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Scientists to test Zika virus on brain tumours

Scientists at the University of Cambridge are to test whether the Zika virus can be used to destroy brain tumours.

It's being funded by Cancer Research UK and could potentially lead to new treatments for glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain tumour.

Each year around 2,300 people are diagnosed with glioblastoma in England.

We hope to show that the Zika virus can slow down brain tumour growth in tests in the lab. If we can learn lessons from Zika's ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and target brain stem cells selectively, we could be holding the key to future treatments.

– Dr Harry Bulstrode, a Cancer Research UK scientist at the University of Cambridge


Northampton women given Slimming World title after losing half body weight

Tracey Topping before and after her weight loss success Credit: Slimming World

A grandmother from Northampton who was so overweight she couldn't work has lost 18 stone to be been named as Slimming World's 'Greatest Loser of 2017'.

47-year old Tracey Topping went from 30 stone to just under 12 stone and says it's completely changed her life.

Tracey Topping weighed just under 30st Credit: Slimming World

"Before I wasn't active at all because I was too big, now I've done a Race for Life 10k, I can walk for miles and enjoy playing with my grandchildren. My weight loss has completely changed my life - and I love it! I want to show other people who might be feeling the way I was that there is hope and they can lose the weight."

– Tracey Topping

Tracey is now a size 10-12 and weighs in at a healthy 11 st 6Ibs.

Tracey says she swapped takeaways and opted to cook meals from scratch after joining Swimming World in November 2014.

Norfolk woman says she is a different person after brain injury

Fiona Linge suffered a brain aneurysm two years ago Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman from Thetford in Norfolk who suffered a brain aneurysm two years ago is speaking out in support of a new study that's looked at how people feel after suffering a brain injury.

Fiona Linge collapsed a coupe of weeks after her 50th Birthday. She spent six months in hospital.

The charity Headway has found that 74% of survivors felt like a new person, often experiencing personality changes.

"I don't think I'm a different person, but things are different. It's like I have to forget the old me before this happened."

– Fiona Linge

Fiona told ITV News Anglia that her favourite colour is no longer green, she doesn't like chocolate anymore, but has developed a new taste for organes.

Say felt their self-esteem was worse
Fiona at home in Thetford Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cyber attack impact still being felt

Hospitals and doctors' surgeries have been counting the cost of Friday's cyber attack which knocked out some of their computer systems.

72 hours later, the impact is still being felt - with routine operations postponed and some GPs unable to carry out non emergency appointments.

Fears of a second attack proved unfounded, but IT experts are warning of further threats in the future.

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NHS cyber attack aftermath likely to last a number of days

NHS Digital said their engineers are working 'around the clock' to fix the problems. Credit: PA

The aftermath of the "major" cyber attack which has hit the NHS is likely to last for a number of days, experts have said.

A total of 48 NHS trusts in England and 13 NHS health boards in Scotland were crippled in the global attack on Friday when a ransomware virus infiltrated dozens of NHS organisations.

Five NHS England trusts were still not back to normal on Saturday, despite NHS Digital engineers working "around the clock" in a bid to fix the problem.

NHS Digital continued that fewer than five per cent of devices within the health service still use the old Windows XP system.

"We are aware of widespread speculation about the use of Microsoft Windows XP by NHS organisations, who commission IT systems locally depending on population need.

"While the vast majority are running contemporary systems, we can confirm that the number of devices within the NHS that reportedly use XP has fallen to 4.7%, with this figure continuing to decrease.

"This may be because some expensive hardware (such as MRI scanners) cannot be updated immediately, and in such instances organisations will take steps to mitigate any risk, such as by isolating the device from the main network."

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