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 campaign group is warning of the link between alcohol and cancer. The message is coming from Balance, which works across the North East to reduce alcohol abuse.
It says alcohol misuse is responsible for more than 12,000 cases of cancer across the UK every year.
Balance says the risk increases with the quantity and frequency of consuming alcohol.
Its message is to drink in moderation.
Balance is funded by the NHS and supported by other public bodies. Its director Colin Shevills says:
"Unlike tobacco very few people associate alcohol with cancer and we need these perceptions to change."
The NHS in the North East is urging people to protect their health over the winter.
As temperatures plunge this week, a campaign is being launched urging the public to 'Keep calm and look after yourself.'
The campaign, which covers the entire region, includes information on winter illnesses, how to treat them and how long they are likely to last.
You can find more information at www.keepcalmthiswinter.org.uk
Filipino staff at North Tyneside hospital have held a service, a week after the typhoon which has devastated their country.
They have seen the pictures of towns completely destroyed and faced a long wait to hear if their families are alive. Today they fell silent to remember those who have died, those still missing and those who are safe.
Katie Oakes went to meet them.
Paul Watson, the Leader of Sunderland City Council, has defended the decision to part-privatise leisure facilities in the area.
– Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council
The City Council is seeking a partner to establish a joint company to run sports and leisure facilities in the city. This will help us achieve the savings we need to make at the same time as protecting and keeping leisure services and getting more people involved in physical activity, sport and leisure.
This is not new, it’s been done in the past and has proven to be a successful formula. There are companies out there that have evolved from the public sector and have a public sector ethos which would be the type of company we would look to do business with.
Council-owned leisure facilities in Sunderland could soon be part-run by a private company.
This would include the Aquatic Centre and all other sport centres under plans revealed by the City Council. It would be a joint-venture between the Council and a successful bidder.
The Council Leader, Paul Watson, said: "The City Council is seeking a partner to establish a joint company to run sports and leisure facilities in the city. This will help us achieve the savings we need to make at the same time as protecting and keeping leisure services."
The Filipino community in the North East are continuing to contact their families in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Abigail Santiago Molina, a nurse at North Tyneside General Hospital, said the last few days had been the "longest week" as she waited to hear from relatives in the Philippines.
Durham Council says it has 42,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled for the winter.
On a severe day, the council would need 1,000 tonnes to keep the roads open.
It is constantly topping up its stockpile, so the county could go for weeks with all roads open.
Today is World Diabetes Day and, here in the North East, health experts are warning about some of the hidden dangers of the disease.
Foot infections and ulcers are common among diabetic people. If left untreated, problems can spread quickly – toes and feet may have to be amputated.
Our reporter Jonny Blair joined a group in Darlington trying to reduce the number of people needing amputations. His report contains images some viewers may find upsetting.
A woman from Newcastle has started to overcome her OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) by setting up a cleaning business.
Derek Proud has her story.
A new foot protection team has been introduced in Durham.
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust put together the specialists to try and reduce the number of diabetes-sufferers who have amputations in the region.
Diabetes can cause ulcers and foot-infections, which if left untreated, can lead to amputations. Today is also World Diabetes Day. More to follow.