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Media Monitoring: 6 – 11 June

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Major cause of Inflammatory Bowel Disease discovered

  • A groundbreaking piece of research has been published this week that could lead to greater understanding of Crohn’s and Colitis and possibly new treatments in the future.
  • Using genetic analysis, the researchers found a section of genetic code (DNA) that is active in macrophages. Macrophages are a type of immune cell that cause inflammation in people with IBD. The section of DNA that they found is one of the main controllers of macrophages. It boosts a gene called ETS2, which controls the inflammatory chemicals that the macrophages release.
  • So higher levels of ETS2 are associated with more inflammation in the gut. Some people have a version of the genetic code that makes their body more likely to over-respond to an inflammatory stimulus.

 

Ethnic inequities in genomics and precision medicine review report

  • The NHS Race and Health Observatory and the University of Nottingham have published landmark findings which reveal the lack of trust and targeted engagement by health commissioners, regulators and researchers.
  • The report found ethnic minority groups are largely absent from participating in genetic studies.
  • It also outlines how a lack of diversity is leading to poor health outcomes for diverse groups across a range of health conditions.

 

Incoming government will have ‘mountain to climb’ to reverse unequal NHS funding trends, says think tank

  • A prominent think tank has called the incumbent government’s commitment to moving care away from hospitals into question after analysis found unequal funding provisions for key services.
  • The Nuffield Trust says that successive governments have “not put their money where their mouths are” when it comes to prevention and moving care further upstream into communities.

 

“World’s first” at-home blood monitoring solution for patients authorised for UK use

  • Entia’s new, home-use, full blood count analyser that provides personalised and preventative care for cancer patients outside of hospital has been approved for use in the UK.
  • The unique analyser is at the heart of Entia’s comprehensive remote patient monitoring service, Liberty.
  • Roughly the size of a laptop, it is designed to support cancer care in the home by giving patients a simple way of providing a full blood analysis using only a single drop of blood.

 

New blood test may prevent sudden child deaths from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

  • Researchers at University College London and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) have developed a new blood test that could identify children with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a hereditary heart condition.
  • Up to 1,000 children in the UK are living with a hereditary condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which causes thickening of the heart muscle.
  • There is no cure currently and can cause sudden death in children and young people.

 

London Institute for Healthcare Engineering, key to unlocking MedTech potential, opens

  • As the first MedTech Venture Builder in the UK, LIHE will help new healthcare technologies navigate the complex and often blocked path to clinical and commercial success by bringing together world-class research and development expertise across academia, the NHS and the MedTech industry.
  • LIHE will unlock regulatory and business challenges by providing companies access to King’s College London’s world-leading scientific, market access and commercialisation capabilities, and regulatory and quality management services.
  • This includes a dedicated Venture Builder – a UK-first – with experts working collaboratively with entrepreneurs on go-to-market strategy and regulatory affairs.

 

Urgent health warning after E.coli outbreak linked to ‘nationally distributed food item’

  • An urgent health warning has been issued after an E.coli outbreak was linked to a “nationally distributed food item”.
  • An unspecified number of people are being treated in hospital due to the outbreak, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said.
  • The UKHSA said testing indicates that most of the 113 cases reported in the UK are “part of a single outbreak” but did not give more details about the “food item” thought to be responsible.
Ben Kemp