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  1. Ideas sought for use of outdated Metro trains

    Community groups are being invited to bid for obsolete Tyne and Wear Metro carriages.

    Five carriages, which will be replaced by new trains in the next couple of years, are to be donated so they can be adapted and transformed for new uses.

    Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, wants to hear ideas from interested groups on how an old train could be transformed into a public asset.

    Metro train and passengers waiting on platform

    Customer services director Huw Lewis said: “Using an old Metro as a valued community space is a very fitting way to commemorate the service they have provided since they entered service over 40 years ago.”

    Two of the original Metro prototypes, which arrived on Tyneside in the late 70s, will be donated to museums.

    Nexus says a new generation of trains which will be "15 times more reliable" will come into use during 2023 until 2024.

  2. Infrared light helmet could help people with dementia

    Durham University researchers have been testing the use of infrared light therapy which they say could help people living with dementia.

    The pilot project saw 14 healthy people aged at least 45 wearing the helmet for six minutes twice a day for a month.

    A further 13 people were also given a dummy helmet.

    Researchers saw those wearing the light therapy helmet had a significant improvement in performance in motor function, memory and brain processing speed.

    Close up of the infrared light helmet

    Scientists say more research into the use and effectiveness of the therapy is needed but early findings are promising.

    The helmet, which delivers infrared light deep into the brain, costs more than £7,000 and was devised by County Durham GP Dr Gordon Dougal (pictured below).

    He said the helmet "may well help dying brain cells regenerate into functioning units once again".

    Dr Gordon Dougal and Tracy Sloan using the infrared light therapy helmet

    Among the testers was Tracy Sloan, 56, who said she noticed an "improvement in her daily life", although she has no diagnosed condition affecting her memory.

    She said: "I wasn't sure it would make a difference, but to be honest I think it did.

    "After a few weeks I noticed that my sleeping pattern was better, I felt more relaxed and I had more energy."

  3. By Danny Murphy

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    Newcastle boss Steve Bruce and assistant manager Graeme Jones

    Danny Murphy says Newcastle's defeat by Tottenham was a reminder of where they need to improve and strengthen if they are going to avoid relegation this season.

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