Skip to main content
HighlightsHighlights Archive

Media Monitoring: 19th – 25th November

By November 25, 2022No Comments

Handheld lab kit to detect viral diseases developed by researchers

  • The University of California researchers’ device can detect a number of viral diseases, including COVID-19
  • The technology consists of a microfluidic platform that relies on swarms of magnetic discs, which the researchers have termed “ferrobots”, to bring samples through the device and mix them with reagents before reaching an area where a loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay takes place
  • The device has been designed for mass testing across varied locations


Health and Social Care Committee Chair calls on Government to publish its 10-year cancer plan

  • Committee Chair Steve Brine has urged the Health Secretary to announce when he intends to publish the Government’s 10-year cancer plan
  • Responding to a Committee Report on cancer services published earlier this year, the Government said its forthcoming 10 Year Cancer Plan would set a new vision on how it would lead the world in cancer care, including ensuring it had the right workforce in place
  • The Committee urged Ministers to ensure that the plan would kickstart progress on early diagnosis and enable NHS cancer services to catch up with the best comparable services around the world


Superbug fight ‘needs farmers to reduce antibiotic use’

  • Campaigners claim that the frequent use of antibiotics in livestock is causing bacteria to become resistant, leading to fears that superbugs could spread to humans
  • They have called for a ban on overuse of antibiotics
  • The Government have stated that they are considering new restrictions on antibiotic use


New data shows 148 severe antibiotic-resistant infections a day in 2021

  • The number of severe antibiotic-resistant infections in England rose by 2.2% in 2021 compared to 2020 but remains below pre-pandemic levels
  • In England, total antibiotic use fell by 15.1% between 2017 to 2021, from 18.8 Daily Defined Doses (DDD) per 1,000 inhabitants per day to 15.9
  • This means that England has exceeded the government’s National Action Plan goal to reduce prescribing by 15% by 2024 from a 2014 baseline


AI-powered blood test detects liver cancer, opening opportunity to improve screening

  • Machine learning can detect liver cancer by analysing changes in cell-free DNA fragments in the blood
  • The system performed best in people at average risk of liver cancer, achieving a sensitivity of 88% and specificity of 98%
  • Based on the results, the researchers claim the blood test can double the number of liver cancer cases detected and increase early cancer detection of disease


Exeter awarded £14 million for antimicrobial resistance research to fight “next global pandemic”

  • With more than £14 million in recent funding and nearly 400 experts working together, Exeter is at the forefront of developing solutions that could benefit the global population and stop deaths”
  • The Microbes & Society network – a collective of nearly 400 interdisciplinary Exeter scientists –study the role of micro-organisms in human societies and global systems. Bacterial and fungal AMR is a major research focus of the network
  • Recently funded projects included a £9 million Horizon Europe project on AMR and climate change, focusing on AMR evolution, ecology and epidemiology in coastal environments and a £5 million UKRI funded project focusing on molecular and evolutionary mechanisms that can be used to control AMR in microbial communities


Dr Robot: How automation and tech could cure the crumbling NHS (paywall)


The King’s Fund report: NHS staffing shortages, Why do politicians struggle to give the NHS the staff it needs?

Natalie Creaney