Mum finds strength in kids after partner’s sudden death

An Ulster mother has told of the heartache she has faced trying to cope with the loss of her partner at the age of 32, just days after celebrating their son’s first birthday.

Mr Donie Cronin (Centre) with clinical personnel (left to right) Bernie McCallan, Dr Aaron Peace, Dr Godfrey Aleong and Dr Albert McNeill at Altnagelvin Hospital where the cross-border cardiology service has been credited with saving the lives of 27 patients from Co Donegal in its first nine months. PA

Cross-border cardiology service saves 27

A cross-border cardiology service has been credited with saving the lives of 27 patients from Co Donegal in its first nine months.

Part of the crowd which attended a rally at Pordadown Health Centre on Friday. INPT04-200.

GP protest slams ‘sticking plaster’ solution

Supporters attending a protest in Portadown were told that the temporary solutions which had been put in place to save a GP practice were simply a “sticking plaster”.

John McCourt is confident the report will vindicate his story

HIA inquiry report ‘will vindicate claims of abuse’

A man who says he went crazy after suffering abuse in a Londonderry children’s home is confident that a report on institutional abuse will vindicate his claims.

The study said more than 40% of UK women drink alcohol during pregnancy

UK and Irish women ‘drink most during pregngncy’

Women in the UK and Ireland are among the world’s worst for drinking during pregnancy, a new study has claimed.

A woman sitting down

Sitting down too much can age women by 8 years

Sitting for too long can age women by up to eight years, say scientists.

GPs said they need more than verbal commitments to save practices

GPs warn Stormont politicians: We cannot pause patient illness

All political parties in Northern Ireland are being told to “rise to the challenge” and put an end to the “frightening” prospect of GP services being lost in local communities, as may already be the case for over 5,000 people in Portadown.

Geraldine McCoy

‘When I’m depressed I push myself to go out of the house to the garden’

Mum-of-five Geraldine McCoy from Toomebridge, Co Antrim was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 32, forcing her to give up her much loved job as a primary school teacher and leaving her struggling with family life.


Abortion Act refusal in NI saved 100,000 lives

A report is launched today which estimates that 100,000 people are alive in Northern Ireland because the Abortion Act of 1967 was not implemented here.

Sick mum and daughter

Mums sick of kids’ illnesses - 18 times a year

The average mum will fall ill 324 times over their youngster’s childhood with colds and bugs passed on to them by their offspring, a study has found.

Pregnant eating

Mums who pile on pounds while eating for two ‘don’t harm unborn child’

Eating for two while pregnant doesn't harm the unborn child, according to new research..

A baby crying

Would you stick needles in your baby to stop it crying?

Acupuncture may stop babies suffering from colic from crying too much, according to new research.

Portadown Health Centre

GP withdraws from taking over Portadown medical practice contract

The GP contractor, who had been confirmed as taking on the troubled Bannview Medical Practice in Portadown, has withdrawn from the contract.

Declan McMullan. Picture courtesy of McMullan family.

Declan’s life still has value despite ‘locked-in syndrome’

The father of a young man heralded for his exceptional resolve in the face of a nightmarish disability known as locked-in syndrome has given his backing to a medical charity’s awards programme.

GP resignations ‘inevitable’ without funding

GP resignations ‘inevitable’ without funding

Hundreds of doctors could resign if the collapse of Stormont means an investment plan is not implemented, the British Medical Association (BMA) warned.

One too many

Drinking to forget doesn’t work

Drinking to forget not only doesn't work but actually strengthens bad memories, a new study reveals.

Sean Mullan and sister Eileen have encouraged more people to join the organ donor register

Brother’s ‘mind blowing’ experience after donating kidney to sister

A paramedic who donated a kidney to his sister has spoken of the “mind blowing” experience of giving the gift of life.

Some Doritos lightly salted crisps could be harmful to people with an intolerance or allergy to wheat/gluten or soya.

Health risk forces Doritos to recall crisps

The owners of popular crisp brand. Doritos, is recalling some products after it was revealed they could pose a health risk.

The health minister has announced plans to protect mothers who breastfeed in public

Plan to protect mothers who breastfeed in public is ‘mere gimmick’: DUP MP

Plans to bring forward legislation to protect mothers who breastfeed their children in public have been branded “a mere gimmick” by a DUP MP.

The consultation will run from January 6, 2017 to March 3, 2017. (Photo: Richard Clark)

Proposals to ban smoking in cars carrying children welcomed

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has welcomed the recent announcement by the Health Minister Michelle O’Neill that a public consultation on plans to ban smoking in private vehicles carrying children in Northern Ireland will be running from until March 32017.

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