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SDLP's Nichola Mallon has called for a Junior Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, to combat suicide rates and addiction
New special unit at Belfast City Hospital will treat women suffering from the consequences of vaginal mesh implants
Western Trust student midwives Shauna McClelland & Donna Walmsley cared for 60 mums and babies at Malawi's Ekeendeni Missionary Hospital
Judge says health trusts ‘covered up’ circumstances of children's deaths to ‘avoid scrutiny’; a 'catalogue of negligence' says Mark H Durkan
Substance abusers: heavy drinkers (44%), drug users (27.4%) or both (28.6%) - cannabis use unchanged but rise in use of Cocaine and Ecstasy
Western Trust is first in NI to introduce 'Hospice Friendly Hospitals End of Life Symbol', which promotes dignity and respect for patients
Mark H Durkan is urging Council to lead the way in removing solid plastics, such as bottles and cups, from our waste system
Mental health is the Cinderella health service, getting just 5.5% of budget while 25% of cases are mental health-related, says Mark H Durkan
Children on Child Protection Register in Derry up 17% in a year as Western Trust declares numbers of children in its care at 'all-time high'
Health Care Assistant Denise Lynch, who made a tandem sky dive raising £705 for Ward 6 at Altnagelvin, presents a cheque to Joanne Smith
Elisha McCallion warns of potentially lethal fake drugs now in circulation designed to resemble Xanax (pictured)

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Alabama Rot, which causes sores on paws and face and can cause kidney failure in any dog, has been diagnosed in one case in Cookstown
Thieves 'stole' the keyless signal from car keys inside the house, and redirected it to open and start a BMW Sport at Cloughoge near Newry
FSR rescued a dog that had fallen 30 feet at the river's edge - sadly the dog had not survived, but was nonetheless returned to its owner
NWRC Limavady offers 6-week intensive course in play park construction, leading to guaranteed job interview with Hawthorn Heights
Holywell Trust has published 35 interviews with key opinion leaders in NI and Eire on its website www.holywelltrust.com/forward-together