Cigarettes must be sold in standardised green packaging from this weekend

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.

Iolo Eilian, Learning Disability Lead with the Health and Social Care Board pictured with Healthcare Facilitators Gemma Smyth (left) and Bernie Dooher from the Western Health and Social Care Trust,  at the launch of Easy Read health check publications for adults with a learning disability.

New health check packs for adults with learning disabilities launched

A series of new Easy Read resources focusing on health issues are to be rolled out for local adults with learning disabilities.

The Foyle Haven entrance, John Street.

Haven future ‘a matter of deep concern’

Local councillors earlier this year spoke of how vital the Foyle Haven service was for the city. SDLP Colr. Martin Reilly said at a meeting back in February that “the future of Foyle Haven was a matter of deep concern in the district and further afield”.

A protest held outside the Guildhall back in February over the threat to Foyle Haven services.

Foyle Haven campaign ramps up as funding cut-off point looms

A new campaign has been launched to prevent Derry’s Foyle Haven Day Centre from having to reduce its services due to funding.

Kathleen Bradley.

Concerns over PIP assessment process

A Derry community worker has questioned why medical evidence from a GP is no longer deemed mandatory when determining whether an individual is entitled to disability benefit.

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Send a 6th birthday message to brave little fighter Bradley Lowery

Send a 6th birthday message to brave little fighter Bradley Lowery

Today is little battler Bradley Lowery’s sixth birthday and well wishers from across the world have sent him their messages of love.

Foyle Westminster candidate Mark Durkan. DER1815MC134

Dementia ‘will be 21st Century’s biggest killer’

SDLP Foyle Westminster candidate has warned that dementia is on course to be the biggest killer of the century.

The amount of sugar in Lucozade drinks has been reduced by 50 per cent.

Warning over Lucozade sugar reduction

People who use Lucozade drinks to treat low blood sugar levels are being urged to check the labeling on the beverage before consuming it.

The new laws come into force later this week.

E-cigarette laws to change THIS WEEK - Here's how Derry vapers will be affected

New tobacco laws affecting Derry vapers who smoke e-cigarettes will come into force this week.

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Some of the tablets found in the city centre at the weekend.

Drugs discovered near local school

A Derry councillor has warned that there could have been horrific consequences if a child had come across prescription drugs discovered close to a primary school.

Sick Dungannon child travelling for vital operation left stranded at airport

Sick Dungannon child travelling for vital operation left stranded at airport

A sick Dungannon girl travelling to London for vital surgery and her distressed parents were left stranded at the George Best airport for several hours on Monday after their Aer Lingus flight was cancelled at the last minute.

The group pictured at the top of Mount Errigal. (Photo Ryan Mullan)

Family scale Errigal to fundraise for dementia research in memory of Rose

Rose Mullan was the centre of her family and when she was diagnosed with Dementia, they repaid the dedication and love she had shown to them by caring for her in her final years.

Pictured at the Sensory Support event are (back row) Pauline Doherty, Hands That Talk; Lynette Doherty, Sense; Alex Diver, Cedar Foundation; Cathy Campbell, Action Deaf Youth; Dave Carr, British Tinnitus Association; (middle row) Jackie Kelly, Leonard Cheshire Disability; Naomi Fujitani; British Deaf Association; Cathy Mullan, British Deaf Association; Paula Meenan, Deafblind UK; Rosaleen Rodgers, Omagh Hard of Hearing Club; Michelle McMaster, Hearing Link; (front row) Stephanie OKane, Action on Hearing Loss; Maria Fanning, Western Trust Sensory Support; Martina Demspter, Western Trust Sensory Support Team Leader and Barbara Wilson, National Deaf Childrens Society.

Support for hearing loss

Various local organisations have attended an event focusing in on hearing loss.

The proposed Medical Centre as seen from the underground car park.

Primary health hub plan for Arntz site

A decision on proposals for a massive £40m new primary care health centre on the former Arntz Belting site is expected to be made over the coming months.

The Magee campus is one of the lcations being considered for the new Medical School, while plans have been submitted for a new Primary Health Care facility in Pennyburn.

Sites for new UU Medical School being examined across north west

The Ulster University has said it hopes to have plans for a major new medical school in the north west realised by 2019.

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from May 8 to May 14.

Five things you can do to improve your mental health

It's Mental Health Awareness Week.
Sun beds (Photo by Whatsername? of Flikr.)

Sun care and sun beds melanoma warning

The Western Trust has issued a warning about the dangers of exposure to the sun and the use of sun beds amid concerns over rising skin cancer rates.

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The findings were published in the British Medical Journal.

Taking common painkillers such as ibuprofen for just a week 'raises heart attack risk'

People who "self-medicate" by taking over the counter painkillers should take heed of new research warning they can increase the risk of a heart attack, say family doctors.

One of the messages left on the Peace Bridge

‘One little thought, a phrase, an action, can make all the difference’

The artist behind a Suicide Prevention Project on the Peace Bridge has urged others to leave messages of support for those who may be facing a crisis.

The Millennium Forum.

Groups to gather for major dementia awareness event

Health professionals and research organisations are joining forces to stage a Dementia Awareness event in Derry on Wednesday May 17.

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