Many women 'do not know' of stroke risk

Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall passed away after a stroke earlier this year.

One in every eight women do not think they are at risk from a stroke, despite the condition killing more women than breast cancer every year, a poll from a health charity has found.

The Stroke Association said 30,000 women lose their lives to a stroke every year, but despite the high number of deaths, most women were not aware they too could be struck down.

A stroke is caused when the blood supply to a specific part of the brain is cut off and is the third leading cause of death among women in the UK. In fact, strokes kill more women every year than breast cancer, the Stroke Association said.

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Leading charities call for funds to fight Ebola

We've never launched an appeal like it and it's really a sign of just how serious a situation in the worst affected countries in West Africa it has become.

– Brendan Paddy Disasters Emergency Committee

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) have launched an appeal for funds to fight the Ebola crisis - the first time in its history it has launched a campaign to combat a disease.

The DEC is made up of 13 of the UK's leading charities, including the British Red Cross and Oxfam, and wants to raise cash to stop the "explosive" spread of Ebola in west Africa. The Ebola outbreak ravaging west Africa had the capacity to become "a humanitarian catastrophe," according to the DEC.

Chief executive Saleh Saeed said: "This appeal is completely unprecedented and that is a sign of just how serious the situation in West Africa has become.

'I did not realise how serious diabetes was'

I did not realise how serious diabetes was as a condition

– Melissa Bell

The number of people suffering from diabetes related kidney failure and needing regular dialysis treatments is expected to double over the next ten years, a leading health charity has warned.

Diabetes UK said kidney failure already cost the NHS £940m annually as thousands of Brits are suffering from it. Some 18,800 people are unable to digest food properly because of diabetes-related kidney failure in the UK.

If current trends continue, this number would rise to 35,000 by the year 2025. Diabetes UK want regular kidney checks for the 3.2 million people suffering from diabetes in the United Kingdom as it would stem the tide of dialysis patients.

Dr Hilary is joined by X Factor star Alexandra Burke and her mum Melissa Bell, who has had diabetes for 29 years.

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New York doctor diagnosed with Ebola

A New York doctor has tested positive for the Ebola virus after he returned to America from west Africa, city officials have announced.

Dr Craig Spencer was working for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and was caring for Ebola patients in Guinea. He came down with a 103 degree fever and diarrhoea on Thursday.

He is being cared for at New York City's Bellevue Hospital and has been placed in isolation. Health officials are tracing anyone who may have had recent contact with Dr Spencer, but New York mayor Bill de Blasio said there was no reason for people to panic.

Dr Spencer's Harlem apartment has been sealed off but health officials have urged calm as Ebola sufferers are only contagious when exhibiting symptoms of the hemorrhagic fever. More than 4,800 people have died of Ebola - mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - since March.

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The little girl that can finally walk

A mother's invention that gave her wheelchair-bound child son chance to walk has been launched onto the worldwide market.

The new contraption has also helped three-year-old Charlotte Taylor, who was born with cerebral palsy, to walk for the first time. Today Charlotte and her parents join us in the studio to show us how she can now walk side by side with her twin brother Daniel.

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GPs to earn £55 for every dementia diagnosis

Good GPs will be diagnosing their dementia patients already. This seems to be rewarding poor GPs.

– Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association

Plans to pay GPs in England a £55 bonus to diagnose dementia has been condemned by the Patients Association as 'a step too far'.

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said: "We know GPs receive incentive payments to find all sorts of conditions, such as high cholesterol, raised blood pressure and diabetes - but this seems a step too far. It is putting a bounty on the head of certain patients.

A spokeswoman for NHS England said: "Dementia can be devastating both for individuals and their families."

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Ebola screening begins at Gatwick airport

Screening for Ebola will begin today at Gatwick airport with checks on arrivals from 'at risk' countries.

The International Development Secretary will fly to Sierra Leone later with 100 army medics who'll train health workers there.

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