New hurdle in dying mum's fight to live

Battling Devon mum Jo Smith is to face yet another hurdle in her bid for treatment.

She now faces a 10-day trip to America for special tests after her doctor told her she wasn't fit enough to fly.

Mum of one Jo, from Exeter, will have to travel by ship and over land instead.

Jo is the only person in the world with two rare terminal conditions where treating one would...

Alcohol treatment programmes cutting reoffending

Offenders enrolled in alcohol treatment programmes as part of their sentence are significantly less likely to be charged or reconvicted in the 12 months following their programme, a study led by Plymouth University has shown.

Researchers from the University’s School of Psychology led a project, supported by the European Social Fund, which saw males with alcohol problems related to...

Members of the public wanted to help make NHS treatment policy decisions

The NHS in Devon wants to involve members of the public in helping to make difficult decisions about treatments.

Voluntary public representatives, also known as lay members, are being recruited to Devon’s clinical policy committee to help make sure the best decisions are made when it comes to the funding of medicines and treatments.

Northern, Eastern and Western Devon...

Think about antibiotic use, urges Devon’s public health team

As part of its public health role, Devon County Council is supporting European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November, to encourage people to think about their use of antibiotics, particularly for children.

The day aims to raise awareness of how to use antibiotics in a responsible way, so that they will remain effective for the future.

Antibiotics are designed to fight...