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NHS & Health News

RISK: A nurse gives a patient a diabetes test.

250,000 people in North-East at risk of type 2 diabetes

NEOANGELS: Shaun and Kirsty Lowther with their twins Noah and Ava who were born prematurely prompting their parents to form Neoangels at University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

Parents of premature twins set up charity to support to other families

VIDEO: Katie Perkins with little Archie

Powerful video shows need for organ donation

FALL: Number of women who smoke in pregnancy cut by campaign

Campaign cuts number of women who smoke through pregnancy

SPERM: Some studies have shown that mobile phones can affect sperm quality

North-East men unconcerned about possible health risks from mobile phones, report shows

OPENING: Tanni Grey-Thompson opens the new £12m laboratory at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead. Picture: TREVOR WALKER

Tanni opens £12m NHS lab

STUDY: E-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking

E-cigarettes much less harmful than smoking – study

SMOKE-FREE: Dawn McCabe, Lynne Young, Kay Branch, Afshan Ali, Bridie Coombes and Rachael Johnson (left to right) promote the smokefree message at The James Cook University Hospital

Staff abused as they try to stub out smoking outside hospital

ASSAULT: Alison McAree

North-East paramedics being sexually assaulted and violently attacked by drunk patients

HEALTHY: Elizabeth McCormick, Heather McLean and Judith Pennington (left to right) at the Eat Well Feel Good launch.

Healthy eating on the menu for cancer sufferers

CANCER STUDY: Taking aspiring regularly could cancel the increased cancer risk caused by obesity, according to a new study. Picture: STEPHEN KELLY/PA WIRE

Aspirin reverses obesity cancer risk - study

WARNING: Patients have been told they will find it increasingly difficult to see their GP.

North-East GP shortage means 7-day service is "undeliverable"

NEW EQUIPMENT: Darlington Memorial Hospital

New mammography equipment installed at Darlington Memorial Hospital

WARNING: City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Hospital bosses warned over £17m deficit

INJURY: Derek Thompson, 69, from Welbury near Northallerton, was left fighting for his life in January 2013 when he was knocked over and hit by an 800kg bull.

'They’re bloody good tractors - I have a bit of them in me now'

RESEARCH: Scientists in Newcastle are leading the way in efforts to better understand dementia

Dementia research findings to be shared with public

CUTS: School nurse Emma Cook gives a girl her HPV jab, cervical cancer vaccine, at King James I School, Bishop Auckland.

North-East £15m public health cuts 'hitting the poorest hardest'

NORTH Durham Hospital

Guilty: Facebook sex comment radiographer 'damaged public trust' in health service

SUSTAINABLE: Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG

Hospital to undergo modernisation to ensure sustainability for the future

FEELING GREAT: Harold Chivers from Northern Ireland at the Newcastle Freeman Hospital today after he was the UK'S first patient to have an MVAD heart pump

Golf ball sized pump could transform heart patients' lives

CLOSED: Robinson's butchers in Billingham

Butchers at centre of E.coli outbreak investigation to close voluntarily as probe continues

HEADLINES: Ashya King made headlines when his family took him out of hospital to get proton beam therapy

Proton Beam Therapy centre to open in the region

Stroke services at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been rated top following a national audit. Dr Adrian Bergin (left) and the stroke team staff on ward 28 at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough

Stroke services at James Cook highly rated by national audit

CARE: Darlington Memorial Hospital, Darlington

New programme aims to improve urgent and emergency NHS care in the region

Noel Hemmings of Action For Blind People, Middlesbrough, was behind the launch of the charity's new social media site Action Connect.

Charity launches social media site for visually impaired

PROBLEM: Four in ten North-East secondary school children have tried alcohol, a new report has found.

Four in ten North-East secondary school children have tried alcohol, report finds

New Government scheme to help sick employees get back to their jobs

DONATE: More than 150 from the region have died waiting for an organ transplant in the last five years.

150 people died waiting for organ donor, shock new figures reveals

Clive Peedell

Pioneering treatment for prostate cancer sufferers

WARNING: North-East drinkers are more likely to be hospitalised with seven types of alcohol-related cancer than anywhere else in the country, experts say.

More North-East drinkers hospitalised with cancer than anywhere else in country

CLUE: The North-East – where about a quarter of adults are smokers – has the highest lung cancer rate in the UK

Smoking blamed as region revealed as lung cancer hotspot

Dr. Tom Heffernan who has been leading research at Northumbria University into how use of steroids for muscle growth can cause issues with memory.

Anabolic steroid use leads to memory issues, North-East study reveals

Stephen Blakeburn, 50, from Darlington, County Durham, who cares for his mother, Jenny, 86, (left) who was diagnosed with dementia in 2010. Picture: Alzheimer's Society/PA Wire

Darlington man speaks out as GPs admit dementia services are inadequate

SUPPORT: PTSD Resolution is offering support for those suffering from the effects of military post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Charity provides support for veterans suffering with PTSD

PCSO Liam Robertson pictured in 2012 with alcohol seized from school-leavers in Darlington. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Campaigners in North-East call for spirits tax rise to protect young people

CRISIS: The child, adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) crisis and liaison team

Mental health crisis support for young people

CONCERN: Although the number of sexually transmitted infections are falling, cases of syphilis and gonorrhoea have shown a sharp rise

Concern over sharp rise in syphilis and gonorrhoea cases in North-East


New investment to keep population healthy

BOOZE: Almost one million people in the North East face an increased risk of cancer due to drinking over the limit.

Booze battles increase cancer risk

GPS: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Figures show region has escaped worst of GP crisis

FAGS: Many North East women continue to smoke while pregnant

North East has highest proportion of women who smoke during pregnancy

INVESTMENT: James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, which is part of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

NHS trust moving towards a paperless future

TEAM: Consultant gynaecological oncologist Raj Naik and the team at the Northern Gynaecological Oncology Centre

Double boost in cancer fight

OBESITY: Experts have called for better public education about the health impact of obesity after a survey which showed many underestimate their weight

Region 'most likely' to underestimate weight

WARNING: How smoking affects the North-East.

Stopping smoking could lift 34,000 North-East households out of poverty, campaign claims

NHS: Demonstrators outside the One Life Centre in Hartlepool. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

Mask-wearing protestors demonstrate against Richard Branson and government over NHS privatisation

TRUST: Acting director of Fresh, Lisa Surtees

People 'don't trust' the tobacco industry

BOARD: Members of the board of South Durham Health CIC who developed the suicide prevention scheme

Life-saving scheme extended

CIGS:This light fitting contained a hidden cache of illegal tobacco

Crack down on illegal tobacco

SOLUTIONS: MP Alex Cunningham who wants the public to have their say at consultation events being organised by the Care Quality Commission

MP's appeal over healthcare consultation events

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