Global ranking for life expectancy shows decades-long UK decline
A new analysis of global rankings of life expectancy over seven decades shows the UK has done worse than all G7 countries except the US. Researchers writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine say that while UK life expectancy has increased in absolute terms over recent decades, other, similar countries are experiencing larger increases.
More advanced diagnostic testing is crucial for preventing Avian Flu pandemic
Dr. Nicole Robb, Assistant Professor at Warwick University, Oxford University lecturer, and co-founder of healthtech company Pictura Bio, has warned that the UK’s diagnostic testing capabilities are not advanced enough to deal with an influenza spill-over event from birds to humans quickly and efficiently. Dr Robb believes that new diagnostic technologies are needed as a priority.
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust fast-tracks digital maturity
The West Midlands Trust has rapidly deployed Altera Digital Health’s Sunrise EPR solution across its three hospital sites; Worcestershire Royal, Kidderminster Hospital and Alexandra Hospital. This has enabled the Trust to quickly embark upon its digital transformation journey, improving patient safety and streamlining clinical workflows.
BTS and ICS release a model of care for specialised weaning units
British Thoracic Society (BTS) and the Intensive Care Society (ICS) have collaborated to produce a Model of Care for Specialised Weaning Units (SWU). This Model of Care document provides guidance on the standards of care, resourcing, and infrastructure for this enhanced care area.
CF AMR Syndicate launches £3 million Collaborative Discovery Programme
The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Syndicate in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) has announced a £3 million Collaborative Discovery Programme for drug discovery innovators to accelerate the development of new treatments for people with CF.
Short night-time sleep linked with nearly doubled risk of clogged leg arteries
Sleeping less than five hours a night is associated with a 74% raised likelihood of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD) compared with seven to eight hours.
NHS Scotland ‘cleans up’ anaesthetic gases
A clinically-led programme to reduce the impact of hospital theatres on the environment has resulted in a volatile anaesthetic gas being removed from the NHS Scotland supply chain. Used for anaesthesia during surgery, desflurane has a 14-year atmospheric ‘lifetime’ and a global warming potential 2,500 times greater than carbon dioxide.
State-of-the-art prehabilitation programme
The James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk is piloting a state-of-the-art prehabilitation programme that helps newly diagnosed cancer patients prepare for their treatment. Initially the service will be offered to people in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area diagnosed with colorectal cancer with plans to extend this to other cancer patients as the pilot evolves.
Eight surgical hubs win recognition for meeting top clinical standards
Eight elective surgical hubs have been awarded accreditation as part of a pilot scheme to ensure the highest standards in clinical and operational practice.
Liver scans find one in 10 people have liver damage that could lead to deadly cancer
A new initiative to check for liver cancer in high-risk communities has been rolled out as part of a major NHS drive to catch more cancers earlier and save lives.
NHS virtual wards treat 100,000 patients in a year
More than 100,000 patients have been treated in NHS virtual wards in the last year, with 16,000 patients treated in January alone. Virtual wards allow patients to get hospital-level care at home safely and in familiar surroundings, helping speed up their recovery while freeing up hospital beds for patients that need them most.
£16 million boost for pioneering AI research
Tens of thousands of patients across the country could benefit from quicker, earlier diagnoses and more effective treatments for a range of conditions, as the Government invests nearly £16 million into pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) research.
ABHI UK Pavilion at Arab Health 2023 Marks Strongest Year to Date
The ABHI UK Pavilion at Arab Health 2023 saw its most vibrant and successful year to date, with organisers confirming record attendance.
Gut microbiome influences how lymphoma patients respond to CAR T therapy
Microorganisms live in or on almost every part of the human body and play an important role in the regulation of normal human processes. As a result, changes in the number or type of microorganisms, also known as the microbiome, can contribute to disease and altered responses to therapy, including cancer treatment.
Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on incidence of long-term conditions in Wales
A population data linkage study using anonymised primary and secondary care health records in Swansea University’s SAIL Databank has revealed that in 2020 and 2021, fewer people in Wales were diagnosed with long-term conditions than expected.
Respiratory disease in early childhood linked to higher risk of death in adulthood
Contracting a lower respiratory tract infection in early childhood is associated with a higher risk of dying from respiratory disease as an adult, according to new research.
Clogged leg arteries underdiagnosed and undertreated in women
Treatments for peripheral artery disease (PAD) were largely developed in men and are less effective in women, according to a review published in European Heart Journal – Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The paper highlights the biological, clinical and societal reasons why the condition may be missed in women, who respond less well to treatment and have worse clinical outcomes.
Over 9 in 10 independent sector hospitals now rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by CQC
Analysis by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) has shown that for the first time, nine out of 10 independent hospitals have ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ overall ratings from the health and care regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
New NHS centre for making products for revolutionary cell and gene therapies
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has opened a state-of-the-art facility which will contribute greatly to the UK’s ability to develop and manufacture new gene and cell therapies.
Government considers new approach to prevent life-threatening cardiovascular disease
People across England stand to benefit from a project to identify radical new approaches to prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce pressure on the NHS, following the appointment of Professor John Deanfield as Government Champion for Personalised Prevention.
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