UK prepares to trial plasma treatment for COVID-19

April 22nd, 2020
UK prepares to trial plasma treatment for COVID-19

The UK is set to start trials on plasma treatment for patients affected by COVID-19. Representatives from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) are contacting people who have recovered from the virus in a bid to recruit patients willing to participate in the treatment trial. Participants will be asked to donate blood in the hope that […]

Military personnel to provide backup for ambulance workers

April 14th, 2020
Military personnel to provide backup for ambulance workers

Members of the Armed Forces have been called upon to provide backup for ambulance workers, as the UK fights the coronavirus pandemic. Military personnel have already been heavily involved in the distribution of PPE and medical supplies, including oxygen and ventilators, and the construction of the new Nightingale Hospitals in London and Birmingham. Now, members […]

Health experts urge patients to call 999 for emergency care amid fears some are avoiding seeking urgent help to ease pressures on services

April 7th, 2020
Health experts urge patients to call 999 for emergency care amid fears some are avoiding seeking urgent help to ease pressures on services

Health experts are urging patients who need emergency care to call 999 amid fears that some are avoiding picking up the phone because they don’t want to increase pressure on the NHS. Patients who need help for symptoms that are not related to coronavirus are encouraged to seek help in the normal way by contacting […]

Mercedes F1 team develops new breathing device for use in hospitals

April 1st, 2020
Mercedes F1 team develops new breathing device for use in hospitals

The Mercedes Formula 1 team has responded to the government’s call for help with manufacturing emergency medical equipment to treat coronavirus patients. The team has developed a new breathing aid, which could help to keep patients out of intensive care units. Engineers from University College London worked with the F1 team and clinicians from UCLH […]

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 […]

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