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Health News Archive - September 18, 2008

A course which promises to help people control their weight by using the principles of an Indian system of alternative medicine is being launched by Exeter College. The Ayurveda course also incorporates yoga, yogic breathing, meditation and techniques to develop the mind and emotions.

A chemical found in food and drinks containers, CDs and some plastic knives and forks has been linked to diabetes and heart disease.

A chemical found in plastic food packaging may be increasing rates of heart disease and diabetes, researchers in Exeter claim. People exposed to higher levels of the compound, bisphenol A (BPA), were more likely to suffer type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and angina, the study found.

A New fitness school is being launched to encourage more children to take up exercise. Street Beatz Dance and Fitness Academy aims to provide a range of fitness and exercise classes to help children and adults become fitter.

By TRISTAN NICHOLS Herald Reporter Plymouth's Peninsula Medical School has linked a controversial chemical used in everyday plastic to diabetes and heart disease in adults.

By JOHN FLETCHER Parking charges could be introduced at Exmouth Hospital and two neighbouring health centres, sparking anger from users. It has been revealed that health bosses are considering implementing the fees as part of a green policy.

The latest review into specialist cancer treatment at a Cornwall hospital marks a U-turn by the Government, an MP claimed yesterday.

By Cherie Gordon A funding shortfall is putting the lives of thousands of heart attack patients in the South West at risk because they are not receiving the proper care, a new report has revealed.

By Chris Court A group of Girl Guides held a top-of-the-world coffee morning near Mount Everest to help raise cash for a cancer charity. The group of 13 are claiming they staged the world's highest coffee morning - at an altitude of 18,500ft - to boost Macmillan Cancer Support.

Free health checks are up for grabs as Devon Primary Care Trust holds its annual general meeting at Dean Clarke House in Southernhay, Exeter, today from noon to 4pm.