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WATCH: Concerns for rising levels of poor health

The north west has 6 of the top ten areas for fast food outlets in the country. Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Most of us enjoy a takeaway, especially as a Friday treat.

But now there's concerms that the number of fast food outlets means rising levels of poor health and obesity

A new investigation by the Tonight programme has revealed the north west has 6 of the top ten areas for fast food outlets in the country.

Victoria Grimes reports.


Cancer drug to be made available on NHS

Hundreds of kidney cancer patients in the North West are set to benefit from a drug that could prolong their lives for up to two years.

Doctors and patients at the Christie hospital in Manchester have been involved in trials of Cabozantinib.

The regulator NICE says the drug can now be made available to NHS patients in advanced stages of the disease.

  • Professor Robert Hawkins, from the Christie Hospital:


Nurse hits fundraising target for advanced cancer treatment

Heidi's page has hit more than £50,000 in donations. Credit: GoFundMe

A fundraising page set up to help send a nurse with a rare form of breast cancer to Germany for special treatment has hit its target of £50,000.

Heidi Roberts, from Knowsley Village, near Liverpool, was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer 12 months after her primary diagnosis in 2012.

Doctors say conventional treatments are no longer effective for Heidi.

After exploring treatments available abroad, Heidi found a clinic in Germany that offers advance therapies.

Now, thanks to the generosity of nearly 2,000 people she will be able to travel to Germany to continue her fight against the disease.

Heidi has been battling the disease since 2012 and now it has spread to her lungs. Unable to go through more chemotherapy, Heidi is hoping an alternative treatment will be the cure she is looking for.

The PD-1 immunotherapy is not available in the UK and could be Heidi's only lifeline.

Her friends Mel McDonough and Vicki Wilson hoped to fund the immunotherapy at Hallwang Private Oncology Clinic in Germany by setting up a GoFundMe page.

A Facebook page has also been set up for Heidi's cancer journey.

Ebola screening to be extended to Manchester airports

Ebola screening is to be extended to Manchester Airport Credit: PA

Ebola screening for travellers arriving in Britain from affected areas in West Africa is to be extended to Manchester and Birmingham airports, the head of Public Health England has said.

In his weekly message to staff, Duncan Selbie said that once the existing measures covering Heathrow, Gatwick and the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras had "settled", they would be rolled out to other ports of entry.

Next week the focus will be on Gatwick and St Pancras and, once settled there, we will then move to include Manchester and Birmingham," he said.

I appreciate very much that we are taking people away from their normal work, and please be assured that we are thinking hard and listening carefully to those on the ground to see how we can make this more sustainable.

What I am certain of is that we have the people who know how to keep the country safe and that is exactly what we will do.

– Duncan Selbie, head of Public Health England.
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