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Media Monitoring: 13th – 20th May

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NICE endorse marker liquid which can show breast cancer spread

  • A magnetic marker liquid can be injected into women with invasive breast cancer – revealing whether their cancer has spread
  • Magtrace, the liquid concerned, works by highlighting the presence of sentinel lymph nodes a marker of whether the cancer has spread beyond the breast
  • This then allows surgeons to remove the sentinel lymph nodes in order to perform a biopsy to discover whether cancer is present


Skin cancer said to affect over seven million Europeans

  • A new survey has revealed that 1.71% of the adult European general population reported a skin cancer diagnosis
  • A further interesting data point shows that only 11.9% of Brits – the lowest in Europe – visited a dermatologist first for a diagnosis, compared to 53% in Italy and 47.4% in France
  • A significant number of responders reported feelings of anxiety and depression, with fears surrounding death, metastasis and surgical scars


Characteristics of immune cells have been mapped across multiple tissues

  • Experts have discovered various types and traits of immune cells in the human body, from early life to adulthood
  • The study was part of the international Human Cell Atlas (HCA) consortium, which seeks to map every cell type in the human body to understand human health and to diagnose, monitor, and treat disease
  • Through this research a new type of B cell and distinctive T cells that appear in the early stages of life were discovered


10 genes relating to hearing loss identified in genomics breakthrough

  • Researchers led by King’s College London, Karolinska Institute and Erasmus University have found 10 new genes associated with hearing loss
  • The team studied genetic analyses previously conducted in centres globally using samples from 723,266 people from 17 studies who had clinically diagnosed or self-reported hearing problems
  • The results have given greater hope for improved research and targeted therapies in future


Health Secretary announces 10-year Plan for dementia

  • Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid announces plans to work across government to boost the £375 million already committed for research into neurodegenerative diseases
  • Record NHS funding to reduce the Covid backlog will help ensure more timely dementia diagnosis


Blood test which accurately predicts Alzheimer’s disease confirmed by study

  • The company Diadem has revealed that its clinical validation study has confirmed its AlzoSure Predict prognostic blood test can accurately predict the progression to Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
  • The online edition of the Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’ Disease published an article on the study
  • The blood test is able to predict the onset of the disease up to six years before conventional diagnosis


Levelling up UK rare disease research

  • A new report led by UCL researchers have described how universities, the pharmaceutical industry and the NHS could improve life sciences collaborations
  • They are calling for an independent British Office for Rare Diseases, comparable to the Office of Rare Disease Research in the US


Health checks vital for saving lives of people with learning disabilities

  • Swansea University researchers have led a study which has shown that health checks make a material difference in the life expectancy of people with learning disabilities
  • The study drew on medical records of 26,954 people with a learning disability in Wales between 2005 and 2017
  • The data showed, amongst other things, that having a health check was associated with reduced deaths for people with autism and those with Down’s syndrome