A medical study begun on Tyneside 67 years ago has found a link between childhood infections and hearing loss in later life.
The so-called Red Spot study has been looking at more than 1100 babies born in Newcastle from 1947 to the present day, measuring their health and development.
The charity Action on Hearing Loss has funded the study.
Dr Mark Pearce of Newcastle University led the study. He says findings show that childhood illnesses could have long-lasting consequences.
Caroline O'Doherty from the Sick Children's Trust explains how much hard work went into building and opening the new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital which houses families of poorly children.
After opening new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital, alongside Alan Shearer, Declan Donnelly, from celebrity duo Ant & Dec said the opportunity for families to be able to stay with their children during their heart operations 'at a really incredibly stressful time' would be 'a Godsend'.
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly (Ant & Dec) are opening brand new family accommodation for families of child heart patients at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
The celebrity presenters and Newcastle United legend are unveiling Scott House, a £1.85mil ‘Home for Home’, as part of their work for the The Sick Children's Trust and Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), where they are patrons.
The free accommodation hopes to give emotional, as well as practical support for families through en-suite rooms and a self-contained flat for families with children who have undergone a heart transplant.
The Sick Children's Trust was founded in 1982 by two paediatric specialists Dr Jon Pritchard and Professor James Malpas, who believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment benefited a child's recovery.
Having broken all visitor number records, Body Worlds Vital, the exhibition of real human bodies, is extending its run at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle.
The exhibition, which has been seen by over 100,000 visitors since opening in May, will now be at Life until 30th November 2014.
Body Worlds Vital is one of six exhibitions from anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens and aims to celebrate the living body in its optimal state. It explores the human anatomy, how the body functions and what happens when disease strikes.
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