Bionic Hands Set to be Available on the NHS

A major new clinical trial for prosthetic hands may see them available on the NHS in the foreseeable future. The so-called bionic hands are available via 3D printing, and can be delivered at a small cost in comparison to current models. Bristol-based firm Open Bionics is working with 10 children at a local hospital during the six-month trial. And the name of the company has led many to describe the product as bionic hands. Tilly Lockey, an 11-year-old from Durham who lost her hands after... Readmore

Regular Aspirin Use Linked with Disability in Over 75s

Researchers from Oxford have found that daily aspirin can be associated with raised risk of disabling or fatal bleeding inpatients aged over 75. In research published in the authoritative Lancet journal, it was discovered that the annual rate of disabling bleeding patients over 75 taking aspirin was 25%. This compared to just 3% in patients aged below 65. Those aged under 65 were able to take aspirin almost without danger, with only 0.5% of patients of this wider demographic experiencing... Readmore

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Passes Major Test Barriers

A new drug manufactured by AbbVie has successfully passed through its primary and secondary targets on the way to being fully approved. Upadacitinib treats rheumatoid arthritis, and the late-stage trial of the medicine has been passed adequately. The Phase III clinical trial evaluated the investigational oral JAK1-selective inhibitor in patients with the condition who did not adequately respond to treatment with conventional synthetic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (csDMARDs). After... Readmore

Ecuador Study Lauds Consumption of Eggs

A six-month study conducted in Ecuador suggests that consuming eggs on a daily basis may have a significantly positive impact on growth in undernourished children. Regardless of the way that eggs were served, the foodstuff seemed to give infants a health boost. Research was published in the journal Pediatrics, and scientists involved in the study suggest that it could be a cheap way for the stunting of growth to be prevented. It is already known that any stunting of growth during the first... Readmore

Study Suggests Weight is Major Problem for Pregnant Women

A comprehensive new study has discovered that three-quarters of women are failing to achieve a healthy recommended weight while pregnant. This can be considered potentially serious for both mother and baby. Gaining too little or too much weight during pregnancy increases the risk of premature birth or the requirement of Caesarian section. Meanwhile, the prevalence of both obesity and access just additional weight gain is increasing, according to the study. Research was conducted by an international... Readmore

90% of Patients Believe GP Service is Good Survey Shows

Research indicates that around 90% of patients consider that the safety of healthcare provided in their local surgery is positive. The first ever large-scale quantitative study on the safety of healthcare provision in general practice discovered that most patients are at least somewhat satisfied with the current situation. Indeed, 91% of patients across 45 practices from a wide range of geographic and socio-economic areas agreed that their GP providers were trustworthy, researchers discovered. Another... Readmore

Targeted Treatment for Ovarian Cancer Delivers Promising Results

A new treatment for ovarian cancer has delivered very promising results in women suffering from the advanced stage of the debilitating condition. Approximately 50% of women benefited from reduced tumours after taking part in a small trial of the treatment. Researchers had been testing the drug with the indication of establishing safety, but found that the clinical effect of the medicine was better than expected. It is hoped that the drug will be of assistance to women who are no longer responding... Readmore

UK Prostate Cancer Treatment is Massive Success

A new clinical trial conducted on prostate cancer has delivered powerful results according to researchers based in Britain. Early intervention with a drug intended to relieve the deadly condition produced excellent results, according to a new study. The trial assessed abiraterone as an additional treatment in patients with prostate cancer who were about to start long-term hormone therapy. Results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, with researchers finding that the treatment... Readmore

Indemnity Costs Excluding GPs from Profession MDU Claims

A major survey has suggested that newly-qualified GPs are being excluded from the profession due to imposing indemnity costs. Indemnity has long since been recognised as a major barrier to recruiting new doctors to this critical area of the health service. And the MDU has revealed that the extortionate cost of indemnity is not only resulting in younger GPs leaving the profession, but also forcing many into early retirement. Responding to the issue, the MDU indicated that it has been inundated... Readmore

InfraVia Announces Major Irish Nursing Home Investment

InfraVia Capital Partners has announced the acquisition by InfraVia European Fund III of Carechoice; the second largest private owner and operator of nursing homes in Ireland. Carechoice currently operates six nursing homes across Ireland (in Dublin, Cork and Waterford), providing over 500 high quality of care beds for elderly. With the growing need for long-term residential care in Ireland, Carechoice plans to expand significantly its capacity over the coming years, notably through the development... Readmore

GPs Request Support in ORder to Challenge CQC Ratings and Inspections

The approach of the Care Quality Commission has been challenged by some prominent individuals working within the healthcare system. While the efforts of the regulator have steadily evolved during its short existence, there is still a feeling that sometimes the standards set by the Care Quality Commission are too stringent. And proposing a motion at the LMC conference in Edinburgh earlier this month, Dr Umar Tahir from Manchester LMC suggested that the commission must change in order to meet... Readmore

Stem Cell Study Reveals Cigarette Damage to Unborn Babies

A new stem cell study has examined the impact of cigarettes damaged to unborn babies, discovering that it is particularly harmful to developing liver cells. Scientists developed a new method of studying the effects of maternal smoking on liver tissue while conducting the research. This uses embryonic stem cells, and researchers, led by the University of Edinburgh, concluded that smoking during pregnancy can be hugely harmful to embryos. It was also discovered that the chemicals produced... Readmore
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