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

Every major A&E misses wait target for first time

Hospitals in England endure their worst-ever performance against waiting times.

Boy, 5, given prosthetic arm that lets him hug brother

Five-year-old Jacob Scrimshaw was born eight weeks early with most of his left arm missing.

Men 'at greater risk of infertility' if small at birth

Poor growth in the womb could lead to problems linked to fertility - but only in men, a study says.

Drug that prevents half of breast cancers carries on working

Anastrozole is available already, but doctors say substantially more women should be taking it.

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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 EX1 or anywhere in the UK

Acupuncture

Exeter Acupuncture Clinic - Helen Stafford 01392 221122

Cathedral Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic - Exeter, 6 Southernhay W, Exeter EX1 1JG, UK – 01392 221122

I've seen Helen for treatment for my back and highly recommend her. She is very knowledgeable and answered all my questions and gave me acupuncture treatments and also back massages which were so relaxing! I had wondered whether I would feel the needles at all, but was pleased to find there was no discomfort at all. Helen is chilled out and an easy person to talk to about any health concerns. Will be recommending to my friends!

Helen is wonderful. She is very knowledgeable and seems to be able to deal with anything. If you're new to acupuncture or you're familiar with it I would recommend Helen.

Robin Costello BSc. DipAc. MBAcC. MRSS.

Highcroft, Exeter EX4 4JQ, UK – 01392 424276

Robin is just incredible with what he can achieve with your health; he practices what he teaches and, he knows a lot! He keeps his knowledge up to date too. Robin has successfully treated me on and off for over 15 years for so many different illnesses and issues I can't thank him enough.

Look no further for an acupuncture professional, Robin is excellent and I highly recommend him.

The People's Acupuncture Project

Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David’s Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG, UK – 07444 718395

Eleanor is warm, supportive and intuitive. The sessions with her have greatly helped to relieve my migraines. Highly recommended!

I have complete trust in my therapist. Very professional. Highly recommend

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 Devon.

Alternative Medicine

Jenny Skinner - Alexander Technique

15-16 Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PT, UK – 07866 257033

Jenny is a highly experienced professional who makes the learning process enjoyable and accessible. In a very short space of time, she has helped me with something that has been resistant to other forms of treatment and/or exercise.

So helpful - love this approach to posture and Jenny is so experienced.

Fumiaki Tanaka Alexander Technique Space Exeter Devon

2 Spicer Rd, Exeter EX1 1SX, UK – 07305 577700

It was Fumiaki's home-page picture with the word ZEN across it that decided me. I didn't want yet one more 'thing to do' to ease my crunched neck and achy hip, and I'm happy to discover from Fumiaki that the way is all about not-trying, about allowing my body to rediscover its/my natural way. In just five lessons, I feel freer, more fluid and most importantly more aware of my habits to 'crunch', to strain, and actually inhibit this natural way... How wonderful to find the 'right' person to work with. Thank you -

Fumi is an excellent teacher. I have been doing Alexander Technique for approximately 7 years & highly recommend him. I first came to Fumi with a neck problem which Fumi helped me overcome. Through the technique, he allows good habits to replace bad ones allowing the body to adopt its' natural posture. I now do classes regularly.

Holistic Gateway

14 Fouracre Cl, Exeter EX4 8LS, UK – 01392 221066

I approached Colin as I was drawn to the Crystal Healing course he was offering, The Intuitive Atlantean Crystal Healing Course (Practitioner & Teacher Level). I met up with Colin in October and carried out my training with attunements. I had to carry out 10 case studies to attain practice and skill, which I passed and I am now a practitioner in Atlantean Crystal Healing. I would recommend this course to anyone that is interested in energy healing and crystals. Colin is a very knowledgeable teacher and his style of teaching is wonderful. I will be visiting Colin in the future for other courses he is offering!

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 Exeter 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 EX1 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 EX1 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 EX1 and Exeter.
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 Exeter.
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.