Sponge on a string test to transform oesophageal cancer diagnosis

A ‘sponge on a string’ pill test can identify ten times more people with Barrett’s oesophagus than the usual GP route, according to a new study funded by Cancer Research UK and published in The Lancet.

Vaping linked with heart problems

In adolescents the use of e-cigarettes doubles the risk of starting to smoke traditional cigarettes, states a position paper published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

Getinge to become CO₂ neutral by 2025

Getinge has announced its commitment to become CO₂ neutral by 2025.

Rising numbers of nurses and doctors boosts NHS workforce

The latest data shows that NHS nurse numbers continue to rise, with 13,502 more than last year, while the number of doctors in the NHS has also risen by 7,890.

Remembering the other virus for World Hepatitis Day

Ahead of World Hepatitis Day, on 28 July, Prof Steve Ryder, chair of the Hepatitis C Coalition, is calling for action to find the “missing millions”. Worldwide, 290 million people are unaware they are living with viral hepatitis.

Study finds chocolate is good for the heart

Eating chocolate at least once a week is linked with a reduced risk of heart disease, according to research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

Take Part In Our Survey: COVID-19 and medical device shortages

Are hospitals still facing medical device challenges in the wake of COVID-19? New research aims to find out how hospitals are coping...

Aspergillus Latus found in a hospital environment for the first time

Aspergillus latus, a species of fungus previously found only in soil or plants, has been found for the first time in a hospital environment by an international group of researchers.

Report proves point-of-care scanning improves patient safety

A new report demonstrates that point-of-care scanning in the NHS improves patient safety, releases back clinical time to care and saves the NHS millions of pounds.

Workshops go online as the GMC responds to COVID restrictitions

The General Medical Council (GMC) is to run online versions of its popular free workshops for doctors new to working in the UK, in response to restrictions caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Surgical smoke exposure: take part in our survey!

The Clinical Services Journal is inviting all staff working in operating theatres to take part in an important survey on exposure to surgical smoke in UK hospitals.

New group B Strep injury code will drive improvements in maternal care

Following a campaign by Group B Strep Support, NHS Resolution (which handles clinical negligence claims) has introduced a series of learning codes to improve identification of injuries suffered by babies around birth and in the early months of life.

Funding to improve diagnosis in cancer, thoracic and liver disease

Roche Diagnostics has announced that it is part of three consortia that have each won government funding provided through UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

New cancer blood test up to ten times more sensitive

A new method of analysing cancer patients’ blood for evidence of the disease could be up to ten times more sensitive than previous methods according to new research funded by Cancer Research UK.

Patients leaving hospital helped to stay safe through pharmacy support

Patients leaving hospital in Tameside and Glossop are now being offered extra support taking their prescribed medicines as part of a new digital health project designed to keep them safe from harm after a hospital stay.

Inpatients want to be more involved in their care and treatment

But almost half (45%) of England’s hospital inpatients want to be more involved in decisions made about their care and treatment, according to results from a survey of more than 75,000 people.

Greater Manchester moves to virtual appointments

Patients in Greater Manchester are now benefitting from being able to see their GP through virtual appointments and online consultations.

'Health is not a luxury item', warns WHO Director-General

The Coronavirus pandemic dominated discussion at Omnia Health Live, with experts across the world sharing the latest findings on COVID-19.

Tongue microbes provide window to heart health

Microorganisms on the tongue could help diagnose heart failure, according to research presented on HFA Discoveries, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

Anaemia is ‘common’ in COVID patients admitted to ICU

New findings on patients with COVID-19 have been discussed at Omnia Health Live.