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Innovative waste management procurement solution helps NHS achieve Net Zero

A leading corporate services provider, NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), has launched its inaugural ‘Sustainable Healthcare Recycling & Waste Management’ framework agreement designed to help the NHS meet net zero.

Bender UK appoints sales director to drive growth.

Bender UK has appointed a new sales director to help drive future growth of the company. Carl Fletcher is responsible for the management and development of the sales function that covers the main business areas of Healthcare, eMobility, Service Solutions, and Industry.

New report shows needs of learning disability patients ‘not consistently met’ when they are in hospital

Despite national efforts to address inequity, the health and care system is not always meeting the needs of people with a learning disability when they are cared for in hospital, says a new report from the Health Services Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB).

More action on sepsis needed as NHS Ombudsman still seeing same failings a decade on

The UK’s Health Ombudsman has warned that sepsis is still taking too many lives due to the same hospital failings we were seeing over ten years ago.

ABHI UK Pavilion showcases the cutting-edge of UK HealthTech

Five leading HealthTech innovators will be among the strong delegation of UK companies joining the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) at Global Health Exhibition in Saudi Arabia.

Cancer survival calculator developed using artificial intelligence

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)–based tool for estimating a newly diagnosed cancer patient’s chances for surviving long term, according to a study presented at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2023.

Proportion of people from ethnic communities registering to donate is on the rise

A new report published by NHS Blood and Transplant shows that an increased proportion of potential organ donors of Black and Asian heritage are showing their support by registering their decision to be a donor on the NHS Organ Donor Register, but the number of actual deceased donors fell last year (2022/23).

NHS waiting list to peak at more than 8 million by summer 2024

New analysis by the Health Foundation shows that, if current trends continue, the waiting list for routine hospital treatment (‘elective care’) in England could rise to over 8 million by next summer, regardless of whether NHS industrial action continues.

Number of dementia cases could be 42% higher than previously estimated by 2040

A new study predicts dementia cases in England and Wales will double to 1.7 million by 2040, exceeding previous forecasts by over 40%. The research, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and published in The Lancet Public Health, indicates that dementia incidence decreased by 28.8% between 2002 and 2008. However, it increased again by 25.2% between 2008 and 2016.

Effective treatment for rare sight-threatening infection

A drug candidate, based on pioneering UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital research and currently under development by SIFI S.p.A., has been found to be highly effective in treating a rare sight-threatening eye infection in a new international clinical trial.

CQC: combination of cost-of-living crisis and workforce pressures risks ‘unfair care’

The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC’s) annual 'State of Care' report has warned that a combination of the cost-of-living crisis and workforce pressures is risking ‘unfair care’ – where those who can afford to pay for treatment do so and those who can’t face longer waits and reduced access, with poorer outcomes for some.

New £30m initiative to address global AMR threat

Innovate UK, LifeArc, and Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) have joined forces to create PACE (Pathways to Antimicrobial Clinical Efficacy), a £30 million initiative supporting early-stage innovationagainst antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to save lives. PACE has announced its first funding call with up to £10 million available to support innovators developing new antimicrobials.

Mortality halved for older males receiving AI screening combined with personalised coaching

A landmark clinical trial has revealed promising benefits for patients with multiple chronic conditions and at elevated risk of needing urgent care, using artificial intelligence (AI) predictive models and supported through intensive nurse-led coaching.

Essex Cardiothoracic Centre set to help more patients with slower heart rhythms

Patients suffering slow heart rhythm in Essex are set to benefit after local surgeons implanted a new and innovative pacemaker. Staff based at the world-renowned Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC), part of Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, carried out the country’s first procedure to place Abbott’s Aveir VR leadless pacemaker into a patient’s heart that suffers from a slower-than-normal rate.

Nuffield Health Parkside Hospital treats its first patients with da Vinci Xi surgical system

Nuffield Health Parkside Hospital, in Wimbledon, London, has treated its first four patients with the da Vinci Xi surgical system, a leading robotic-assisted surgical system that enables consultant surgeons to perform with greater precision, with patients likely to experience less pain and faster recoveries after the robot-assisted surgery.

New cardiac centre officially opens after seeing 20 per cent increase in procedures

A first-of-its-kind modular cardiac centre built by Darwin Group in Basingstoke has led to a 20 per cent increase in angiogram procedures in its first year, with more than 2,700 patients being seen.

Fungal infection in the brain produces changes like those seen in Alzheimer’s disease

Previous research has implicated fungi in chronic neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, but there is limited understanding of how these common microbes could be involved in the development of these conditions.

Fluctuating blood pressure: a warning sign for dementia and heart disease

A new study has shown that fluctuating blood pressure can increase the risk of dementia and vascular problems in older people. Short blood pressure (BP) fluctuations within 24 hours as well as over several days or weeks are linked with impaired cognition, say University of South Australia (UniSA) researchers who led the study.

An AI tool that can help forecast viral outbreaks

The COVID-19 pandemic saw the emergence of a variety of new SARS-CoV-2 variants, each equipped with new ways to evade the immune system, leaving the world bracing for what would come next. But what if there were a way to make predictions about new viral variants before they actually emerge?

Researchers find genetic cause of Raynaud’s phenomenon

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London’s Precision Healthcare University Research Institute (PHURI) and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have identified the genetic causes of Raynaud’s phenomenon. Their findings, published in Nature Communications, could lead to the first effective treatments for people with Raynaud’s.

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