Legal highs review launched

A new review of legal highs could finally lead to sweeping changes to UK drug legislation, the Home Office has said. Legal highs – officially known as psychoactive substances – are synthetic drugs which can be bought online and sometimes in shops. The review follows concern drug laws are not

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Risk of cot deaths rises five times if beds are shared

Sharing a bed with a newborn increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome fivefold new research claims. The risk applies even if parents avoid tobacco, alcohol and drugs- other factors which are strongly linked to cot deaths. The BMJ Open research Bed sharing with parents increases the risk of

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Cannabis no worse than junk food claims report

Campaigners have urged a review of drug laws after a respected independent body compared cannabis use to “moderately risky” gambling or junk food.The publication of a six year study published by the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) reveals that the £3 billion spent annually tackling drugs is not evidence-based and

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Obese and smokers denied health treatments to save NHS money

The NHS has been accused of trying to save money by blocking access to surgery for smokers and obese patients as new figures show how they are routinely being denied treatments.Data shows that more than a quarter of Primary Care Trusts in England have brought in new restrictions based on

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Obesity a derogatory word claims nanny quango NICE

The word ‘obesity’ could be considered ‘derogatory’ and public health professionals should use it with care, according to the nanny quango NICE.A quarter of adults in Britain are now obese, a figure that is due to more than double by 2050. Those from poorer backgrounds are much more likely to

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Obese and smokers denied NHS treatment to save money

The NHS has been accused of trying to save money by blocking access to surgery for smokers and obese patients as new figures show how they are routinely being denied treatments.Data shows that more than a quarter of Primary Care Trusts in England have brought in new restrictions based on

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Mollycoddled fed children develop allegies

Mollycoddling children who are allowed to become picky eaters could make them more prone to allergies later in life scientists have warned. Mothers have traditionally been told to “mollycoddle” their youngsters by avoiding high risk foods during pregnancy and while breastfeeding to protect them from potentially dangerous reactions. But now

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Weight loss diets work better with WeightWatchers than the NHS

NHS weight loss programmes are more expensive and less effective than WeightWatchers, a study has found.Diet programmes such as Weight Watchers, Slimming World and Rosemary Conley are cheaper and far more effective than those run by the NHS’s nanny state, according to new research. Dieters lost more weight and kept

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Breast screening- are women over examined?

Are women being over examined by an over cautious health nanny state?In an uncertain world, we want to believe in the certainty of medicine: that it is omniscient and operates in absolutes. In reality, this is far from the truth. The world of medicine reflects the world we live in;

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