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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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Diabetes event at Oxford Island

Diabetes event at Oxford Island

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland will be hosting its annual volunteer conference celebrating the successes of volunteers who go the extra mile and make a difference to people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland.

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Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness has died

Veteran Sinn Fein figure Martin McGuinness is dead.

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Philip Magowan Photography - Northern Ireland - 10 March 2017

Armagh County Museum launched a new exhibition on Friday evening, with works of George Russel (AE).

Pictured: Councillor Liam Mackle and Catherine Giltrap of Trinity College Dublin.

Photo by Philip Magowan

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Fruit and veg

Do you really need to eat ten portions of fruit and veg a day?

Only a quarter of UK adults manage to eat the officially recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. In fact, almost half eat less than three a day. It seems unlikely, then, that most people would be able to reach the ten a day suggested by several pieces of research published in the last few years.

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See the Northern Lights

Top 50 things everyone should do by the age of 50

Researchers have identified the top 50 things everyone should do before they turn 50 - such as getting a tattoo, seeing the Northern Lights - and having sex on the beach.
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Research suggests a key ingredient of cannabis may help to treat anxiety.

Vital component of cannabis ‘may help treat anxiety and substance abuse’

A key ingredient of cannabis may help treat anxiety and drug addiction, suggests a new study.

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Vaping

Cigarette use in decline on National No Smoking Day

Today (March 8) is National No Smoking Day, and appropriately, new figures released show that the number of smokers is at its lowest level since records began in 1974.

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Scientists

New superbug immune to strongest antibiotics

A new variant of a gene that causes resistance to our strongest antibiotics has been discovered in a healthy person, prompting fears it could be spreading.
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Blood pressure medication

New pills to treat high blood pressure on horizon

New pills to treat high blood pressure could soon be available after a medical breakthrough by scientists.

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People with ginger hair are more at risk of suffering from Parkinson's disease according to new research.

Red hair link to Parkinson’s disease

Ginger haired people are more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, according to new research.

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Allen Gillis who is organising a charity Irish Stew Night in aid of Guide Dogs NI at Portadown Golf Club on St Patrick's night, March 17th. INPT09-204a.

Allen’s life is changed by his loyal guide dog

As Portadown man Allen Gillis organises his forthcoming night to raise money for Guide Dogs NI, there is one very important friend missing from his side - his own guide dog Marco.

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Dr Rosemary Black, receiving her Life Time Achievement at the Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards from Southern Trust Medical Director, Dr Richard Wright.

Lifetime achievement Award for former Southern Trust doctor

A former doctor based in Craigavon Area Hospital Dr Rosemary Black, an Associate Specialist in Dermatology for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards.

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Crisis service helps local people

Crisis service helps local people

A home treatment service for people with a severe mental health crisis is now available across the Southern Health and Social Care Trust 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Everything you need to know about this highly infectious bug.

Shigellosis: Everything you need to know about this highly infectious bug

This highly-infectious vomiting bug is sweeping schools across the UK, leading to a warning to parents to know the symptoms.

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Experts have discovered a link between fizzy drinks and liver disease.

Fizzy drinks spark liver disease warning

A sweetener used in fizzy drinks, biscuits, cakes and ice cream is causing an epidemic of liver disease among youngsters, warns new research.

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The Young Women After Stroke group. INPT07-200.

There is life after stroke, as young women’s group marks second year

Having a stroke at the age of nine or 25 is not in most people’s life plans but for members of the Young Women After Stroke Group it is a reality and one they are learning to recover from with each other’s help.

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Getting some Vitamin D

Vitamin D supplements key to combating common cold

A daily dose of sunshine via Vitamin D pills keeps coughs and colds at bay, according to new research.

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Pictured at the announcement of a research collaboration between RCSI and Almac Discovery to target therapy-resistant cancer tumours are (l-r) Dr Graham Cotton, Senior R&D Group Leader, Almac Discovery; Professor Tracy Robson, Head of Molecular & Cellular Therapeutics, RCSI; and Professor Tim Harrison, Vice President Discovery Chemistry, Almac Discovery.

Almac trial new cancer drug

Craigavon firm Almac have joined forces with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in a major research project and trials for a new cancer drug.

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Being healthy improves your bank account

Eight ways a healthy lifestyle can improve your finances

This time of year everyone is thinking about getting healthy but have you ever thought about improving your financial fitness

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