Archives for November, 2015

A&E Waiting Times Becoming Worse

November 27th, 2015
A&E Waiting Times Becoming Worse

Figures suggest that waiting times in A&E departments across Britain are becoming worse due to the growing pressures in hospitals. Collected by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, the data shows that 88% of A&E patients were admitted or treated within four hours. This is below the target of 95%. Hospitals have also reported noteworthy […]

Malaria-Resistant Mosquitoes Hatched in California

November 24th, 2015
Malaria-Resistant Mosquitoes Hatched in California

 Researchers in California hatched some malaria-resistant mosquitoes and used ground-breaking technology to make sure they pass on the protective gene when they reproduce. The experiment involves what’s known as a “gene drive” which hopefully promises to change the genetics of populations in insects, certain plants and certain animals faster than it would happen naturally. Genes […]

Government Confirms £3.8 Billion Injection for Frontline NHS Services

November 24th, 2015
Government Confirms £3.8 Billion Injection for Frontline NHS Services

The Government has confirmed that frontline NHS services in England will receive a cash injection worth £3.8 billion next year in line with plans to increase spending on the NHS by £8 billion by the year 2020. The additional funding represents an increase of almost 4 percent, which is above the rate of inflation. This […]

NHS Trust Overspending Hits £1.6 Billion

November 20th, 2015
NHS Trust Overspending Hits £1.6 Billion

Overspending by England’s NHS trusts has risen to £1.6 billion in 2015 amid growing concerns about financial problems. The official figures for April-September mark the halfway point in the 2015-2016 financial year. They show that the deficit has grown from the £930 million posted in the initial three months. The problems have been described by […]

The Link Between Smoking and Oral Cancer

November 20th, 2015
The Link Between Smoking and Oral Cancer

Smoking is one of the main risk factors for oral and oesophageal cancers. Smokers are also at risk of other forms of cancer, including bladder, bowel, liver, lung and pancreatic cancer. Although oral cancer only accounts for around 2% of cancer cases in Britain, the occurrence of the disease is increasing year on year and […]

98% of Junior Doctors Vote to Strike

November 19th, 2015
98% of Junior Doctors Vote to Strike

Junior doctors are not backing down in their fight against ministers, as 98% have voted in favour of going on strike. The first strike is scheduled for the 1st December with further action planned for the 8th and 16th December. In response to the vote, the British Medical Association said that it was impossible for […]

New Report Suggest Better Hospital Care Could Prevent Hundreds of Stillbirths

November 19th, 2015

A new report has suggested that better care provided by UK hospitals could prevent hundreds of stillbirths each year. Research conducted by the University of Leicester suggested that some mothers are not offered suitable tests even when they express concerns about their babies not moving. The study, which focused on 85 cases of stillbirth (not […]

Concerns Over Early Death Rates in Mental Health Patients in the UK

November 18th, 2015

A new report has raised concerns over early death rates in patients with mental health disorders in almost a quarter of the regions in England. Research suggests that early death was more common all over the country in patients with mental health problems, however 51 regions were flagged up as having “particularly worrying” statistics. Researchers […]

A Healthy Breakfast Leads to Higher Assessment Scores, New Study Claims

November 17th, 2015
A Healthy Breakfast Leads to Higher Assessment Scores, New Study Claims

Children who start the day with a healthy breakfast are more likely to achieve higher grades in assessments, according to the new study carried out by researchers at Cardiff University. A study, which involved 5,000 primary school children aged between 9 and 11 years old, revealed that those who ate a healthy breakfast on a […]

NICE Claims Breast Cancer Drug is Too Expensive for Widespread Use

November 17th, 2015
NICE Claims Breast Cancer Drug is Too Expensive for Widespread Use

A breast cancer drug known for extending lives will not be routinely available on the NHS because it is too expensive. NICE (National Institute of  Health Care and Excellence) has confirmed that Kadcyla, a drug able to extend life expectancy by around six months in patients with incurable breast cancer, will not be available for all suitable candidates in […]

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