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Medicinal cannabis 'should be available on prescription'

Image caption The parents of Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley want the boys to be able to access cannabis oil legally to control their seizures Doctors in the UK should have the option to prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products to patients with certain medical conditions, drugs experts have advised the government. The Advisory Council on the […]

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Morrisons introduces 'autistic shopping hour'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC Breakfast’s Tim Muffett goes shopping with Joanne Tang and her son Oscar, who has autism Supermarket chain Morrisons has introduced a weekly “quieter hour” for autistic shoppers who struggle with music and noise. Its 439 UK stores will dim lights, turn music off, avoid using the […]

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The women choosing to love their natural grey hair

Image copyright @katedinota Image caption Kate says childhood friends would help her pluck the greys out on the playground before school Kate Dinota was only seven when her mother found her first grey hair. By the time she was 14, she unquestioningly took to dyeing it. At 28, after working out she had spent about […]

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Delays in radiology results 'affecting patient care'

Image copyright Getty Images The regulator of heath care services in England is calling for a limit on how long it takes to report the results of patients’ x-rays and scans. The Care Quality Commission’s review of radiology practices found that the process could vary from one hour to two working days in hospital A&Es. […]

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Patients face autism referral and assessment 'lottery'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children and adults may be missing out on educational support if there are delays Children and adults in England can face a wait of more than two years for an autism assessment, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. National guidelines state that the process of diagnosis should start […]

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HPV jab should be given to boys, committee says

Image copyright Getty Images A jab that protects against a virus that causes cervical cancer should also be given to boys, an advisory committee has recommended. The HPV vaccine is routinely offered to girls aged 12 to 13 at secondary school and is free up until they turn 18. Now the Joint Committee on Vaccination […]

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Thai cave rescue boys relive 'moment of miracle'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHighlight from the boys’ news conference The 12 boys rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand last week have spoken publicly of their ordeal for the first time, describing the “moment of miracle” when divers found them. Adul Sam-on, 14, the only member of the group […]

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Fish oil supplements for a healthy heart 'nonsense'

Image copyright Getty Images Taking omega-3 fish oil supplements is often touted as a simple way to protect your heart – but experts say the evidence that it does any good is flimsy at best. Cochrane researchers looked at trials in over 100,000 people and found little proof that it prevented heart disease. They say […]