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2008-08-24 00:00:33

Pensioner Ray Stuart says he's the victim of an NHS postcode lottery which could lead to the loss of his sight. The 71-year-old has age-related macular degeneration and his friends have rallied round to pay for the drugs the NHS isn't supplying. Unless his condition is treated, he could go blind within months. Three vital injections of the drug Avastin could save his sight - but it isn't available on the NHS in Gloucestershire. To Mr Stuart's despair, it is given to patients in some...

2008-06-26 00:02:41

By Phil Skelton Health reporter Gloucestershire is one of the healthiest places in Britain. Figures released by the Department of Health show people in the county live longer and are less likely to die from heart disease, strokes and cancer. Figures also show that most children and teenagers spend at least two hours exercising each week, teenage pregnancy is low and rates of binge drinking are below the national average. Drug misuse, infant death and the number of children on the...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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