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Media Monitoring: 2 – 8 December

By December 8, 2023No Comments

Experts recommend genomics for tackling antimicrobial resistance, outline key strategies for effective surveillance

  • In a recent article published in The Lancet Microbe, researchers described the discussions of an expert working group convened by the Surveillance and Epidemiology of Drug-resistant Infections Consortium (SEDRIC) to assess the utility of genomics for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance.
  • In summary, the high-resolution actionable data on AMR surveillance provided by genomics can offer valuable insights to prevent the spread of AMR.


At least 20,000 annual UK cancer deaths avoidable, says charity

  • The deaths could be avoided if there was a national commitment to invest in research and innovation, as well as fix the NHS, claims Cancer Research UK.
  • The charity stated that the UK lags behind its international comparators for cancer survival.
  • The charity also declared that the next government must commit to developing a 10-year cancer plan, led by a National Cancer Council accountable to the prime minister to bring government, charities, industry and scientific experts together.


Number of people living with diabetes doubles in twenty years

  • The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled in the last twenty years, according to new analysis released today by Diabetes UK.
  • The new figures show that there are now almost 3.7 million people living with a diagnosis of the condition in the UK, an increase of 1.9 million since 1998.
  • The data also shows that the number of people diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes has increased by almost 100,000 since last year – from 3,590,501 to 3,689,509.


Swine flu: UK detects first human case of new strain

  • Health officials are investigating the first confirmed case of a new strain of swine flu in the UK.
  • The A(H1N2)v infection was detected in a routine flu screening test at a GP surgery in North Yorkshire.
  • Officials said the person had respiratory symptoms, a mild illness and had fully recovered.


NHS has delivered 50 million more GP appointments compared to pre-pandemic levels, govt announces

  • GPs have delivered 50 million more appointments in the last year compared to before the pandemic, new data from NHS England has revealed.
  • For the year up to October 2023, 358 million general practice appointments were delivered, which is 50.9 million more than October 2019.
  • The increase is equal to 44 extra appointments for every practice, every working day, with more than 70% of those taking place within two weeks of booking.