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

Meningitis: 'I'm no longer Miss Independent'

A survey shows few understand the long-term effects of meningitis for people like Lesley.

'Time outs' don't do any harm, parents told

If used appropriately, they can be effective in reducing problem behaviour, a US study suggests.

Byron burger allergy death: Owen Carey's family demand law change

Owen Carey said he had a dairy allergy but was not told his meal contained buttermilk, a coroner rules.

Heavy menstrual bleeding: Keyhole hysterectomy technique 'more effective'

The problem affects a quarter of women in the UK and many end up having surgery to treat it.

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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 HA6 or anywhere in the UK

Acupuncture

Patricia O' Hara - Northwood Family Acupuncture

Green Ln, Northwood HA6 1AJ, UK – 07525 419320

Absolutely loved my time with Trish! I thoroughly enjoyed my treatment. Really beneficial to my overall health. I highly recommend it. Thanks Trish.

Amazing Acupuncture!!! I always have problems with my neck/shoulders and back as i work out a lot and do a lot of sport. The only thing that really helps me is to get a session of acupuncture at Northwood Family Acupuncture! Thanks so much!

Natural Healthcare

16 Bridge St, Pinner HA5 3JD, UK – 020 8868 0853

Have had a few massages and 3 sessions of acupuncture here. Staff speak poor English but treatments are good and usually come away feeling better than when I went. Usually ask for them to focus on a specific area, which they often do, unlike many masseuse.

Acuwellness

26 Joel St, Hillingdon, Northwood HA6 1PF, UK – 01923 828286

Great time relaxing calm massage after long days work

Tremendous result

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 Hertfordshire.

Alternative Medicine

Alternatives Therapy Centre

118 High St, Northwood HA6 1BJ, UK – 01923 828832

Very impressed with first visit to the podiatrist Chris. Very reasonable charges to follow up with chiropody with him on a regular basis too. He really does take an interest in suiting future treatment to your lifestyle.

Great hidden gem

Spatium A C M Ltd

3 Barters Walk, Pinner HA5 5LU, UK – 020 8868 7937

Great service from Adriana and the team. Had problems with tennis elbow and treatment was very effective. Highly recommended.

Spatium was referred by a friend whose chronic intestinal inflammation symptoms disappeared after a series of sessions. So I thought I'd give it a try for my carpal tunnel. The clinic was an easy walk from the Pinner station and inside was white and spotless. I have to say my first treatment with Adriana was incredible, a combination of deep tissue, reflexology and reiki. Afterwards, my constantly cold hands were warm and tingly and my carpal tunnel was relieved. Overall, it was probably one of the best massages I've ever had and the price was very fair. I'll be back for more.

Middlesex School of Complementary Medicine

PostGraduate Medical Centre Mount Vernon Hospital, Rickmansworth Road, Northwood HA6 2RN, UK – 020 8429 2895

I started training with this school 18 years ago and they never fail to deliver fantastic professional courses. Whether an aspiring practitioner or experienced long-term practitioner looking for CPD, the courses are very useful, well delivered and there is always something new on offer that is very interesting. Highly recommended!

I originally took the oncology massage course with this school as having looked at several it seemed to have the most comprehensive course. I wasn't disappointed! I'm now part way through my case studies and finding it so interesting. I've also taken a couple of CPD courses which have been excellent. I recommended the school to a friend who wanted to do reflexology. She's currently on the midweek course and is thoroughly enjoying it. I can't recommend this school highly enough.

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 Northwood 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 HA6 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 HA6 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 HA6 and Northwood.
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 Northwood.
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.