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Media Monitoring: 4th June – 11th June

By June 10, 2022No Comments

Fewer smear tests still safe due to HPV test

  • Cervical screening will now occur every five years (previously every three), but a major study confirms this will not negatively impact cancers spotted
  • 3 million women’s data showed the move to be positive, say experts, thanks to an improved lab test for smear samples which checks for HPV
  • Before the advent of this test, labs could only try to identify suspicious cells in smear samples that mean cancer is already present or could develop in the future

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-61646947

 

Huge disparity in cancer diagnoses through screening identified in England

  • A groundbreaking study has shown that black people are more than a third less likely than white people to be diagnosed with cancer via screening in England – sparking calls for improved targeting efforts
  • Mixed-race patients fared much better with 9.49% being diagnosed, with Asian patients at 10.09%, almost double the rate for black patients

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jun/06/revealed-racial-disparity-in-cancer-diagnoses-via-screening-in-england

 

New antibiotics aim to tackle antibiotic resistant tuberculosis bacteria

  • New antibiotics have been discovered by researchers, which have the potential to tackle drug-resistant tuberculosis bacteria
  • Discovered by the team from Soonchunhyang University in the Republic of Korea, this could be a major advancement in drug development

https://www.healtheuropa.com/tacking-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-bacteria-with-new-antibiotics/115937/

 

New clinical trials deal struck to better protect world from future pandemics

  • UK and Argentina-led resolution at World Health Assembly will protect the world from future pandemics as well as existing health threats
  • By encouraging more specific funding, the resolution will help developing countries increase their capacity to run their own clinical trials – helping them to test new drugs, vaccines and other health interventions which will benefit their populations – while working across countries to respond to future pandemics more rapidly
  • There will also be closer collaboration between researchers on clinical trials across the world – reducing research waste – while increased transparency will mean the results of trials will be more readily shared between countries

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-clinical-trials-deal-struck-to-better-protect-world-from-future-pandemics

 

Genetic test can prevent some colon cancer patients from undergoing unnecessary chemo

  • A simple blood test could prevent some colon cancer patients from getting unnecessary chemotherapy following surgery
  • The circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) test looks for tiny amounts of genetic material that have been released by cancerous tumors
  • The presence of cancer DNA in the blood signals that someone likely requires follow-up chemotherapy

https://magicvalley.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/gene-test-lets-some-colon-cancer-patients-safely-skip-chemo/article_f05a9d5e-9a52-555f-9bb5-3248615001a1.html

 

Scientists show how fast-growing bacteria can resist antibiotics

  • The results show that fast-growing individuals within bacterial colonies display a significantly higher expression of active ribosomes – particles within the cell that synthesise proteins
  • This helps the bacteria avoid the accumulation of an important class of antibiotics called macrolides and therefore resist therapies
  • These findings could be used to inform the development of improved antibiotic compounds that target this survival strategy

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_915226_en.html

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