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Hundreds gather at Staffordshire conference on FGM

More than 400 people have attended a conference in Staffordshire today to highlight the problem of female genital mutilation.

The event was organised by the county's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Arnold.

There was just one report of FGM in Staffordshire two years ago; but this year, the figure has risen to twelve, and more funding has been announced to help tackle the issue.

Addressing the conference was a woman who said she has only recently felt able to talk publicly about her experience.

"I wasn't ready to share what happened to me at the age of seven," said Hoda Ali.

"But I realised sharing my story and talking to especially young girls would make an impact on people.

Matthew Elllis, the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "We've just got to do something about this. Whether it's a big or a small problem we've yet to find out."


Toddler 'could have died' after swallowing e-cig refill

Doctors say a toddler from Birmingham could have died after swallowing nicotine inside an e-cigarette refill.

The toddler from Birmingham 'could have died' after swallowing nicotine inside an e-cigarette refill. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The two-year-old was treated at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield when she vomited after picking up a cartridge containing the chemical and putting it in her mouth.

The Doctor who treated her is now calling for more legislation around the safety of e-cigarettes.

In the worst case scenario it could kill a very small child who ingests the substance. Two or three drops are enough to cause palpitations, vomiting, dizziness and high blood pressure. It is the screw-cap type which are dangerous and the risk has grown because there are so many products like this being developed by companies."

– Dr Sanjay Gupta
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New Grantham Hospice open day

Lincolnshire residents are being invited to be part of history in the making as the UK's first "hospice in the hospital" prepares to open its doors to patients for the first time.

A public open day is being staged today by St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Lincolnshire South West Clinical Commissioning Group, who have pooled their expertise in a unique partnership to create the purpose-designed, £1.2m unit within Grantham and District Hospital.

The local community will be given an insight into the work of the flagship unit; meet the team who will be providing specialist end-of-life care; and be given guided tours of the state-of-the-art facilities.

Less than 48 hours later the six-bed inpatient unit will open - welcoming the first of an estimated 160 people from south west Lincolnshire each year who will benefit from the homely and healing environment that has been created on their doorstep.

It will save them and their family and friends a 60-mile round journey to what is currently the charity's only existing inpatient unit at Nettleham Road in Lincoln.

Cancer survivor welcomes new research centre

A cancer survivor has welcomed the opening of a new multi-million pound centre in Leicester which will research new ways of diagnosing and treating the disease.

The unit, bringing together clinicians and academics to share their knowledge, is the fifteenth set up by the charity Cancer Research UK.

Cancer survivor Mark Powell has welcomed the opening of the centre Credit: ITV News Central

Mark Powell said advances in treatments prevented him having to undergo life-changing surgery when he developed throat cancer four years ago.

The sales manager, from Syston in Leicestershire, had targeted radiotherapy to attack the precise area affected by the disease. In the past, patients would have had to have part of their throat, tongue and jaw removed to get rid of the cancer.

I'm delighted that this investment will aid the development of a new generation of treatments to help save more lives in the future.

Without such research, I doubt I would have survived.

– Mark Powell


Derbyshire charity on standby for Ashya Prague trip

Ashya King with his parents at a hospital in Malaga. Credit: Credit: King family

A charity based in Derbyshire says it is on standby to fly to Prague after a judge gave the parents of Ashya King permission to take him there for cancer treatment.

KidsnCancer which is based in Chesterfield, has reached out to help Ashya's family, and say people have pledged thousands of pounds to help fund the proton beam therapy on his brain tumour at a specialist clinic.

Mike Hyman from the charity said they are now awaiting official confirmation of the decision.

More details of the agreement reached between lawyers and a hospital in Southampton where he was being treated are due to be heard in the Family Division of the High Court on Monday.

Midlands clinic to offer pioneering new eye operation

A pioneering new eye operation to reverse vision problems could banish reading glasses to the history book.

The Space Healthcare clinic in Leamington Spa is the first place in the UK to offer the procedure, known as Raindrop corneal inlay, after it was developed in America.

Reading glasses could be a thing of the past thanks to a new operation Credit: PA

It involves a tiny implant, no bigger than a pinhead, which sits inside the cornea and increases its curvature, allowing the eye to focus properly again.

It's designed to tackle presbyopia - a condition which affects people's ability to switch focus between near and distant objects, especially in old age.

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