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Media Monitoring: 23 – 29 May

By May 28, 2024No Comments

Driving action on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in 2024

  • This policy brief from the Wellcome Trust identifies opportunities to drive change in how governments respond collaboratively to antimicrobial resistance (AMR), with 3 recommendations:
  • Countries should use the Political Declaration of the High-Level Meeting in September to set a bold, unifying goal for a reduction in the global burden of AMR.
  • The Political Declaration of the High-Level Meeting should initiate the creation of a panel for scientific evidence and action on AMR, with a clearly defined mandate and timescale for establishment.
  • The UN High-Level Meeting must establish a mechanism that regularly convenes states to review progress, update targets, and maintain political momentum.

 

Action needed to tackle rising type 2 cases among under-40s

  • Diabetes UK’s new report reveals a 40% rise in type 2 diabetes diagnoses in younger people between 2016-17 and 2022-23.
  • There are now almost 168,000 people under 40 years in the UK who live with type 2 diabetes, an increase of more than 47,000 since 2016-17.

 

Huge number of deaths linked to superbugs can be avoided, say experts

  • Models suggest deaths in poorer countries could be cut by 18% – or about 750,000 a year – with preventive measures.
  • The researchers highlight the need for better access to and development of, antibiotics, diagnostic tests and vaccines, and have called for the establishment of an independent panel on antimicrobial access and resistance.

 

Red tape choking UK tech start-ups, argues new CPS report

  • The UK’s current regulatory apparatus, which is slow to adapt to emerging technologies, is holding back the UK’s tech superpower ambitions.
  • Many innovators are looking elsewhere to set up new tech firms, due to Britain’s unsupportive regulatory environment.
  • Previous CPS research established that the net annual burden of regulation on business increased by £6bn in the 2010s.

 

Daye upgrades diagnostic tampon to include at-home HPV screening

  • The pioneering “Diagnostic Tampon” already utilises PCR testing technology to allow women and assigned female at birth (AFAB) individuals to screen their vaginal microbiome and test for STIs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomonas, mycoplasma and ureaplasma, from the comfort and convenience of their own home.
  • It is now going one step further by introducing a screening kit for 14 high-risk HPV infections.

 

Britain not ready for ‘inevitable’ next pandemic, warns ex-chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance

  • Speaking at the Hay Festival, during a panel chaired by The Independent’s editor in chief Geordie Greig, Sir Patrick said: “Are we ready for another pandemic? The answer is no.”
  • He identified several key areas for improvement. “We need better surveillance to be able to pick these things up,” he said. “We need to be much faster, much more aligned. And there are ways to do this – getting rapid diagnostic tests, rapid vaccines, rapid treatments – so that you don’t have to go into the extreme measures that took place last time.”

 

NHS leaders call for long-term thinking ahead of general election

  • Health chiefs have told NHS Providers that politicians must get behind its ‘next generation NHS’ plan, following prime minister Rishi Sunak’s announcement of a general election on 4 July.
  • NHS Providers’ A picture of health: delivering the next generation NHSreport sets out how the government and health sector can work together to maximise the NHS’s social and economic value.

 

NHS health check could create 10-year map of major health risks, research finds (paywall)

Ben Kemp