Cyclists raise thousands in memory of Sunderland dad

A Silksworth mum has spearheaded a fundraising bike ride which raised thousands of pounds in memory of her husband.

Map showing illicit drug mortality rates in the UK by region

North East has highest drugs death rate in England

The North East has the highest death rate from illegal drug use in England, new figures reveal.

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Ecstasy known as 'Mastercard' that has been sold in the UK

How cocaine and ecstasy are becoming more and more popular in wealthier homes

Cocaine and ecstasy use has jumped among people from wealthier households in England and Wales, new figures indicate.
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How bacteria found in the human nose could be the answer to fighting superbugs such as MRSA

A bacterium that lives in the human nose produces an antibiotic lethal to the MRSA superbug, scientists have discovered.

The pitches at Silksworth

Back of the net for sports funding

A sports facility is looking pitch perfect after a major cash injection.

Sunderland Coroner's Court HM Senior Coroner Derek Winter.

Sunderland widow died after fall while being tended to by care workers

An elderly widow died in hospital just days after falling and hitting her head while she was being tended to by care workers, an inquest heard.

First birthday for premature baby Amber Lucy Mould.
Brothers from left Kayne aged six and Frankie aged four

Family marks tot’s first birthday as they look to the future after triple threat to children

A baby who was the size of her mum’s hand when she was born four months early will mark her first birthday today.

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Gemma Taylor, left, at a recent vigil outside South Tyneside District Hospital in South Shields.

Campaigners fear new management structure moves hospitals’ merger a step closer

Campaigners have expressed deep concern over a new joint management structure between two hospital trusts as part of an alliance.

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Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Suicidal man stole drugs from Sunderland Royal Hospital

A suicidal hospital patient stole medication from the hospital where he was being treated.

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Staff at Seaham-based mailing house MetroMail at the health and wellbeing roadshow.

Delivering health and wellbeing

A Seaham-based company has been promoting good health within its workforce by holding a special event.

Drinkers are being urged to join Dryathlon in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Drinkers urged to join Dryathlon and ditch the booze in September

Drinkers are being challenged to give up the booze in September - and donate the money they save to Cancer Research UK.

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How curry could help fight cancer

Eating curries could help battle colon cancer, according to new research.
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Claire Lomas, 36

How a bionic suit will help a paralysed horse rider complete the Great North Run

A former horse rider who was paralysed following a devastating accident is to take on the Great North Run.

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Hospital chiefs Ken Bremner, left, and Steve Williamson

Health trusts agree new management structure in "alliance" plan

A controversial alliance between two hospital trusts has taken a step forward with an agreement to have a joint management structure.
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Mary Olimma. Picture from Central News.

'Die, die, die' nun, 70, banned from nursing for a year after appalling treatment of patients

A nun who told a patient to ‘just die, die, die’ while working as a care home nurse has been suspended for 12 months.
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A teenager who was left fighting for his life in hospital after taking drugs is improving, police have confirmed.

Police confirm Sunderland teen's condition is continuing to improve after taking drugs

A teenager who was left fighting for his life in hospital after taking drugs is continuing to improve, police have confirmed.

Forest View Primary School children knitting group donate a blanket to spina bifida sufferer Rubie O'Brien

South Shields primary school pupils knit blanket for disabled Sunderland girl

A Wearside girl born with serious health problems will now be warm and cosy on days out after kind schoolchildren created a beautiful blanket for her.

(from left Coun Mel Speding opens one of the new specialist rest rooms on Seaburn promenade  with  Jodie Williams, Gavin Barr, Sharon Bell and Phil Hughes from Sunderland People First and the Disability Independence Advisory Group.

New changing room provides a lift for disabled Sunderland Airshow visitors

Life will be easier for disabled visitors to Sunderland Airshow this weekend with the opening of a new specialist changing room on the city seafront.
Concern is growing over the amount of energy drinks being consumed by children.

'Ban sale of energy drinks to under-16s' says Durham expert's report

The sale of energy drinks to children under 16 should be banned following studies linking them to a range of health complaints and risky behaviours, according to a report.

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Patients who do not visit their GP for five years face the risk of being removed from the surgery list

Fears over impact of NHS campaign to remove ‘ghost’ patients from GP lists

Moves to save NHS cash by reducing the number of ‘ghost patients’ on GPs’ lists will put more pressure on already struggling doctors, says the chairman of Sunderland’s health watchdog.

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