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World's longest-surviving heart transplant patient dies aged 73

The world's longest-surviving heart transplant patient has died at the age of 73, more than three decades after being told he had just five years to live.

John McCafferty, who lived at Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire, surpassed the previous survival record of 30 years, 11 months and 10 days, set by an American.

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'I knew it was the right decision': Essex woman has no regrets over mastectomy

A woman from Essex who's had a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of getting breast cancer says she has no regrets.

We first told you about Katie Mumford from Colchester last August when she discovered, like the actress Angelina Jolie, that she had a genetic mutation giving her up to an 87% chance of developing the disease.

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Essex woman on road to recovery after successful double mastectomy

Katie Mumford. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A young woman from Essex is recovering well after having a double mastectomy to protect herself from cancer.

Like Angelina Jolie, Katie Mumford from Colchester has a genetic mutation giving her up to an 87% chance of developing the disease.

Angelina Jolie also had the surgery. Credit: PA

Katie's mother and her sister have both had breast cancer and survived.

Katie, who was 27 at the time of the operation three months ago, says it was a brave but sensible decision.

"Having to walk into theatre was really scary but as soon as I came around I felt really relieved and I just knew it was the right decision."

– Katie Mumford

New alcohol guidelines will make 'no difference' to the amount we drink says Cambridge expert

New alcohol guidelines will make no difference to the amount we drink according to Cambridge University Credit: ITV News Anglia

New alcohol guidelines will make 'no difference' to the amount we drink according to an expert at Cambridge University.

Prof Marteau who is the director of the behaviour and health research unit at the University of Cambridge, and a member of the committee that produced the guidelines, said that there is little evidence for any effect of health-related guidelines on behaviour.

But in her article in the British Medical Journal she did argue that the right information on 'risk' can change behaviour.

"The new alcohol guidelines are unlikely to cut drinking directly, but they may shift public discourse on alcohol and the policies that can reduce our consumption. As the debate around the guidelines continues, with references to the nanny state and the killing of joy, we should keep in focus the objective of alcohol policies: to reduce the blight without losing the delight that alcohol brings."

– Prof Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at Cambridge University

Junior doctors walk out for a second time as dispute with government rumbles on

Junior doctors stage their protest outside the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital earlier today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hospitals from across our region have been forced to cancel hundreds of appointments and non-emergency procedures as Junior doctors stage a 24-hour strike.

It's the second of three planned walk-outs after negotiations broke down between the government and doctors over a proposed new contract.

Jeremy Hunt insists the changes are needed to provide a seven-day NHS but the medics say they are dangerous and unfair.

"We hoped all of this would be settled by now. I am quite disappointed.

I think we are all very angry still about what's going on with all of the negotiations.

We fully believe that what they're trying to impose is a dangerous and unfair contract that really will be very difficult explain in 5 years time to the patients that will suffer from it."

– James Rowson, Junior Doctor

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New report highlights the need for more local mental health beds

The practice of sending mentally ill people long distances for treatment should end, according to the latest report.

It's been branded 'potentially dangerous' by an independent commission which has set a target of next year for it to stop.

In Norfolk and parts of Suffolk last year, almost 300 patients received treatment out of the county.

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