Researchers successfully manufacture red blood cells

The University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant team have been successful in manufacturing red blood cells on a more efficient scale than was previously possible.

Scottish government extends IVF cycles eligible for funding

The Scottish government has announced that from 1 April, new patients under 40 referred for IVF treatment on the NHS in Scotland will be eligible for three full cycles rather than two.

NI patients warned over heart surgery infection risk

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) has issued advice to around 2,000 patients regarding their risk of infection caused by Mycobacterium chimaera, following open heart surgery.

Drug found to reverse ageing

A study published in the journal Cell has suggested that a drug used to reverse aspects of ageing in mice has yielded successful results.

Breakthrough in TB diagnosis

Research conducted at the universities of Oxford and Birmingham has resulted in a breakthrough in the diagnosis of Tuberculosis (TB).

CCGs must stop restricting weight loss surgery, BOMSS and RCS says

The British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) and the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has called on NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to stop restricting weight loss surgery, after data has suggested many have introduced policies to ration such operations.

Three trusts to enter financial special measures

NHS Improvement has announced that St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust; and University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust are being put into financial special measures to help them meet their savings plans.

NHS Highland announces £100m savings plan

In a report, NHS Highland’s chief executive Elaine Mead is set to highlight the strategic direction the board must take to meet ‘unprecedented’ saving targets of around £100 million over the next three years.

Teenage pregnancies at record low, ONS figure show

Conception rates among under-18s has halved in eight years, to 21 per 1,000 women, data from the Office for National Statistics has shown.

PHE launches Report Illicit Drug Reaction

Public Health England (PHE) has launched a new online system, Report Illicit Drug Reaction, to improve knowledge of the harmful effects of new psychoactive substances.

Contraceptive pill found to protect against cancer

Research conducted by the University of Aberdeen has indicated that women who have taken the oral contraceptive pill are protected against some types of cancer for as long as thirty years.

Junior doctors moved over lack of training

The East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) has been told by Health Eduction England (HEE) that it must transfer more than half of its junior doctors to ensure patient safety because of a lack of consultants to train them.

Welsh report confirms PrEP drug ‘highly effective’

A review by the independent HIV Expert Group established by Public Health Wales has concluded that anti-HIV infection drug, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has ‘clear potential to prevent people catching the virus.

Removal of babies’ teeth on the rise, RCS warns

The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has raised concern over the rise in the number of tooth extractions performed on 0-4 year olds in hospitals in England over the last decade.

Gething backs improved access to medicine system

Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has backed an independent review of the Individual Patient Funding Request (IPFR), which makes decisions on access to treatments that are not routinely available for individual patients.

Spider venom offers potential for stroke therapy

Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has indicted that a protein present in funnel web spider venom could help protect the brain from further injury following a stroke.

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