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  1. Paul Crone, ITV News

Extraordinary photos that give a glimpse into the hidden histories of the North West

There's no shortage of history on our doorstep in our region.

Maybe someone famous was born on your street? Or your town has a rich industrial heritage that's been forgotten as the years have passed.

Paul Crone has been delving into the life of a soldier from the Wirral who always had his camera with him, even on the battlefields of France in the First World War.

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  1. Sarah Rogers, ITV News

Hospital's vision for improving the lives of those with Motor Neurone Disease

There are calls tonight to improve the care of people with Motor Neurone Disease.

The condition kills a third of people who have it within a year.

Very little is known about the muscle wasting condition but a major research project has started in Liverpool, at the Walton Centre for Neurology.

It's focussing on the quality of life for patients.

What is known is that it robs people of their ability to perform basic functions like eating and walking, although the mind is still alert.

MPs are debating the issue in the House of Commons this evening and patients have been speaking about their experiences to Sarah Rogers.

Largest study of it's kind into MND hopes to improve the lives of patients

Researchers in Liverpool are hoping a study into motor neurone disease will dramatically improve the lives of those with the illness.

MND is a degenerative disease that attacks specialist nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord leading to weakness and wasting of muscles. A third of people with the illness will die within a year.

Prof Carolyn Young from The Walton Centre is leading the study which is the largest of it's kind in the world focusing on the quality of life of patients. It's hoped it could improve care in the future:

Find out more about the study and how to take part here.

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Calls to improve care for motor neurone disease patients

John Boulton Credit: ITV

There are calls for more to be done to improve the lives of people with motor neurone disease. The devastating muscle wasting condition will kill a third of those who have it within a year.

Granada spoke to John Boulton from Sale who told us equipment can take too long to reach those who desperately need it. The 77 year old can no longer use his voice but told us his story through a computer.

To combat the problem the MND association have devised a charter they want councils to sign up to as a commitment to better care for those with the condition. They say it's very much a collaborative process with local authorities and understand financial pressures on health and social care budgets.

But so far in the North West only around 20% of councils have signed up. Chris James the director of external affairs at the the MND association told Granada the difficulty with the illness is that it's rare and "doesn't get the attention some other conditions have locally."

Read more about the charter and how you can get involved here.

High tech scan could be 'game changer' for heart patients

Doctors say a high-tech hospital scan being piloted at a Liverpool hospital could be a 'game changer' for patients with suspected heart problems.

It creates a 3D simulation of the heart, so doctors can see what's going on without the need for invasive tests.

One father from Merseyside whose arteries were blocked says it's already proved to be a life saver.

He's been talking to Amy Welch reports.

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