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Health news from the BBC 14/02/2020

Cannabis oil products ‘could be off the shelves in a year’

Oils, snacks and drinks containing the cannabis extract cannabidiol (CBD) will be “taken off the shelves” next year if they do not gain regulatory approval. Read more

Wearable to spot Alzheimer’s being developed

An ambitious project to develop a wearable device to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s disease has been launched. Read more

The World Health Organization says the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-19.

“We now have a name for the disease and it’s Covid-19,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva. Read more

Wild swimming: Swansea man’s cold sea challenge ‘to get out of bed’

“When the sky is clear and the sun rises, it is beautiful, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world.” For the last year, while most of us were curled up in our warm beds, Josh Pike has got up and driven down to the beach in Swansea. Read more

Frozen-egg storage 10-year limit ‘could be extended’

The period of time for which eggs, sperm and embryos can be frozen could be extended, as the government calls for views on the current 10-year limit. Read more

Cancer: Neck lump patient in robot surgery first

Pioneering robotic surgery to remove hard-to-reach head and neck cancers has been performed in Wales for the first time. Read more

Type 2 diabetes cases in Scotland ‘up by 40% in 10 years’

The number of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in Scotland has increased by 40% over a decade, according to a new study. Read more

Dentists threatened by coronavirus face-mask shortage

Some UK dentists may have to “down drills” if the shortage of face masks caused by the coronavirus outbreak continues, according to the British Dental Association. Read more

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