Medicinal cannabis products to be legalised

Specialist doctors in the UK will be able to legally prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products by autumn, the home secretary has announced. Those that meet safety and quality standards are to be made legal for patients with an "exceptional clinical need", Sajid Javid said. As it is a devolved matter, it will require legislative change before it is enforced in Northern Ireland. Legalisation follows high-profile cases involving severely epileptic children. Many had previously been denied access to cannabis oil. Others forms of cannabis will remain illegal. 'Exceptional circumstances' Mr Javid's decision was made after the chief medical officer for England, Prof Dame Sally Davies, and the A

HPV jab will be given to boys, government says

A jab that protects against a virus that causes cervical cancer will be given to boys aged 12 to 13 in England. The policy decision brings England into line with Scotland and Wales. HPV vaccine is already routinely offered to girls of the same age at secondary school and is free up until they turn 18. Experts and campaigners have been calling for equal access to the jab, which can also guard against oral, throat and anal cancers. HPV is the name given to a large group of viruses, which can be caught through any kind of sexual contact with another person who already has it. Doctors say most HPV infections go away by themselves, but sometimes infections can lead to a variety of serious problem

Plan to teach all children first aid

Schoolchildren in England will have to learn first aid under proposals put forward by the government. Draft legislation says primary school children will be taught basic first aid, such as dealing with head injuries and calling emergency services. Secondary school children will learn life-saving skills such as CPR and the purpose of defibrillators. The British Heart Foundation said the move would improve "shockingly low survival rates from cardiac arrests". Education Secretary Damian Hinds said he wanted to give young people "the tools they need to be ready to thrive when they leave school". The plan was announced as part of new guidelines on relationships and health education in schools. Th

Parents warned over 'toxic' slime

Parents are being warned about potentially toxic levels of chemicals in slime toys popular with children. The consumer group Which? tested 11 of the most popular products on the market and found eight of them had above the recommended levels of boron. The chemical is found in borax, a common ingredient in slime that helps to create its stickiness. Exposure to excessive levels of boron can cause irritation, diarrhoea, vomiting and cramps. Which? has passed its findings on to the Office for Product Safety and Standards. It said there needed to be better regulation of the market, as many slimes had minimal safety labelling or information on ingredients. 'Peace of mind' Which? director of resear

Heatwave causes spike in insect bite calls to NHS

Although many of us are enjoying the balmy temperatures of this year's heatwave, unfortunately for some, biting insects are flourishing too. Calls to the NHS helpline 111 about insect bites are almost double the rate they normally are at this time of year. And senior doctors are reporting incidents of patients being treated in hospital for infected horsefly bites. Despite the heat, experts say standing water, such as garden paddling pools, where insects thrive should be removed. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: "We wouldn't normally see anyone coming to hospital for a bite, but we have seen a few recently needing treatment with antibiotics which is very unu

Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables over listeria fears

Supermarkets have recalled bags of frozen vegetables over fears they could contain a deadly bacteria. The 43 sweetcorn-based products have been withdrawn by major supermarket supplier Greenyard Frozen UK. The Food Standards Agency said the veg may contain listeria monocytogenes which can cause listeriosis, a rare illness responsible for the death of two people in the UK last year. Own-brand products for Tesco, Aldi and Sainsbury's are among those affected. A list of the 43 products recalled from UK supermarkets, which also include some from Lidl, Iceland and Waitrose, has been posted on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website. Greenyard Frozen UK, based in King's Lynn, Norfolk, has been appr

Give your bones a workout, public told

Too many of us are neglecting to do exercises for strong muscles and bones, says Public Health England (PHE). It's launched a new report giving advice on how people can age better by doing the right workouts. While the message about doing aerobic exercise for a healthy heart and lungs is getting through, people are less clear about the need to look after their overall strength too, it says. We should all be doing strengthening exercises at least twice a week. Lifting weights is one option, but taking up tennis or dancing also works, says PHE and the Centre for Ageing Better. Activities offering the most benefit include: Ball games Racket sports Dance Nordic walking (walking with poles to giv

Sperm quality improved by adding nuts to diet, study says

Eating nuts regularly could improve sperm health, a study suggests. Men who ate about two handfuls of mixed almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts daily for 14 weeks improved their sperm count and had more viable "swimmers", scientists found. The study comes amid a decline in sperm counts across the Western world, linked to pollution, smoking and diet. Researchers said there was growing evidence a healthy diet could boost the odds of conceiving. About one in seven couples have difficulty getting pregnant and about 40-50% of cases of infertility are attributable to men. The scientists randomly divided 119 healthy men between the ages of 18 and 35 into two groups: One added 60 grams (2oz) of nuts a da

NHS England to stop ‘ineffective’ treatments

Tonsils removal, breast reductions and snoring surgery will be offered to far fewer patients from next year, under plans being drawn up by NHS England. Officials are to discuss proposals to stop or reduce 17 routine procedures deemed to be "ineffective or risky". The treatment will be offered only if it is judged to be of "compelling" benefit and there are no alternatives. NHS England said the move would affect about 100,000 people every year and free up an estimated £200m. The British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) said cutting back on certain procedures would cost the economy more as people would be unable to work without surgery. Patients at risk of serious harm from their conditi

Staying safe and cool in UK heatwave conditions

The weather warning issued by the Met Office means that high temperatures across the UK could pose a health risk to some people. Fortunately there is some helpful advice being shared across social media on how to keep safe and cool. Drinking plenty of water, wearing appropriate clothing and planning ahead are among the useful tips on how to cope in hot weather shared by NHSChoices on Twitter. Pregnant women can get advice from experts via the parents forum, Mumsnet, where a list of 'been there, done that tips' are available ranging from freezing your sheets to wearing wet socks. For those thinking of using fans to keep cool, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has warned people to be careful

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