Spotlight on Health

Spotlight on Health: Travel vaccinations - Get your jabs before your trip

Your Local Guardian: Spotlight on Health: Travel vaccinations - Get your jabs before your trip

If you are travelling abroad you may need to take health precautions, so it’s important to get professional advice. Whether you are going long haul to Africa or taking a ferry to France, your local pharmacist can help you plan ahead to ensure you have a trouble-free trip. Some can even administer vaccinations against certain diseases.

Suffragette artwork selection 'goes against the democracy Emily Davison stood for'

Your Local Guardian: Mary Branson's concrete ellipse is the winning design

7:00am Thursday 18th July 2013

The selection process for a piece of public art to commemorate suffragette Emily Davison has flown in the face of the very principles of democracy she fought for according to angry residents.

Dogs injure 14 postmen in last four years

Your Local Guardian: Postman robbed of mail in the street

6:00am Monday 15th July 2013

Dog attacks have left the borough's posties with injuries 14 times in the last four years, it can be revealed.

Spotlight on Health: Living with asthma

Your Local Guardian: Spotlight on Health: Living with asthma

Asthma is a common long-term condition that can cause a cough, wheezing and breathlessness. In the UK, 5.4 million people are currently receiving treatment for asthma. That is one in every 12 adults and one in every 11 children. Asthma in adults is more common in women than men. The severity of the symptoms varies from person to person. Asthma can be controlled well in most people, most of the time.

Christian charity proposed to run new Putney primary school

Your Local Guardian: Oasis already runs Oasis academy in Coulsdon near Croydon

6:00am Tuesday 18th June 2013

An educational charity is set to be named as the preferred sponsor of a proposed new primary school in Putney.

First holiday abroad for Wandsworth family following lottery win

Your Local Guardian: Winners: Williams and Elizabeth Ojo

8:00am Sunday 9th June 2013

Father’s Day came early for a lucky Wandsworth dad after he won £102,050 in the Lotto draw.

Stop smoking charity donates £1000 in parking charges to charity

7:00am Sunday 9th June 2013

A stop-smoking centre has donated more than £1000 raised from a Pay for Parking scheme to charity.

Carer left with criminal record after angrily grabbing broom from aggressive boy with learning disabilities

Your Local Guardian: The Lighthouse Children's Home in Surbiton where the assault happened

6:00am Friday 7th June 2013

A care worker has been given a criminal record and banned from working with children for a year after striking a “physically aggressive” child who was going for her eyes with a broom.

Environment Agency opens first fundraising kiosk

Your Local Guardian: Open: The kiosk will pay for work on the Thames

6:00am Tuesday 4th June 2013

A refreshment kiosk aiming to raise money to help fund the management of the Thames has opened for business at Molesey Lock.

Spotlight on Health: Manage your allergies

Your Local Guardian: Spotlight on Health: Manage your allergies

One in four of us will suffer from an allergy at some point in our lives, but fortunately only a small proportion will be life threatening. However with the number of sufferers increasing every year, it’s good to know where you can get informed advice on testing and treatment. The most common symptoms of allergic conditions like hayfever – brought on by plant pollens – are sneezing, itchy throat, red eyes and runny nose. These can be alleviated with a simple antihistamine bought over the counter from the chemist.

Were you the driver spat at and threatened?

Your Local Guardian: Drink-drive warning from Surrey Police

7:00am Friday 31st May 2013

Surrey Police are appealing for a man to come forward who may have been spat at, pulled from his car and threatened.

Fleet of 500 'cars2go' rolled out in six London boroughs

Your Local Guardian: The scheme was first launched in Sutton to mixed reviews in December 2012

6:30am Friday 31st May 2013

A green-conscious car-sharing initiative, allowing motorists to rent smart cars on demand, is set to arrive in south-west London.

Father and son deny Lebanese loop attempt

Your Local Guardian: Four Albion footballers due in court today on sex assault charges

6:00am Friday 31st May 2013

A father and son who allegedly tampered with an ATM machine to try to steal people’s bank cards appeared in court.

Man struck by train in Clapham Junction Station

Your Local Guardian: EMERGENCY CALL-OUT: NHS 111 call handlers have the option to call an ambulance for a patient if they think it is necessary

9:50am Sunday 12th May 2013

A man needed hospital treatment after being hit by a train in a busy station.

Volunteers invited to help clean up River Wandle

Your Local Guardian: Wandle aims to become capital's cleanest river

11:17am Sunday 12th May 2013

Volunteers are invited to help clean up the River Wandle today.

Battersea Northern Line extension moves closer as TfL reveals official plans

Your Local Guardian: WAND Battersea Northern Line extension moves closer after TfL submits official application

3:30pm Thursday 2nd May 2013

Battersea is one step closer to having its first Tube station after TfL applied for "powers to build and run" an extension of the Northern line.

Spotlight on Health: Blood pressure issues - the silent killer

Your Local Guardian: Spotlight on Health: Blood pressure issues - the silent killer

Around 30 per cent of people in England have high blood pressure - but many don’t realise it. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is known as the “silent killer” because there are often no symptoms. Left untreated the condition increases your risk of a heart attack, stroke or kidney disease. Low blood pressure, or hypotension, on the other hand, usually does have symptoms.

Spotlight on Health: Living with diabetes

Your Local Guardian: Spotlight on Health: Living with diabetes

There are over two million people with diabetes in Britain and another 750,000 who have yet to be diagnosed according to Diabetes UK. Your local pharmacist can offer help and advice on the condition, whether you’ve just been diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for years.

Spotlight on Health: Lose weight and improve your health

Your Local Guardian: Spotlight on Health: Lose weight and improve your health

Obesity is a term used to describe somebody who is very overweight with a high degree of body fat. Most cases of obesity are caused by eating too much and moving too little. If you consume high amounts of energy from your diet but do not burn off the energy through exercise and physical activity, the surplus energy will be turned into fat.

Spotlight on Health: Men should think more about their health

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Men tend to leave their health to chance – with shattering consequences. For many, the findings of the Department of Health’s ‘gender and access to health services’ (2008) study will not be a surprise, as it has long been established that men are less proactive about seeking out health advice and support than women.

Spotlight on Health: Stop smoking

Your Local Guardian: Spotlight on Health: Stop smoking

If you smoke, giving up is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health. Smoking is responsible for one in every five deaths in adults aged over 35 in England, and half of all long-term smokers will die prematurely due to a smoking-related disease.

Spotlight on Health: Contraception to suit your lifestyle

Your Local Guardian: Spotlight on Health: Contraception to suit your lifestyle

There are 15 different methods of contraception. The type that works best for you will depend on your health and your circumstances. Contraception is a personal issue, and finding the right method depends on many factors – including your age, your medical history, and how many sexual partners you’ve had – so what’s right for your friend may not be right for you.

Spotlight on Health: Emergency contraception

Your Local Guardian: Spotlight on Health: Emergency contraception

A night of passion may leave you fearing the worst. But help is at hand – your chemist can advise on emergency contraception - also known as the 'morning after pill'.

Spotlight on Health: Seasonal Flu

Your Local Guardian: Spotlight on Health: Seasonal Flu

Flu is a highly infectious and very common viral illness that is spread by coughs and sneezes. It's not the same as the common cold. Flu is caused by a different group of viruses and symptoms tend to be more severe and last for longer. You can stop yourself catching flu or spreading it to others by being careful with your hygiene or getting the flu vaccine. Flu jabs are now available at many local pharmacies.



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