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Media Monitoring: 13 – 19 June

  Call to change ‘outdated’ prostate cancer guidance  Prostate Cancer UK urges an update to outdated guidance that limits proactive testing for high-risk men. Current guidelines require men to request tests, which many don't know to do, increasing health risks and inequalities. Revised guidelines could reduce deaths and NHS costs by enabling early detection and treatment​.   Integrated care systems…
Ben Kemp
June 18, 2024
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NHS set to be worse off than in austerity years – The Nuffield Trust

The Nuffield Trust has examined the health pledges in the manifestos of all three major parties with startling results. The think tank has indicated that the proposed NHS budgets under the Conservative and Labour party manifestos for the upcoming general election would result in lower spending than during the 2010-2015 austerity period up until 2029. The Nuffield Trust's analysis shows…
Ben Kemp
June 18, 2024
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Media Monitoring: 6 – 11 June

Major cause of Inflammatory Bowel Disease discovered A groundbreaking piece of research has been published this week that could lead to greater understanding of Crohn’s and Colitis and possibly new treatments in the future. Using genetic analysis, the researchers found a section of genetic code (DNA) that is active in macrophages. Macrophages are a type of immune cell that cause…
Ben Kemp
June 11, 2024
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New flu biomarkers discovery could lead to personalised vaccine schedules

Researchers have identified new biomarkers that could enable personalised flu vaccination schedules, ensuring longer-lasting immunity. The findings were presented at the European Society of Human Genetics meeting and involves classifying individual immune responses to predict who may not be adequately protected by standard flu vaccines. By using multiomics technology, the study analysed blood samples to identify predictive markers, aiming to…
Ben Kemp
June 11, 2024
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New AI tool quickly rules out heart attacks in A&E patients

A new AI tool developed in the UK, named Rapid-RO, can quickly rule out heart attacks in A&E patients, potentially reducing unnecessary hospital stays. During trials, it accurately ruled out heart attacks in over a third of patients, outperforming traditional troponin blood tests. Patients often require multiple troponin tests during their stay, however, Rapid-RO requires just one. The AI uses…
Ben Kemp
June 11, 2024
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Media Monitoring: May 30 – June 5

An update on the ongoing NHS-Galleri trial Based on data from the first year of the three-year NHS-Galleri trial, NHS England has decided that it will wait to see final results, expected in 2026, before considering whether an NHS rollout of the Galleri multi cancer early detection test (the Multi Cancer Blood Test Programme, MCBT) should go ahead. Many successful…
Ben Kemp
June 5, 2024
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Blood test predicts return of breast cancer

A new type of blood test can predict the recurrence of breast cancer in high-risk patients, months or even years before they relapse, research has shown. A team from The Institute of Cancer Research, London, used an ultra-sensitive liquid biopsy to detect the presence of tiny amounts of cancer DNA left in the body following treatment for early breast cancer.…
Ben Kemp
June 5, 2024
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Thousands set to benefit from personalised cancer vaccines

Thousands of cancer patients in England are set to gain fast-tracked access to trials of personalised cancer vaccines following the launch of a world-leading NHS trial “matchmaking” service to help find new life-saving treatments. The NHS announced it has treated its first patient in England with a personalised vaccine against their bowel cancer, in a clinical trial part of NHS…
Ben Kemp
June 5, 2024
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Media Monitoring: 23 – 29 May

Driving action on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in 2024 This policy brief from the Wellcome Trust identifies opportunities to drive change in how governments respond collaboratively to antimicrobial resistance (AMR), with 3 recommendations: Countries should use the Political Declaration of the High-Level Meeting in September to set a bold, unifying goal for a reduction in the global burden of AMR. The…
Ben Kemp
May 28, 2024