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South Africa’s highest court legalises cannabis use

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage 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 also […]

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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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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 […]

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Targeted treatment for melanoma to be free on NHS

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Around 500 people will be eligible for treatment with the new combination drug therapy Hundreds of patients with a type of aggressive skin cancer will be offered a targeted therapy on the NHS in England and Wales, which reduces the risk of it returning. At present, they have to hope […]

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Call to ban early baby sex tests

Image copyright Getty Images Labour is calling for a ban on parents-to-be being told the sex of their baby after early blood tests, amid fears it may lead to abortions of girls. The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is used by the NHS to test for genetic conditions, but people can pay for it privately to […]

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Pathologists shortage ‘delaying cancer diagnosis’

Image copyright Getty Images Patients are facing delays in diagnosis because of severe shortages among pathology staff, according to a report seen by the BBC. A survey by the Royal College of Pathologists found only 3% of the NHS histopathology departments that responded had enough staff. Histopathologists are doctors and scientists who diagnose and study […]

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Harry from St John Ambulance teaches CPR

Knowing even a few key first aid practices can help you save a life when emergency strikes, and there’s no reason not to start young. The St John Ambulance ‘Badger’ youth programme teaches children between seven and ten skills such as how to perform CPR. Harry, nine, shows us how to do it. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-45514102