Andrew Cummings was diagnosed as HIV-positive in the mid-80s. As World Aids Day draws near, he tells ITV News how he's lived his life.
Drugs to treat the central nervous system - including painkillers - cost the NHS in Wales more than any other type of drug last year.
ITV News has seen a letter from the Health Minister ordering a review into the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.
Doctors in Wales say they have developed a new technique to tackle one of the most difficult-to-treat forms of cancer.
Around 900 people in Wales every year get cancer of the oesophagus, but it's hoped a combination of new radio and chemotherapy treatments will improve survival rates.
A new treatment approach for tackling cancer of the food pipe (oesophagus) has been developed by researchers at Cardiff University and Velindre NHS Trust.
Oesophageal Cancer is widely considered to be one of the most difficult cancers to treat, with 8000 new diagnoses in the UK every year, or over 150 people a week.
Supported by Cancer Research UK (CRUK) funding, researchers are now trialling a combination of ground-breaking radiotherapy techniques and two different chemotherapy drugs before surgery, in an effort to improve survival rates for patients.
For patients who are suitable for surgery, doctors can either treat them with chemotherapy or a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy (chemo-radiotherapy) before their operation.
Recent studies have shown that chemo-radiotherapy, delivered with new radiation technology and different combinations of chemotherapy drugs, may be safer and more effective than chemotherapy alone.
Following the trial, patients will have their tumour surgically removed and will be monitored by a research team for up to 12 months.
Doctors will look at the side-effects experienced by patients, how long they remain free from cancer, and whether patients show spread of cancer to other parts of the body.
Dr Gareth Griffiths, Director of CRUK Wales Cancer Trials Unit at Cardiff University said,
"It will give us the evidence to determine whether to investigate this new treatment in a larger number of patients which could show a benefit to patients in terms of survival and could ultimately change routine practice in the UK."
Public Health Wales has warned that the continuing spread of measles is 'very concerning', adding that it is 'simply not worth the risk' to remain unvaccinated.
– Dr Jörg Hoffmann, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales
This is a potentially nasty infection that can easily be prevented with a safe, effective vaccine and we would not see measles in Wales if enough children and young people were vaccinated.
Uptake of the MMR vaccine in small children is the highest it’s ever been in Wales but we still have a large number of children and teenagers aged 10 to 18 who are not vaccinated.
Our message to them and their parents is that they are at risk from an infection that hospitalised 88 people earlier this year in Wales and killed one person.
Three new cases of measles have been reported in the Neath and Swansea area.
There are now 39 confirmed cases in the latest outbreak, which has affected four schools in the region.
Yesterday Public Health Wales and three local health boards published their report into the biggest outbreak of measles in Wales since the introduction of the MMR vaccination.
It said a 'get tough' approach was needed to stamp out the illness, which it described as 'very serious'.
Over 1,202 people have contracted measles since November last year, with one fatality and 88 hospitalised.
A Labour and a Conservative AM have joined forces to push for a intensive baby care centre to be based at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan. Ann Jones and Darren Millar have put aside political differences to welcome the First Minister's decision to develop a neonatal care centre in North Wales.
The intervention overturns plans by Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board to send all seriously ill babies to Arrowe Park on the Wirral. Carwyn Jones says the new centre will treat the 'vast majority' of sick babies with the worst cases still treated in Cheshire.
Ysbyty Glan Clwyd is one of two possible locations along with Wrexham's Maelor Hospital. A decision's expected early next year. Ann Jones and Darren Millar have issued this joint statement:
This announcement is very welcome indeed and we will now be working hard to ensure that the new enhanced Neonatal Intensive Care Centre is based at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
We feel it?makes sense for the Centre to be in Bodelwyddan given the excellent accommodation for families of sick babies provided by Ty Croeso Dawn Elizabeth House; the accessibility of the hospital from the A55; and its location in the? heart of North Wales.
– Ann Jones AM & Darren Millar AM
Whilst the decision represents a victory for North Wales, the First Minister still needs to make a decision about the location of the centre – which could end up in either Bodelwyddan or Wrexham.
We feel that Ysbyty Glan Clwyd is the perfect site and will be pressing for the First Minister to opt for this location.
Health experts have recommended a 'get tough' approach to tackling measles following an epidemic that claimed the life of one man and left 1,200 others ill across south and mid Wales.
The so-called 'aggressive control' policy could result in unimmunised children being excluded from school if a close contact develops the disease.
Health chiefs have also warned that 10 to 18-year-olds are now the most vulnerable as a fresh outbreak spreads a year on from the start of the original epidemic.
The Welsh Conservatives have welcomed the First Minister's announcement of a neonatal care centre for North Wales. But they say it should be established as soon as possible.
– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health MInister
Communities across north Wales deserve an end to their uncertainty and this report goes some way to achieving that.
It is now crucially important that each of its recommendations is implemented swiftly – and in full.
A cross-party campaign long warned that axing long-term neonatal care in the region was dangerous – a view supported by health professionals and clinicians. Today this campaign has been vindicated.
Communities have been left in limbo for far too long and a site for a new centralised centre for neonatal care must now be identified as soon as possible.
Plaid Cymru has criticised the First Minister's announcement on plans for treating babies born in North Wales who need extra care. Carwyn Jones said he'd listened to advice and would develop a centre in the region. But the most serious cases would still be treated on the Wirral.
Plaid's Llyr Gruffydd says that means relying on the English health service the First Minister has criticised:
The Labour government’s plans mean that our most vulnerable babies will be sent to the NHS in England that the First Minister has been so critical of. Plaid Cymru has always made the case for the retention of these life-saving services in North Wales, and for north Wales to maintain this level of expertise.
– Llyr Gruffydd AM, Plaid Cymru
Unfortunately the Welsh Government has dragged its feet and failed to act on the warnings that the service has become unsustainable, and as a result the people of north Wales have lost this important service. It’s now becoming clear that the defining characteristic of the First Minister’s leadership is that he doesn’t want any responsibility.
First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced plans to develop a new centre in North Wales to treat babies who need extra care. But he told AMs the most ill babies would still be sent to Arrowe Park on the Wirral for specialist treatment.
He also explained to AMs why he was rejecting proposals in an independent report to treat all babies needing extra care in the north.