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Dope smoking on the rise among the over-50s

The number of Baby Boomers - who grew up in the Sixties - getting spaced out on cannabis has almost doubled in the last eight years.

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The car seat being recalled

Child car seats recalled

Mamas & Papas is recalling a number of child car seats following safety concerns.
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Boy eating a burger

Ban on junk food ads targeted at children

Ads for junk food and drink targeted at children are to be banned from the internet in a bid to combat the obesity epidemic.

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A robin

Feeders and crows bad news for robins

Bird feeders that attract crows could spell bad news for the red breasted robin, a new study found.

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'One or two high blood glucose readings shouldnt affect long-term diabetes control, but people should aim to avoid persistently high readings,' Dr David Chaney said.

Don’t buy expensive ‘diabetic’ chocolate, warns Diabetes NI Director

Dr David Chaney, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland National Director, has written a letter of advice for people who struggle to manage the condition at Christmas.

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Nuts

Scientists say nuts to heart disease

A daily handful of any type of nuts slashes the risk of heart disease and cancer, Britain's biggest killers.

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Exercising is good for young minds

Lack of exercise slows up learning

Boys are failing at school because they don't get enough exercise which boosts oxygen flow to the brain, according to new research.

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December 1 is World AIDS Day.

World AIDS Day in Northern Ireland

Today is World AIDS Day.

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Pictured at the launch of the new Contraceptive and Sexual Health Service in the Northern Trust are Agnes Duncan, Family Planning Nurse, Jennifer Platt, Personal Assistant, Claire Galloway, Clinical Lead Nurse for Sexual Health Services, Bob McCann, Northern Trust Chairman, Health Minister, Michelle ONeill, Michelle McGrath, Lead Nurse, Jolene Feeney, Sexual Health Adviser and Sharon Bingham, Senior Health Promotion Officer.

Minister opens new sexual health hub

A new contraceptive and sexual health facility officially opens today at Braid Valley Hospital in Ballymena.

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That sickly feeling - beware the winter 'vomiting bug'

Health warning as winter vomiting bug spreads across Northern Ireland

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is making people aware of the presence of the winter vomiting and diarrhoea virus, also known as norovirus, circulating in the community.

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School children Osaruese Egbomeade (9) and Ayla Hunt (6) are hoping to make wishes come true this Christmas for thousands of vulnerable children worldwide by supporting Concerns Christmas gifts.

Ballymena and Antrim in Christmas appeal as thousands of children face Christmas without food

Concern Worldwide has encouraged the people of Ballymena and Antrim to make wishes come true this Christmas for thousands of children in some of the poorest places in the world.

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A man suffering from stress

Should I disclose my mental health issues to my employer?

One in six workers experience stress, anxiety and depression at any given time but, more often than not, workers don’t disclose their problems and mental health remains a workplace taboo.

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A number of buzzards have been killed.

Over 40 birds of prey illegally killed

Over 40 birds of prey have been illegally killed in Northern Ireland over the five years up to the start of 2015, a new report has found.

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Mervyn Storey  with Brian Peticrew Heath Board, Dr Tony Stevens Northern Trust Clair Anne Magee Carers Ni and Kevin Daly

Shocking statistics reveal NI pensioners work minimum of 35 hours in unpaid care per week

More than 15,000 pensioners in Northern Ireland aged 70 and over are providing a minimum of 35 hours unpaid care every week.

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Little Mix fan, Cora McQuade-Denvir with mum, Amy and dad, Ciaran. INLT 10-006-PSB

Little Cora’s special Christmas tree wish

The parents of a terminally ill Carnlough girl need your help to make what is likely to be their daughter’s last Christmas extra special.

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QUB Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston, Dr Lorraine Martin & Mr Conor Murphy, MLA.

Prestigious award for Queen’s researcher who has dedicated her career to battling Chronic Airways Diseases

Dr Lorraine Martin, who hails from Ballymena, has spoken of her delight after winning the highly-coveted Vice-Chancellor’s Research Impact Prize.

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Men with more masculine tendencies are thought to be more at risk at suffering from mental health issues.

‘Laddish’ men more likely to have mental health issues

Typical ‘lads’ are more likely to suffer mental health problems, a new study suggests.

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L-R  Paul, Kevin, Geraldine, Caoimhe, Anne and Ciaran McCoy.

Bipolar mum of five Geraldine reveals joy as mental health group receives huge funding boost

Mum of five Geraldine McCoy, from Toomebridge, Co Antrim, is part of the one per cent of the population who will experience bipolar at some point in their lives.

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Some of the items seized by police

Ambulance called after cannabis cookies make eight people ill

Police are investigating after a group of people became ill after consuming cannabis cookies at an address in the Ballymena area on Sunday evening.

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Paul Livingstone is taking on the dauning physical challenge in memory of his late mother Doris, who sadly passed away in December 2006 from oesophageal cancer.

Solicitor takes on one of America’s toughest treks for Marie Curie

Paul Livingstone is about to undertake one of the greatest challenges of his life - trekking through the Smoky Mountains.

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