£86 Million Government Support for Medical Breakthroughs Announced

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health, Lord O’Shaughnessy, has revealed a new package of support worth over £85 million, intended to assist British businesses with developing medical innovations. It is then hoped that the technological breakthroughs will be utilised within the NHS system. The funding can be considered the first step in the implementation of recommendations made in the Accelerated Access Review. This document was intended to ensure that... Readmore

New Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Option to be Made Available on the NHS

A new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis could be made available on the NHS in the foreseeable future. Regulators ruled Eli Lilly’s Olumiant to be cost-effective meaning that some patients could benefit from the treatment in the coming months. Draft guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommend Olumiant (baricitinib) as an option for treating severe active rheumatoid arthritis in adults whose disease has responded inadequately to intensive therapy with conventional... Readmore

Technology Should be Used to boost Empathy-Based Medicine Royal Society Asserts

  Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Dr Jeremy Howick and Dr Sian Rees of the Oxford Empathy Programme, say a new paradigm of empathy-based medicine is needed to improve patient outcomes, reduce practitioner burnout and save money. Existing digital technologies must be exploited to enable a paradigm shift in current healthcare delivery which focuses on tests, treatments and targets rather than the therapeutic benefits of empathy, according to the eminent physicians. Empathy-based... 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

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

Peer Review Schemes Make no Impact on GP Prescribing Research Indicates

Dutch research has suggested that peer review schemes fail to reduce the level of GP prescribing, nor do they result in decreasing the value of tests ordered. Scientists from the Netherlands concluded that the peer review process “may not be useful to deliver better adherence of guidelines and contain costs” in regards to GP prescribing and test ordering. The study was published in BioMed Central Family Medicine, and represented the first time that peer review schemes have been attested... Readmore

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

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

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

Animal Experiments Cut the Spread of Cancer by 75%

Scientists involved with a major new study have been able to reduce the spread of cancer around the body of mice by 75%. The results of the animal experiments have been published in the journal Nature, and indicate that altering the immune system of the animals slows the spread of skin cancers to the lungs. Tumours can "seed" themselves elsewhere in the body, and this process is behind 90% of cancer deaths. But researchers are now fascinated to see whether this reduction in metastasis can be replicated... Readmore
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