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Is UK biggest exporter of legal cannabis?

Image copyright PA Image caption Alfie Dingley’s family has paid for treatment in the Netherlands As the UK hosts a summit on the state of medical cannabis in Europe, BBC Reality Check asks – does Britain really export more legal cannabis than any other country? Pro-drug reform campaign group Transform says the government is denying […]

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Are sweeteners healthier than sugar?

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY We’re a sweet-toothed nation, eating far too much sugar for our own good. A sugary diet can lead to weight gain and health problems such as type-2 diabetes, so none of us should be having more than the maximum seven teaspoons of sugar a day. Public Health England wants our […]

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£13.4m claw back over NHS Wales waiting time failures

Image copyright Andrei Malov/Getty Images More than £13m has been withheld from three health boards for failing to meet targets on cutting patient waiting lists in Wales. An extra £50m funding was announced in August 2017 by the health secretary to deliver faster improvements in routine surgery, diagnostics and therapies. Earlier this month it was […]

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Blitz on sweet treats sees slow start

Image copyright Getty Images The sugar hit in puddings, biscuits and chocolate has not been cut despite a government crackdown on sweet treats. Public Health England has set a target of reducing the sugar intake from a host of popular foods by a fifth by 2020. Its first year update shows progress in yoghurts and […]

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Dementia-friendly lunches served at Norwich restaurant

When Hannah Springham’s mother got dementia, eating out became “quite a sad experience” as, at times, she no longer knew her daughter. Upon becoming a restaurateur in Norwich, Ms Springham was determined her diners would still have the “best possible time”, whether living with the condition or caring for those with it, and so introduced […]

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Doctors explain Michael Jackson's impossible dance move

Image copyright Manjul Tripathi Neurosurgeons have described in detail how Michael Jackson achieved biomechanically impossible dance moves in his music video Smooth Criminal. In the 1987 routine, Michael leans from the ankle at a 45 degree angle, while keeping his body straight as a rod. The illusion, which many have tried to copy, was thanks […]

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Germ clue to childhood cancer

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A UK researcher believes science has now identified what can cause the most common type of cancer in children. Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia affects one in 2,000 children before they turn 16. Prof Mel Greaves of the Institute of Cancer Research thinks it starts with a mutation picked up in the […]

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Patients lose hip replacement court case

Image copyright Getty Images Hundreds of patients have lost the first round of a legal battle for compensation at the High Court over allegedly “defective” hip implants. A judge ruled that manufacturer DePuy was not liable to the 312 patients who claimed they had been injured by the implants. Claimants say the metal-on-metal hips were […]