British Pregnancy Advisory Service Warns on Contraception

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has stated that 25% of women who decided to have an abortion in 2016 were using the most reliable methods of contraception. Over 14,000 women became pregnant despite using the pill or another form of long-acting contraceptive. And evidence collected by the British Pregnancy Advice Service also suggested that many women fail to spot their pregnancy in the early stages as they had expected contraception to work. Oral contraceptive pills remain the most... Readmore

Mental Health Services Risk Being Overwhelmed

A survey of NHS trusts suggests that mental health services are close to being completely overrun. This is due to escalated demand and a reduction in the level of staffing. NHS Providers contacted organisations throughout the healthcare system, and found that around 70% of mental health leaders believe that demand will increase still further in the coming 12 months. Yet only 35% were confident that they would be enough staff available in order to deliver an adequate level of service. Responding... Readmore

NHS to Offer Personal Cancer Care Based on Genetics

The Chief Medical Officer for England has spoken about the potential for a new era of personalised medicine for cancer based on genome-related treatment. Professor Dame Sally Davies believes that genomics sequencing could become as commonplace as MRI and CT scans in the future. With researchers making big strides, Davies suggests that it will eventually be possible for every cancer patient to have genome sequencing conducted. This will become as standard in treating those with cancer as blood... Readmore

Diabetes UK Calls for Public to Have its Say in Future Treatment

Leading charity Diabetes UK is appealing to people across the country to help with a new project intended to impact on the future of diabetes in Britain. As well as holding a series of ‘Big Conversation’ events across the country, the charity is asking people to make sure they have their say by taking part in an online survey, to help them find out what really matters to people with diabetes and their families. Bridget Turner, Director of Policy and Care Improvement for Diabetes UK, suggested... Readmore

New Blood Test Could Assist with Prostate Cancer

A new study has discovered a blood test that could strongly impact on the lives of people suffering with prostate cancer. Researchers uncovered a new blood test which could detect those men with advanced prostate cancer who would benefit from a new drug treatment. As part of the study, scientists analysed blood samples from around 50 men taking part in the trial of olaparib. This was intended to examine whether the changes to tumour DNA circulating in the blood of the men could indicate... Readmore

New Immune Cell to Help with Lung Cancer Therapy

Researchers have reportedly identified a new type of immune cell which could have a massive impact on lung cancer. Scientists say that it will be possible to predict which lung cancer patients will benefit most from treatment with immunotherapy by utilising the newly discovered cell. Cancer Research UK has been involved in the funding of the study, which has been published in the journal Nature Immunotherapy. And researchers demonstrated that lung cancer patients with a high level of tissue-resident... Readmore

Could Vegetarian Diets Have Weight Loss Benefits?

A new study has suggested that vegetarians lose nearly twice as much weight as those following a standard diet. Researchers worked with subjects suffering from type II diabetes, and randomly assigned them to two groups. All the participants had a body mass index (BMI) over 25, meaning they were overweight. The first of the groups was then offered a vegetarian diet, with the other being provided with a standard weight loss diet. And those on the vegetarian diet lost more weight and body... Readmore

NHS England Announces Second Wave of Diabetes Prevention Programme

NHS England has unveiled the second tranche of the Diabetes Prevention Programme. This will involve 30 new areas delivering the scheme to those patients considered to be at risk of developing the debilitating condition. Recent data has indicated that Britain has experienced a diabetes epidemic over the last few years. And the new initiative is intended to tackle this growing problem. The Diabetes Prevention Programme is run collaboratively by NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes... Readmore

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
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