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Scientists seek chocolate eaters for new trial

Scientists in Norwich are looking for volunteers to take part in a trial which involves eating chocolate.

Chocolate bars Credit: PA Images

Researchers at the University of East Anglia are trying to find out if eating certain foods can reduce or even reverse memory loss in old age.

It is hoped the study could help in the fight against dementia.


100 people treated as temperatures rocket at the Norfolk Show

Temperatures rocketed at today's Norfolk show. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A hundred people have been treated by St John Ambulance staff at today's Norfolk show.

With temperatures soaring, 50 of those people were treated for sunstroke, exhaustion and dehydration.

Five people have been taken to hospital.

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She now communicates only by blinking: the mother warning of the dangers of meningitis in adults

A woman from Northamptonshire is campaigning to warn others of the devastating effects of meningitis in adults.

Melanie Hook from Kettering contracted the disease at the age of 31. It left her so paralysed she can only communicate by blinking.

She and her family are supporting a national campaign to raise awareness that the illness can strike adults just as hard as children.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray


The woman campaigning for a controversial operation to be outlawed after it left her in constant pain

A woman from March in Cambridgeshire is calling for a controversial operation designed to cure incontinence after childbirth to be suspended.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency says it believes the benefits of the operation outweigh the risks.

But Kath Sansom says the procedure, known as TVT, has caused her painful side effects.

"As the days went by I had terrible pain in my groin, in my legs. It was so extreme, it rang alarm bells. I knew you should be over it very quickly; you were told it was this very easy operation."

– Kath Sansom

The government's healthcare watchdog says it sympathises with women who have suffered complications and it will continue to monitor their safety and performance.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sascha Williams

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Five years on: The little girl who had half her brain disconnected

It's exactly five years since a baby girl from Norfolk had the right side of her brain disconnected in a drastic measure to safe her life.

The seven-hour surgery was to stop the toddler from having seizures - she was having as many as 64 a month.

Angelina Mills from Gresham near Holt in Norfolk has born with Sturge-Weber Syndrome. It's an incurable brain disorder affecting just one in 50,000 people.

Her operation was carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital but there's been a cost; a bit like a stroke victim Angelina will always have a weakness down one side.

Click below to watch a report on Angelina from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

Angelina is taking part in a sponsored skate on 24 August 2015 at Funky's in Norwich for Sturge Weber UK and is appealing for more skaters.

Colchester Hospital cancer centre campaign handed major funding boost

Colchester General Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A campaign to create a new cancer centre at Colchester General Hospital has received a major boost.

It's just been given a £100,000 donation from a Leukaemia charity.

It means they've now raised almost £900,000.

It's the hospital's largest ever fundraising appeal - in total they want to raise £4.5 million.

Grant from Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund, set up in memory of the actress who died in 1959 from leukaemia.

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