Pioneering Usage of MRI scanner Images Babies’ Brains in Sheffield

Doctors in Sheffield have been involved in pioneering the usage of a compact MRI scanner in treating premature babies. The new treatment is utilised in order to image the brains of infants born prematurely. Based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, the machine is one of only two purpose-built neonatal MRI scanners in the world. Prof Paul Griffiths, of the University of Sheffield, centrally involved in the new initiative, states that mobile MRI has been proven to be superior at demonstrating... Readmore

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Leap Made via New Scanning Equipment

A huge leap in diagnosing prostate cancer has been made using new scanning equipment, according to researchers. Using advanced MRI nearly doubles the number of aggressive tumours that are caught. And a trial, published in the Lancet, demonstrated that more than a quarter could be spared invasive biopsies, which can lead to severe side-effects. The NHS is already reviewing whether the scans can be introduced on a system-wide basis. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in British men. "Taking... Readmore

Patients Lives Could be Saved by More Cervical Screening

A major study suggests that increased levels of cancer screening could save hundreds of lives of those suffering from cervical cancer. The British Journal of Cancer suggested that all those eligible should attend regular screening in order to address this debilitating condition. Nearly 2,000 women's lives are saved as a result of cervical cancer screening in England each year, according to a report published in the journal. Researchers from Queen Mary University of London suggested that... Readmore

NHS Errors Mean GPs Miss Out on Important Correspondence

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has stated that errors made by NHS Shared Business Services in redirecting and forwarding correspondence has resulted in some doctors missing out on certain forms of correspondence dating back as many as five years. Errors were revealed in a statement released by Jeremy Hunt to Parliament. The NHS has already indicated its intention to write to affected doctors in the three vulnerable regions of North East London, the East Midlands and South West of England. Shared... Readmore

GPC Passes Motion of No Confidence in Capita

The General Practitioners Committee (GPC) has passed a motion of no confidence in Capita, illustrating the lack of faith that healthcare professionals have in the organisation delivering primary care support services. A raft of failures from the company were cited in this verdict, with GPs across the NHS claiming that the security company is effectively putting lives at risk. The verdict on Capita was passed at the annual meeting of the GPC, with doctors present at the confab citing of months of concerns... Readmore

British Safety Council to Focus on Workplace Health at Conference

The British Safety Council has indicated that it will make health and safety in the workplace the centrepiece of its annual conference, which will take place in October this year. According to the council, the 2016 edition of the conference will address “the pertinent and still-controversial issue of responsibility for health in the workplace”. The conference is due to take place that the King’s Fund in London on 5th October. Each year, significant numbers of workers are injured or made... Readmore

North West Residents to Share Ambulance Experiences as CQC Ramps up Action on Service

Residents have been asked to share their experiences with the North West Ambulance Service as the Care Quality Commission (CQC) prepares to inspect the trust. The CQC will inspect the ambulance service imminently and our seeking views and experiences of patients and their families to help them to decide on areas to focus on. Professor Sir Mike Richard, the chief inspector of hospitals, commented on this issue, outlining its importance “Last year NHS ambulance services received over nine million... Readmore

NHS Figures Point to Worst Ever Performance

New NHS figures reveal that over 5,000 patients were not treated within the 28-day target in April; the highest figure in the last decade. During the same period, nearly 75,000 NHS operations in England were postponed at the eleventh hour. This is also a 10-year high according to official figures. The Royal College of Surgeons has blamed the overwhelming pressure on Accident and Emergency departments, and suggested that shortages of staff, parents and general resources all contributed to the overall... Readmore

Is New Smartphone App The Most Effective Form of Contraception Yet?

An innovative new smartphone application reportedly provides a more effective form of birth control than conventional contraceptives, but is the hype really justified in the case of this new technology? The Natural Cycles fertility app combines the use of a thermometer to measure body temperature with calendar calculating methods to work out the days when a woman would be at high or low risk of pregnancy. Women have been involved in a Swedish study assessing the efficacy of this new software, and examining... Readmore

Major Marijuana Breakthrough in Treatment of Epilepsy

A British company which have been working for nearly two decades with medical marijuana believes that it has made a major breakthrough in the treatment of childhood epilepsy. GW Pharmaceuticals, which has a licence from the Home Office to grow cannabis, announced final-stage tests on 120 children with Dravet syndrome (a type of epilepsy) had successfully reduced seizures by 39 per cent. Phase 3 trials of the drug had been anticipated in the medical community, as excitement grew about the potential... Readmore

New Blood Test to Help Diagnose Heart Conditions

The British Heart Foundation believes that a new test could play a major role in successfully diagnosing people with inherited heart conditions. It appears based on scientific research funded by the charity that assessing a specific group of genes enables researchers to reliably detect fundamental underlying difficulties. This latest research follows on the back of the death of Miles Frost, son of Sir David Frost, who died suddenly from a condition thought to have been inherited from his father. In... Readmore

Unique Blood-Brain Barrier Cancer Surgery is Successful

Canadian researchers have breached the human brain's protective layer in what could be a major cancer breakthrough. The innovative method utilised by the researchers was used in order to deliver cancer drugs. Scientists utilised miniscule gas-filled bubbles, which were injected into the bloodstream of patients. This enabled researchers involved in the study to create small, but permanent, holes in the blood-brain barrier. As clinical trials continue, around ten further patients will undergo the same... Readmore
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