Cannabis addiction ‘rising among women and over 40s’

Cannabis addiction ‘rising among women and over 40s’

Image copyright diego_cervo Image caption Cannabis addiction is rising among women Addiction to cannabis is rising among people above the age of 40, and women in particular, according to a study by the University of York. In the past 10 years, the number of women citing the drug as their sole concern at treatment centres […]

Unfit in middle age: Are you doomed?

Unfit in middle age: Are you doomed?

Image copyright Getty Images Are you someone in middle age who keeps putting off that planned health kick for another day? If so, a couple of new studies may give you a sense of urgency. One paper found that elevated blood pressure in middle age increases the risk of dementia, while another says being frail […]

‘Women spend more time planning holiday than pregnancy’

‘Women spend more time planning holiday than pregnancy’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ideally, women should plan a pregnancy months in advance, experts say Some women spend more time planning their summer holiday than they do a pregnancy, a survey by baby charity Tommy’s suggests. Only one in five started taking folic acid before stopping contraception, while one in six didn’t take […]

Could your medications be making you depressed?

Could your medications be making you depressed?

Image copyright Getty Images When you hear of a drug having side-effects you might think of a physical reaction like a rash or a headache. But according to a new US study, many commonly-prescribed drugs may increase the risk of depression. The list includes heart medications, birth control pills and some painkillers – things lots […]

Stoke patients delaying cancer treatments for holidays

Stoke patients delaying cancer treatments for holidays

Image copyright Google Maps Image caption Royal Stoke University Hospital has urged people referred with cancer not to delay treatment because of social arrangements People are putting their lives at risk by turning down cancer appointments because they clash with their holiday plans, a hospital has claimed. Royal Stoke University Hospital said an increasing number […]

More cuts to care on way – council chiefs

More cuts to care on way – council chiefs

Image copyright Getty Images Vulnerable old and disabled people will see cuts to vital care services and higher charges, council chiefs say. The annual budget survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services shows councils expect to spend £21.4bn this year in England. While this is a rise from £20.8bn last year, the […]

Bottle feeding is a woman’s right, midwives told

Bottle feeding is a woman’s right, midwives told

Image copyright Science Photo Library If a woman decides not to breastfeed her baby it is her choice and must be respected, midwives are being told. The Royal College of Midwives’ new position statement makes it explicitly clear that women should be supported if, after being given advice, information and support, they opt to bottle […]

Billy Caldwell cannabis oil plea rejected by Home Office

Billy Caldwell cannabis oil plea rejected by Home Office

Image caption Billy Caldwell, 12, has severe epilepsy The Home Office has rejected a County Tyrone mother’s plea to legalise cannabis oil for her epileptic son. Charlotte Caldwell accused Home Office minister Nick Hurd of having “likely signed my son’s death warrant”. Ms Caldwell brought cannabis oil from Canada for her son Billy, but it […]

Prostate cancer spit test is trialled

Prostate cancer spit test is trialled

Image copyright BackyardProduction A spit test to detect men at increased risk of prostate cancer has started early trials. The new DNA test looks for high-risk genes that are thought to affect one in every 100 men. Three hundred men are taking part in the trials, from three London GP surgeries. Developing better diagnostic tests […]

New measures to protect doctors after Bawa-Garba case

New measures to protect doctors after Bawa-Garba case

Image copyright PA Image caption Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba (R) was struck off following an appeal by the doctors’ regulator New measures designed to improve patient safety and protect doctors and nurses when mistakes are made, are to be announced by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. It comes after concerns were raised following the case of […]