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Cannabis-smoking Teens ‘60% Less Likely To Finish School’

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Concerned parents worried that their teenage children are smoking cannabis may be spurred on to take them to the best private GPs Bedfordshire has available after hearing that they are 60 per cent less likely to either finish school or go on to higher education and obtain a degree than their non-smoking counterparts if they smoke before the age of 17.

According to a study published in the Lancet journal, they are also 18 times more likely to develop a dependency on the drug, are eight times more likely to move onto other harder drugs and are seven times more likely to attempt suicide.

Study author and professor of drug and alcohol studies at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of South Wales Richard Mattick noted that these results are especially timely given that several states in the US and other countries in Latin America are considering decriminalising or even legalising the drug, which means it could soon become more readily available for young people.

According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, cannabis is the most widely used drug in the UK, with approximately 2.3 million people aged between 16 and 59 admitting to using it in 2011-2012. Frequent use is nearly twice as likely among young people, with almost 5.3 million 16 to 24-year-olds saying they have used it in during this time.

By going to see a doctor you can discuss your concerns and seek advice on what’s best to do next. It’s not advisable to go out and buy DIY testing kits as these are often inaccurate and unreliable, and by going to see a health professional you can also take advantage of optional counselling services which your local clinic may offer.


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‘Thousands’ Struck Off GP Registers

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If you’re one of the 35,000 people who have incorrectly been struck off their GP register in the last year, it might be worth looking into visiting the best private doctor Hertfordshire has to offer to ensure that you receive the treatment you need when you need it.

According to a new investigation carried out by doctors’ magazine Pulse, the NHS has been engaging in cost-cutting exercises that have seen patients increasingly being denied cancer screenings, check-ups and delays in getting their medication, with the elderly and the vulnerable the most at risk.

Apparently, this has happened as a result of a programme started last May to reduce the number of people registered on practice lists who have died or moved away, part of plans to save the NHS £85 million. In all, 14 per cent of patients deleted from the lists were reinstated after they protested about the fact, but it is not known how many other patients have been struck off the register.

It is so important to have your own GP, so you know when you should go for check-ups and cancer screenings, and so you can keep any health conditions properly monitored. Opting to go private for your healthcare means you can sidestep all of this and that you know if you do need a doctor for whatever reason, there will one there for you.

Private surgeries are keen to develop caring relationships with their patients, so you’ll really get to know your doctor and will be able to go to them with any problem whatsoever.


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Fight Cancer with Botox

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Patients going to the best private doctor Bedfordshire boasts for Botox to rid themselves of their wrinkles could reap other benefits from undergoing treatment, as animal tests are now suggesting that the therapy could help fight cancer.

A Columbia University Medical Center study has found that blocking the nerve signals using this type of surgery could halt the growth of stomach cancers, the fourth-leading type of the disease and the second-highest contributor to cancer-related deaths around the world.

Botox works by preventing nerve cells from releasing a certain neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine, which for cosmetic treatments helps to reduce facial wrinkles by temporarily paralysing the muscles. Since acetylcholine typically stimulates the division of cells, using Botox to prevent the release of the neurotransmitter could actually slow cancer growth.

“Scientists have long observed that human and mouse cancers contain a lot of nerves in and around the tumour cells,” Professor of medicine at Columbia’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center Dr Timothy Wang remarked. “We wanted to understand more about the role of nerves in the initiation and growth of cancer, by focusing on stomach cancer.”

As well as its potential cancer-fighting abilities, Botox is being used increasingly in the medical profession to treat knee osteoarthritis, with the injections blocking the transmission of chemical signals sending pain information between nerves and the brain.

It can also be used to help treat abnormal eyelid spasms and twitching, crossed eyes, muscle stiffness in finger, wrist and elbow muscles, chronic migraines and the symptoms of abnormal underarm sweating.