A poll has shown nearly 80% of people living in the North East of England did not know that strokes are one of the world's biggest killers.
Pioneering robotic technology is being trialled at Newcastle General Hospital. The treatment, for people who have had a stroke, helps them get their affected arm moving and can sense the level of mobility they have.
North Tyneside General Hospital is the first in the UK to use robots to help stroke patients to regain arm movement.
Paula Coates has spent the past two decades caring for her friend, Ann Gibson, whose life was changed for ever by a serious stroke.
Paula gave up her job and even moved house so Ann could live with her.
Now, Paula has won a carers' award from the charity, the Stroke Association.
Researchers at Newcastle University have developed a video game to help people who have suffered a stroke.