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IVD Media Monitoring: 11-18 February

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New national cervical screening campaign launches – as nearly 1 in 3 don’t take up screening offer

  • The new Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Saves Lives campaign urges women and those who may be eligible not to ignore their cervical screening invite, and if they missed their last one, to book an appointment with their GP practice or sexual health clinic now
  • Latest figures from March 2021 show that nearly a third (30%) of eligible individuals – women and people with a cervix aged between 25 and 64 – were not screened


New test can spot which prostate tumours may be fatal

  • Currently, 20,000 men a year have unnecessary prostate cancer interventions
  • The new method lets doctors identify dangerous, fast-growing prostate tumours
  • But in a trial, Cambridge University researchers attached a non-radioactive form of carbon, called carbon-13, to a sugar-like molecule and injected it into a vein near the tumour. They discovered that if the carbon-13 was retained by the tumour, it indicated there was a high amount of lactate being produced – a sign that the cancer is aggressive


New study suggests changing breast screening programme timelines would increase detected cases and uptake

  • The research found that a greater total number of cancers would be screen detected with a 4 year round length and increased uptake, and therefore potentially detected at an earlier stage
  • Existing data shows that the five year survival rate for women with breast cancer is substantially higher when detected at the earliest stage (98%) compared to the latest (26%)


COVID-19 rapid testing made easier for partially sighted people

  • The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has launched a new service making it easier for partially sighted people to use lateral flow tests in their home
  • The Be My Eyes app connects people with low to moderate vision with agents from 119 through a live video call. Users can now benefit from live video assistance from NHS Test and Trace staff to help guide them through how to order, use the tests and register their test results


University of Washington develops new blood-clotting test

  • Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new blood-clotting test, which uses a single blood drop as well as a smartphone’s vibration motor and camera
  • In order to calculate the prothrombin time and international normalised ratio, the phone gathers two timestamps


Covid: PPE waste could be recycled – health minister

  • Medical face masks could be turned into curtains or bedsheets, the government has said as it tries to tackle pandemic-related PPE plastic waste
  • Health minister Edward Argar said the Department of Health and Social Care was also considering how to recycle materials in Covid test kits
  • A study published last year found 8 million tonnes of pandemic plastic waste had been generated worldwide


Better research, faster: NIHR launch new funding call to address NICE research recommendations

  • To reduce the time to commission new research recommended by NICE guidance and increase throughput, we have worked closely with NIHR to review and agree changes to this process
  • NIHR has launched a new researcher-led rolling funding call, which will complement existing commissioning workstreams. The new call will seek applications to address research recommendations identified in NICE guidance published or updated from 2015 onwards
  • For the purposes of this call, NICE guidance includes the following: clinical, social care, public health, technology appraisals, interventional procedures and diagnostics


Ethnic Inequalities in Healthcare: A Rapid Evidence Review

  • The review found some evidence of ethnic inequalities in attitudes towards accessing, and access to, genetic services, but some of the qualitative and quantitative studies were of low quality, and did not adequately report differences for each ethnic group represented in the studies
  • Most of the information on genetic services was around antenatal screening and testing. There was relatively little information on experiences of genetic counselling


NICE recommends new diagnostic devices for men with suspected prostate cancer in draft guidance

  • Four new diagnostic devices for men with suspected prostate cancer, which reduce the chances of biopsy related sepsis, have been recommended for use by NICE
  • The economic modelling showed that LATP is likely to be a cost-effective use of NHS resources


Anti-Superbug Research Boosted

  • A global drive – led by University of the West of Scotland (UWS) – to tackle a drug-resistant superbug has received additional funding to the tune of £59,000
  • The project, a collaboration between UWS and Cairo University, aims to identify antimicrobial agents that could be used in the fight against a bacteria called Acinetobacter baumannii. The bacteria was highlighted by the World Health Organisation as a critical global concern, due to its multidrug resistance and the threat it poses in hospital and care settings


Simple DNA test could detect common neurological disorders, study says

  • A simple test could end years of uncertainty for people with relatively common neurological conditions, new research has found
  • A new study suggests that whole genome sequencing (WGS) can quickly and accurately detect the most common inherited neurological disorders, and could be implemented in routine clinical practice with immediate effect
  • “It is very exciting because it opens up the vista of a test that could end the diagnostic odyssey for many patients,” said Prof Sir Mark Caulfield

Ben Kemp