Figures Show One-in-Three Cancer Pathway Referrals Downgraded

Nearly one-third of referrals made by GPs through the two-week wait cancer pathway were downgraded as less urgent over the previous 12-month period. This is acccording to a raft of responses pulled from 564 salaried doctors, and acquired by a poll conducted by GPOnline. Overall, 27% had experienced the bounceback of a referral, or a refusal, in the last year. Meanwhile, 23% of GPs who had experienced this issue with a referral later discovered that the affected patient was suffering from... Readmore

Around 10,000 British Women to Benefit From New Breast Cancer Treatment

Scientists suggests that approximately 10,000 women may benefit annually from a new type of breast cancer treatment that may become available in Britain. Biological therapies are increasingly being utilised in the fight against cancers caused by rare, inherited genetic problems, such as the BRCA example that was encountered by Angelina Jolie. And a study conducted by experts at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute indicates that targeted drugs may work in women that do not even have a genetic... Readmore

200 High Priority Clinical Documents Outstanding After Patient Data Failures

Over 200 high priority clinical documents are still awaiting assessment following over 70,000 items of patient data being found undelivered in a warehouse last year. Ministers have documented the fact that payments related to this information have now exceeded £2.4 million. Yet over 700 items still require further clinical assessment, with over 200 of these cases considered a high priority. Health minister Nicola Blackwood provided the information in response to a parliamentary question... Readmore

New Test to Revolutionise Premature Birth

A new test may revolutionise the attempts of the healthcare service to prevent premature births from taking place. Scientists believe that a non-invasive device that somewhat resembles a pencil will assist them in accurately predicting the chances of pre-term delivery up to three months in advance. The device has the potential to save the NHS over £1 billion annually, and works by alerting doctors of critical accumulations of moisture in the cervix region. This early intervention will enable... Readmore

US Researchers Believe Pancreas can be Triggered to Regenerate

Researchers from the United States believe that it is possible to trigger the pancreas to regenerate itself via a special type of fasting diet. Restoring the function of the organ was able to reverse symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments. Experts believe that this could become an exciting new treatment for the debilitating condition. Statistics indicate that there had been something of a diabetes academic, not only in Britain but across the Western world. In the study, mice were... Readmore

Wearable Startup Wins Major NHS Contract

An Edinburgh startup has won a major healthcare contract to develop what is believed to be a massively significant form of technology. Snap40 acquired the £1 million contract from NHS England in order to further develop what it asserts will be a “game-changing” wearable monitoring device. The company’s technology consists of a single medical wearable device, worn on the upper arm, that continuously monitors respiratory rate, heart rate, relative change in systolic blood pressure, oxygen... Readmore

New NHS Patient Website to Provide Personalised Health Advice

A new patient website will track the browser history of users along with their location in order to provide personalised health advice. NHS.uk hasn't been due for some time, but finally some of the critical features of this new system have been revealed. Speaking on the matter at an event in London, NHS Digital’s transformation director Beverley Bryant divulged that NHS.uk will provide people with more personalised health advice than the current 'flat' information provided by NHS Choices. “If... Readmore

Botox to be Used on Migraines in Scotland

NHS Scotland is taking a radical new approach to the treatment of migraines by using Botox to assist patients. The substance will only be used for those struggling with chronic migraines. Campaigners have called for this move for some time, and it is believed that the decision could have a significantly positive impact on the treatment of migraines in Scotland. Patients involved with the treatment will receive injections of the toxin on the face, head and neck every 12 weeks. Around 4,000... Readmore

Two New Medical Apps to be Rolled Out Across Four NHS Trusts

Two new medical apps that enable people to monitor health in the comfort of their own home are about to be rolled out. Four national health trusts could benefit from this new technology which promises to reduce the need for GP visits. The software is currently being trialled in Oxfordshire, and has the ability to transmit patient data from tablets and smartphones direct to clinicians. It is believed that such applications will have a massive impact on the management of chronic diseases in the foreseeable... Readmore

NHS England to Spend £100 Million on Digital ‘Fast Followers’

NHS England has announced plans to spend £100 million on 20 so-called 'fast followers', effectively creating a second wave of digitally advanced NHS organisations. Speaking at a Westminster Health Forum event in London, NHS England chief information officer Will Smart indicated that 20 organisations within the healthcare system would be selected for this privilege over the next few months. Fast followers will be provided with £5 million of central funding over the next three years in order... Readmore

New Technology May Enable Locked-in Patients to Communicate

A new study utilises so-called mind-reading technology in order to enable people suffering with locked-in syndrome to communicate. Patients were able to provide yes or no answers to a series of questions via a computer, which has the ability to interpret brain signals in the individuals suffering from the severe form of motor neurone disease. And the system correctly relayed what they were thinking 70% of the time. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Tübingen and Central... Readmore

NHS Staff Inadvertently Trigger Google Cybersecurity Defences

Media reports over the last 24 hours have revealed that members of NHS staff have inadvertently triggered the cybersecurity defences of Google while utilising its search engine. NHS Digital has confirmed the rumours, with the organisation noting that the vast number of NHS staff using the search engine resulted in healthcare workers being forced to take a quiz to verify that they are not bots. In the meantime, NHS staff have been informed to use the Bing search engine as an alternative workaround. Responding... Readmore
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