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Media Monitoring: 24th – 30th September

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The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill 2022

  • The retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill is part of the Government’s commitment to put the UK statute book on a more sustainable footing
  • Retained EU Law is a category of domestic law created at the end of the transition period and consists of EU-derived legislation that was preserved in our domestic legal framework by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018
  • The Bill will abolish this special status and will enable the Government, via Parliament to amend more easily, repeal and replace retained EU Law
  • The Bill will also include a sunset date by which all remaining retained EU Law will either be repealed, or assimilated into UK domestic law. The sunset may be extended for specified pieces of retained EU Law until 2026,on%20the%20statute%20book%20indefinitely


Menstrual blood can be used to detect endometriosis – study shows

  • A study published in the BMC Medicine journal showed that there was a difference at a molecular and cellular level in the menstrual blood of women who have endometriosis and those who don’t
  • While the study size was small, it is hoped that this will establish reliable biomarkers for future non-invasive tests
  • Currently, the only definitive way of diagnosing endometriosis is through surgery


NHS merger to slash workforce – new Health Minister

  • The impending merger of NHS England, NHS Digital and Health Education England will result in a 30-40% reduction in staff, according to new Health Minister Robert Jenrick
  • The reduced workforce number will be in place by the end of 2023/24
  • The merger of the three organisations was first announced in November 2021


New study launched to discover more about little-known genetic condition

  • The study, launched by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, will investigate Fragile X Syndrome, a genetic condition which causes intellectual and learning difficulties as well as tremors and fertility problems
  • The study will focus on children between the ages of 3-17, who have been diagnosed with the condition – which is said to affect 1 in 1,400 men and 1 in 1,600 women
  • It is known that the condition is linked to the X chromosome and is caused by a problem in a gene
  • A blood test can be used to diagnose the condition and is usually undertaken if the person has autism or learning difficulties and have family history of said conditions through the female line


NHS scientists discover new blood group system

  • Scientists from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and the University of Bristol have discovered a new blood group system, called Er, ending a 30-year search
  • The team investigated three known blood group antigens – molecules on the surface of red blood cells which can trigger an attack by the immune system – which did not fit into any known blood group system
  • The newly discovered variations within the blood group system, Er4 and Er5, are extremely rare, but they have been implicated in cases of haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn, when the mother’s immune system attacks their unborn child’s blood
  • Through discovery of the genetic basis of the blood groups, new tests can be developed to identify those with uncommon blood groups, with the aim of providing the best possible care for even the rarest of patients


Diagnostics and antimicrobial therapy – with Professor Till Bachmann

  • An interesting article which looks at the integral role of diagnostics in the context of antimicrobial resistance


Preparing for the next pandemic: reserve laboratory staff are crucial – BMJ

  • Lack of laboratory staff was an important obstacle in scaling up covid-19 testing. Jordan Skittrall and colleagues consider how we can be better prepared in future

Natalie Creaney