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BANNED: Smoking in vehicles with anyone aged under 18 present is now illegal

Three month grace period over new smoking law


Former Stockton doctor warned he faces jail after assault on male patient

CHIEF: New North East Ambulance Service chief executive Yvonne Ormston who says recruiting paramedics is a priority

North East Ambulance Service looking to recruit 118 paramedics amid national shortage

DELIGHTED: Dr Hugo Minney

South Durham Health Community Interest Company to plough thousands back into community healthcare

HEADWAY: Rob Cromey-Hawke. Pic: Invictus Games

Support group set up for veterans with traumatic brain injuries at Phoenix House is first of its kind in the UK

Dated: 20/09/2015
MEMORY WALK ... TV star Denise Robertson launches the 2015 Alzheimer’s Society Tyneside Memory Walk on the banks of NewcastleGateshead Quayside yesterday (SAT) by cutting a ceremonial ribbon to get the walkers under way in an event tha

Grief stricken family of Byker Grove star join Alzheimer’s Society Tyneside Memory Walk

IMPROVED: Work has been carried out to improve Ward 23 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead

Hospital ward improves service for dementia patients

EYESIGHT: More than 2,500 children in special schools across the region have never had an eye test, a charity has revealed

Thousands of vulnerable children missing out on crucial eyecare, charity finds

PREGNANT: Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth

Smoking rates among pregnant women hit all time low in North-East

LIFESTYLE: Walking is one simple way to improve health and fitness

Take that step towards a better lifestyle

WARNING: Balance launched its 049 campaign at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. Pictured, from left, are Mary Edwards from Balance, along with mums to be Laura Paterson, Leanne Kettlewell and Lauren Williams, who are joined by midwife consult

Mums-to-be urged not to drink any alcohol during pregnancy

GPs across the region given clean bill of health

GPs across the region given clean bill of health

REPORT: Children living in the North-East are more likely to suffer from a range of health problems than those in other regions, a study has revealed

Huge gaps in obesity levels, tooth decay, injury and educational development in region's children

REMINDER: Sue Clark, assistant practitioner, and Julie MacDonald, cardiothoracic administrator, in the cardiothoracic outpatients department at The James Cook University Hospital.

Missed appointments cost hospital trust millions

DRUGS: More people have died in the North-East through drug use than anywhere else in the country in the last year

North-East tops the table for drug related deaths for second year

STOPTOBER: Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health

Smokers urged to sign up to this year's 'Stoptober' event

CONCERN: Alex Cunningham

Blood closure will be 'damaging to public health' - MP

ALCOHOL: Dr Emma Giles (front), with Professor Newbury-Birch researching how alcohol affects teenagers.

Research into how to tackle the effects of booze on teenagers

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

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