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The mum of a little girl who smiles and laughs all the time but can't speak a word is raising awareness of her daughter's rare condition

Eleven year old Melissa Adams from St Helens has a condition called Angelman syndrome. Her parents have set up a charity in her name in the hope of raising awareness and one day - find a cure. If you want more details you can find them at the Melissa Adams Angelman Syndrome Foundation

Foundation set up in daughter's name to seek cure for rare genetic disorder

Kathy Adams set up the Melissa Adams Angelman Foundation with the aim of funding research and a possible cure for her daughter's rare genetic disorder. Melissa can't talk and so communicating with her family is hard and as she grows older her epilepsy is getting worse. The condition is very rare with just one-in-20,000 diagnosed. Her mother now hopes their foundation can raise the funds for a possible cure.

Melissa Adams
Melissa is always smiling - one of the symptoms of the disorder Credit: Kathy Adams

If you want to find out more details then you can go to the Melissa Adams Angelman Foundation.


One Direction offer fans chance to join them in Miami for charity

One Direction
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Fans can enter the competition by donating £5 which will go towards Stand Up To Cancer, a joint fundraising campaign led by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. The prize includes return flights to Miami, accommodation, tickets to the final show of the Where We Are tour and a chance to meet the band on October 5. The winner will also receive signed merchandise.

Harry Styles
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Harry Styles from Cheshire and the other band members say they've been working with the charity Stand Up to Cancer for a while and they wanted to offer a very special prize to raise money for research.

"This is an incredible prize that One Direction have given and we're so grateful to them for their support.

We've made amazing progress against cancer in the past few decades but more than one in three of us in the UK will develop cancer in our lifetime so we can't afford to stand still.

Cancer is a complex disease - there are more than 200 types and thousands of subtypes, which is why funding more research is imperative to be able to find a cure."

– Claire Rowney, Stand Up to Cancer

If you want to enter the competition then you can click here to find all the details.

Health watchdog calls for inquiry into emergency care consultation

There are calls for an inquiry into a £4 million consultation which could lead to the reorganisation of Accident and Emergency care in Greater Manchester.

It is over plans to take seriously ill patients to a handful of specialist hospitals rather than their own A & E.

Healthwatch which campaigns on behalf of patients claims the proposals were put together behind closed doors and the consultation breaks Parliamentary rules.

However those involved in the Healthier Together plans say the process is legitimate. Andrew Fletcher reports.

Health watchdog calls for inquiry into consulation on emergency care in Greater Manchester

A health watchdog is demanding an inquiry into a £4 million consultation which could lead to a shake up of Accident and Emergency care in Greater Manchester.

There are plans to take seriously ill patients to a handful of specialist hospitals rather than their own A and E.

But Sir Ian McCartney from the patient group Healthwatch says the consultation has already used up £4 million pounds of public money.

And that is before Parliament has given it powers to introduce any proposed changes.

Leila Williams from'Healthier Together' say the process is legitimate.


Mum-to-be gets advice from mother of boy with cleft palate

by Amy Welch

A cleft palate - that's a gap or split in the upper lip or the roof of the mouth - affects 1 in 700 babies. Laura Niven from Preston has just found out her baby will have a cleft, and wanted more information. We put her questions to another mum who's 5 year old has learnt to talk despite the condition.

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New cancer treatment at Christie Hospital to target tumours

Exterior view of Christie Hospital
New treatment to better target tumours at Christie Hospital. Credit: ITV Granada

Researchers at The Christie in Manchester will have access to a guided radiation therapy system which better targets tumours.

It promises to shorten treatment times, produce fewer side affects and give patients a better chance of beating the disease.

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