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.
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.”
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.