Premature babies facing care postcode lottery

Poorly babies face a postcode lottery on whether they receive important aspects of care, a new report suggests.

Is October time to stop?

Stoptober TV ads to encourage smokers to use e-cigarettes

New TV adverts from Public Health England (PHE) will encourage people to try e-cigarettes if they are struggling to quit regular smoking.

E-cigarettes: help or harm?

Smokers should be told of little evidence on benefits or harms of e-cigarettes

GPs should warn smokers there is currently little evidence on the long-term benefits or harms of e-cigarettes, health officials have said.

Flashback to 2014 when local firemen like Jeff Westwell (pictured) trained in CPR and passed on skills to others

Fire crews axe CPR cover

A life-saving pilot scheme which sees firefighters tending to Wigan borough heart attack victims has been axed in a pay dispute.

What is antimicrobial resistance

Everything you need to know about antibiotics

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a stark warning that the world is running out of antibiotics.

The figures showed "worryingly high rates of depression"

One in four girls aged 14 suffer from depression, survey shows

Almost one in four teenage girls are depressed, researchers have found.

Theo Brown came into the world on September 6 weighing nearly twice the average of a newborn.PIC: SWNS

WHAT A WHOPPER - A mother gave birth to an eye watering 12lb baby

A Lancashire mum has described her eye watering experience giving birth to a whopping 12lb baby boy.
Just 48% of 13 to 15-year-olds play outside

Digital age sees change in childhood playing patterns

The number of teenagers who play outside, read books or get enough sleep has dropped dramatically on previous decades, a survey has found.

Hygiene ratings

Wigan's food hygiene flunkers can get a re-mark

Businesses struggling with poor hygiene ratings can now pay to have them re-marked quickly, the council has said.

Children taking selfies

Ask an expert: Can my child catch head lice from taking selfies?

An insect expert explains how kids catch the tiny pests, and how to eliminate them.

Scheme cuts 999 persistent callers

A project to dissuade persistent callers from tying up 999 operators has paid dividends in Wigan.


Could Autism be prevented in pregnancy?

Autism could be prevented during pregnancy - by changing women's gut bacteria, according to new research.
Google has teamed up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Offering Google users depression self-assessment tool 'may do harm'

A move by Google that enables people to check online whether they are clinically depressed could do more harm than good, an expert has warned.
The Endobarrier is a reversible treatment

'Safe and effective' gastric bypass alternative helps obese shed two stone

A device that helps obese people with Type 2 diabetes shed more than 2st on average should be rolled out across the NHS, experts say.

Wigan Infirmary

Hospital mortality rates worryingly high for FOUR years

Wigan’s hospital mortality levels should have been considered worryingly “high” for at least the last four years, not just the last one, a medical expert claimed today.
Tattoos release microscopic pigment particles

Tattoos release nanoparticles that lodge in lymph nodes, scientists say

Tattoos release microscopic pigment particles that lodge in the lymph nodes, posing a potential health risk, research has shown.

Around one in five pregnant women in the UK carries GBS in their digestive system

New mothers feel poorly informed about life-threatening infection

Most pregnant women and new mothers feel inadequately informed about an infection that kills one baby every week in the UK, data suggests.

Researchers have found that e-cigarettes containing nicotine could increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes

Vaping with e-cigarettes 'linked to' increased heart attack and stroke risk

E-cigarettes containing nicotine could increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, researchers have found.

Operational manager Matt Calderbank

Ambulance staff moving into new station

Paramedics have responded to their final 999 calls from ambulance stations around the borough.

Wigan Infirmary

Doctor rapped for his lack of insight

A former Wigan Infirmary doctor has been told his fitness to practice is still impaired after he questioned the fairness of a disciplinary hearing.

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