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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!

Music 'calms nerves before surgery' as well as sedative

The "world's most relaxing song" could be just as good at calming patients' nerves, a study suggests.

Plant-based milks on the rise: A quarter of Britons are drinking them

Whether it's almond, soy or coconut it seems cow's milk is being ditched for alternatives.

NHS boss: Tax bills could mean 'loss of 60 doctors'

Doctors' refusal to work overtime is the issue, its chief executive warns.

Measles outbreak: Loddon head teacher makes immunisation plea

Loddon head teacher Jim Adams writes to parents after three pupils contract the disease.

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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 EX31 or anywhere in the UK

Acupuncture

One Acupuncture

1, Church House, Butchers Row, Barnstaple EX31 1DE, UK – 07591 173441

Alison is a truly unique and special individual, I was fortunate enough to be referred to her and was hugely relieved to find someone with such huge and diverse experience in acupuncture. I made huge improvements in a very short space of time and cannot thank her enough for all that she did for me. I would highly recommend Alison to anyone who is looking for an alternative treatment for optimal health!

Alison is amazing. As soon as I see her beautiful smiling face I instantly feel slightly better. She really listens to what is wrong and goes above and beyond to treat the problem and resolve the long-term issues. I came with a bad arm/shoulder and left with inner balance. Her treatments really worked for me. I will miss her magic hands.😊 best of luck with your new adventure in Devon, they are so lucky to have you. Bex

The Physio Co

92 Newport Rd, Barnstaple EX32 9BE, UK – 01271 269371

Can recommend this place. Has worked wonders and a friendly and welcoming place.

Would recommend Johnny

Daniel Gorvett, Highest Springs

7 Paiges Ln, Barnstaple EX31 1EF, UK – 07816 250097

Hi. I have pleasure to expire the acupuncture session with Daniel and not only. He show me a lot of thinks about Thai chi and well being way of life. I think is a very good person for this job. He have a gift to do that. I would like to highly recommend for everybody with any problem. Thanks Daniel

extremely knowledgeable,approachable and professional acupuncturist. I always recommend to family and friends.A big thankyou Dan for helping me to become a non-smoker after nearly 30 years of nicotine addiction.

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 Devon.

Alternative Medicine

Tarka Clinic

7 Paiges Ln, Barnstaple EX31 1EF, UK – 01271 373346

Dan Gorvett's acupuncture has been amazingly good for the migraine I've had for years. I'd encourage anyone to try it!

North Devon EFT

1st Floor, Barnstaple Chiropractic Clinic, Bickington Rd, Sticklepath, Barnstaple EX31 2DB, UK – 01769 574711

Infinite Choice

10 Market Street, Barnstaple EX31 1BX, UK – 01271 268363

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 Chivenor 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 EX31 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 EX31 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 EX31 and Chivenor.
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 Chivenor.
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.