Skip to main content
HighlightsHighlights Archive

Media Monitoring: 1st – 7th October

By October 7, 2022No Comments

Therese Coffey drops health inequalities white paper

  • The paper, which was due to be launched last spring, has now been dropped
  • It was meant to level the wide health inequality gap between rich and poor and was a key part of Boris Johnson’s attempt to level up health in the UK
  • The move has elicited much criticism, while DHSC maintains that no decisions have been made yet


Genetic test for cancer less effective for Black and Asian individuals

  • The tests measure the number of genetic mutations in solid tumours, known as TMB, to estimate a person’s genetic risk of cancer
  • It was found that tumour-only sequencing doubled the recorded level TMB in those of non-European ancestry compared to those with European ancestry
  • These elevated results could lead to misdiagnosis and treatment for Black and Asian people who have low TMB tumours


Genetic study into stammering to be launched

  • The study will involve 1500 adults and children in the UK who will be subjected to genetic analysis
  • This will help to understand who is likely to develop a stammer and eventual treatments to target the disorder
  • Researchers have already discovered four genes that may be linked to the condition


Memorandum of understanding between the UK and Guernsey on reciprocal healthcare

  • The memorandum of understanding sets out the reciprocal healthcare arrangements jointly decided between the Government of the United Kingdom and the Bailiwick of Guernsey on 31 August 2022
  • This arrangement means that anyone ordinarily resident in the UK or the Bailiwick of Guernsey will be able to access necessary healthcare during a temporary stay in the other territory
  • This arrangement will come into operation on 1 January 2023


Gene link in epithelial ovarian cancer risk

  • University of Manchester researchers have discovered two gene families which are linked to epithelial ovarian cancer risk
  • The study was funded by Cancer Research UK and is the biggest study of ovarian cancer-causing genetic mutations ever
  • The study found that testing the two gene families – associated with a lifetime epithelial ovarian cancer risk of 5-20% — has a far higher detection rate



Ben Kemp