Health

Medicinal cannabis: Why has it taken so long to get to patients?

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Medicinal cannabis was legalised last year but so far, virtually no-one in the UK has been able to access it.Now, enough cannabis to treat 30 patients for a month has arrived in the UK from the Netherlands. Four patients with prescriptions, all to treat chronic pain, will receive cannabis-derived medicines immediately. Specialist doctors have been able to prescribe cannabis since 1 November - so what has
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Eskom crisis: Why the lights keep going out in South Africa

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Supporters of the governing ANC party protest against the power cuts in Soweto township South African homes, offices and businesses have endured a week of daily power cuts, designed to prevent a total collapse of the overstretched electricity grid.The use of scheduled blackouts, or load shedding, is not new in the country - but the latest round has been the most disruptive yet, sparking
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Labour pledges to prevent universities from going bust

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Universities would be prevented from going bust under new plans unveiled by Labour to protect higher education and students from "rampant" market forces.The plans to overhaul regulator the Office for Students reflect fears about some universities' viability.Under Labour, the OfS would get an explicit objective of avoiding "disorderly failure" at universities, and be able to provide emergency loans.The government said the OfS already had strong
Entertainment

Surviving R Kelly makers: ‘This isn’t where the story ends’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images When the documentary Surviving R Kelly premiered in New York in December, the screening room had to be evacuated because of an anonymous gun threat.For Jesse Daniels, one of the documentary series' executive producers, that "was a big wake-up call... that this was very serious".In the audience were some of the women interviewed for the series, who have accused R Kelly of sexual and physical
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Short bursts of intense exercise ‘better for weight loss’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sprint interval training is most effective for weight loss, researchers suggest Bursts of high intensity interval training (Hiit) may be more effective for weight loss than longer less intense workouts, a study suggests.The research, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, analysed results from 36 earlier studies.Although all the participants lost weight, those doing Hiit saw a 28.5% greater weight loss. The
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Long-nosed lover Cyrano returns to woo Paris in hit play Edmond

[ad_1] Image copyright Alexis Michalik Image caption The drama follows Edmond Rostand as he writes about Cyrano de Bergerac A play-within-a-play in the style of Shakespeare in Love - penned by a half-British actor, no less - has become the toast of Paris theatre.The play, Edmond, is now one of the most successful French productions of modern times.French newspaper Le Monde called it "not so much a success as a
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Meet The Favourite’s Bafta-winning working mums

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Alice Felton [L] and Fiona Crombie: Bafta winners, friends and working mothers One of the most touching moments at this year's Baftas was when Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton accepted the award for best production design for The Favourite. They dedicated it to "every woman and working mother who keeps it together and makes it happen". The best friends met on the 2015 film
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Cash-strapped Pakistan rolls out red carpet for Saudis

[ad_1] Image caption Pakistan needs Saudi money to stave off a huge IMF bail-out - but this is not a one-way relationship For a country running out of foreign reserves, facing a yawning current account deficit and fighting to secure its financial future, Pakistan is putting on quite a show for Saudi Arabia's most powerful man - Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.And it's easy to see why: Prime Minister Imran
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‘Killer car seats’ sold online for £8

[ad_1] Image copyright Which? Children's car seats, dubbed "killers" by trading standards officers, have repeatedly appeared for sale on online marketplaces, Which? has warned.The consumer group said the fabric seats, which can cost as little as £8, offered almost no protection in a crash and were illegal to use in the UK.The online sites - Amazon, eBay and AliExpress - all said they had removed the seats from sale.But Which?
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Week in pictures: 9 – 15 February 2019

[ad_1] Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright Alexander Kuznetsov/REUTERS Image caption A person poses beneath a vibrant display of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) near Inari in Lapland, Finland. Image copyright Emma McIntyre/Getty images Image caption Lady Gaga performs on stage at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. Gaga won three prizes, including best pop performance for Joanne and
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Vitiligo: Skin condition bought Kenyan friends closer together

[ad_1] Friends Julie Asuju and Wangui Njee talk about their experiences of living with Vitiligo, a long-term condition where pale white patches develop on the skin due to a lack of the pigment melanin.Vitiligo is a rare and misunderstood skin condition, and its sufferers are often stigmatized and isolated. But it has brought these two friends closer together, and helped make them determined to get the most out of life.A
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Pontypridd woman speaks out over suicide guilt

[ad_1] Image copyright Family handout Image caption Abbie Pennell with her father Stephen, who killed himself last year A woman whose father killed himself has said families need to know that it is not their fault.Abbie Pennell lost her 56-year-old father Stephen in June 2018.The 21-year-old, of Pontypridd, explained that he had been out of work for about six months before he killed himself, and had been worried about money.The
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Emiliano Sala’s funeral to take place in hometown in Argentina

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The funeral of Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala will take place in his native Argentina on Saturday. The 28-year-old died when the plane he was in with pilot David Ibbotson crashed in the English Channel en route from Nantes to Cardiff on 21 January.His funeral will take place in his hometown of Progreso and a wake will also be held at the club Sala played
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Plant-based compostable plastics going to landfill

[ad_1] Image copyright Vegware Image caption Vegware manufactures compostable plant-based alternatives to plastic Plant-based compostable plastics are going to landfill rather than recycling because almost all Welsh councils are unable to deal with them.The growth of the anti-single use plastics movement has seen a rise in the number of businesses selling food and drink in compostable containers.But of the 13 councils that responded to BBC Wales, only Caerphilly collects and
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West Midlands woman in Parkrun ‘world record’ bid

[ad_1] Image copyright Hayley Carruthers Image caption Hayley Carruthers only took up running in 2016 when a friend also started A runner who was the second fastest British woman at the 2018 London Marathon hopes to break the world best time for a 5km Parkrun this weekend.Hayley Carruthers, 25, is taking part in the Walsall Parkrun later with her current personal best at 15:59.That time is nine seconds off the
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Plastic ring injury seal found in Norfolk ‘had worst wound’

[ad_1] Image copyright M Perring/RSPCA Image caption The plastic ring had cut deep into the seal's neck causing the skin to become infected A seal found with a plastic ring embedded in its neck had "one of the worst types of wound" seen by experts.The Atlantic grey seal was found by the Friends of Horsey Seals group on Waxham beach, in Norfolk, in December.Nicknamed Pinkafo by staff, she was taken
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Eloise Parry death: Diet pill dealer appealing against sentence

[ad_1] Image copyright West Mercia Police Image caption Eloise Parry, from Shrewsbury, died in April 2015 A man found guilty of manslaughter for selling toxic slimming pills that killed a student is set to appeal against his sentence.Eloise Parry, 21, from Shrewsbury, took eight tablets containing dinitrophenol (DNP) after buying them online from Bernard Rebelo. The 31-year-old, from Gosport, is due to appeal against his seven-year jail sentence at a