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BMA survey highlights state of junior doctors' finances and morale

Junior doctors are cutting back on buying food and heating their homes, as they regularly borrow money from family and friends to help make ends meet.

Warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest provide opportunity for prevention

Primary care visits rise sharply in the weeks immediately preceding a sudden cardiac arrest, according to results from the ESCAPE-NET project. The project is backed by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Resuscitation Council (ERC).

AI better than human eye at predicting brain metastasis outcomes

A recent study by York University researchers suggests an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) technique they developed is considerably more effective than the human eye when it comes to predicting therapy outcomes in patients with brain metastases.

Common food dye can trigger inflammatory bowel diseases

Long-term consumption of Allura Red food dye can be a potential trigger of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, according to a new study.

Works completed to facilitate £1m elective care hub

Dudleys Consulting Engineers has completed works to facilitate the installation of a new £1 million elective care hub at Wharfedale Hospital in Otley. Two new temporary theatres have been installed on site by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to tackle the backlog of patients waiting for treatment.

Novel device monitors breath sounds to predict respiratory failure in ICU patients after extubation

Researchers developed a novel device that detects abnormal breathing sounds to predict whether an ICU patient is likely to suffer from respiratory complications after removal from a mechanical ventilator, alerting intensive care teams to the need for emergency interventions at an early phase after extubation.

Metformin use significantly reduces risk of joint replacement in people with type 2 diabetes

A team of researchers from China, Taiwan and Australia aimed to determine whether metformin use was associated with a lower risk of total knee replacement (TKR) or total hip replacement (THR), as evidence to date has been sparse and inconclusive.

Over £175 million for cutting-edge genomics research

Patients with cancer and children born with treatable rare genetic diseases are set to benefit from earlier diagnosis and faster access to treatment, following a £175 million boost to cutting-edge genomics research announced by the Health and Social Care Secretary.

AI project aimed at detecting early-stage lung cancer

Clinithink has partnered with AstraZeneca Oncology UK in a new project that aims to find patients with lung cancer at an early stage where treatment can be more effective.

MEDICA 2022: Success for HealthTech innovators looking to strengthen trade ties

MEDICA 2022 has once again proven its prominence as a top-drawer trade event for UK life science innovators who are export-ready and looking to grow.

Calls to improve decontamination of ultrasound probes

The Institute of Decontamination Sciences (IDSc) annual conference attracted a host of top speakers at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham to discuss how we can reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.

Vitamin D deficiency leads to dementia

Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide. However, the latest research suggests that there may be a link to Vitamin D deficiency.

Update on MHRA review into safe use of valproate

Valproate is approved in the UK to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder. Because of the known risk of birth defects and neurodevelopmental disorders following use of valproate in pregnancy, valproate should only be used in women of child-bearing potential if a Pregnancy Prevention Programme is in place, which includes a requirement to use effective contraception.

New biomarker could guide treatment for lupus patients

Levels of a particular antibody in the blood could predict how well people with lupus respond to a new treatment approach, according to UCLH and UCL research.

Drinking coffee regularly after pregnancy may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is projected to continue rising. Among the high-risk groups are women who experienced diabetes during pregnancy, commonly known as gestational diabetes mellitus or gestational diabetes. Compared to the general healthy female population, these women may face a ten-fold higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Examining moral courage in the operating room

Danielle Quintana, certified perioperative nurse and assistant clinical professor at the University of Houston College of Nursing, has conducted the first concept analysis on surgical conscience among perioperative nurses, those charged with overseeing surgical safety and sterile fields, or asepsis (the absence of bacteria, viruses and other organisms), inside hospital operating rooms.

Exercise is medicine for cancer and every dose counts - even in late stages in the disease

It is well-known exercise has many benefits, but new Edith Cowan University (ECU) research has revealed just how critically important it can be – even for people with advanced cancer.

Investigating health impacts for babies born to women from ethnic minorities

Babies born to black mothers in richer countries are more likely to be stillborn or die in the first four weeks of life than those born to white women, NIHR-funded research finds.

BMA: Use of private sector to clear COVID backlog does not address workforce crisis

BMA council chair, Professor Philip Banfield, has criticised the Government’s plans to “unlock capacity in the independent health sector” to tackle the COVID backlog. He claims that placing further reliance on the private sector is “an admission by this Government that the NHS is not adequately funded or resourced”.

New figures on NHS performance released

NHS England has reported that NHS staff continue to make progress on ambitious catch-up plans, with elective waiting lists for 18 weeks and 18 months reducing in October. Tens of thousands more people received the diagnostic tests and checks they needed in October, with over 63,000 more compared to the previous month (2,055,449 in October – up from 1,992,370 in September.)

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