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.
Three hospitals in the North East will be investigated over links to Jimmy Savile, the government confirmed.
The RVI in Newcastle, the Dryburn hospital and Whitby Memorial hospital are among 19 to be investigated over links to the serial sex attacker.
It brings the total number of hospitals to 32.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said he expected reports examining visits by the late DJ to those hospitals to be completed by June 2014.
Scientists say they have uncovered a gene that may lead to alcoholism.
Researchers at Newcastle University have found a mutation in a particular gene in mice leads to excessive drinking.
Now they are working to establish whether the gene has a similar influence in humans.
With the cost of alcohol misuse in the region estimated at one billion pounds a year the discovery could have significant benefits.
Julie Harrison reports.
Families and campaigners have made a desperate last ditch attempt to save services at the Friarage Hospital in North Yorkshire.
Today, November 25, is the end of a 12-week-consultation on the future of the children's and maternity units at the hospital in Northallerton.
Doctors say they are too small to be safe or sustainable. But families have travelled from across North Yorkshire to hand in a rescue plan.
Frances Read reports.
Campaigners have made a last ditch attempt to save services at a North Yorkshire hospital.
It is the end of a 12-week-consultation on scaling back children's and maternity services at the Friarage hospital in Northallerton.
Doctors say the units are too small to be safe. However they plan to look at new proposals carefully and say no final decision has been made.
Families have submitted a plan to save the services.
A public consultation about the future of children's and maternity services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton ends today. The trust that runs the hospital says services have to be scaled back for safety reasons. Campaigners have come up with alternative plans.
A survey has revealed more than 40% of patients in the North East stop taking medicines without seeking medical advice.
The study, which was carried out on behalf of the National Pharmacy Association, also showed that more than twenty per cent of people here share medicines with friends or relatives
The national survey polled 1,500 members of the public. In the North East:
42% of people have stopped taking medicine without consulting a doctor
51% do not take medicines as prescribed
23% have shared medicine with friends or relatives
A public consultation about the future of children's and maternity services at the Friarage hospital in Northallerton ends today.
The trust that runs the hospital says services need to be scaled back for safety reasons, because the hospital is too small to deliver constant high-quality care.
But campaigners have come up with alternative plans to try and save the service.
The number of HIV cases is rising in the North East. And many of those cases are diagnosed late.
Now doctors are stressing the importance of early testing, as Derek Proud reports.
A crisis is being predicted in Accident and Emergency departments across the region this winter - but a pilot project is trying to prevent this by treating more people in their homes.
Andrea Thomas reports.