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Nottingham research behind improvements in brain tumour diagnosis

The campaign has raised awareness of brain tumors Credit: PA

The time taken to diagnose brain tumours in children in this country has been slashed thanks to new guidelines from the University of Nottingham.

The guidelines and a national awareness campaign have taken the UK from one of the worst ranking countries in the world to one of the best.

The 'HeadSmart: Be Brain Tumor Aware' campaign has caused average diagnosis times to more than halve, according to an academic paper published in the journal Neuro-Oncology.

Average number of weeks for diagnosis before the campaign began
Average number of weeks for diagnosis two years into the campaign

The campaign is due to be re-launched with a focus on raising awareness further among GPs and teenagers, with the aim of reducing diagnosis time again to hit the national benchmark of four weeks.

Scene of fire too dangerous for investigators

Fire scene to dangerous for investigators Credit: ITV News Central

Investigations have not been able to begin on establishing how a major fire that completely destroyed a building at the University of Nottingham started because the site is too dangerous to examine.

The fire ripped through the building on the University's Jubilee Campus on Friday night. It was still under construction due to be new chemistry facilities and part funded by the pharmaceuticals firm Glaxo Smith Kline.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue have been working continuously at the scene since Friday and still have one crew there.

Breaking: 'Major' fire at University of Nottingham

Around sixty firefighters are tackling a blaze at the University of Nottingham this evening.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue service said the blaze started at around 8:30pm this evening.

Ten pumps are at the scene, along with two aerial ladder platforms.

Reports say the fire is at the Jubilee Campus on Wollaton Road.

The fire is believed to have started at around 8:30pm Credit: Sarah Armes


Coeliac disease sufferer 'seriously ill' before correct diagnosis

Anne Smith, from East Leake in Nottinghamshire suffers from coeliac disease, and says before she was diagnosed correctly, she was seriously ill.

Experts at the University of Nottinghamshire have found that the number of people with the disease have quadrupled in the last 20 years. But they believe the rise is due to better medical practices now correctly diagnosing it.

Anne Smith says doctors initially thought she had Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Coeliac disease - what are the symptoms?

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have found that the number of people with coeliac disease has quadrupled in the last 20 years.

They believe that may be down to better medical practice correctly diagnosing the condition. But what are the symptoms? They range from mild to severe and can include:

  • Bloating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Wind
  • Constipation
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Sudden or unexpected weight loss (not in all cases)
  • Hair loss
  • Anaemia

For more information about the disease, visit the Coeliac UK website.

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