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New form of radiotherapy is trialled

Two of the region's hospitals are trialling a new form of radiotherapy treatment that's less invasive for cancer patients - in an attempt to improve their quality of life.

Doctors at the Oxford University Hospitals Trust and the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford are among 17 places across the country chosen by NHS England to evaluate the procedure's effectiveness.

Medics will still deliver a high dose of radiation but this treatment is said to be more accurate - causing less damage to other areas of the body. Katie Rowlett, has been given an exclusive look at how it works.


Oxford is the UK's fittest city

People in oxford are the fittest in the UK Credit: ITV

Oxford is the fittest city in the UK and the number of people taking part in regular exercise is on the increase, two separate studies have found.

A survey of 2,000 adults found that residents in Oxford do more exercise than those who live in other UK cities.

The research found 74 per cent of those asked worked out at least once a week.

Liverpool was named the second fittest city, with 65 per cent exercising once a week, while Manchester came in third, with 63 per cent.

People in Oxford are now taking part in sport at least once a week.

Breakthrough cancer treatment saving lives

A new cancer treatment which harnesses the power of the body's own immune system is achieving remarkable results. The breakthrough has been made by scientists at the University of Southampton. A £25m centre for cancer immunology is planned at Southampton General Hospital in 2017 - the fund raising boosted by a £4.5m grant from Solent Local Enterprise Partnership. On World Cancer Day Kerry Swain has been talking to the brains behind this possible 'cure' and to the father of a three year old boy who is alive today thanks to their revolutionary new treatment.

Spelling error caused pensioner's death in hospital

An inquest has concluded that the death of a pensioner from Hampshire was caused by neglect and a spelling error by staff at the hospital she was being treated.

Irmgard Cooper, from Hayling Island, was having a heart operation at Northwick Park Hospital in London but her name was spelt incorrectly. That led to vital blood supplies being sent back and her dying in theatre. Her daughter says she's now lost faith in the NHS. Ria Chatterjee has this report.

Oxford scientists race to stop Zika virus coming to UK

Travellers returning to UK from Rio Olympics can be tested Credit: PA

Researchers in Oxfordshire have developed a test they hope will stop the Zika virus entering the UK.

The test can detect whether someone is infected with the disease, long after other methods cannot. The Oxford-based, Native Antigen Company, are now working on diagnostic kits to screen travellers returning home from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Zika virus was declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ by The World Health Organisation (WHO) this week.

The Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitos Credit: Patrick Pleul / DPA/PA Images

Our team is now producing to meet the demand for Zika NS1 from our labs at Cherwell Innovation Centre in addition to developing a diagnostic kit for wide-spread use from the summer."

– Dr. Nick Roesen, Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of The Native Antigen Company


A&E at bursting point - Hospital urges patients to only visit in a real emergency

The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading is urging patients to only visit if it's a REAL emergency after the casualty department has seen its busiest weeks of the year so far.

Usually, A&E staff treat around 250 to 280 people across Saturdays and Sundays. But last weekend there were around 350 people wanting attention. Kate Bunkall has our report.

Family's anxious wait for rehab centre after dad-of-two suffers cardiac arrest

Her partner was left severely brain-damaged, paralysed and blind. A young mother from Hove says she's still struggling to come to terms with the catastrophic consequences of his cardiac arrest.

Sabrina Mason says she has been overwhelmed by the kindness of friends, family and even strangers. But they now have an anxious wait for a bed in a rehabilitation centre. Charlotte Wilkins has our report below:

A food addict - who has lost four stones - is shocked at what he used to eat every day

Chris Mardin began losing weight in January 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

A self-confessed food addict from Southsea has managed to shed four stones and is determined to help others also lose weight.

27-year-old Chris Mardin has lost weight before but then piled it back on. He once weighed more than 33 stones and couldn't walk more than 200 yards.

Chris lost 14 stone before piling the weight back on Credit: ITV Meridian

He is now 29 stones and is being supported by experts in obesity at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

Watch the video to see Chris' reaction when our reporter Kerry Swain showed him what he used to eat every day:

Chris wants a career in health and fitness and help others struggling to control their eating.

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