Health News Spot - Health warning! Clicking any item will take you to the full BBC news item which can be distracting!

Heatwave causes spike in insect bite calls to NHSHeatwave causes spike in insect bite calls to NHS

Horsefly bites are painful and can lead to a skin infection that may require antibiotics, say doctors.

Hot summer leading to 'toxic' algaeHot summer leading to 'toxic' algae

Blooms have flourished during the warm spell but they pose a health risk to humans and animals.

The eye doctor who could not see the starsThe eye doctor who could not see the stars

Dr Andrew Bastawrous has invented an app that has been shown in clinical trials to help more children see clearly.

Mencap wins 'unaffordable' overnight back pay appealMencap wins 'unaffordable' overnight back pay appeal

The charity argued it would be forced out of business by a £400m bill for the past six years.

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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 PL15 or anywhere in the UK

Acupuncture

Castle Street Clinic-Michael Clements

1A Castle St, Launceston PL15 8AZ, UK – 07711 834845

I’ve been using Michael for Acupuncture for several years now and would highly recommend him.He has helped me with back pain and sciatica in particular.The results were wonderful. ‘If it wasn’t my leg I wouldn’t believe it,’ I said at the time. His use of warmth-moxa/heat lamp and subtle massage enhances the treatments and I’m happy to have a seasonal top up –rebalancing treatment as an important preventative and boost to the immune system.He is full of good advice and wisdom. Excellent.

I’ve been seeing Michael for acupuncture for several years. He has helped me successfully with a variety of complaints. I also have regular top up treatments with him which help keep me in balance and act as a preventative. I always look forward to my visits with him and if you are considering acupuncture I would heartily recommend Michael to you.

Dr Yan's

Unit 3 White Hart Arcade, Broad Street, Launceston PL15 8AA, UK – 01566 779997

Dr Yan helped me immensely when I was in a lot of pain with my shoulder. She helped my partner when he was very sick and I think she is a brilliant healer. If you feel hopeless and that you will never get better, go and see Dr Yan and you'll improve, she is very skilful.

Very good TuiNa treatment, will be back for more

PhysioFix Injury Clinic

Market House Arcade, Market St, Launceston PL15 8EP, UK – 01566 774359

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 Cornwall.

Alternative Medicine

Better Health Choice

Mufields, Hendra Park, Launceston PL15 7JR, UK – 07757 864208

Phil Wright Homeopath

1A Castle St, Launceston PL15 8AZ, UK – 07891 188813

Castle Street Clinic

1A Castle St, Launceston PL15 8AZ, UK – 01752 770998

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 Launceston 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 PL15 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 PL15 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 PL15 and Launceston.
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 Launceston.
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.