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

Lancet Study Links Brain Activity to Heart Attacks

A study published in the Lancet journal suggests that there is a strong link between brain structure and activity and an increased risk of heart attacks. A deep-lying region of the brain can help ascertain the level of risk for an individual, according to the published research. Scientists studied 300 people, and those with higher activity in the amygdala were associated with a greater cardiovascular disease risk. While researchers also discovered that stress can be just as important as a risk... Readmore

£130 Million Invested in Updating Radiotherapy Equipment

NHS England has indicated its intention to increase funding for cancer treatment by the largest amount in fifteen years. The healthcare organisation states that £130 million will be spent on upgrading radiotherapy machines. It is hoped that this will have a positive impact on the survival opportunities of cancer sufferers. The upgrade of at least 100 linear accelerator machines across the country will ensure more patients benefit from state-of-the-art intensity-modulated radiotherapy. These... Readmore

Soft Drinks Linked with Diabetes in New Research

Drinking more than two sugary or artificially sweetened soft drinks per day greatly increases the risk of diabetes, according to newly published research from Sweden. Scientists examined sweetened drink consumption, while assessing people with an uncommon form of diabetes known as latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA). LADA has features of type 1 diabetes, where the body's own immune cells destroy the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. But unlike type 1 diabetes, which normally... Readmore

Researchers Identify Alzheimer’s Gene Patterns

Scientists believe that they have discovered a possible explanation for how Alzheimer's disease spreads in the brain, according to numerous media reports. The Guardian newspaper has particularly picked up on this exciting study emanating from Cambridge University. Researchers believe that gene patterns which are located in specific areas of the brain may help to explain why the disease tends to emanate in certain regions before later spreading. Such patterns were located in the areas of healthy... Readmore

Study Identifies HIV Sufferers With Special Immunity

A new study published in Science Immunology offers an intriguing new insight into the HIV virus. Scientists have identified and described the immunological profile of some people with HIV who are better able to resist the effects of the deadly condition. A team led by researchers from Duke University in Durham, NC, studied blood samples taken from people with HIV. They selected 51 people with high levels of bNAbs and 51 people with few or no bNAbs. They found that many of the changes in immune... Readmore
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