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Media Monitoring: 15 – 21 February

Understanding the lived-experience and support-needs of people living with antimicrobial resistance in the UK through interpretative phenomenological analysis An important examination of the effects of AMR on patients In the UK nearly 54,000 infections were caused by serious resistant bacteria in 2022 Emerging evidence indicates that patients lack an understanding of what AMR is, yet they also report significant psychological…
Ben Kemp
February 21, 2024
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New project to ‘unlock prevention’ within ICSs

The NHS Confederation, University of Stirling, University of Southampton and Newton have launched a research project to understand the barriers to unlocking at-scale preventative health and care within integrated care systems (ICSs). The research will map prevention work being undertaken at system, place and neighbourhood levels and the barriers that exist to collaborative prevention. The research team, professors Paul Cairney…
Ben Kemp
February 21, 2024
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DNA analysis could explain increased risk of prostate cancer in Black men

Scientists have discovered genetic differences which explain why Black men are more prone to prostate cancer compared to other ethnicities, leading to hopes that a test can be developed which identifies those at elevated risk. Prostate cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer among men in Britain, accounting for approximately 52,300 cases and 12,000 fatalities annually in the UK.…
Ben Kemp
February 21, 2024
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Dementia biomarkers identified as hopes rise for early blood test

The discovery of new biomarkers have given researchers hope that a blood test can be developed which can detect dementia in patients up to ten years earlier than a formal diagnosis. The developments were made following analysis of samples from the 50,000 healthy individuals who are participating in the UK Biobank project. Examination of the blood revealed patterns of four…
Dawn
February 14, 2024
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Media Monitoring: 8 – 14 February

Simple sponge test can prevent cancer that ‘hides in plain sight’ An innovative test which can prevent cancer deaths needs to be made more widely available, a cancer charity has warned. The capsule sponge test collects cells from the oesophagus and can detect abnormalities which make a person more likely to develop oesophageal cancer. If oesophageal cancer is detected early…
Ben Kemp
February 14, 2024
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Media Monitoring: 1 February – 7 February

MHRA announces two new UK Approved Bodies to certify medical devices LNE-GMED UK and Scarlet NB UK join the seven current UK Approved Bodies, increasing capacity for the certification of medical devices in the UK. LNE-GMED UK has been designated as a UK Approved Body to assess and certify general medical devices in accordance with Part II of the UK Medical…
Dawn
February 7, 2024
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Labour unveils new Life Sciences sector plan

  Last week, the Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting and the Shadow Science, Innovation and Technology Secretary Peter Kyle revealed Labour’s plans for the life sciences sector should they form the next Government. During the unveiling, the Shadow Secretaries declared that the NHS should be ‘an engine for innovation for our country’ and ‘the latest wave of technology can transform…
Dawn
February 7, 2024
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British scientists make cancer blood test breakthrough

British scientists have pioneered a new blood test which can diagnose certain types of brain cancer. As well as being simple and inexpensive, it could in some cases reduce the need for risky, invasive surgeries. The test could also provide earlier diagnoses, speeding up access to treatment and therefore increasing survival rates. Experts believe the test could be introduced into…
Ben Kemp
January 31, 2024