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Site favoured as super-trust HQ.

A NEW super-trust responsible for the health of 600,000 people and with an annual pounds 770m budget could be based at the M4-side Baglan Energy Park in Port Talbot. The new glass-fronted Talbot Gateway building at the site is now the favoured spot as the headquarters for the merged Swansea Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust.

The Port Talbot site is midway between the current Swansea NHS Trust and Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust based in Bridgend who will merge on April 1. The new super-trust will have a staff of around 16,000.

Sea water 'cure for common cold'

A NASAL wash made from processed seawater may help children suffering from respiratory infections, including the common cold, a report published last night said.

Researchers in Brno, Czech Republic, put 401 children aged six-10 who had colds or flu into two groups, one receiving standard medication and the other receiving a nasal wash with a modified processed seawater solution.

Patients were observed for 12 weeks and were assessed at four visits. By the second visit, the noses of patients using saline were less stuffy and runny. Eight weeks after the study began, those in the saline group had significantly less severe sore throats, coughs, nasal obstructions and secretions than those in the standard treatment group.

Welsh Water work closes school

A SCHOOL will be forced to close to pupils today because of ongoing work by Welsh Water.

Waunarlwydd Primary School in Swansea was told by Welsh Water its supplies could be interrupted by about four hours so the authorities decided to close the school for the day.

Children have been told to return to school tomorrow.

Otter proves why habitat's special

AN OTTER has been spotted metres away from a Welsh city development that was designed to be environmentally-friendly.

Paul Gallagher, a Newport City Council landscape architect, spotted the otter while carrying out work at Newport's new Riverside Park. And he had a video camera to record the moment, the footage of which is now on YouTube. The council's biodiversity officer Dr Dolores Byrne said, "The footage emphasises the importance of this buffer and the need to protect this special habitat."
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 22, 2008
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