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In the first in a series of monthly health specials, we look at north east London’s healthcare and discuss with local experts the biggest challenges it faces.

Police and hospital staff are appealing for the mother of a newborn baby found in a park in east London to come forward so that she can get medical care and help.

Modern life can be stressful, and finding someone to listen to your worries with a sympathetic ear can be difficult.

A Beckton toddler is set to receive potentially life-saving treatment on her brain tumour.

How much do you think about your future? I don’t mean in a Mystic Meg way meeting a tall dark stranger in the supermarket or even making monthly pension contributions, but about the care you will need as you get older.

A Beckton couple trying to save the life of their seriously-ill toddler are appealing for help to raise money for specialist treatment in Europe.

A multi-million pound project to make Newham the first place in the country to set up a partnership to own and build integrated health and care facilities is a step closer to reality.

A new nursing course has been launched to help the chronic shortage of nurses in east London’s hospitals.

Newham has the fifth lowest child smoking rate in the country, new data has revealed.

Barts Health NHS Trust has been praised for its efforts to recruit more people from working-class backgrounds.

People across Newham are being urged to stay cool, hydrated and to check on vulnerable neighbours during the extreme hot weather predicted this week.

Celebrity ballet dancer Wayne Sleep is leading a march in the Olympic Park to help beat prostate cancer.

Newham University Hospital is participating in a new research programme to improve the health of women before and after pregnancy.

In a second look at mental wellbeing in the borough, the Recorder hears from two individuals whose struggles with mental illnesses were exasperated by their homelessness.

Non-medical staff employed by a private contractor at Barts Health NHS Trust say they are considering strike action in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

Patients at Newham University Hospital are facing cancelled appointments more than a week after its computer systems were hit by a cyber attack.

An anonymous vigilante has been doing graffiti - for a good cause.

A doctors’ surgery in Forest Gate has been placed in special measures.

A GP surgery which is already in special measures has been rated “inadequate” for the second time in less than a year.

A campaigner is launching a landmark legal case against the government over the contaminated blood disaster - providing new hope that local victims of the health scandal will finally receive justice.

Patients are being warned that some planned appointments will be cancelled as Newham University Hospital aims to recover from Friday’s cyber attack.

Barts Health, which runs Newham University Hospital, has been hit by a ‘cyber attack’ reported to be affecting NHS services across the country.

Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham (MiTHN) has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to provide new mental health support for young people.

A doctor at Newham University Hospital has warned an almost untreatable superbug “more deadly that MRSA” poses a grave threat to patients and needs urgent government action.

The family of a two-year old girl with a rare form of cancer are appealing for the public’s support to raise more than £190,000 for specialist treatment in the US.

Last May, the Newham Recorder ran a 10-week campaign to raise awareness about mental health issues and to help tackle the stigma around them.

Two in three Britons have had mental health problems with young people being the worst affected age group, new research suggests.

Two years after being branded ‘inadequate’ by inspectors, Newham University Hospital has worked hard to make improvements - and has been rewarded with an upgraded rating.

London’s Air Ambulance treated 74 patients in Newham last year, making it the eighth busiest borough in the capital.

West Ham legend Sir Geoff Hurst has spoken out about the struggle of seeing his World Cup-winning team-mates fight dementia.

Newham University Hospital has failed to hit A&E waiting time targets again, new figures reveal.

A former health secretary has presented evidence of “deliberate, provable acts of cover-up” in the contaminated blood scandal and demanded a Hillsborough-style inquiry into the tragedy.

A doctor’s surgery is seeing up to 100 fewer patients a day than it could due to a clinical room being out of service for months, staff have alleged.

Teresa Onwere, is a lot younger than your average NHS worker.

Forty years after his first long distance run a 73-year-old man is preparing to complete his last marathon - before he decides whether to do an ultramarathon.

British track and field star Perri Shakes-Drayton helped launch a new project in Canning Town.

Free school meals for some primary school children in Newham could be under threat, a headteachers’ union has warned.

Aspiring Andy Murrays and Jo Kontas are to get a boost from a £370,000 tennis court revamp.

A pop-up event inviting people to wander through a giant inflatable intestine is coming to Newham.

Newham is one of the worst areas in London to see a GP, a study out today shows.

Campaigners chanted “Don’t lose the loos” while petitioning against the possible closure of public toilets.

Newham has the lowest uptake rate for bowel cancer screening tests in England, a study published today shows.

Two sisters want to start making people feel beautiful again with their new skin care business.

Custom House Medical Practice in Freemasons Road “requires improvement,” according to a report by the Care Quality Commission [CQC}.

Newham Council is raising awareness for tuberculosis on World TB Day, taking place today.

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