NHS encourages people to give blood following 15% drop in donations

March 25th, 2020
NHS encourages people to give blood following 15% drop in donations

The NHS is encouraging healthy individuals to consider giving blood, following a 15% drop in donations last week. As concerns about coronavirus grow, health experts are urging people who have appointments booked to keep them in a bid to maintain blood stores. A spokesman said that the impact of the drop was ‘minimal’ at the […]

Preventative HIV treatment will be available from April, health ministers confirm

March 17th, 2020
Preventative HIV treatment will be available from April, health ministers confirm

A drug, which prevents the transmission of HIV, will be available in England from April, the Department of Health has confirmed. PrEP, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, is an antiretroviral drug, which helps to stop the transmission of HIV through unprotected sex. The tablet is taken once a day. Health secretary, Matt Hancock, suggested that the […]

Scientists discover new antibiotic using artificial intelligence

February 25th, 2020
Scientists discover new antibiotic using artificial intelligence

Scientists have discovered a new antibiotic using artificial intelligence. In a world first, a research team based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has used AI to unveil a new type of antibiotic. As drug resistance becomes an increasingly worrying problem for medical teams and public health experts, the recent development has been hailed […]

Mumps cases reach 10-year high, as professionals promote MMR vaccine

February 18th, 2020
Mumps cases reach 10-year high, as professionals promote MMR vaccine

The number of cases of mumps in England has reached a 10-year high. Health experts are urging people to make sure they have had both doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, as the number of cases among young adults rose to 5,042 in 2019. This represents a four-fold increase from 2018. There […]

UK braced for more corona virus cases, as Brighton GP surgery staff member tests positive

February 13th, 2020

The UK is braced for more corona virus cases after a GP surgery in Brighton closed due to a staff member testing positive for the virus. County Oak Medical Centre has been shut temporarily after a member of the staff team tested positive for corona virus. Patients and other staff members have been advised to […]

US approves peanut allergy drug

February 4th, 2020

The US has approved a new drug designed to treat children with peanut allergies. The drug, which is known as AR101 or Palforzia, is given in minute doses, which increase in strength over the course of a six-month period. The aim is to increase amounts of peanut protein under the supervision of medical experts. The […]

Fears grow over killer Coronavirus, as death toll reaches over 80 in China

January 28th, 2020

Fears are growing over a killer virus, which has now claimed more than 80 lives in China. Governments all over the world are looking into measures designed to limit the spread of coronavirus, a virus that originated in the city of Wuhan. Chinese officials have now confirmed that over 3,000 people have been diagnosed, with […]

Schools in England to provide free period products for students

January 21st, 2020

Schools in England will provide period products free of charge as part of a programme set up by the government to prevent period poverty. Primary and secondary schools across the country will be able to opt into the scheme, which will enable students to access products, such as tampons, pads and menstrual cups without paying. […]

Dental expert urges patients to be ‘tongue-aware’

January 15th, 2020

The British Dental Association’s chair of hospital dentists is urging the public to be ‘tongue-’aware’ in a bid to promote good oral and general health. Peter Dyer said that it is useful for the public to adopt the mantra ‘the mouth is the mirror to the body’ to enable them to spot potential warning signs […]

GP surgeries consider shared patient appointments-2664-2262

January 15th, 2020
GP surgeries consider shared patient appointments-2664-2262

GP surgeries are considering shared patient appointments in a bid to reduce pressure on services and shorten waiting times.  The demand for GP appointments is increasing year on year, but the number of new doctors is increasing at a much slower pace. The outcome is that patients are waiting longer to see a GP. One […]

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