How ‘clean eating’ can damage children’s health

Clean eating seems ideal for parents who want to establish their children’s healthy habits early on. It’s no surprise really: “clean eating” is the perfect buzz term for parents who are faced with supermarket shelves full of baby and toddler food which is high in sugar content and low in nutritional value.
Lydia Rankin, two, with parents Ruth and Paul Rankin - Lydia has severe disabilities.

Family tells of daily pain for ‘trapped’ Lydia

A Wigan mum has spoken about her severely disabled daughter’s daily struggles after outgrowing her specialist equipment.

Wigan Infirmary

Inquest hears Wigan hospital not at fault after six-year-old’s death

Wigan Infirmary was not at fault for the death of a ‘happy and healthy’ six-year-old boy who died after contracting an ear infection, an inquest has heard.

Lush have brought back their 'Sleepy' body lotion.

The £8 body lotion insomniacs are branding a ‘miracle’

If counting sheep doesn't send you off to the land of nod, there's good news.

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Deborah has stayed positive during her terrifying journey

Tutor faces cancer head on for charity

A Wigan cancer patient who worked throughout her treatment is now giving back to the charity behind her recovery.

The NHS in England last met its target for A&E waiting times two years ago

A&E waiting times target in England missed every month for last two years

The NHS in England last met its target for A&E waiting times two years ago, new figures show.
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Wigan Infirmary main entrance

Borough’s maternity ward remained open

Wigan Infirmary’s maternity unit has kept its doors open to expectant mothers, bucking the national picture.

Work is the "main factor" causing poor mental health

One in three men with poor mental health blame their jobs

Work is the "main factor" causing poor mental health among men, a charity has said.
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What is your Instagram account saying about you?

What your Instagram pics say about your mental health

People who post pictures on Instagram that are bluer, darker or greyer than most users are likely to have depression, a new study reveals.

Tobacco duties brought in 9.5 billion a year

Smokers pay lots in tax and save public money by dying early, report says

Smoking is worth almost £15 billion to the public purse because of the tax revenue and the savings from smokers' early deaths, according to a think tank's analysis.

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Vanderbilt University engineering Ph.D. student Erik Lamers who helped developed the corset

‘Superhero-style’ corset that could banish back pain for millions of Brits

A Batman style superhero corset has been developed that could end the misery of back pain for millions of Britons.

Members of Autistic Wigan, from left, Darren Duddle, Daz Castrick, Phil Topping, Adrian Shone and performer Mercy Carpenter, at the Old Courts, Wigan

Autism group’s grand plans

An autism support group has revealed plans to turn into a registered charity to help bring services “into the 21st century”.

A drug addict holding up a needle before injecting heroin (picture posed)

Concern over record number of drug deaths

A record number of people in Wigan have died from drugs misuse, new figures reveal.

Prof Kate Ardern

Challenging flu outbreak leads to care home deaths

A flu epidemic at borough care homes last winter is believed to have been a contributory factor in eight deaths.


More work still needed to improve health team

Improvements have been made to the borough’s mental health services for young people - but more still needs to be done.

Scientists have made an exciting discovery in the cure for the common cold (PA Archive)

Scientists eye cure for common cold after ‘exciting discovery’

A tiny molecule found in the immune systems of humans and animals has been hailed as an "exciting discovery" in the search for a cure for the common cold.
Wigan Infirmary

Wigan hospital trust hit after £5.5m paid out for negligence

More than £5.5m was paid out for clinical negligence claims made against the trust running Wigan’s hospitals last year, it has been revealed.

Tyler Yates

Dig deep at Vegas night for Tyler’s appeal

Fund-raising efforts are continuing for a teenager diagnosed with brain tumours.

Jack and Alex Johnson

JJ cash to fund new drugs trial

A Wigan-based charity is helping to fund a trial looking at whether an existing drug could be used to treat a serious genetic disorder.

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