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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!

More schoolchildren 'rejecting cigarettes'

The proportion of surveyed pupils who have ever smoked tobacco drops to a record low of 16%.

'Why me? I had ovarian cancer at 14'

Kelliyah thought she was putting on weight - and was shocked to find her condition was much more serious.

Boris Johnson orders action to stop measles spread

A fall in uptake of the MMR vaccine means the UK has lost its measles-free status.

Edinburgh Fringe: Tourette's charity wants apology over award-winning joke

People with the condition are angered after Olaf Falafel's gag won an award following a public vote.

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 NE11 or anywhere in the UK


Herbal Inn

36 Garden Walk, Metrocentre, Gateshead NE11 9XY, UK – 0191 460 8887

Booked in for a head and neck massage, got in the same day. My neck was so tense when I arrived but when I left 15 mins later I was ache free. I could feel heat in the muscles and felt relaxed. I plan to return for reflexology soon. I’d definitely recommend this place.

Went to get a back and shoulder massage and got to say it was pretty good. While waiting there, which was only 10 minutes, it seemed a lot of pregnant women use this place for massages! Counted 6 come in to book appointments!

Jane Barnett Osteopath

6 Granby Cl, Sunniside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE16 5LL, UK – 07976 710377

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 County Durham.

Alternative Medicine

Friends of the Northern College of Homeopathic Medicine

Swinburne House, Swinburne Street, Gateshead NE8 1AX, UK – 0191 490 0274

Whickham Villa LLP

8 Millfield Rd, Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne NE16 4QA, UK – 0191 488 7351

Holistic Health

2 Briermede Ave, Gateshead NE9 6AE, UK – 07905 665073

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 Gateshead 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 NE11 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 NE11 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 NE11 and Gateshead.
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 Gateshead.
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.