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Brain Cancer research funding to be debated

Paul Daniels Credit: PA

Ministers will debate brain tumour research funding this afternoon after more than 120 thousand people signed a nationwide petition.

It comes after the death of Middlesbrough born magician Paul Daniels. There are up to 30 new cases of brain cancers in the North East every week and nationally brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of people under 40.

According to the Charity Brain Tumour Research incidences of brain tumours are on the rise, unlike other cancers and less than 20 per cent of those diagnosed with brain cancer survive beyond five years.

In 2014 brain tumours received 1.5 per cent (£7.7m) of the £498m national spend on cancer research. At that rate it would take the UK 100 years to catch up with developments in other diseases, according to Brain Tumour Research.

The Charity is calling on the Government and larger cancer charities to raise investment to £35 million a year.

"Government funders, charities and industry are working together to turn world-leading research into vital new treatments for brain tumour patients"

– Government response

Teesside University students to get 'Health MOT'

All new students joining Teesside University this autumn will be offered a 'health MOT' throughout their higher education career.

All undergraduate students will be able to sign up to the programme, which will monitor their diet, exercise and lifestyle so that they can be made aware of any potential health issues.

All data gathered by School of Science & Engineering's BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition students, who are running the scheme, will be fed back to each individual with recommendations on how to stay healthy, both physically and mentally.

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Dr Laura Brown, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition, Food and Health Sciences, said: "The Health MOT is a free, bespoke service tailored towards the needs of students to offer individual guidance on diet, alcohol, sleep and exercise patterns.

"It has been designed by food and nutrition students, who will deliver the sessions. It is initially a pilot project to obtain an idea of how popular the scheme might be."



Junior doctors walk out for fourth time over contracts

Junior doctors in the region walked out for a fourth time today in their long running contract dispute.

This 48 hour strike means more cancelled operations and appointments, but junior doctors are warning their next action will cause far more disruption, when they withdraw cover from emergency units at the end of the month.

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has accused the doctors of acting irresponsibly, but they insist his plans will put patients at risk.

It all comes as figures obtained by ITV News suggest the number of doctors applying to work abroad may have increased. Our correspondent Frances Read has this report:

Hartlepool hospital fertility service has reprieve

The University Hospital of Hartlepool. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Fertility services in Hartlepool will continue until the end of July, following a ruling at the High Court.

The town's council say they will now do all they can to keep the services full time.

North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust say they will consult with the council about whether to continue offering treatment locally, but are concerned they can't recruit enough staff to keep the unit running.

Life-saving blood transfusions inspired by armed forces

In the last year, 9 lives have been saved after blood was carried on Great North Air Ambulance helicopters and given to injured people at the scene of accidents. 36 people were treated between January 2015 and 2016. Dr Rachel Hawes, who works with the service, says it was inspired by her time as an army reservist in Afghanistan.

Man thanks pioneering blood transfusion for saving his life

9 lives were saved in the North East last year, under a pioneering scheme to give blood transfusions to critically injured patients before they're transported to hospital. Bags of blood have been kept on Great North Air Ambulance helicopters, since January 2015, allowing more specialist procedures to be performed at the scene of accidents. They're transported to air bases, on motorbikes, by the charity Blood Bikes.

To mark a first successful year, a celebration was held at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. One Northumberland man, whose life was saved by the procedure after a cycling accident, says it's a vital service:

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