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Nov 27, 2014
Increasing access to diagnostics hits the headlines again Today (27 November, 2014) a commission established by the Lancet has reported that liver disease stands out as a glaring exception to the vast improvements made during the past 30 years in health and life expectancy for chronic disorders such as stroke, heart disease and many cancers.
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Nov 18, 2014
Today is European Antibiotics Awareness Day 2014 (EAAD). This International Day of awareness was started in order to educate people about the appropriate use of antibiotics, in the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). AMR is one of the most serious challenges to our health that we face.
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Oct 15, 2014
With the 2015 General Election fast approaching, BIVDA co-hosted three discussion meetings at the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat Party conferences. As part of Life Science UK, and linking with the Association of Medical Research Charities, BIVDA welcomed a wide range of stakeholders to the meetings.
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Aug 05, 2014
Today is Testing Tuesday! And this week we are raising awareness of Hepatitis. (Not heard of TestingTuesday? See here to find out more) On the 28th July it was National Hepatitis Awareness Day. A great collaborative effort was made from research councils, organisations, and charities to raise awareness about the threat of hepatitis, and its impact on national and international community.
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Jul 28, 2014
Following four years in office, with a solid reputation for representing the scientific community, as well as British universities, David Willetts MP has moved on as Minister for Universities and Science. The work he has undertaken will of course be remembered, and we are still looking forward to working on the Catapult for Precision Medicine brought about by David Willetts.
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Jul 02, 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron, has announced a review into antimicrobial resistance, and why so few drugs have been manufactured in recent years. The last major antibiotic was created in 1987. Jim O’Neill, former Chief Economist at Goldman Sachs, will lead a global panel of experts from science, finance, industry, and global health, aiming to spur the development of a “new generation of antibiotics”.
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Jun 18, 2014
Today NICE will publish updated guidance on the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. Although NICE periodically updates all of its guidance to take account of the latest research and best practice, for the first time today the guidance will be accompanied by the publication of a Consensus statement on the use of Novel Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs) drafted by the NICE Implementation Collaborative (NIC).
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Jun 10, 2014
It’s National Diabetes Week 2014. BIVDA will be raising the profile of diabetes, and the importance of IVDs, in our blog and TestingTuesday Tweets. You can see all of our tweets on storify here. Social Media has been cooking up a storm for awareness week as well, with a huge concentration written about the launch of the British Medical Journal's report on pre-diabetes diagnoses in the UK.
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Jun 03, 2014
Today (3 June 2014), a day before the Queen’s Speech marking the start of a new Parliamentary session, the Chair of the influential Health Select Committee, Stephen Dorrell MP, has stepped down with immediate effect. Mr Dorrell said: “I have enjoyed doing the select committee.
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May 19, 2014
Diabetes UK has recently released a report entitled NHS Health Checks in Local Authorities, ref: type 2 diabetes testing. This looks into the uptake and achievements of the Health Check policy, since its transition from the NHS to Local Authorities in 2013. NHS Health Checks are aimed at everyone between 40 and 74 years of age who has not been previously diagnosed with heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, or kidney disease.
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