Doctors say it is important to realise strokes can happen at any age after two young people had to be treated with groundbreaking surgery.
Food banks are here to stay, the Archbishop of York has warned as Britain grapples with a "new and terrible" growth in levels of poverty.
A children's and baby hospice has re-opened its doors two months after it was forced to close due to flooding.
Women in the North East who had faulty breast implants say they're pleased that justice has been served to the man behind them.
Jean Claude Mas was today jailed for four years - the Frenchman was responsible for the sale of PIP implants - which ruptured in some patients.
300,000 women around the globe were affected and the implants were used in some operations here in the North East.
Watch Frances Read's report
One of the 47,000 British women who received faulty PIP breast implants recalls the terrifying experience of finding her implant had ruptured.
Emma Lonsdale, 31, says she was '"absolutely petrified" when she found a lump in one of her breasts.
Families in Hartlepool who benefited from techniques like IVF will be back in hospital today.
However, they will be celebrating Christmas at the University Hospital of Hartlepool’s assisted reproduction unit.
Principal embryologist Dave Gibbon said: “We know that all babies are precious but for people who have had problems conceiving the arrival of their baby is a very special event.”
North Durham MP Kevan Jones has been thanked for talking about depression by Barrow MP John Woodcock. Mr Woodcock has written about his battle with clinical depression after a string of injuries. He said it has not changed the way he does his job, nor has it affected his relationships in Parliament.
– John Woodcock MP
"I felt I needed to do something because the painfully long time it is taking to recover from banging my head when I fell off the ladder means there are regular periods when I am left utterly drained by simple tasks and barely able to get out of bed – and that exhaustion can make me really down."
He thanked Kevan Jones MP and said he derived such strength from him.
A woman who watched her best friend and her aunt die from cancer said pain relief for patients should be improved.
Rozzie Joyce, from Hexham, Northumberland, was so distressed by the suffering she saw them endure, she has started a campaign to raise money for more research into pain relief.
Julie Harrison reports.
North East police forces have launched their Christmas campaign to try to prevent drivers from drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel.
More officers will be stopping drivers for breath tests across the force areas. Police are also issuing a warning to people not to be tempted to drink and drive over the festive season, saying anyone who does is risking their own life and others.
The campaign will last until the New Year.
Three hospitals in our region will be investigated over links with Jimmy Savile.
They are the RVI in Newcastle, as well as the former Dryburn Hospital in Durham and Whitby Memorial Hospital.
This is a recording of Helen Ford's report live outside the RVI.
The Royal Victoria Infirmary is one of 19 hospitals which will investigate its links with Jimmy Savile.
The latest developement in the case of the disgraced presenter comes after Metropolitan Police investigating Savile received a phone call saying he visited the RVI in 1991.
The hospital told Itv Tyne Tees it has not yet found any information about the visit, but says Savile was never involved in any charity or voluntary work at the hospital.
Now the hospital, along with others named today, will carry out an inquiry, and report the findings to the Department of Health by next June at the latest.
– County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
“The Trust can confirm that it has been passed information by the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which refers to Dryburn Hospital. This information does not refer to contact with patients. Dryburn Hospital closed in 2001. As the legacy organisation for the hospital, the Trust will investigate this information and respond as required.”
– York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
“York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust can confirm that it has been passed information by the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which names the Whitby Memorial Hospital, for investigation. We will work closely with the Department of Health to investigate the matter thoroughly.”