Enormous televisions and reclining chairs recommended in fight against man flu

The much-debated phenomenon of "man flu" may have some basis in fact, researchers have said.
Peppa Pig is broadcast in more than 180 countries

Peppa Pig blamed for 'inappropriate use of Primary Care Services'

Cartoon character Peppa Pig has been blamed for contributing to patients' unrealistic expectations of what they can expect from their GP.

TV and Film
NHS Organ Donor Register card

Opt-out organ donation system moves closer

Families should overcome the "fatal reluctance" to talk aboutorgan donation, the Health Secretary urged as he launched a consultation into plans for an opt-out system.

Sharon Haliwell

Risk of suicide 'should have been flagged up'

The suicide of a Wigan millionaire businessman’s wife sparked a radical overhaul of the way mental health assessments are conducted.

A new sexual health service is being introduced across the borough

New approach to tackling sexual health issues

A new outfit has been drafted in to unite sexual health services for adults and younger people across the borough.

Janet Rawlings from Bridgewater with The Brick service user Danni Hillier

Health trust giving flu jabs to homeless

Health staff are hoping a drive to provide homeless people with flu jabs will save lives on the borough's streets this winter.

Roy Holding with wife Jill

Roy aims to spread word on rare cancer

A Wiganer is hoping to raise awareness of a rare and little-known form of cancer he has been receiving treatment for over the past few years.

John Pollard, Manchester West assistant coroner, who issued the notice

Coroner’s concern over ‘neglect’ after 91-year-old man died at Wigan care home

A coroner has demanded answers after a 91-year-old died after he was lifted using a hoist at a Wigan care home.

Teens are reporting increasing amounts of abuse from their peers

Teens sexually harassed by their peers

Nearly a third of young teenage girls have been sexually harassed online by children their own age.

Wigan Infirmary accident and emergency department

Patients urged to help ease A&E pressures

Health bosses are appealing for help to ease the pressure on Wigan’s A&E department, as the latest figures show more patients face long waits.

Peter Tudor

Wiganer's mission to get Russian medical help

A Wigan man suffering with multiple sclerosis hopes to raise £50,000 to travel to Russia for a radical new treatment.
Wigan Infirmary

Overcrowded A&E in ‘stay away’ plea

Health chiefs issued a fresh “stay away” warning to all but strict emergency cases as Wigan A&E faced overload again.

It's not just snap-happy nails we have to contend with

This is how to stop your nails breaking in winter according to experts

Follow these eight expert tips to get strong and stable nails all winter long.

Remember, the results do not have be perfect

Ask an expert: What should I play with kids now it's winter?

Dreary winter days don't mean playtime is over, says Tanith Carey.

Cough medicines could "actually do more harm than good".

Doctor warns against over the counter cough syrups and medicines for children

A senior doctor has urged parents to avoid using over-the-counter cough syrups and medicines to treat coughs and colds in children - in favour of "old fashioned" honey and lemon.
Blogger Gemma Brushneen with her husband Elliott, 30 and children Izzie, 7, Ollie, 4, and Mason, 2

Warning against buying doppler machines for home use to check baby

Christmas shoppers have been warned not to buy home doppler machines, which are sold with a view to enable pregnant women to check their baby's heartbeat.

The study compared 790 men who had heart disease despite being aged under 40

More bad news for men who get grey hair or go bald before the age of 40

Prematurely grey and balding men may be at greater risk of early heart disease, say scientists.

Kieron Smith (second right) with his colleagues at Learndirect, wearing purple for Pancreatic Awareness Day

Learndirect staff in Preston, Wigan and St Helens go purple for Pancreatic Cancer Action

Workers at Learndirect’s offices in Preston, Wigan and St Helens dressed in purple in support of their colleague who lost his dad to pancreatic cancer.


Viagra to be available over the counter

Brits will be the first in the world to be able to buy Viagra over the counter, following the impotence drug’s reclassification.


More health cuts may be on the way

NHS bosses in Wigan have warned that the increasing costs of social care and prescriptions for the borough’s population may spark the need for more savings this year.

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