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Britain lags behind many of its European neighbours and ranks 30th in a global list of countries assessed for health care quality and access. Experts who analysed death-rate data from 195 nations judged the UK to be on a par with the Czech Republic and Portugal. The top-ranking country was…
A new imaging system has been developed that could help doctors pinpoint and treat cancer more accurately using cutting-edge proton therapy. Three dimensional computerised tomography (CT) images were created using protons - the "hearts" of atoms - rather than X-rays. Proton therapy uses beams of the sub-atomic particles to destroy…
Doctors have praised the "tremendous medical achievement" which means young people with HIV can now expect a near-normal life expectancy. A study in The Lancet HIV medical journal found that advances in antiretroviral drugs now give young people with the disease a chance to live well into old age. Those…
How the measures aim to help improve social work practice, reduce the need for repeat interventions and increase the resources to deal with rising demand. This evaluation examines how well each of the programme areas is working and in what circumstances. The overall objective of the Programme was to create…
Cannabis treatment could slow down - or even reverse - memory loss and other brain ageing effects in older people, say scientists. New research on mice has shown that low doses of THC, the main "high" inducing chemical in cannabis, can put the brakes on mental decline. The benefits were…
A range of experts from palliative care, engineering, design, social sciences and public health are coming together to take a radical look at end of life care and tackle one of our generation’s greatest health and social care challenges. This is what leading terminal illness charity, Marie Curie, has set…
Thousands of British children with a blinding arthritic disease stand a chance of preserving their sight with a combination of drugs, trial results have shown. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) can lead to uveitis, an inflammatory eye condition that may have serious complications, including blindness. Around 5,000 children in the UK…
Disability Rights UK has partnered with University of Birmingham and Sport England to develop evidence based guidelines to help social workers to have conversations with disabled people in receipt of social care support (personal budgets and direct payments) about how and where to be physically active and importantly why. findings…
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