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Media Monitoring: 4th June – 11th June

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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


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


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


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


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


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

Natalie Creaney