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Northern Ireland abortion reforms ‘a test of May’s feminism’

Shami Chakrabarti calls on prime minister to negotiate with parties to relax laws Theresa May has been challenged to demonstrate her feminist credentials by relaxing Northern Irelands abortion laws after Irish voters supported liberalisation in a landslide referendum result. The shadow attorney general, Shami Chakrabarti, said abortion reforms that brought the rights of women in Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK were a test of the prime ministers feminism. The Labour frontbencher added that unless devolution was restored to Stormont quickly, the government could no longer…

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Cancer: ‘If exercise was a pill it would be prescribed to every patient’

Leading Australian researchers back world-first campaign for activity to be part of any treatment Exercise should be prescribed to all cancer patients, and not to do so would be harmful, some of Australias leading experts on cancer have warned. The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia has launched Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon The lead author, Prof Prue Cormie from the Australian Catholic University, said the statement was based on indisputable evidence. Really we are at the stage where the science is telling…

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Flesh-eating ulcer spreading rapidly in Australia

Buruli ulcer cases surging and now at epidemic proportions in parts of Victoria, researchers say A severe tissue-destroying ulcer once rare in Australia is rapidly spreading and is now at epidemic proportions in regions of Victoria, prompting infectious diseases experts to call for urgent research into how it is contracted and spread. In an article published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) on Monday, authors led by associate professor Daniel OBrien from Barwon Health said incidents of Buruli ulcer were on the rise but researchers were baffled as to…

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The hard truth about back pain: dont rely on drugs, scans or quick fixes | Ann Robinson

Most treatment is wasteful, wanton and wrong, says the Lancet. The key is to try to keep walking and working, says the GP Ann Robinson Back pain is the biggest cause of disability globally, and most of us will have at least one nasty bout of it. But papers in the Lancet . Worldwide, overuse of inappropriate tests and treatments such as imaging, opioids and surgery means patients are not receiving the right care, and resources are wasted, it says. Its perfectly understandable to want a quick-fix solution to make…

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Lesbian and bisexual women have no health problems, says government health agency

Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human ServicesImage: chris kleponis-pool/Getty Images Congratulations, everyone! Lesbian and bisexual health problems are officially over. Or so it would seem, if you believe the Department of Health and Human Services’ website. According to the Sunlight Foundation, a government transparency project, HHS removed pages from it’s Office on Women’s Health site that focused on lesbian and bisexual women’s health. SEE ALSO: What would a ‘Queer Eye’ led by queer women look like? HHS told Politico, who first reported the story, that the pages were taken…

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Parents boycott ‘Peter Rabbit’ movie over food allergy scene

(CNN)“Peter Rabbit” has found itself in the middle of a food allergy controversy that has prompted some parents to boycott the animated children’s film and Sony Pictures to issue an apology. One scene shows the rabbit Peter and his forest friends attacking their archnemesis, Mr. McGregor, by throwing blackberries at him. Mr. McGregor is allergic to blackberries and starts choking, having to inject himself with an epinephrine injector. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. All families should be aware of how…

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Sony apologises for making light of food allergies in ‘Peter Rabbit’

Sony Pictures and the Peter Rabbit filmmakershave apologised for making light of allergies following calls to boycott the movie, which hit U.S. cinemas over the weekend.  SEE ALSO: James Corden will get the ‘Peter Rabbit’ movie hopping at Sony A scene in the new adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic shows character Tom McGregor, who’s allergic to blackberries, being pelted with the berries by Peter and his friends. One of the berries lands in Tom’s mouth, and he has to use an EpiPen to treat his allergic reaction.  The scene prompted…

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Why No Gadget Can Prove How Stoned You Are

If you’ve spent time with marijuana—any time at all, really—you know that the high can be rather unpredictable. It depends on the strain, its level of THC and hundreds of other compounds, and the interaction between all these elements. Oh, and how much you ate that day. And how you took the cannabis. And the position of the North Star at the moment of ingestion. OK, maybe not that last one. But as medical and recreational marijuana use spreads across the United States, how on Earth can law enforcement tell…

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Video shows patient left at cold bus stop at night, wearing only a hospital gown

(CNN)A viral video of a recently discharged patient left at a bus stop at night in Baltimore has inspired widespread outrage and prompted an investigation at the hospital where she was treated. One of the men replies it was “due to the circumstances of what happened.” The young woman barely speaks and seems dazed, occasionally crying out. Baraka urges her to sit at the bus stop, where two plastic bags full of the woman’s belongings lie on the ground next to a pair of shoes. As she approaches the cold…

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US drug firm offers cure for blindness at $425,000 an eye

Spark Therapeutics says responsible price for Luxturna gene therapy ensures access for patients with retinal defect A drug whose inventors claim it can cure a rare form of blindness is to be one of the most expensive medicines ever sold at $850,000 (630,000). Luxturna is injected directly into the eye to address the root cause of visual impairment by replacing a defective gene in the retina. It is the first gene therapy to be approved for use in the US, and was given the go-ahead by the Federal Drug Administration…

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Girl has blunt message for Aetna after her brain surgery request was denied

(CNN)Cara Pressman sobbed in the big red chair in her living room. The 15-year-old tried to absorb the devastating news relayed by her parents: that their insurance company, Aetna, denied her for a minimally invasive brain surgery that could end the seizures that have haunted her since she was 9 years old. Her friends had been lined up to visit her in the hospital for the surgery three days away, on Monday, October 23. Between tears, she texted them that the whole thing was off. See the latest news and…

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Newly discovered nearby planet could support life

(CNN)You may want to get used to the name Ross 128 b. The newly discovered exoplanet is the second-closest found to our solar system, only 11 light-years away. And it could support life. The planet is about the same size as Earth, and it may have a similar surface temperature, making it a temperate world that could support life.

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Bill Gates announces major donation to advance the fight against Alzheimer’s

Bill Gates speaks speaks at the Goalkeepers 2017 event on Sept. 20, 2017, in New York City.Image: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates just donated a piece of his fortune to advance the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The philanthropist and Microsoft founder announced in a blog post Monday that he will give $50 million to the Dementia Discovery Fund, a public-private partnership that invests in innovative dementia research. Gates will also donate another $50 million in startups working in Alzheimer’s research. SEE ALSO:…

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Opioid crisis: Childhood friends die on same day, half a mile apart

Lawrenceville, Georgia (CNN)Twenty seconds is all it took to kill 19-year-old Dustin Manning. “The amount of fentanyl in his body was the equivalent to three grains of salt. That’s all it took to kill a 180-pound guy,” said Greg Manning. Why are opioids so addictive? See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. These parents believe prevention is key and education needs to start as early as fifth grade. They have started spreading awareness in their community in the hope it will save…

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