Digital age sees change in childhood playing patterns

The number of teenagers who play outside, read books or get enough sleep has dropped dramatically on previous decades, a survey has found.

The NHS in Lancashire saw the biggest rise in the number of written complaints in the past year.

Lancashire sees 15% increase in NHS complaints

The number of written complaints to the NHS in Lancashire has increased by 14.6% over the past 12 months to an average of 14 criticisms per day.
Children taking selfies

Ask an expert: Can my child catch head lice from taking selfies?

An insect expert explains how kids catch the tiny pests, and how to eliminate them.

Could Autism be prevented in pregnancy?

Autism could be prevented during pregnancy - by changing women's gut bacteria, according to new research.
Google has teamed up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Offering Google users depression self-assessment tool 'may do harm'

A move by Google that enables people to check online whether they are clinically depressed could do more harm than good, an expert has warned.
The Endobarrier is a reversible treatment

'Safe and effective' gastric bypass alternative helps obese shed two stone

A device that helps obese people with Type 2 diabetes shed more than 2st on average should be rolled out across the NHS, experts say.

Tattoos release microscopic pigment particles

Tattoos release nanoparticles that lodge in lymph nodes, scientists say

Tattoos release microscopic pigment particles that lodge in the lymph nodes, posing a potential health risk, research has shown.

Around one in five pregnant women in the UK carries GBS in their digestive system

New mothers feel poorly informed about life-threatening infection

Most pregnant women and new mothers feel inadequately informed about an infection that kills one baby every week in the UK, data suggests.

Researchers have found that e-cigarettes containing nicotine could increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes

Vaping with e-cigarettes 'linked to' increased heart attack and stroke risk

E-cigarettes containing nicotine could increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, researchers have found.

Graeme and Vicky Holt.

Couple’s charity bash for cause close to their hearts

A charity night is being staged by a Clitheroe couple this Saturday to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Police are urging dog owners to pick up after their pets.

Pick up your dog mess plea from police

Police are appealing for dog owners to pick up after their pets on farmland after two calves die.

Struggling to sleep?

Can't sleep? Here is the cure...

Sugar cane could hold the key to beating Britain's chronic insomnia epidemic, according to new research.

Are new school starters' vaccinations up to date?

Vaccination alert as figures reveal thousands of children not immunised in Lancashire

Parents and carers in Lancashire are being urged to check their children’s vaccinations are up to date as the new school term begins.
County Coun Geoff Driver

Will new winter care plan ease bed-blocking in Lancashire hospitals?

Lancashire County Council has unveiled its plans to help reduce hospital “bed blocking” and meet spikes in demand for social care over the winter period.

The Three Peaks Challenge team.

Team's Three Peaks challenge supports vital work of farming charity

A 28-strong team, more than half of which were young farmers, completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds to support farmers suffering with mental health issues.

Evie Doherty, four, who is starting school with a new heart

Parents thank donor family as daughter, four, starts school with new heart

A four-year-old girl is starting school with a new heart thanks to the "selfless decision" taken by the family of her organ donor, her mother has said.

Burnley General Hospital

East Lancashire Health Trust to help out Lincolnshire neighbour

The Trust which manages Burnley General Hospital and the Royal Blackburn Hospital has been asked to provide advice to another which has been placed in “special measures”.
Scientists are working on an artificially intelligent (AI) system

Big Brother step nearer as smart watches monitoring wearer's movement developed

Big Brother smart watches that monitor virtually every move of the wearer and prevent memory lapses could soon be a reality.

Two-thirds of those questioned said employers do not understand migraine or its effects on staff.

Migraine poll 'wake up call' for employers

Concerns have been raised about the lack of support for workers who suffer from migraine.

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