Charity recommends changes to lung transplant system in order to save lives
A charity which uses volunteers to deliver blood is appealing for volunteers to expand the service to more hospitals.
Hazel Wiggins was told to abort her baby when a scan failed to find a heartbeat. She demanded a second scan which showed her baby was alive.
Police have confirmed a North East GP who was contracted to carry out pre-employment medicals on job seekers would have faced sex assault charges if he had still been alive.
Dr Gordon Bates, who died in 2009, carried out examinations on hundreds of people from his Newcastle home in the 1970s and 80s
He was carrying out assessments for a number of public and private sector companies, including Barclays Bank. He was not a direct employee of any of the companies he worked for.
The allegations came to light after an alleged victim reported what had happened to her after reading about Jimmy Savile.
Police have confirmed they have investigated a number of complaints of which 48 have been recorded as criminal acts.
Barclays stressed that Dr Bates was not their employee and they were one of a number of companies he was contracted to. They have been working closely with the police throughout.
Major Pip Delamere-Wright is one of the British Army's elite commandos and was the first female soldier to win the prestigious green beret. Her job requires immense physical and mental stamina, which she used in both Kosovo and Iraq.
However, when her baby son was born, she struggled with sleep deprivation and postnatal depression. She said at her lowest point, she felt like walking away and leaving her son all together.
Now she is telling her story to encourage other new mothers to have the courage to seek medical help.
The University of York is conducting a groundbreaking new study to help families and their doctors spot the signs of post-natal depression. It may also screen mothers for depression at the same time as they go for scans.
The BaBY project (Born and Bred in Yorkshire) is a research study following a large group of mothers, their partners and babies from pregnancy onwards. It aims to find out more about the health and wellbeing of babies and their parents during pregnancy, labour and after birth.
Chief Investigator Professor Simon Gilbody from the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York and the Hull York Medical School leads the project. He says the problem is not the treatment it is the identification:
– Chief Investigator Professor Simon Gilbody
"Clinical depression is an important problem for mothers, babies and families. Help can be offered when depression is identified, either through social support or specific treatments such as psychological therapy or medication. However, effective treatment relies on depression being identified in the first place."
The depressive illness affects around one in ten women, according to statistics.
It starts within 2 months of giving birth, however women suffering antenatal stress or stress during pregnancy could experience postnatal depression.
There is an extensive list of symptoms, such as being irritable, feeling anxious, hopeless, not sleeping, losing interest in sexual intercourse, feeling guilty and unable to cope.
Some women may develop suicidal thoughts. In these circumstances the advice is to see a GP urgently.
Midwives, health visitors and GPs are able to refer cases.
Researchers at the University of York are investigating depression during pregnancy and early motherhood. Currently, around half of cases are missed. Between one in five and one in ten mothers are affected.
The researchers are working on 'Baby Panda' which is a study looking at whether screening works, if a brief screening questionnaire can detect depression.
Research carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support found that 4 out of 5 cancer patients are hit by additional costs of around £570 per month because of their illness. That figure is the same as the average monthly mortgage payment.