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Video plea to fund wonder drug for Gracie

The parents of a schoolgirl being treated in Manchester are pleading for the NHS to fund her continued treatment with a drug that's worked wonders in combating the effects of her rare condition.

They're being supported by the seven year old's doctor at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and a few familiar face from Coronation Street.

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Chester Zoo hopes new arrival will help breeding programme

Kifaru Credit: Chester Zoo

Staff at Chester Zoo hope that a new arrival from Germany will boost their rare breeds programme. Twenty-nine-year-old Kifaru - an Eastern black rhino - is settling in to his new home after travelling from Hannover Zoo. Staff in Chester hope their new arrival will sire a number of new calves and bring vital new blood to the European population of Eastern black rhinos – a species classed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered in the wild.

The zoo’s curator of mammals, Tim Rowlands, said:“With a species that’s as highly threatened with extinction as the Eastern black rhino, all individuals in the European breeding programme are important.“As so few individuals exist, it is essential that we achieve successful breeding from as many of the rhinos in zoos as possible. Kifaru has only sired three calves previously; this means he has a great opportunity to add to the dwindling numbers of black rhino which makes him one of the most important rhinos around. Any offspring he may go on to produce here would bring vital genetics to the European population. “This population is vital as an insurance policy against further declines in the wild and the more successful the population is, the better that insurance policy can be.“We have one of the best records in the world when it comes to breeding rhinos, so fingers crossed we can encourage Kifaru to work his magic with our females.”

Rhino arrives at Chester Zoo for rare breeds programme

Kifaru Credit: Chester Zoo

A new rhino has arrived at Chester Zoo from Germany, to lead a programme aimed at successful breeding of the rare species. Twenty-nine-year-old Kifaru - an Eastern black rhino - is settling in to his new home after travelling from Hannover Zoo. Staff in Chester hope their new arrival will sire a number of new calves and bring vital new blood to the European population of Eastern black rhinos – a species classed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered in the wild.

Greater Manchester tops list for liver disease admissions

Greater Manchester tops the list in the North West Credit: PA

Greater Manchester tops the list in the region for hospital admissions for emergency hospital admissions for alcohol-related liver disease. The North West and the North East have the highest number of admissions in England according to a new map created by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). Death rates linked to alcohol-related liver disease have risen "considerably" over the last few decades, according to the NHS The place with the highest rate of admissions was Greater Manchester where 45.8 people out of every 100,000 living in the region were admitted as an emergency. In Merseyside there were 41.3 admissions per every 100,000 people and in Lancashire there were 38.9 admissions per 100,000 of the population. HSCIC chairman Kingsley Manning said: "This map paints a powerful picture of one of the many impacts that alcohol has on patients and the NHS in this country." Learn more here www.hscic.gov.uk.

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North West amongst worst for liver disease admissions

The North West has some of the highest hospital admission figures for liver disease according to a new map created by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). Health officials have mapped out the places in England which have the highest rates of people admitted to hospital as an emergency for alcohol-related liver disease. Death rates linked to alcohol-related liver disease have risen "considerably" over the last few decades, according to the NHS. Nationally hospitals admitted 10,500 cases of alcohol-related liver disease between April 2013 and March 2014, according to HSCIC. To see the map visit: www.hscic.gov.uk.

The map shows that the North West and North East have most admissions Credit: PA

The test that could detect early signs of lung cancer

Doctors may introduce a breath test designed to detect early signs of lung cancer . This in turn could help lower the disease's death rate. Researchers at University of Liverpool developed a technique for analysing the vapour inside the container in which the cells were growing and showed it was capable of distinguishing which of the two different genes were faulty.

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Its estimated that lung disease kills more than 35,000 people in the UK every year. It's the biggest cause of cancer death and has a low survival rate because diagnosis is often at the terminal stage.

"These findings tell us that it's theoretically possible to develop a test that could diagnose early lung cancer in the breath of patients. There's an urgent need to diagnose lung cancers earlier, when treatment is more effective."

– Dr Mike Jones, University of Liverpool Roy Castle Lung Cancer Research Programme

Parents shock at treatment of King family over proton beam

The parents of a 13-year-old girl from Rochdale who's had proton beam therapy for cancer in America say they're shocked at how the parents of Ashya King were treated.

The Kings ended up in prison after they removed their son from a hospital. He's now having the treatment in Prague.

In the case of Lucy Briggs she was also diagnosed with a rare type of brain tumour, but the NHS did fund her treatment.

And the same pioneering therapy could soon be available much closer to home at The Christie in Manchester. Rob Smith reports.

Artist's impressions show future Christie proton beam centre

Artist's impressions have been released, showing the planned Proton Beam Therapy Centre at the Christie Hospital in Manchester.

The centre, to be the first to offer the treatment in the UK, has moved a step closer after the government announced £250m of funding has been made available.

The new Proton Beam Therapy Centre in an artist's impression Credit: Christie Hospital
The centre will be the first in the country Credit: Christie Hospital
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