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  1. New breast cancer screening technology used in Gateshead

    A quicker and less invasive way to detect breast cancer in patients has been welcomed by Gateshead's screening team.

    It hopes the latest technology, which is a special type of mammogram called contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM), will improve diagnosis during breast screening.

    Gateshead Health NHS Trust says patients will be injected with a solution before the mammogram is taken and the specialist software will detect abnormal areas which a standard procedure can not.

    An example of the new mammogram technology

    The trust's lead radiographer, Joanne Brand, said: “We are thrilled to be able to introduce this new technology that will ultimately make the experience for patients more comfortable and less invasive while providing more timely and accurate scan results."

    Breast screening team at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  2. Children and teens urged to get Covid jab

    Cumbria's director of public health is urging children and teenagers who didn't have a Covid vaccine at school to do so over the half term.

    All children aged 12 to 15 in the UK are being offered one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.

    Colin Cox said: "Anybody who missed their jab at school or has had other problems getting access to their jab or didn't get the consent form in on time can now recover that and you can get your jab over half term."

    Teenage girl gets Covid vaccine

    The government's national booking service for Covid jabs is now open for 12 to 15-year-olds.

    What difference will jabbing young teens make?

  3. Guinea's military junta lifts nationwide curfew

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    People celebrate as the Guinean Special Forces arrive at the Palace of the People in Conakry on September 6, 2021
    Image caption: The military leaders have ended a night curfew but some other measures against Covid remain

    Guinean authorities have relaxed Covid-19 measures, including ending a night curfew and suspending a requirement for prior authorisation to transport bodies outside the capital, Conakry.

    "The curfew is lifted; advance requests for authorisation to transport bodies from Conakry to the interior and exterior of the country have been suspended," the military junta, the National Rally and Development Committee (CNRD), posted on Twitter.

    But the junta said Covid-19 testing remains mandatory.

    The CNRD added that "burial of bodies that tested positive for Covid-19 has to be supervised by the Red Cross".

    Other Covid-19 measures that will remain in force include mandatory wearing of masks in public areas, hand-washing and social distancing.