The 39p heart patch that could save lives

They are now going to do a larger trial in 850 patients to see if the results are confirmed and if so it's going to revolutionise the simple new inexpensive treatment for strokes.

– Dr Hilary Jones

A British Heart Foundation study says a medicine skin patch, costing as little as 39p, could 'greatly improve' the chances of someone surviving a stroke.

The report reveals scientists are testing a plaster-like patch which can be applied by paramedics to patients back or shoulders in an ambulance before the patient arrives at A&E, 'saving vital time'.

The researchers believe that the patch can improve outcomes for people who have had a stroke if the medicine is administered quickly.

Early testing in Nottingham suggests the patch could half the stroke death rate.

Coping with bereavement

The death of a loved one can be devastating, and affects everybody in different ways. If you, or someone you know, has been affected by bereavement you can get help and support from the following organisations:

Cruse Bereavement Care offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. Support is offered face to face, by telephone or over e-mail.
Phone: 0808 808 1677 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
0845 600 2227 (Scotland)

Hope again offer support for children and young people affected by the death of someone close.
Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm)

The Bereavement Trust offers comfort, support and practical advice to the bereaved in the evenings. every evening of the year.
Phone: 0800 435 455 (Every evening, 6pm - 10pm)

Winston's Wish provides services to bereaved children, young people and their families and offer practical support and guidance to anyone concerned about a grieving child.
Phone: 08088 020 021

Support for mental health

If you or someone you know is suffering with mental health issues, the below organisations can offer support:

Mind: Mind’s Infoline advisors provide information on a range of topics including:
types of mental health problem, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments advocacy.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 6pm)

CALM: Offer support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis via their helpline, web chat and website. Calls are taken by trained staff who are there to listen, support, inform and signpost. Because calls are confidential and anonymous they don’t and can’t offer a counselling service.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58

SANE: is a leading UK mental health charity. They work to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness. SANE runs a national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers.
Phone: 0300 304 7000 (Every evening 4:30pm - 10:30pm)

Dr Hilary's winter health tips

All this week Dr Hilary Jones will be giving us all the tips we need to stay safe and healthy this winter.

Slips and falls are one of the main reasons we may end up in A&E over the winter. Wet and icy conditions are one factor but we also get more wobbly with age. On average we loose 30 percent of our balance by the time we're 60.

From November to February cases of carbon monoxide poisoning across the country rise. One in ten adults have been affected in some form. The gas is a silent killer that you can't see smell or taste and yet it's a winter health hazard that's totally preventable.

Mum's sepsis campaign 'doesn't stop - not even for babies!'

A resolute mother insists she will carry on with her sepsis campaign - despite having a newborn baby to look after.

Melissa Mead and husband Paul have been tirelessly trying to raise awareness of the condition after their first son William died tragically in December 2014, just days after his first birthday. Suffering with a chest infection, William died after a catalogue of failings by the health service to spot the signs.

Melissa, who has since had a second son, joined us today with two-week old baby Arthur William to talk about juggling her campaigning - which recently included a speech at the Tory Party conference - with her new duties.

She said: "The last few weeks have been hectic but we've been trying to keep the momentum going for the campaign.

"There's just so much going on. It doesn't stop for nothing - not even for babies."

Melissa revealed the couple chose William as a middle name in tribute to their first-born.

She said: "We thought it was a really lovely way to honour his memory."

Doctor urges single women to have their eggs frozen by 35

A leading fertility specialist is calling for all single women to freeze their eggs before the age of 35.

Consultant gynaecologist Dr Luciano Nardo says that with the modern woman more likely to start a family later on in life, many are likely to experience difficulty conceiving, with egg production nosediving in a their mid 30s.

However, with the process of getting your eggs frozen costly and not always effective, shouldn't experts simply be encouraging women to have babies at a younger age? Or is it wrong to expect the modern woman to feel pressured into making such a decision before they're ready?

We speak to one woman who had a baby at the age of 44 who thinks many women have more of a chance than they think at conceiving naturally.

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Eye test revealed boy's brain tumour

Piers and Susanna chat to Fiona Brand about how an eye test helped reveal a brain tumour in her son Luke. During the examination the optometrist identified a small shadow behind his right eye that turned out to be a tumour.

Though cases like this are extremely rare, it's important that young people get checked so underlying problems can be detected early on.

We speak to Fiona and Luke about their experience, plus Charlotte finds out more about the importance of checking your child's eye health.

Does your child need a sight test?

As part of our Eye Can See campaign, we're asking parents and teachers whether their children and pupils have had their eyes tested - and what they can do to make it happen.

Does your child need an eye test? Ask your self the questions below, making a note of how many you answer 'yes' to.

  • Does your child sit too close to the TV?
  • Does your child rub their eyes a lot?
  • Does your child hold objects very close to their face?
  • Does your child blink a lot?
  • Do you ever notice one of their eyes turning in or out?
  • Is there anyone ion the family with Amblyopia (lazy eye)?
  • Are the parents long or short sighted?

If you answer yes to one or more of the questions above, then It might be time to book a sight test for your child. You can arrange this at any opticians if you have any concerns about their eyesight. Sight tests are free for under-16s and the NHS contributes to the cost of children’s glasses.

If you answered no to the questions, hopefully your child's sight is fine but don’t forget to ensure that you take your children for regular sight tests at least every two years because problems can occur at any age.

Sometimes there can be no symptoms of an eye problem. If your child has never had an eye test or vision screening (organised by school, health visitor or an orthoptist), ask if the school provides them or book an appointment to speak with your local optician.

Find out how and where you can book your child in for a free eye test