New saliva test offers simpler way to diagnose adrenal insufficiency
Researchers from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have found that an at-home test which uses saliva rather than blood provides a faster and more convenient way to diagnose adrenal insufficiency.
New findings on the safety of delivery devices for diabetes care
Independent research organisation MindMetre Research has published the findings of an enquiry on the use of passive safety-engineered devices among NHS Trusts. The enquiry sought to determine whether the use of passive devices may be linked to mis-dosage or non-delivery of insulin. The study found a third of NHS Trusts had experienced instances of mis-dosage or non-delivery of insulin to patients when passive devices were being used.
England slips further off-track for smoke-free 2030 target
The UK government is almost a decade behind achieving its target for England to be smoke-free by 2030, a new report published by Cancer Research UK reveals.
UKHSA update on scarlet fever and invasive group A strep
Latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) continues to show scarlet fever and group A strep (GAS) infections remain high.
Number of defibrillators to be increased with new funding
The public will have faster access to life-saving defibrillators as the Government has announced a new £1 million fund to increase the number of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in communities most in need, providing an estimated 1,000 new defibrillators in community spaces across England.
Simple nasal swab can provide early warning of emerging viruses
As the COVID-19 pandemic showed, potentially dangerous new viruses can begin to spread in the population well before the global public health surveillance system can detect them. However, Yale researchers have found that testing for the presence of a single immune system molecule on nasal swabs can help detect stealthy viruses not identified in standard tests.
Harley Street clinics showcase London’s medical excellence at Arab Health
Long-term owner and guardian of the Harley Street Medical Area (HSMA), The Howard de Walden Estate is returning to Arab Health for the sixth year, bringing with it 12 of the HSMA’s world leading clinics and hospital groups.
Nurse leader recognised in King's Honours List for services to nursing
Carol Kefford, former Clinical Director and Chief Nurse at Nuffield Health, and current Chief Nursing Executive at HCA Healthcare UK, has been awarded an OBE for services to nursing in The King’s New Year Honours List 2023.
Enzyme that protects against viruses could fuel cancer evolution
An enzyme that defends human cells against viruses can help drive cancer evolution towards greater malignancy by causing myriad mutations in cancer cells, according to a study led by investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine. The finding suggests that the enzyme may be a potential target for future cancer treatments.
UK cements 10-year-partnership with Moderna
Moderna is to invest in mRNA research and development (R&D) in the UK, and build a state-of-the-art vaccine manufacturing centre.
AI improves colorectal cancer screening in Lynch syndrome
People with Lynch syndrome have a higher hereditary risk of colon cancer. Despite regular endoscopic surveillance, it remains elevated in those affected. Researchers at the National Center for Hereditary Tumor Diseases (NZET) at Bonn University Hospital (UKB) have now found that artificial intelligence (AI) can improve the effectiveness of colonoscopy in the presence of Lynch syndrome. The study results have been published online in the United European Gastroenterology Journal.
Support for nurses facing financial hardship
Florence, the healthcare platform using technology to help tackle the shortage of healthcare staff globally, has partnered with the Healthcare Workers' Foundation to support the charity in its mission to provide additional hardship grants to workers suffering exceptional financial hardship.
Potentially deadly infection has dangerous ally lurking in our guts
New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and collaborators reveals how microorganisms found in our guts can worsen dangerous C. difficile infections. The discovery could help doctors identify patients at risk for severe illness and open the door to new treatments.
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.
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