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‘Long flu’ has emerged as a consequence similar to long COVID

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, extensive research has emerged detailing the virus’s ability to attack multiple organ systems, potentially resulting in a set of enduring and often disabling health problems known as long COVID. Now, new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System indicates that people hospitalised with seasonal influenza also can suffer long-term, negative health effects, especially involving their lungs and airways.

New gene therapy could significantly reduce seizures in severe childhood epilepsy

UCL researchers have developed a new gene therapy to cure a devastating form of childhood epilepsy, which a new study shows can significantly reduce seizures in mice.

RCPCH/NPPG publish a new guideline on medicine safety

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacy Group Joint Standing Committee on Medicines (RCPCH-NPPG) have produced a new clinical practice guideline on medication safety, with recommendations on effective paediatric ward rounds.

Research project reaches major milestone in NHS to protect babies from deadly infection

More than 1,100 pregnant women in the North West, UK have taken part in a rapid beside test to protect newborns from life-threatening illnesses which can be passed onto babies during birth.

Researchers outline AI blueprint to help tackle antimicrobial resistance on a global scale

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have outlined a framework for artificial intelligence (AI) to improve antimicrobial use and infection care, helping to address the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Trial to prevent sudden death after a heart attack enrols first patient

The first clinical trial to challenge the routine implantation of a defibrillator in myocardial infarction survivors with heart failure has enrolled its first patient.

‘Urgent action needed’ to reduce Black and Asian stillbirths and neonatal deaths, says RCM

The highest stillbirth rates continue to impact black and Asian women and those living in the most deprived communities where social inequalities are entrenched. That’s according to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) as it responds to the latest MBRRACE-UK State of the Nation (SoN) report on perinatal mortality.

Integration is key to health service improvement says Lords Committee

A Lords Committee has warned that a lack of coordination between primary and community services is leading to sub-standard care, missed opportunities for home or community-based treatments, and undue strain on hospitals that are already overstretched.

Plans to expand Scotland’s Medical Workforce

The Scottish government has announced funding to create extra training places for doctors in 2024. Record levels of investment will see an additional 153 trainee doctor posts created next year in what will be the largest annual expansion on record. This level of expansion represents a 2.3% increase above the current whole time equivalent workforce of 6570 trainees.

Offer for the SAS doctor workforce in England

The government has made an offer to the British Medical Association (BMA) for specialty and specialist (SAS) doctors in England.

New cholesterol treatment target recommendation

Updated final guidance has introduced a new target for cholesterol levels for people who have had a heart attack or stroke to reduce the risk of them having another.

The EU must vote to create a health plan that tackles the biggest killer

Members of Parliament (MEPs) at 2023’s ending plenary session, 11-14 December, were urged to prioritise health and help defeat the continent’s most pervasive health threat: cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Alleviating winter pressures: how digital is supporting NHS Gloucestershire system flow

NHS Providers has announced a podcast and video highlighting an inspirational example of how one ICS is using digital ways of working and data to improve patient flow and alleviate winter pressures.

Waiting list for NHS consultant-led hospital treatment in England falls

The latest NHS performance data (published 14 December) shows the number of referrals to treatment (RTT) pathways where a patient was waiting to start planned consultant-led treatment has fallen by just over 41,000 to 7.71 million.

Hospital admissions due to smoking up nearly 5% last year, NHS data shows

Smoking-related hospital admissions in England increased by nearly 5% in 2022-23, compared to the previous year, but remain lower than before the Covid pandemic.

Greater scrutiny of causes of death to help protect the public

New measures to help protect the public and support bereaved families will be introduced in a revamp of how deaths are certified.

NPAG announces new appointment

The National Performance Advisory Group (NPAG) has announced the appointment of Lawrence Barker as the new Facilitator for its Clinical Engineering Best Value Groups.

Global orthopaedic oncology specialists meet in Birmingham for consensus meeting

Taking place in Birmingham 29th and 30th January 2024, the Birmingham Orthopaedic Oncology Meeting will explore current concepts in Chondrosarcoma and Infected Oncology Reconstructions and gain a global consensus on diagnosis and treatment.

AI trained on X-rays can diagnose medical issues as accurately as doctors

A collaborative study between Warwick, King’s College London and several NHS sites funded by a Wellcome Trust Innovator Award has demonstrated how AI can analyse X-rays and diagnose medical issues just as, or more, accurately than doctors.

UKHSA's HECC report shows impacts on public health due to warming climate

UKHSA has published its first HECC report, drawing together the latest evidence on how our changing climate is already impacting on the nation’s health and publishing future projections based on a plausible worst case scenario.

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Infection Prevention & Control

National Conference Centre, Birmingham
23rd - 24th April 2024

ESGE Days 2024, Symposium – ‘Elevating Endoscopy: Inspiring Progress and Innovation’

Estrel Congress Center (room 15), Berlin, Germany
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BCEC, Birmingham
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Coventry Building Society Arena
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18th May 2024

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6th June 2024

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