Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Liverpool activist Greg Dropkin has weighed the claims of the NHS’ RightCare initiative, and found them wanting.  (RightCare: wrong answers Journal of Public Health November 2017). RightCare is an NHS England programme that identifies opportunities for savings and quality improvements and describes itself as ‘a proven approach that delivers better patient outcomes’. Greg Dropkin’s challenges the modelling assumptions made by RightCare (which...

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NHS Confederation: New figures show public support for tax rises to fund NHS

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Taxpayers in England, Scotland and Wales back paying more tax to help fund the NHS, according to research. The survey, conducted by researchers YouGov, included two questions for 20,000 participants: ‘Would you support increasing the basic rate of National Insurance from 12% to 13% and using the money raised to increase spending on the NHS?’ and ‘Would you support increasing the basic rate of income tax from 20% to 21% and using the money...

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DiaMonTech announces breakthrough technology for non-invasive method for measuring blood glucose

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Medtech company unveils tech to improve diabetes management   The age of finger-pricking will soon be over with the announcement of a non-invasive method for measuring the body’s blood glucose levels from German medical technology company, DiaMonTech. DiaMonTech has created technology for a medical device which directly measures the presence of glucose molecules in the blood through an invisible infrared laser, giving a reading of a user’s...

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Healthier lifestyles and better health policies drive life expectancy gains, says OECD

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

  Healthier lifestyles, higher incomes and better education have all contributed to boost life expectancy in recent decades. Better health care has also helped, according to a new OECD report. Health at a Glance 2017 says that all OECD countries have seen life expectancy at birth increase by over 10 years since 1970 to reach an average of 80.6 years. Life expectancy at birth is highest in Japan (83.9 years), and Spain and Switzerland (83...

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Belfast today, Home Counties tomorrow!   This health service funding business is easy, ask any Ulster politician. Recently all five Trusts in Northern Ireland consulted on proposals for significant cuts in services in order to meet their legal duty to stay within their 2017/18 budgets.  If implemented, the cuts would have potentially impacted severely on the health of people in Northern Ireland.  Fortunately the Department of Health...

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Government plan for new treatments welcomed by Alzheimer’s Research UK

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, has welcomed a government plan to speed up the way new treatments are introduced on the NHS. The plan takes forward several recommendations from last year’s Accelerated Access Review – which examined how advances in medicine could be made available to patients faster – and could have major implications for future dementia treatments. Among the actions announced is the...

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AbbVie puts creativity at heart of health problem-solving with unique group of experts including animators and gamers  

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Today, global research-based biopharmaceutical company, AbbVie, is announcing a unique line-up of experts from the creative, health and tech industries, including Aardman (the studio behind Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep). The experts, who are part of the Live:LabTM project, have been brought together to tackle the complex health issue of the ‘Fear of Finding Out’ (FOFO) – a major psychological barrier which prevents people from...

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