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Apr 22, 2022
Mobile testing trucks have been travelling up and down the country to improve early lung cancer diagnosis, with 600 people receiving potentially life-saving early diagnoses so far. Evidence so far has shown a significant rise in early lung cancer diagnosis across the population.The community scheme, which forms part of the NHS Targeted Lung Health Check Programme, has diagnosed patients at the earliest stages – stage 1 and 2 – 77% of the time. In 2018, the comparable figure was far l...
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Apr 22, 2022
A new Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England has been recruited and will support the Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty. Dr Thomas Waite has been placed in the Deputy CMO role, replacing Professor Jonathan Van-Tam who stepped down on 31 March 2022. Among Dr Waite’s responsibilities will be emergency response and preparedness, infectious diseases, vaccines and therapeutics. During the pandemic, Dr Waite helped create the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) – which provides evid...
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Apr 22, 2022
The US-developed test is estimated to be twice as accurate as previous tests in predicting heart problems and strokes over the next four years. The test is currently available in four healthcare systems in the US, and it is hoped it will be approved for UK-use soon.It works by measuring the levels of proteins in the blood, with scientists particularly interested in identifying the 27 proteins that most accurately predict the risk of death or illness by heart problems or stroke over a four-year p...
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Apr 08, 2022
The Government’s Health and Social Care Committee have issued a warning that NHS England is not making near-enough sufficient progress on detecting early stage cancers in the population. The Committee cited issues from staffing shortages, and post-pandemic delays for the delayed screening targets. 54% of cases are diagnosed at stages one and two, and the aim is to diagnose 75% of cases in the early stages by 2028. Despite the ambitions and will from charities and organisations, there has b...
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Apr 08, 2022
The Government’s flagship community diagnostic centre (CDC) project is already making huge progress in clearing part of the backlog by performing almost a million additional tests, which is the equivalent to 30,000 extra tests per week.73 CDCs have already opened across the UK and, due to funds made available by the newly-launched Health and Social Care Levy, up to 160 are to open by 2025. By May, four extra CDCs will have opened their doors to patients.While the Government believes that C...
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Apr 01, 2022
The British Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College for Physicians have published a report pushing for pharmacogenomic testing to better tailor patient prescriptions and save money caused by adverse drug reactions.They claim this testing will ensure patients receive the correct drug and dosage – as prescription drugs work for only 30-50% of the population – while avoiding potentially dangerous side-effects. Currently, 6.5% of UK hospital admissions are attributed to adverse drug...
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Mar 25, 2022
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered the Spring Statement to MPs and the public on Wednesday 23 March.As a background to the announcements, UK inflation has hit 6.2% and families face the worst real-terms income squeeze in 50 years. With the cost of living soaring in the UK, Mr Sunak announced a rise in the threshold of National Insurance, and pledged cuts to the basic rate of income tax and fuel duty.Forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility showed the economy would grow ...
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Mar 18, 2022
The Government has pledged to increase the UK’s R&D budget to £39.8 billion for 2022-25, the largest number in history. This funding has been allocated across the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is intended to cement the UK’s place as a global science superpower.It is also hoped that this increased investment will spark even greater private investment, with research showing that every £1 of public expenditure in R&D eventually le...
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Mar 18, 2022
Funding from the Government to the support provided to Horizon Europe launched in November 2021 will be extended, it was announced this week. This guarantee comes as efforts continue for the UK’s association to the large-scale research programme to be formalised. The funding will now be in place for awards expected to be signed by the end of December 2022.The UK and EU had agreed upon terms in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement last year that would ensure the UK’s association to the...
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Mar 11, 2022
BIVDA enjoyed an excellent day in Parliament as dozens of university researchers exhibited posters encompassing their innovative research projects. BIVDA has long supported the annual competition with our CEO Doris-Ann Williams chairing the organising committee.Indeed, the organising team’s hard work paid off as esteemed politicians, such as Shadow Science, Research and Digital Minister Chi Onwurah MP and Chair of the APPG for Life Sciences Daniel Zeichner MP, turned up in great numbers to...
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