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Fresh hope for mums who lose their babies as scientists discover new reasons for miscarriage

For the first time, scientists in Cambridge have been able to map the step-by-step process by which human eggs are prepared for fertilisation.

It's hoped studying how things work in real time will lead to greater understanding of what causes chromosomal abnormalities in some eggs, a problem which can lead to issues like recurrent miscarriages.

The renowned Bourn Hall Clinic near Cambridge has been involved in the research.

Experts here believe one day it will be give IVF patients a far greater chance of carrying a baby to full term.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Memorial service to be held for Cambridgeshire dentist

The house were Helen Nicoll was found dead Credit: ITV News Anglia

A memorial is being held today for a dentist died at her Cambridgeshire home earlier this month.

53-year old Dr Helen Nicoll was found hanged on the 5th June.

A church service has been orgaised todat by the Hurst Park Dental Practice, where both she and her husband were partners.

More than 100 people have been invited to the event, with 76 already accepting the invitation.

Helen Nicoll Credit: Cambridgeshire police


University students take top prizes at Illustration awards

Prize winning students from ARU, Silje Nilson, Shu-Ti Liao and Sarah Finan Credit: Anglia Ruskin University

Illustrators from Anglia Ruskin University are celebrating sweeping the board at one of the industry's most prestigious awards ceremonies.

The students from the Children's Book Illustration course there took home the first, second and joint third prizes at the MacMillan prize.

The Prize was established in 1985 to stimulate new work from young illustrators in art schools, and to help them to take the first steps in their professional lives.

Shu-Ti Liao won first prize for her tale of an explorer's 'Adventure at Night' Credit: Anglia Ruskin University
Sarah Finan's Credit: Anglia Ruskin University
Silje Nilsen's 'city Break' shared third prize with a Kingston University student Credit: Anglia Ruskin University

"With 245 submissions, once again the entries for the Macmillan Prize have shown there is a wealth of new talent out there showing a passion for illustration and storytelling. The winners all showed that they could weave words and images together elegantly to put their visions across.”

– Chris Inns, Chair of judging panel

Dentist took her own life says husband

Body of Dr Helen Nicoll found at her home Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man arrested then released over the death of his wife has said she took her own life as he spoke of "the worst days" of his life.

The body of dentist Dr Helen Nicoll, 53, was found at her house in Frog End, Great Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire, by police last Friday.

Her husband and business partner Stephen Nicoll, 53, was arrested on suspicion of murder but later released without charge by Cambridgeshire Police.

A post-mortem examination found Mrs Nicoll died from asphyxiation. Today Mr Nicoll issued a statement, saying:

These last few days have been the worst of my life. Nobody can understand the true loss that my children and I have experienced following the discovery that my wife Helen has taken her own life. We have fully co-operated with the police investigation and the matter has now been referred to the coroner. Whatever questions remain surrounding the circumstances of Helen's death, I would ask everybody, particularly the media, to respect our privacy and allow us to come to terms with our devastating loss and to begin the grieving process as a family following this tragedy."

– Stephen Nicoll

His solicitor Paul Oliver said police have confirmed Mr Nicoll is not a suspect and he and his family now ask that their right to grieve in private be respected.

Investigation into death of Cambridge dentist: full report

A post mortem has been carried out and Police say Helen Nicoll from Great Wilbraham died as result of asphyxiation.

A 53 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, but her death is still being treated as unexplained.

Click below to watch the latest report from ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

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