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Media Monitoring: 16 – 22 May

By May 22, 2024No Comments

Proteins in blood could provide early cancer warning ‘by more than seven years’

  • Proteins in the blood could warn people of cancer more than seven years before it is diagnosed, according to research.
  • Scientists at the University of Oxford studied blood samples from more than 44,000 people in the UK Biobank, including over 4,900 people who subsequently had a cancer diagnosis.
  • They compared the proteins of people who did and did not go on to be diagnosed with cancer and identified 618 proteins linked to 19 types of cancer, including colon, lung, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and liver.


UK-first screening trial for type 1 diabetes sees 18,000 children sign up so far

  • The ELSA (EarLy Surveillance for Autoimmune diabetes) study is screening children aged 3 to 13 years to find those who are at high risk of developing type 1 diabetes.
  • Taking part involves a simple finger prick blood test which allows researchers to look for the earliest warning signs of type 1 diabetes.
  • 18,000 children and their families have already signed up


£85 million pledged to tackle antibiotic emergency

  • UK announces up to £50 million to support countries and institutions in Africa in accessing essential antimicrobial drugs
  • Additionally, up to £25 million which includes support to Caribbean countries and territories in strengthening surveillance systems for AMR, to identify and tackle outbreaks before they develop.
  • A further £10 million to help establish an international scientific panel to coordinate global action.


Woman’s stress as UTI becomes resistant to antibiotics

  • The BBC has covered the story of a woman who needs antibiotics almost every other month who has said her infection’s growing resistance to them has caused “stress and suffering”.
  • Experts predict, external drug resistance infections will kill more people than cancer by 2050 unless action is taken.
  • A microbiology expert at Public Health Wales (PHW) said he thought the issue would make Covid look minor.


BBSRC invests £48 million in lifelong health research at Babraham Institute

  • The £48 million strategic investment will advance research on the mechanisms that maintain the health of our cells, tissues and organs across the life course.
  • Following a five-year review by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Babraham Institute will receive £48 million to support core research across epigenetics, immunology and cell signalling.
  • Over the next four years, BBSRC’s investment will drive key research on the mechanisms that maintain the health of our cells, tissues and organs across the whole life course.


Businesses set to benefit as UK concludes tax agreement with Peru and ratifies deal to join major Indo-Pacific trade bloc

  • UK wraps up key step to joining CPTPP – worth £12 trillion in global GDP upon our entry – by ratifying the terms of our agreement to join the trade group.
  • British businesses will benefit from UK’s accession to CPTPP through lower tariffs and fewer barriers to trade.
  • UK-Peru Double Taxation Agreement reached which will prevent businesses from being taxed twice and will significantly reduce the costs of doing business with Peru, supporting bilateral trade and investment.


The Guardian view on antimicrobial resistance: we must prioritise this global health threat


Report: A New National Purpose: Harnessing Data for Health

Ben Kemp