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Eating cheese is better for you than previously thought

Eating plenty of cheese is healthier than you think and does not necessarily increase your risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, say scientists.

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The standardised green packets aim to discourage young people from ever taking up smoking.

Graphic cigarette pack warnings aim to stop youngsters smoking

Cigarettes must be sold in standardised green packaging bearing graphic warnings of the dangers of smoking from this weekend as rules designed to prevent young people taking up the habit come into full effect.

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Katie Morley and Emma Johnstone, who are doing the Leigh 10k for Wigan and Leigh Hospice

Running together in a good cause

Two friends and fund-raisers will quite literally support each other every step of the way when they take part in the Leigh 10k.

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Luke Holt and mum Deborah prepare for Race For Life at Pennington Flash

Schoolboy will be special guest at Race For Life

A Leigh schoolboy and his family are rallying women to join the fight against the disease by entering Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life.

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Tyler and his parents

Help fund stateside treatment for Tyler

A massive fund-raising campaign has been launched to pay for vital treatment in the USA for a Leigh teenager with brain tumours.

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Aldi staff with Wigan and Leigh Hospice employees handing over a cheque following charity fund-raising led by Kelly Stokes (second from left, back row)

Double boost for hospice project

A brave charity fund-raiser who suffered serious injuries in a car crash refused to be stopped in her quest to help a local charity.

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The Blue Light Torch is welcomed to Leigh

Picking up baton for mental health relay

Blue light services across the region gathered in the borough to welcome the Our Blue Light torch as part of the first UK mental health relay.

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Ellie Pugh, 12, and mum Donna, who both have Crohn's disease, with Ellie's sister Bethany, 15

Family hit twice by disease speak out

A mother and daughter both diagnosed with Crohn’s disease have spoken of their experiences for World IBD Day.

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UPDATED: NHS hit by huge cyber attack - avoid A&E and walk-in centres 'unless absolutely necessary'

UPDATED: NHS hit by huge cyber attack - avoid A&E and walk-in centres 'unless absolutely necessary'

Computers have been shut down across the country after NHS computers were hit by a cyber attack, plunging the health service into chaos.
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Wigan Town Hall

Wigan nursing home fees set to increase by three per cent

Care and nursing home fees across Wigan borough will be subject to an inflation-busting rise as the town hall makes plans to cope with market pressures.

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Eating avocados could beat heart disease and flab

Eating half an avocado a day helps to shed the pounds and stave off heart disease and diabetes, say scientists.
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A billion people ‘not getting enough Vitamin D’

A billion people ‘not getting enough Vitamin D’

A whopping BILLION people worldwide may have insufficient levels of vitamin D because they spend too much time inside - and use the wrong SUNTAN LOTION.

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New cigarette laws come into force this month

New cigarette laws come into force this month: Here's what smokers need to know

Smokers across the North West are being warned about new rules on cigarettes and tobacco that will come into force this month.

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Could daily injections for diabetics soon be a thing of the past?

Smartphone control could mean the end of daily injections for diabetics

A smartphone app that does away with the misery of daily injections for diabetics could be on the horizon.

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Matron Carolyn Dereszkiewcz and Dr Naqvi with the logo for the  Heart Beat 2 appeal

Heartfelt thanks paid as residents’ support means hospital unit is ready to go

A much-loved heart doctor has thanked residents for supporting his campaign to further improve facilities at the borough’s cardiac unit.

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Mental health patients in crisis waiting too long for help

Mental health patients in crisis waiting too long for help

One in 10 mental health patients discharged from hospital after suffering a crisis has to wait more than a week for a follow-up appointment, according to new figures out today.

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Three-year-old Harry Howard's cancer was misdiagnosed as growing pains by three different health officials in Wigan. 

Pictured with mum Helen

Doctors miss son’s cancer three times

A Wigan mum was left in despair after her toddler’s cancer was misdiagnosed as growing pains an incredible THREE times.

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The CQC rated Wigan and Leigh Hospice as Oustanding

Inspection success for hospice staff

Staff at the borough’s hospice are celebrating after the national care watchdog gave it the highest-possible rating of Outstanding.

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NHS England warns of bogus text message scam

NHS England warns of bogus text message scam

Members of the public are being warned not to fall for a text scam, where messages are claimed to be from the NHS.
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Derian House admin team members Fran Lees and Kirsty Yates, Sarah Collier from supporters Napthens Solicitors and admin team member Sue Seddon.

Super Easter knitting skills at Derian House

Easter chicks have been flying off the shelves at Derian House Children’s Hospice, helping them towards its £3.85m fund-raising target in 2017.
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