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Colour-a-thon completed for eye health awareness effort

Vinnie's 9-year-old sister Amber and her friends have completed a Colour-a-thon Credit: Family Photo

The family of a boy from Ipswich who died from an undiagnosed eye condition have been raising awareness.

Vinnie's 9-year-old sister Amber and her friends have completed a Colour-a-thon - colouring in a big picture of Paris, without stopping. Vinnie's uncle will be cycling from London to Paris in July to raise money for the charity Shine.

8-year-old Vinnie Barker Credit: Family photo

8-year-old Vinnie Barker died from a build up fluid to the brain in 2012 - five months after an optometrist failed to spot signs of a life-threatening condition during a routine eye test.

Locum optometrist Honey Rose was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence. In a landmark case, she was handed a two year suspended sentence.


Queen Elizabeth Hospital names new Chief Executive

Jon Green will start in May. Credit: Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn has appointed a new Chief Executive.

Jon Green will officially join the Trust in May, where he'll take over from Dorothy Hosein who resigned last October.

Mr Green currently works at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

I am excited by the opportunity to help QEH at such an important stage in its recovery and to lead the organisation as it strives to deliver high quality healthcare.

I am really looking forward to bringing some of my experiences from elsewhere and working with all staff to develop an organisation that we and our community can be proud of.

– Jon Green


£40 million invested in cancer research projects

£40 million is to be invested in two ground-breaking cancer research projects in Cambridge.

The money from Cancer Research UK will allow scientists from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to gain a deeper understanding of what factors cause cancer, and to build a virtual reality 3D map of breast cancer.

It's hoped ultimately, it could help prevent more cancers and reduce the global burden of the disease.

The main aim of our Grand Challenge is to understand the causes of cancer. Every cancer retains an archaeological trace, a record in its DNA, of what caused it.

It's that record that we want to explore to find out what caused the cancer.

We're going to sequence the DNA of thousands of cancer samples that have been collected from many different countries around the world, and study them to see what archaeological trace they contain. By doing this, we hope to figure out what caused those cancers.

– Professor Sir Mike Stratton, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Cambridge cancer charity calling for more awareness of 'silent killer' kidney cancer

ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers spoke to Maureen Craig from Ely who was diagnosed with kidney cancer.

A cancer charity in Cambridge is calling for greater awareness of a so-called 'silent killer'.

Research by Kidney Cancer UK has found 70 % of patients didn't feel unwell before their diagnosis.

The survey also reveals many people only find out they have kidney cancer because of a scan for an unrelated condition.

Of patients didn't feel unwell before diagnosis

"Part of the problem of diagnosing kidney cancer is it's a cuckoo in the nest so the patient might have night sweats, they might just be losing a little bit of weight, they might feel flu like or just have a persistent cough so there are many other conditions that actually a GP might be looking at well before it is recognised that it is kidney cancer."

– Nick Turkentine, Kidney Cancer UK

Dying Colchester man with MND raises thousands through birthday card wish

A man from Colchester who has Motor Neurone Disease has received more than 1,350 birthday cards from well-wishers and raised more that £5,000.

Steve Hoggarth asked the public to help him celebrate his 47th and potentially last birthday, by sending him as many cards as possible.

He asked people for donations, so the money could go to charities who've helped him through the past year.

If you still want to send a card you can send them to Steve at: 3 Perth Close Colchester CO2 8UH

Kidney cancer: 70% of people didn't feel unwell prior to diagnosis

70 per cent of people with kidney cancer didn't feel unwell before diagnosis according to research from a Cambridge charity.

Kidney Cancer UK is supporting an awareness week to highlight the need for early screenings.

Recent figures show cases are rising with 4,200 people losing their battle to the disease.

Did not feel unwell prior to diagnosis
  • 25% only felt unwell because of an unrelated illness
  • 19% were diagnosed via A & E
  • 46% of people are diagnosed with stage 3 or 4 too late
  • 43% diagnosed through unrelated medical scan

Survival from kidney cancer decreases greatly for the later stages. The charity is calling for a more cost effective national ultrasound programme to be made available at around 50.

Their teams are working on the viability of such a programme and what is the best age have the scan.

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