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Hero dog saves woman from cancer

A woman from Headcorn in Kent says she's lucky to be alive today after her dog alerted her to an undiagnosed cancer.

Colleen Ferguson says the two-year-old Alsatian began repeatedly sniffing her mouth in an strange way which led her to get a full health check - at which point the tumour was found.

David Johns reports, speaking to Colleen as well as Claire Guest from Medical Detection Dogs.


Grant for Southampton scientists to research treatments for Alzheimers

Good news for Southampton researchers Credit: ITV news

Scientists trying to find new treatments for people with Alzheimers have been awarded half a million pounds. The University of Southampton team will investigate the link between our brains and our immune systems. It's the first financial grant from a new Dementia Consortium including Alzheimers Research UK. The funding will unite academics at the University of Southampton with drug discovery experts at the medical research charity MRC Technology to target the immune system in the hunt for new treatments to slow down the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Dr Eric Karran, Director of Research at Alzheimer's Research UK, said: "It's been fascinating to see the academic community dissect the role of inflammation in Alzheimer's disease. But now we need to translate this interesting biology into tangible benefits for the 500,000 people in this country living with Alzheimer's. The Dementia Consortium is tackling the lack of treatments head on, by closing the gap between fundamental academic research and the pharmaceutical industry's drug discovery efforts. It's a long road from research in the laboratory to treatments in the clinic, but investment to boost the number of new drug targets is critical if we are to face this huge medical challenge."


NHS Trust 'requires improvement' after inspection

Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth Credit: ITV

England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has rated Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust as ''requires improvement' following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

A team of 56 inspectors has found that the trust provided services that were effective and outstanding for being caring. But the Trust required improvement for providing safe, responsive and well-led services.

The team of inspectors and specialists including doctors, nurses, managers and experts by experience visited Queen Alexandra Hospital over seven days during February and March 2015.

Schools must do more to help young diabetics

Schools must do more to support young people living with Type 1 Diabetes, according to a survey carried out by the charity Diabetes UK.

The illness is incurable and can have devastating effects if it's not effectively managed.

Now, to mark Diabetes Week, a helpline is being launched to advise parents how to make sure their children get the care they need while they're at school.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Archie Norris, who has the disease, his father Simon, and Libby Dowling of Diabetes UK.

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