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Seven-year-old Ruby's cancer battle

A seven-year-old from Hull entertained Calendar viewers as she appeared on the sofa talking about her love of hospital dramas.

And that's because Ruby Lawler, from Hull, has spent more than her fair share of time with doctors.

She has already beaten one very rare kidney cancer and is now tackling a totally different form the disease.

Ruby has just received a Kids and Teens Star Award from Cancer Research UK because of her courage.

After helping Jon get ready for the weather bulletin, she chatted to Duncan and Rachel:

Ground-breaking ceremony for cancer centre

A ground-breaking ceremony is being held this afternoon for the new £9 million Macmillan Cancer Centre at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Preparatory work is due to start shortly on the centre, which will see all the hospital's cancer services under one roof and helping to provide a purpose-built facility and comfortable environment within which patients can continue to receive top quality care.


Victims of contaminated blood scandal fight on

Victims of the contaminated blood scandal - infected by the health service with HIV and Heptatitis - have told Calendar they have again been overlooked by the government, as they continue to fight for a financial settlement.

They need money to help pay for treatment - and were hoping yesterday's spending review might finally move them a step closer to an agreement. But today they have told reporter Michael Billington they are furious that the chancellor's statement made no reference to their plight

A fifth of Yorkshire Year Six schoolchildren are obese

Statistics out today show that almost a fifth of Yorkshire's schoolchildren are obese in their last year at primary school. A national programme to measure children also indicates that the situation amounts children is worse than ten years ago.

Parkinson Lane Primary School in Halifax runs a breakfast club to encourage children to eat healthy food. Headmaster Gugsy Ahmed says parents are encouraged to attend exercise classes alongside their children to make sure that the message about active lifestyle reaches pupils when they go home from school.


Sam Brown's mum speaks of 'rollercoaster ride' to get drug approved

A little boy from West Yorkshire with a rare disease looks almost certain to be given the life-changing drug he needs after the health regulator announced it would be made available on the NHS.

Sam Brown from Otley has Morquio Syndrome which stunts his growth, saps his energy and reduces his life expectancy.

Today the pharmaceutical company which makes the drug Vimizin has revealed that the NHS has finally agreed to pay for the medicine for the next five years.

"We've really been through a horrendous 12 month period, a rollercoaster ride of some highs and many many lows. Just four or five months ago NICE were recommending that they weren't going to fund this drug and it felt like there was no way through that. We're now five months on and they're saying they are and there's a huge amount of hard work that's gone in to getting to that place."

– Katy Brown, Sam's mother

It has taken years of campaigning - from local petitions to visits to the Prime Minister.

Click below to watch Sarah Clark's round-up of Sam's campaign to get his life-enhancing treatment.

Local MP welcomes Vimizim approval after 12-month battle

Greg Mulholland with the Brown family in January 2015 Credit: Press Association

Local MP Greg Mulholland has welcomed the news that people with Morquio Syndrome will be able to access the Vimizim drug through NHS England.

NHS England and NICE have today secured a five-year, fixed-fee agreement with the drugs company BioMarin for the Vimizim drug. The agreement is the first of its kind for securing access to treatments for ultra-rare diseases.

It is expected to be rubber-stamped on 16th December, after which point those diagnosed with Vimizim will be able to get immediate access to Vimizim.

7-year-old Sam Brown, who lives in Mr Mulholland's constituency, is one of just 88 people in England with Morquio condition. The drug was approved on a Europe-wide level in April 2014 and is already in use in 20 other European countries, but attempts to make it available in England have seen repeated delays.

Commenting on NHS England’s announcement, Greg Mulholland said:

“After 12 months of campaigning, today’s news is a huge victory. It will mean that those with Morquio Syndrome will finally be able to get the Vimizim drug through NHS England. Today’s news is what many Morquio sufferers and their families have waited a long time to hear. It is great news for Sam Brown, whose parents Katy and Simon have campaigned long and hard. The agreement announced today is the breakthrough we all wanted. When rubber-stamped on 16th December, the agreement will mean the Vimizim drug will be immediately available to everyone diagnosed with condition. We are all delighted at today’s news, it is exactly what we have been demanding for the last 12 months. I could not be happier for Sam and his family.”

– Greg Mulholland MP, Leeds North West

Health regulator approves drug for Morquio Syndrome

Sam Brown's family have campaigned to get the Vimizin drug available on the NHS Credit: ITV Yorkshire

It has been announced that people with Morquio Syndrome will have access to a life-changing drug for the next five years.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has reached an agreement with the NHS and the manufacturer BioMarin to provide Vimizim to patients who have the degenerative disease.

It follows a long battle by campaigners, including the family of seven-year-old Sam Brown from Otley, who was receiving the drug on a trial basis.

"The Morquio A community has been long awaiting this decision, which provides patients access to Vimizim, and we are relieved and elated to have resolution. With fewer than 80 people living with Morquio A syndrome in England, it is hard to comprehend what these patients and their families have been through over the last 18 months. Treatment to this community is so much more than just a therapy. It is hope for a future where their improved health allows them to reach their full potential."

– Christine Lavery, MPS Society

Patients will be able to take the drug following assessment on a Managed Access Agreement.

The approval is subject to a two-week consultation.

Parents of premature baby back neonatal unit appeal

The parents of a baby who weighed less than two pounds when he was born are giving their support to an appeal to raise money for the unit they say saved his life.

Nine-month-old Thomas is at home now with his mum and dad after being born three months premature in Barnsley Hospital.

Scott and Janine Meyers say he wouldn't be here without the staff there - and they're urging everyone to support the appeal which aims to raise a million pounds.

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