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Low cost ultrasound scanner to save lives

New ultrasound scanner could save lives Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A low cost ultrasound scanner, which could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and children in developing countries, has been created by Newcastle University.

The portable scanner has been made at a fraction of the cost of existing equipment.

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New machine to treat cancer

The Advanced Technology Biomarker Generator Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A new machine to help fight cancer, which will be the first in Europe, is being officially opened in Newcastle today.

The Advanced Technology Biomarker Generator has been paid for by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and it will be opened by his widow Lady Elsie.

Plans to scale back child services at Friarage

Plans revealed which would see an end to overnight paediatric care Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Campaigners trying to save children's and maternity services at a North Yorkshire hospital say they're disappointed at a decision to scale them back.

Families have protested for months about possible changes at the Friarage hospital.

But today final plans were revealed which would see an end to overnight paediatric care.

The group commissioning the changes say it will have to go to full consultation before any definite decision can be made.

Views sought in Berwick over baby unit closure

Protests in Berwick over maternity unit closure Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Health bosses in Berwick say they're keen to hear the views of hundreds of local women about the future of the town's maternity unit.

Protests have been held in the town after the unit closed temporarily in August.

The local hospital trust said fewer births there meant midwives could not practice their skills regularly enough.

The next nearest unit is 40 miles away. An independent company is now carrying out research into what maternity services local women would like to see in Berwick.

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