Monsanto trial: judge rejects bid to overturn landmark cancer verdict

Dewayne Johnson originally won $289m after finding Roundup weedkiller caused illness, but judge reduces financial award A California judge has rejected Monsanto’s appeal to overturn a landmark jury verdict which found that its popular herbicide causes cancer. The judge’s ruling on Monday largely sided with Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a father of three and former school groundskeeper, who won a $289m

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Bowel cancer on the rise among young people in Europe

Rate among people aged 20-39 rose 7.4% a year between 2008 and 2016, researchers say Bowel cancer is on the increase among young people in Europe, researchers have discovered, with expanding waistlines thought to play a role in the rise. The condition is most common in the elderly, but some research suggests it is more aggressive in young people. According

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Children’s services are at breaking point, experts say

Charities, teaching unions and medical colleges accuse UK government of ignoring young people Children’s services from Sure Start to schools and NHS mental health are at breaking point, according to a coalition of 120 organisations that have called on the chancellor to invest in young people in the budget next week. An open letter to Philip Hammond and Theresa May

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Birth control pills should be available over the counter, advocates say

But Australian doctors group says plan for easier access to contraceptives raises ‘red flags’ Women’s health and equality groups are at odds with the peak body for doctors as to whether the contraceptive pill should be made available in Australia over the counter. It follows a commitment by Victoria’s opposition to make the contraceptive pill available over-the-counter from pharmacists if

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Antimicrobial resistance must be policy priority, say MPs

Global death toll from antimicrobial-resistant infections expected to rise to 10m a year by 2050 Tackling antimicrobial resistance needs to become a top-five policy priority for the government in order to help prevent the virtual loss of modern medicine, MPs have said. A report by the health and social care committee said it wants to see “tangible progress” over the

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Trauma doctors reveal horror of knife crime ‘epidemic’

Exclusive: number of stabbing victims with life-threatening injuries rises sharply in two years The number of stabbing victims with life-threatening injuries treated by specialist trauma doctors has increased by 34% in two years, according to NHS figures obtained by the Guardian. Doctors are also reporting an increase in the severity of attacks, with victims increasingly arriving in hospital with multiple

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