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Public Health Agency issues challenge as May marks National Walking Month

May is National Walking Month and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is setting everyone a challenge to put on their walking shoes and see how many steps they can take.

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Ryan Williams, Director, Connected Health.

Connected Health plans to create 63 news jobs in north west

Health and Wellbeing company Connected Health has unveiled plans to create 63 new jobs in the north west across the remainder of 2017.

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An overweight child

Obese children ‘four times more likely’ to develop Type 2 diabetes

Obese children are at four times the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, warns new research.
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Carey Anns weight loss journey was so successful, that she started her own Slimming World group in Chapel Road two years ago.

Local Slimming World champion thanks GP for ‘life-changing’ referral

Local woman Carey Ann Clarke, who now works as a Slimming World Consultant, has thanked her General Practitioner after an NHS Weight Loss referral changed her life.

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VIDEO: Little Billy Caldwell becomes first child to receive cannabis on prescription

An 11 year-old from Northern Ireland has become the first child in Ireland or the U.K. to be prescribed medicinal cannabis through the National Health Service (N.H.S.).

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Kids expected to eat 17,000 calories worth of chocolate this Easter bank holiday

Kids expected to eat 17,000 calories worth of chocolate this Easter bank holiday

The average child will receive a whopping 17,700 calories worth of chocolate this Easter.

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The coroner said "the public must know about the dangers of holding babies in this way".

Tragedy of 25-day-old baby girl who died after mother fell asleep while holding her in bed

A coroner has warned parents against holding newborn infants in bed following the tragic and accidental death of a child.

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The study was conducted in Spain.

Overweight and obese workers take more sick days

Overweight and obese workers pull more sickies for non work related illnesses than their slim colleagues, a study has found.

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Battery

Two-year-old girl almost died after swallowing car key battery

Parents have been warned of the dangers of lithium batteries following a near-fatal incident when a toddler swallowed a lithium cell battery which fell out of a button car key

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Worried about spots

Children start worrying about their appearance at 12 years old

Children start to worry about their appearance at the age of 12, a study has found.

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Tim McGarry with members of Mind Yourself! at the Millenium Forum.

Tim McGarry shows support for local mental health charity

Tim McGarry, well known comedian from ‘Give My Head Peace’ and ‘The Blame Game’ and a long time supporter of Mental Health, met recently with members of Mind Yourself! Mental Health Charity at the Millenium Forum.

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Stay well this Easter - medical advice

Stay well this Easter - medical advice

The Health and Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency together with the Western Trust, local GPs, pharmacists and dentists have been working to ensure that local people have access to urgent care services over the Easter holiday period.

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Sands introduces freephone number

Sands introduces freephone number

With the introduction of a new Freephone number, bereaved parents and their families in Northern Ireland will no longer have to worry about the cost of calling the Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) Helpline.

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Marmite

Eating plenty of Marmite boosts the brain

Love it or hate it, a Marmite sandwich a day could stave off Alzheimer's disease, according to new research.

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Oscar Knox passed away in May 2014, but not before capturing the hearts of the people of Northern Ireland

Oscar’s memory lives on with drug trial cash

The family of little Oscar Knox, whose battle against neuroblastoma captured the hearts of Northern Ireland, have thanked #TeamOscar for helping secure an innovative new drug trial for other children diagnosed with the same condition.

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The study was carried out in the USA.

Women who binge drink BEFORE becoming pregnant ‘more likely’ to have diabetic babies

Women who binge drink before they become pregnant can still harm their babies, warns new research.

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See where Northern Ireland features!!

Almost half of NI adults risking heart disease

Almost half of all adults in NI are physically inactive, new research suggests.

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Dougie’s a cut above the rest!

Dougie’s a cut above the rest!

A local man has cut inches off his hair to raise funds for a charity close to his heart, Alzheimer’s Society.

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Getting an injection

Soon babies could get 5 in 1 vaccination from birth

A one-shot jab to protect newborns against meningitis and other fatal infections has been developed by scientists.
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One mother’s long fight to save her young son’s life

One mother’s long fight to save her young son’s life

A mother will always go the extra mile for her child but for Castlederg woman Charlotte Caldwell the journey to save her son Billy, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy, was much longer.

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