Childhood obesity and high blood pressure warn of future heart disease

A large study in adolescents and children, some as young as 3 years of age, shows a link between obesity, high blood pressure, and later damage to blood vessels. The research was presented on EAPC Essentials 4 You, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

Breakthrough in the global battle against polio

​International vaccine manufacturer, AJ Vaccines has received WHO prequalification for Picovax, a stand-alone dose sparing Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV). First deliveries to UN agencies such as UNICEF and PAHO are expected by mid-2020.

New Head of Healthcare at Bender UK

Bender UK, a supplier of turnkey operating theatre and power solutions, has appointed Ricky Barker as the new head of its Hospital Business Unit.

NHS Supply Chain Framework Lists Bender UK Clinical Products

Bender UK clinical solutions are now available to purchase on the NHS Supply Chain framework.

New App launched for clinicians and biomedical scientists

Step Communications has launched a free App to download digital copies of the Clinical Services Journal and Pathology in Practice. Readers can now access information on the latest news, best practice and educational insights from their smart phone, tablet or laptop.

Applications for healthcare engineering degrees open for October 2020

Eastwood Park is inviting applications from individuals wishing to study healthcare engineering in October 2020.

50% Drop In Heart Attack A&E Attendances

People suffering heart attacks during the coronavirus outbreak may be putting their lives at risk by delaying seeking medical help, according to the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Stroke concern rising amid COVID-19 crisis warns top charity

Concerns are mounting that people across the UK who have a stroke or TIA/mini-stroke (transient ischaemic attack) are not calling 999 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Safety body highlights ‘devastating impact’ of missed ectopic pregnancy

Prompt referral to early pregnancy services can make the difference between life and death in the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancies, a report by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch has warned.

Simple blood test can check for more than 50 cancers

Researchers have found a simple blood test can check for more than 50 types of cancer. Investigators involved in the study including researchers from UCL hope that their findings bring them one step nearer a multi-cancer screening test that can be used across populations.

Spina bifida surgery before birth restores brain structure

Surgery performed on a fetus in the womb to repair defects from spina bifida triggers the body's ability to restore normal brain structure, Mayo Clinic research discovered.

New digital tool to help spot signs of delirium to be rolled out in Greater Manchester hospitals

More patients will be diagnosed quicker and receive treatment when they arrive at hospital with delirium, as a new project expands in Greater Manchester.

Artificial intelligence could help predict future diabetes cases

Machine learning could help predict which patients will develop diabetes, according to researchers in Japan.

Biomaterial discovery enables 3D printing of tissue-like vascular structures

An international team of scientists have discovered a new material that can be 3D printed to create tissue-like vascular structures.

Sharp rise in NHS negligence claims for lack of informed consent

Negligence claims against the NHS due to failure to inform patients before they consent to procedures have spiralled up since a landmark legal ruling in 2015, a new study has found.

Association For Continence Advice (ACA) Annual Conference Postponed

The Association for Continence Advice (ACA) Executive Committee has announced the postponement of the 2020 Annual Conference, which was due to take place on 18th - 19th May in Bristol. The official statement reads as follows:

NICE publishes guideline on diagnosis and management of abdominal aortic aneurysms

Publication of the new guideline on the diagnosis and management of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) follows an extended period of stakeholder engagement. In particular, NICE has looked at the use of a technique for repairing unruptured aneurysms called endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR).

Technology leaders expand alliance to advance integrated operating rooms

The 4 Medical IT Alliance has announced the appointment of Fulbourn Medical as the official supplier of its integrated operating room and video imaging, workflow management and surgical display systems to hospitals in the UK and Ireland.

Gut bacteria implicated in bowel cancer

A common type of bacteria found in our guts could contribute to bowel cancer, according to research funded by a £20 million Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge award and published in Nature.

CQC halts inspections in wake of COVID-19

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced that it will be stopping routine inspections from today, Monday 16 March.