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 [Extract from this week’s guest blog]Jon is Chief Economist at Pro Bono EconomicsIt’s not always easy to put a pounds and pence figure on everything a charity does nor does it always feel like the morally ’right thing’ to do. But, measuring wellbeing effects gives an increasingly valuable alternative route for…

Since the technology revolution and the rise of the internet, we are constantly surrounded by data, and companies harvesting and storing that data, supposedly for our benefit. In the world of scientific and medical research, big data is often touted…

Healthcare apps have exploded in the last few years, as people globally turn to apps more and more to manage just about every aspect of their lives, with health on all fronts a key priority. It’s estimated that there are…

Covid-19 has highlighted and exacerbated deep inequalities in our society. It has affected many aspects of our wellbeing – our health, our work, our homes, and the quality of our relationships – in ways that have been felt by some…

Nearly a fifth (17%) of dementia researchers could leave the field because of COVID-19, with 35% considering leaving research altogether. Alzheimer’s Research UK is calling on government to deliver its promise to double dementia research funding to save the progress…

SDG fulfilment is now 62 years behind schedule – systemic change and real social progress is required (Washington, D.C. – September 10, 2020) – The world is facing a potential ‘lost decade’ of progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals…

The KONP Statement to theHouse of Commons Health and Social Care Committee on Integrated Care: organisations, partnerships and systems (June 2018) missed a trick, i.e. it did not question the assumptions around the economics of Integrated Care. The statement quite…

Rapid testing to aid in long-term Covid-19 response in UK and globally  Canterbury-based technology firm ANCON Medical (‘Ancon’) announces the trial of its Nanotechnology Biomarker Tagging (NBT) system, to provide a breath test to diagnose Coronavirus in 10 -15 minutes. The…

North/South divide  England’s North-South divide affects everything in the NHS including health services research and development. Overall, the North of England receives £4 billion less investment per year in health research and development (R&D) than the South. It receives just…

Computer says No! In a recent edition of the Academic Health Economist’s Blog Chris Sampson predicted that by about 2050, all established national screening programmes will have started to change into risk-based screening programmes. This means that only those at…

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