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A brain-training iPad game has been developed to help people with schizophrenia. Researchers at the University of Cambridge said slow progress is being made towards developing a drug treatment and the game, called Wizard, can help where drugs have so far failed. The game has been found to improve the…
The University of Bradford will become a hub for the development of healthcare apps and other digital healthcare solutions after becoming the first UK higher education institution to be awarded NHS England Code4Health Community status. The award recognises the University’s central role in creating a community of academics, clinicians, developers,…
A team of interns at redLoop – the Middlesex University Design and Innovation Centre – have been awarded a £2,000 grant to develop an app they designed as part of the JISC Summer of Student Innovation competition. The innovative mobile app called 'commUNItime' was designed by Kirsty Tither, Posola Karunwi,…
A new patient engagement programme that places student nurses at the heart of general practitioner surgery groups in the South West has been unveiled by Plymouth University. In the first project of its kind in the country, students on Plymouth’s adult nursing degree have been working with patient participation groups…
A gene therapy cure for inherited deafness has been successfully tested and could be offered to patients in under five years. Researchers restored the hearing of deaf mice by injecting a virus carrying the healthy gene into their inner ears. The research offers new hope to children born with defective…
Seventeen healthcare pioneers are due to find out that their inventions are to be rolled out to patients, hospitals and GP practices across England. A smartphone heart monitor, a tool to diagnose liver disease and a ground-breaking genetic research programme that allows doctors to diagnose, predict and prevent illnesses more…
A novel way of delivering mental health care imported from the USA has reduced the need for hospital admissions for people with psychosis, according to University of York researchers. But the study of the impact of the Assertive Outreach teams, led by Ian Hamilton, a lecturer in the University’s Department…
An innovative electronic tool to help deliver more personalised care to people with cancer has been developed by the charity Macmillan Cancer Support. The electronic Holistic Needs Assessment (eHNA) provides patients with detailed needs assessments through a touch screen tablet. The information is then sent to the clinician through a…
A new £3 million fund has been announced to enable active and independent living for people who are recovering from illness or injury. The fund will be used to deliver the Active and Independent Living Programme over the next three years. It will aim to find new and innovative ways…
An innovative project looking at how evidence can be used to enrich practice, based on research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) A Better Life programme, has released its findings. The project, which ran for one year in six sites across Wales and Scotland, focused on what matters to older…
Research published in the journal Analyst has demonstrated a new, non-invasive test that can detect cocaine use through a simple fingerprint. For the first time, this new fingerprint method can determine whether cocaine has been ingested, rather than just touched. Led by the University of Surrey, a team of researchers…
Technology could be the key to help people improve and maintain positive mental health according to researchers at the University of Sheffield. Every year one in four people will experience a common mental health problem such as anxiety, depression, drug or alcohol abuse or eating disorders. Over 75 per cent…
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