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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!

New drug for people who can bleed uncontrollably

NHS England is funding a new treatment for patients with severe haemophilia A.

High blood pressure in mid-30s may pose risk to brain health

People in their mid-30s need to watch their blood pressure to protect brain health in later life.

Vitamin D: Add 'sunshine vitamin' to flour, study says

One in five UK adults doesn't get enough of the "sunshine vitamin", especially in winter.

West Lane Hospital patients 'at high risk of avoidable harm'

Two patients died in two months at the Middlesbrough centre, which has been rated inadequate.

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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 SW1A or anywhere in the UK

Acupuncture

British Medical Acupuncture Society

60 Great Ormond St, London WC1N 3HR, UK – 020 7713 9437

Excellent regulated medical body

AcuBody Therapies

London Natural Health, 46 Theobalds Road, London, Camden WC1X 8NW, UK – 020 3823 6888

Without knowing exactly where to start, I can say with conviction that I have had a wonderful experience with the humans at Acubody and especially Duncan. I called him after many disappointing and hurtful doctors consultations, as a last ditch effort to start healing from the many ugly symptoms of my newly found celiacs disease. I was never really sick before so had little need for doctors and never tried anything but conventional medicine, but both my parents had had pleasant experiences so urged me to try. I was hesitant because not only was i over people who didn’t seem to care about my issues, but I’m beyond terrified of needles, so the idea of willingly allowing someone to stick them all over my body was daunting, but desperate times, and all that, so i called. From the phone call to our first session to the last one, Duncan has been amazing! He’s listened attentively, given realistic goals and expectations and is always curious about any change, good or bad. He was professional but crazy friendly, amazing with the needles, trust me-he’s magic, and explains why and where the needles are going and reasons his methods. Being in that room for the hour, was both a therapeutic and restorative time for me and I’d find myself excited to get needled. He has dealt with the majority of the ugliness and i know i will see even more improvement in the sessions to come. I’m eternally grateful and so glad that my path led me to him! Also, the price of the treatment was also ideal much to my student wallet’s happiness. Simply put, Duncan is the best, there are no ifs ands or buts about it.

Duncan gave me acupuncture for a few issues I was experiencing. He was calm, professional, kind and really tried to understand and resolve the cause of my issues which so far haven't returned. I would definitely recommend him.

The London Acupuncture Clinic

57A Wimpole St, Marylebone, London W1G 8YP, UK – 020 7935 2030

I was advised to try acupuncture by my GP. I did my research online and I found the London Acupuncture Clinic. I have been followed my Martha and I have seen improvements since the first session. Martha is highly professional, friendly and knowledgeable and I felt extremely comfortable and at ease as Martha clearly explained all procedures and their desired results. I want to share my positive experience and I would advise acupuncture to just anyone. Thank you very much Martha!

I went to the London Acupuncture Clinic for fertility. Having had the standard fertility tests, I had been told that my chances of conceiving naturally were low and should look at IVF and other options. I started acupuncture with Jason at the clinic as soon as I was told this and within three months I fell pregnant naturally with my beautiful baby girl. I cannot recommend the clinic and Jason highly enough. Thank you.

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 London.

Alternative Medicine

Wholistic Medical Centre

8 Upper Wimpole St, Marylebone, London W1G 6LH, UK – 020 7486 2196

Being a health care provider myself, it's hard to find an amazing doctor whom I can trust to care for my health. I found that with Dr. Daya and her wonderful and knowledgeable team! What an incredibly comprehensive set up. I am impressed at how well they are able to investigate the root cause of my dis-ease process and tell me things that would otherwise take years if not decades to discover. Wholistic Medical Centre is definitely the best health care provider in London.

I had the opportunity for a month to observe Dr. Daya, Tony Ryman, and Sheila Partridge collaborating on the treatment of their patients and I was highly impressed. The Holistic Medical Centre’s approach is quite unique since it successfully combines expertise in Bio-Meridian screening, Functional Bio-Chemistry and conventional medicine. It emphasizes identifying the factors which cause disease and treat them before the disease manifests. Patients come from all over the world with all types of health issues, from shingles to digestive issues to cancer. I was particularly impressed with how much effort is focused on educating patients on diagnostic methods, the findings, and how the treatment plan is going to resolve symptoms. The approach to health care that the Holistic Medical Centre has taken is ideal for treating patients. It is innovative, patient centered, educative and synthesizes a broad range of modalities.

Holistic Medical Clinic

69 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London W1G 8AS, UK – 020 7631 1111

Have been going for acupuncture sessions for the past two months and has helped me a lot to reduce migraines . Ewa is very good, with a lot of positive energy and helps you relax whilst putting needles in you which to me is amazing. Even if you do not believe it, try it!

Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

60 Great Ormond St, London WC1N 3HR, UK – 020 3456 7890

After drugs didn't help. I tried alternatives not having much faith but hands down its been so helpful. The doctor is so caring and my condition has healed.

Loved this Hospital ,love Homoeopathy

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 Whitehall 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 SW1A 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 SW1A 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 SW1A and Whitehall.
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 Whitehall.
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.