Surge in Dementia Volunteers Promises Medical Breakthrough

As the UK government continues its attempts to address dementia, its plans have received a welcome boost. The government has pledged to find a cure for the condition by 2025, owing to the massive demographic problems that dementia threatens in the future. The number of people with dementia in the UK is forecast to increase to over 1 million by 2025, and over 2 million by 2051. However, these figures are based on a worse case scenario, and the fundamental assumption that there are no public health... Readmore

MRC and EPSRC make multi-million pound award to develop molecular pathology

A joint award of £16m to develop molecular pathology tests to help deliver stratified medicine in a wide range of disease areas has been made by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). In 2014, the MRC warned that while UK investment in stratified medicine reached nearly £200m in the last four years, the UK capacity for molecular pathology needed to be increased in order to capture the potential patient and economic benefits stratification... Readmore

New Swedish study finds missing one night’s sleep can affect health

A new study from Uppsala University, Sweden, has found that missing a single night’s, or suffering a bad night’s sleep, can have more serious implications than previously thought. The study also reports that missing sleep can alter DNA molecules and change our cellular clocks. “Sleep is vital for a variety of bodily functions”, says Dr Guy Leschziner, consultant neurologist at London Bridge Hospital. “We spend about 30 percent of our lives asleep, and without it death occurs in a few days.... Readmore

Plans for five-year national strategy for mental health unveiled

The first-ever strategy specifically designed for mental health services was shared with frontline workers this week by the Mental Health Taskforce. Around 350 delegates to this year’s National Recovery and Outcomes Conference were addressed by the taskforce’s chair, Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, and Geraldine Strathdee, national clinical director for mental health. Paul and Geraldine explained the Taskforce’s aim is to create a five-year national strategy for mental health. The Taskforce... Readmore

Survey of medical clinical academics released

The results of a study into the clinical academic staffing levels in UK medical schools have been unveiled this week by The Medical Schools Council. The study, the 13th to be published by the Council, features analysis by academic grade, source of funding, specialty, region, gender and ethnicity. It also focuses on professors, readers/senior lecturers and lecturers. The survey findings include data highlighting that there were 3,131 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) clinical academics in UK medical... Readmore

Innovative diabetes project wins top award

An innovative project - entitled ‘My Diabetes My Way’ - which allows people with diabetes electronic access to their medical records has been recognised with a top UK award. Led by the University of Dundee in partnership with NHS Scotland, the project has been named winner of the Education and Self-Management Award at the 2015 Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference. The project offers people with diabetes anywhere in Scotland online access to their medical records, explaining the clinical... Readmore

Department of Health announces £3 million funding for stem cell services

Three million pounds of funding to help improve stem cell services in the UK has been announced by the Department of Health (DH). The funding pledge, in support of a partnership between NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, has been made to provide extra help for patients with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders. The £3m announced by the Mr Freeman means that £19m has been invested in stem cell services since 2010. “This funding is vital... Readmore

Alzheimer’s Research UK announces plans for three Drug Discovery Institutes

Alzheimer’s Research UK has announced plans to launch a £30m Drug Discovery Alliance involving three flagship Drug Discovery Institutes at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and UCL (University College London). Each Drug Discovery Institute will have 90 new research scientists employed in state-of-the-art facilities to fast-track the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. With dementia affecting over 830,000 people in the UK and costing the UK economy... Readmore

New European project gets set to revitalise antibiotic development

 Thirty-three European academic partners and five pharmaceutical companies have joined forces to launch a new €167 million project -COMBACTE-MAGNET – as part of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) antimicrobial resistance research programme (New Drugs 4 Bad Bugs (ND4BB)). Overseen by the University Medical Center Utrecht, it is envisaged that COMBACTE-MAGNET will bring highly innovative studies and activities related to prevention and treatment of infections caused by multi-drug resistant... Readmore

Government urged to act over lack of clinical trial transparency

The Science and Technology Committee has described the current lack of transparency of many clinical trials as ‘unacceptable’ and is calling on the Government to take action. “Many of the trials taking place today are unregistered and unpublished, meaning that the information that they generate remains invisible to both the scientific community and the public,” said Committee Chair Andrew Miller MP. He continued: “This is unacceptable, undermining public trust, slowing the pace of medical... Readmore

Life sciences boom at Edinburgh BioQuarter

Cutting-edge life sciences research is being expanded at Edinburgh BioQuarter -the city’s dedicated facility for academic research, clinical professionals and industry expertise. Three new specialist research companies – Science Squared, R-Biomedical and Marks and Clerks – are opening today (5 February 2013) at the city’s BioQuarter research campus, bringing the total from seven to ten. First Minister Alex Salmond said: “These three businesses represent a growing trend for life sciences... Readmore

Latest Evidence Update from NHS Evidence: Delirium

The latest Evidence Update from NHS Evidence (a service provided by NICE) which focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 103 - Delirium: diagnosis, prevention and management(2010) - is now available. Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance. However, they do highlight new evidence that might generate a future change in practice and provide a commentary on the potential impact. Evidence Updates from NHS Evidence seek to reduce the need... Readmore
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