weed are free now” when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling. In a unanimous ruling, judges […]

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Pregnancy weight gain 'going unmeasured'

Image copyright Getty Images Midwives are calling for official guidance on how much weight is healthy for women to put on during pregnancy. One in five women in the UK are obese when they start pregnancy, yet there is no national target for what constitutes normal pregnancy weight gain. Regular weigh-ins fell out of favour […]

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'I've performed 23,000 post-mortems'

Image caption Dr Richard Shepherd has conducted post-mortems for more than three decades Forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd has examined evidence in some of the most high-profile and tragic deaths in recent history – the 9/11 attacks, the 7/7 bombings, the deaths of Princess Diana and Stephen Lawrence. It has taken a mental toll. “Two […]

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Coca-Cola 'in talks' over cannabis-infused drinks

Image copyright Getty Images Coca-Cola is best known for its eponymous caffeine-based drink, but the firm now appears to be experimenting with a different drug: cannabis. According to Canada’s BNN Bloomberg, the drinks giant is in talks with local producer Aurora Cannabis about developing marijuana-infused beverages. These would not aim to intoxicate consumers but to […]

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Deaths spiked during UK heatwave

Image copyright Getty Images There was a spike in deaths in England at the start of this summer’s heatwave, new data reveals. But statisticians say it is too early to tell how many of them can be attributed directly to the heat. On 25 and 26 June, when temperatures soared, there were 259 more deaths […]