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Health News Spot - Health warning! Clicking any item will take you to the full BBC news item which can be distracting!

Labour pledges to stop NHS prescription charges

Labour is to announce a pledge to abolish prescription charges in England at its party conference next week.

'Cancer treatment broke my heart, but I've survived'

Kreena developed heart failure after being treated for cancer - but has made a remarkable recovery.

Efforts to cut sugar out of food way off target

Soft drinks have 29% less sugar on average since a levy was imposed, but we're eating more sugary food.

Children being denied new cancer drugs

Doctors say the rules are "too cautious" for giving innovative medicines to children.

Click on Medical and Medical Research Charities on the Charity Choice website charity selector
Very good general health website from the NHS information about illnesses, diseases, finding your BMI, growing old gracefully, care of the elderly, over 50s health, children's health, mens' health, women's health, addictions and much more. Really important stuff. Give it a browse and you might live longer!
British Medical Acupuncture Society. Contains information about meetings and advice for patients and health professionals plus search facility to find acupuncturists in BH8 or anywhere in the UK

Acupuncture

Gary Hussey Acupuncturist

51A Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 3PA, UK – 01202 554098

Initially tried acupuncture with Gary for sinus problems when needing to fly. They were fixed after 2 sessions and no need for drugs! I aim to continue with treatment as I have found it helped relieve pain from osteoarthritis. Gary explains things before starting work and provides a very relaxed consultation. I always leave feeling so much better than when I arrived. Highly recommend!

When I first met Gary I had been suffering with a chronic tension headache which used to cause me pain almost everyday. After just the first session, not only did my headaches disappear, but I started feeling extremely well. Except for 2 or 3 episodes I didn't have any pain since. Gary is a really good therapist and to me it is like he did a miracle. Highly recommend.

Mark Arnold Acupuncture

3 Green Rd, Bournemouth BH9 1DU, UK – 07583 354677

I have seen Mark Arnold over the last three years at intermittent intervals, during which time Mark has helped me to get the better of long-standing chronic lower back pain, halted the early onset of arthritis in my finger joints, relieved various muscle strains, and most recently Mark has reduced my neck pain to a bearable level (with signs of further improvement to come). I should mention that these injuries arise from unsuccessful spinal fusion surgery and being on the receiving end of a serious road traffic accident. Mark always seems very knowledgeable, very understanding, and l feel enlightened by the treatment sessions. I am very happy to recommend Mark Arnold.

As a result of chronic fatigue and head pressure I left my job and could only just manage a school run, finding myself pretty much bed ridden for months. After ruling out various medical conditions it seemed this was something I would have to live with. I decided to try accupuncture with Mark and the results have been profound. In the first instance he took a thorough history, and it was a relief to talk to someone about all of my symptoms and how I had become so ill. After the first session the improvement in my energy levels was noticable. I turned out to be nervous about needles, but Mark put me at ease and I soon learned that the benefits were worth it, and that it wasn't painful. Now, after seeing Mark on a regular basis my quality of life has returned and I'm starting to get back on track. Mark has a vast knowledge of acupuncture and this combined with his enthusiasm works magic - atleast it feels like magic! I thoroughly recommend Mark and can't thank him enough for his help.

Natural Elements Acupuncture & TuiNa Clinic

70 Stewart Rd, Charminster, Bournemouth BH8 8NU, UK – 07962 905979

Martine is quite simply amazing. Extremely knowledgeable and understanding and fixes whatever you need fixing! I would recommend her a million times over. Thank you again, Martine, for being my saviour! x

Complementary Healthare Information Service UK with information about all sorts of alternative therapies from Acupuncture to Bowen technique to Reiki and Yoga.  Search for alternative health practitioners in Hampshire.

Alternative Medicine

Allergy Relief & Nutrition Clinic

Herons Mead, Throop Rd, Throop, Bournemouth BH8 0DH, UK – 01202 516695

www.transformationstation.co.uk

6 fairfield house, 9 cavendish road, Bournemouth BH1 1QX, UK – 07545 555426

Stephen Fursey MNIMH Medical Herbalist

40 Florence Rd, Bournemouth BH5 1HQ, UK – 01202 531501

Useful NHS site with information for every type of carer. It provides details of the services or benefits affecting carers, carers' workers and voluntary organisations and others. Find out if you will have to pay for your own long term care, research money and financial implications, the wellbeing of all carers, the needs of young carers. Search for carer services such as dementia care and respite breaks around Bournemouth or anywhere in the UK with the search facility.
This is a good NHS site for finding doctors, dentists, clinics, hospitals and urgent care in BH8 or anywhere in England. It also lists Dentists accepting NHS patients!

BBC Healthy Lifestyle Website - the importance of exercise, exercise for children, diet and finess plans.
This is the NHS website with information about all sorts of mental health issues including depression, breakdowns, phobias, self-harm, over-eating and more.
Search for mental health services in BH8 or anywhere in England.
Health A to Z, conditions and illnesses, symptom checker. Online discussions and communities, news and topical articles.
NHS site for England and Wales. Health A to Z of conditions and illnesses. Information about the NHS and its services and management. Search for NHS services in BH8 and Bournemouth.
Health companion for travellers - offers customized medical kits and advice on medication. Check the tablet and vaccination requirements and tips.
The NHS website with advice for healthy travelling - inoculations required for travel, inflight health. Lots of stuff that you did not Know you did not Know - some of it really important!
Useful travel health website from NHS with travel advice and search facility to find where to get a yellow fever innoculation around Bournemouth.
For many conditions and symptoms such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS, Emotional recovery after breast cancer, redundancy, confidence & self esteem, anxiety and many more. Many on offer. Professional, caring and thoughtful company.

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