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MPs pass 'three-person babies' legislation

Britain has become the first country in the world to allow the creation of babies with DNA from three different people after MPs overwhelmingly backed new legislation.

MPs voted in favour of mitochondrial donation techniques by 382 to 128 in the historic Commons vote.

Doctors say the treatment will mark a major step forward in preventing inherited diseases by allowing faulty DNA to be replaced.

But opponents argue that it could lead to so-called "designer babies" being created.

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New eating disorder unit opens in Newcastle

A new centre which specialises in treating people with eating disorders has opened in Newcastle.

The new unit Credit: ITV

The day unit at The Walkergate Park Hospital will replace facilities at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Last year campaigners fought a decision by NHS England and North-East health trusts to close an award winning unit at the hospital.

Now, five inpatient beds will remain at the RVI. Sufferers of eating disorders have given the new unit a cautious welcome but say that more facilities are still needed.

Unions urge nurses to record unpaid overtime

Nurses across the region are being urged to record all the unpaid overtime they work.

The Royal College of Nursing Northern Region says its members feel they can not claim for any extra overtime they do.

From today the union will visit hospitals across the region asking members to record their extra hours on special forms, which it will then take to hospital trusts.

Eating disorder unit opens

A new unit that will provide bespoke care and treatment for people suffering from eating disorders has opened in Newcastle.

The unit, at Walkergate Park hospital, will provide day care.

Experts say more medical help for sufferers is still needed.

It's hoped this unit will compliment the reduced services that are still on offer at the RVI.

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