A&E departments to get more funding

The Department of Health has announced funding of £55.98 million to ease pressure on emergency departments in time for next winter.

Epilepsy drug linked to child deformities, study finds

A study conducted by Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des Produits de Santé (ANSM), France's National Agency for the Safety of Medicines, has warned that a drug given to pregnant women for epilepsy and bipolar disorder caused ‘serious malformations’ in up to 4,100 children.

WHO calls for united effort to tackle viral hepatitis

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on countries to work together to wipe out viral hepatitis with new global statistics showing 1.34 million people died from the disease in 2015.

Research indicates new hope for kidney disease treatment

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh, University College London and Imperial College London have identified a key molecule linked to kidney disease in people with diabetes.

Drugs shows promise in treating neurodegeneration diseases

A team of scientists from the Medical Research Council (MRC) have identified two drugs which block the pathway to brain cell death and prevent neurodegeneration.

£1.1m life-saving technique trialled across major trauma centre

An emergency treatment aimed at saving the lives of people with life-threatening bleeding injuries is to be trialled as across a number of trauma centres as part of a new £1.1 million study by the University of Aberdeen.

Sugary drinks to be banned in hospital shops

NHS England has announced that leading retailers have agreed to continue voluntarily reducing sales of sugary drinks to 10 percent or less of their total drinks sales within hospitals over the coming year.

Cycling to work cuts risk of early death, study finds

New research by the University of Glasgow and published in the BMJ, has found that cycling to work is associated with a 41 per cent reduction in the risk of a premature death from diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Cutting out amino acids could starve cancers, research shows

Research conducted by the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute and the University of Glasgow found that removing two non-essential amino acids – serine and glycine – could slow tumour growth and prolong survival.

OAS calls on local gov to improve school meals

Obesity Action Scotland (OAS) has called on local government election candidates to commit to transform school meals in Scotland to create a healthy eating culture.

Most adolescents content, OECD shows

According to new research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), teenagers who feel part of a school community and enjoy good relations with their parents and teachers are more likely to perform better academically and lead happier lives.

BHF Cymru calls for more stroke research

British Heart Foundation (BHF) has highlighted that improvements in the number of fatal strokes in Wales but has maintained more research into stroke prevention is still needed.

Housing pressures contribute to rising mental ill-health

A new survey by Shelter has revealed that millions of people in England are suffering mentally because of housing problems.

DH launches scorecard platform to improve NHS efficiency

NHS Digital has launched a new web platform for the Innovation Scorecard.

Royal Hospital for Children trials babycam for neonatal parents

The Royal Hospital for Children in Scotland has launched a babycam initiative aimed at reassuring parents while their newborns are in hospital.

DFID announces extra £200m to fight neglected tropical diseases

The Department for International Development (DFID) has announced a £200 million investment into programmes to fight neglected tropical diseases.


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