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The mother of an epileptic teenager is calling for a new "Billy's Law" in Northern Ireland. Billy Caldwell's mum Charlotte successfully led a campaign to get medicinal cannabis laws changed in the UK after her son's medicines were confiscated at Heathrow Airport on June 11. She said while families across…
Doctors will be able to legally prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients in the UK, the Home Office has said. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has decided to reschedule the products, relaxing the rules about the circumstances in which they can be given to patients, after considering expert advice from a specially…
A drug to cure or slow dementia would boost healthcare spending "at a stroke", the head of the NHS has said. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said a scientific breakthrough to treat Alzheimer's and similar degenerative diseases would immediately free up funds from social care that could be…
Patients who smoke are being "discriminated against" with a 75% decline in stop smoking aids being prescribed by GPs and pharmacists in England, according to analysis by a charity. The British Lung Foundation claims Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are "prioritising saving money over saving lives and flouting the basic principles…
A young girl from Co Down waiting to hear if she has been granted a licence to be treated with medicinal cannabis oil, has been admitted to hospital. Sophia Gibson, six, from Newtownards, suffers from a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome. Her parents, Danielle and Darren say…
The mother of a six-year-old epileptic boy has legally brought medicinal cannabis oil through the border in the first known successful attempt since the Government paved the way for reforms. Hannah Deacon was allowed to pass through London City Airport on Tuesday (pictured) carrying a five-month supply of the banned…
Abortion law in England is "no longer fit for purpose", experts have said. The president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), along with other leading reproductive health experts, has argued that the legislation governing abortion across the UK is "fragmented". They said England is "out of step"…
A grandfather died after he took twice as much medication as he should have following a "communication breakdown" between two branches of Boots, a coroner has said. The fact Richard Lee, 84, took double doses of the drugs he was taking was a "contributing factor" in his death after he…
Low dose aspirin may help cells in the brain to clear away a toxic protein molecule at the core of Alzheimer's, early research suggests. Scientists showed the common pain killer stimulated cellular machinery that acts as a waste disposal system to keep the brain "clean". Genetically engineered mice given the…
The Home Office has rubber-stamped a special exemption licence meaning severely epileptic Billy Caldwell can go home with his medicinal cannabis, a family spokesman has said. His mother Charlotte, of Castlederg in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, had seven bottles confiscated at Heathrow Airport customs on June 11 after she brought…
An app that will mark the "death knell" of the early morning scramble to secure a GP appointment is being launched, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced. Patients will be able to look at their records, order repeat prescriptions and access 111 online for urgent medical queries. The app will…
A doctor implicated in a scandal at Gosport Memorial Hospital has said she was "doing her best" for patients. Jane Barton (pictured) said she was a "hard-working doctor" working in a "inadequately resourced" part of the NHS. A damning report into the scandal published last week concluded that hundreds of…
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