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Region invaded by plague of poisonous caterpillars

A family from Sussex say a plague of poisonous caterpillars has left them with painful skin rashes. There are hundreds of Brown-tail Moth caterpillars in the garden of their home in Newhaven. They have barbed hairs which can cause allergic reactions in humans. Infestations of the caterpillars are becoming more common. Malcolm Shaw reports

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New boss promises changes at failing hospital

She's the fourth chief executive in six years at the failing Medway Maritime Hospital in Kent. Lesley Dwyer has spoken for the first time about her vision for the future and promised major improvements in one hundred days at what's been called the worst performing hospital in the country. Tom Savvides has this report.

Fresh appeal after woman dies

Detectives investigating the death of an Eastbourne woman have made a fresh appeal for information, four weeks after she was discovered injured.

Emma Crowhurst, 36, of Albion Road was found on the pavement in Chawbrook Road, Eastbourne at the junction with Dudley Road and Havelock Road, near her home address, just before midnight on Sunday 26 April. She'd suffered head injuries.

She was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital and was transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital. She died on May 11 and a post mortem examination found she died from the head injury.

Uniform officers PCSOs have been in Seaside, Firle Road, Havelock Road and Chawbrook Road. They have talking to passers-by to ask if they were in the area at a similar time exactly four weeks previously, and if they saw anything suspicious.

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Kent strongman raises funds for cancer patient

A woman from Kent who's been diagnosed with incurable cancer could soon be on the way to Disneyland with her family after fundraising efforts by local people. Rebecca Watts hopes to give her young boys some specially happy memories to remember her by in years to come.

David Johns reports, speaking to Rebecca Watts, strongman fundraiser Rocky Troiani and fellow strongman Andrew Gower.

Donations can be made via www.becsfactor.org

Doctors make breakthrough in brain injuries study

Doctors in Southampton have developed a brain pressure test that can detect life-threatening head injuries and infections - without the need for surgery or spinal procedures.

The method involves patients wearing headphones with an ear plug linked to a computer, which enables doctors to measure fluid pressure in the skull.

The device known as the cerebral and cochlear fluid pressure (CCFP) analyser is being used to study healthy volunteers at Southampton General Hospital in Hampshire.

"We know that high pressure inside the skull resulting from injuries and infections can be fatal, so it is essential it is detected as early as possible to avoid exacerbating symptoms and ensure treatment can begin promptly.

"Current methods for testing ICP (intracranial pressure) require procedures to be carried out under sedation or anaesthetic, which means they are limited to the most severe cases and those with less obvious initial symptoms often go undetected until their symptoms have worsened.

"However, as our CCFP (cerebral and cochlear fluid pressure) device does not require a patient to do anything other than wear a set of headphones with an ear plug, it has the potential to provide rapid, accurate and safe assessments to patients in much larger numbers than is currently possible."

– Dr Robert Marchbanks, consultant clinical scientist

The scientists mending broken hearts

There's been another medical breakthrough at Oxford University. Scientists in the city really have learnt how to mend broken hearts.

They've identified new ways to help the heart repair itself after a cardiac arrest.

Just a week ago we reported on how researchers in Oxford were close to finding a way of preventing malaria, which kills 650,000 people a year across the planet.

Now Oxford scientists have given hope of a cure to Britain's half a milion sufferers from heart failure, as Penny Silvester reports

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