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Toddler's tumour 'few millimetres too large' for NHS treatment

The young parents of a toddler with a rare form of cancer are having to fund raise to pay for specialist treatment.

Two year old Bodie McNulty from Milnrow, Rochdale has a brain stem tumour.

The growth is just a few millimetres too large to receive NHS funding for Proton Beam Therapy - which is very frustrating for Bodie's parents.

Here's Bodie's dad, Kevin McNulty.

You can learn more about the family's fundraising effort by clicking here.

Rural suicide: Calls for action

There are demands for more mental health support for our region's most isolated workers.

On average an agricultural worker takes their own life every week in the UK. Low pay, social isolation and the pressures of modern farming are being blamed.

We hear from mother Monica Haworth whose son took his own life. She now volunteers for a counselling service.

This report from Ashley Derricott.

Contact the Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy for support

Hi-tech 'guardian angel' to keep the elderly safe at home

Smart home technology is being piloted in Salford to help older people live more safely in their homes.

The project is called Mii Home and features research by hospitals and university staff in Salford and Manchester.

It uses sensors and artificial intelligence to monitor people's movements throughout the day. It could help warn carers or loved ones if someone has a fall or is less mobile than usual.

The long-term aim is to help older people who are frail and may have problems with their memory maintain their independence.

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What is meningitis and what should you do if you suspect your child has it?

  • What is meningitis?
  • Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes, known as meninges, which surround the brain and spinal cord.
  • It is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection.
  • Viral meningitis is the least serious, but most common, type of the disease and will usually get better on its own.
  • Bacterial meningitis is more rare and requires urgent medical treatment.
  • The NHS estimates one in every 10 cases of bacterial meningitis is fatal. Those who recover from the disease can be left with long-term problems including hearing or vision loss and loss of limbs.
  • Meningococcal disease, a term used to describe meningitis and septicaemia, is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis, according to charity Meningitis Now.
  • How is it spread?
  • The NHS says meningitis can be spread through sneezing, coughing, kissing or sharing utensils such as cutlery.
  • It is usually caught from someone who carries the virus but is not ill but it can be caught from someone else with meningitis. It can affect anyone but is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults.
  • What are the symptoms?
  • Symptoms include a headache, a high temperature, a stiff neck, dislike of bright light, drowsiness or unresponsiveness, seizures and a blotchy rash that does not fade when a glass is rolled over it, although that does not always develop. Symptoms can develop quickly and in any order.
  • What should you do if you think you or your child has meningitis?
  • The NHS advises that if you are concerned you or your child could have meningitis you should seek medical advice immediately and not wait until a rash develops.
  • Call 999 for an ambulance or go to your nearest accident and emergency department if you think you or your child might be seriously ill.
  • If you are not sure it is serious or think you may have been exposed to someone with meningitis then call NHS 111 or your GP surgery for advice.

Supporters of Alfie Evans demonstrate in Liverpool

More than four hundred people are taking part in the demonstration Credit: GTV

Members of 'Alfie's Army', supporters of the parents of Alfie Evans, are staging demonstrations across the country.

The little boy is seriously ill in Alder Hey Children's Hospital suffering from a rare brain condition.

Staff at the hospital said life support could be stopped and High Court judges agreed.

The family lost a final legal challenge at the European court of human rights.

Simultaneous demonstrations are taking place at Downing Street, and in Leicester and Edinburgh.

Alfie Evans is being cared for at Alder Hey Children's Hospital Credit: Family
Demonstrators of all ages are taking part Credit: GTV
After marching through Liverpool demonstrators gathered at St. George's Hall Credit: GTV
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