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Thursday 11th July 2019

Top dementia experts identify gaps holding back potential treatments

Leading dementia figures from universities, pharmaceutical companies and charities have today identified six gaps in dementia research that present new opportunities to speed up the search for the first life-changing treatment for the condition. The work, funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, calls for a fresh focus on how research is conducted, including new approaches to […] The post Top de...

Tuesday 9th July 2019

Tackling dementia within care homes through the use of technology

While people living with dementia will never be cured, there are things that can be done to help them to continue their lives in a way as similar as before. In this article, Blueleaf goes through the most common side effects and symptoms of dementia and how modern technology such as robotics and smart home […] The post Tackling dementia within care homes through the use of technology appeare...

What is Nanoparticle Biomarker Tagging?

Nanoparticle Biomarker tagging is a conceptually new, breath profiling technique that utilizes a patented, ultra-sensitive & high-resolution detector which has been proven to be 100x more sensitive than current technology and functions as the basis for early detection. Each breath a person exhales contains a mixture of molecules that can be produced by bacteria or […] The post What is Na...

Extension of HPV vaccination programme to boys is a very important step, says BMA

Responding to the announcement by Public Health England that Year 8 boys will be offered the free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine from September this year, BMA board of science chair, Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, said: “The BMA has for a long time been calling for an extension of the HPV vaccination programme to be extended […] The post Extension of HPV vaccination programme to boys ...

Monday 8th July 2019

Peak productivity – how and when are UK employees at their most creative?

UK employees feel their most creative in the morning, with 11:05am being the optimal time 86% of workers can’t be creative when there is music playing in an office Doctors and engineers take longer to feel creative than any other profession UK employees feel they’re most creative at 11:05am, according to new research by innovation […] The post Peak productivity – how and when are UK em...

Thursday 4th July 2019

Getting women and girls to turn up, stay, and come back to sports projects AND What does co-production look like in communities?

Getting women and girls to turn up, stay, and come back to sports projects We had predicted that life satisfaction (12%) and happiness (8%) would both be areas where there was potential for change, as these domains are traditionally associated with active lifestyles. However, there were similar increases in the number of participants who felt […] The post Getting women and girls to turn up, ...

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

E-cigarette use in UK increases in 2018 as smoking numbers fall ONS reveals that 6.3% of UK adults use ‘vapes’ regularly

Today, the ONS has released its report on smoking and e-cigarette use in 2018. It has revealed that 6.3% of all over 16s in the UK in 2018 were e-cigarette users, otherwise known as vapers. This breaks down as 7.7% of men and 5% of women; an increase of 0.8% from 2017. 52.8% of respondents said that they use […] The post E-cigarette use in UK increases in 2018 as smoking numbers fall O...

Monday 1st July 2019

How harmful is gambling, and what can be done? Lords ask for input to new inquiry

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry has today issued its call for evidence. Issues relating to the gambling industry and individuals affected by disordered gambling are varied, and many are without research or reliable facts. The Committee has focused its inquiry on issues including: the […] The post How harmful is gambling, and what...

Thursday 27th June 2019

130,000 FEWER DEATHS annually if the UK’s meat-eaters went vegan

Veganism Impact Report divulges the huge impact on the UK’s health, economy and emissions if the current meat-eating population went vegan If we all went vegan, there would be 8,800 fewer cancer cases in the UK each year 29,445 fewer deaths if UK’s meat-eating population switched to a plant-based diet New research has revealed that […] The post 130,000 FEWER DEATHS annually if the UK’s...

Wednesday 26th June 2019


A new badge is launched today as a unifying symbol of pride in our 9 million social care champions and to raise money for care-related causes The founding members of the CARE badge community interest company (CIC) have today announced the public launch of the CARE badge, a unifying symbol of pride and quality in […] The post LAUNCH OF THE CARE BADGE appeared first on Health Matters.

Friday 21st June 2019

The true cost of becoming a general practitioner

Being a doctor is not only one of the most sought-after professions in the United Kingdom, but also one of the costliest. While a lot of people see the good pay and working hours as huge benefits to being a general practitioner (GP), not many consider just how hard it is to take the journey […] The post The true cost of becoming a general practitioner appeared first on Health Matters.

Wednesday 19th June 2019

News from Nowhere 77  June 2019

  A breath of fresh air If you have not encountered the policy commentator Matt Black you have missed a rich source of critical thinking about the NHS.  Matt argues that media headlines are, more often than not, driven by lobbyists with an agenda or journalists looking for link-bait and not by people who are […] The post News from Nowhere 77  June 2019 appeared first on Health Matters...

Tuesday 18th June 2019

Leading dementia research charity calls on government to reduce dementia stigma

Alzheimer’s Research UK is calling for government to lead on a national effort to reduce stigma and improve understanding of dementia after new evidence shows the impact of the ‘hidden nature’ of dementia. The call comes as the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia today published a new report, “Hidden no more: dementia and disability.” The […] The post Leading dementia researc...

Thursday 13th June 2019

NHS Health Checks are vital way to focus on brain health and help prevent dementia

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, is encouraging the public to take advantage of NHS Health Checks to monitor their brain health and help prevent dementia. The call comes after Public Health England today reported that over half of English adults are missing their Health Checks. Alzheimer’s Research UK collaborated with Public […] The post NHS Health ...

Wednesday 12th June 2019


The UK health budget is almost 10% of national income, rising 3% a year due to ageing and general increases in costs of living. Is our government spending more on our health than we would spend ourselves – or much less? And how much would we be willing to pay if the government wasn’t paying […] The post HEALTH AND MONEY: IS WELLBEING THE COMMON CURRENCY? appeared first on Health Matters.

Tuesday 11th June 2019

London assembly enquiry into parental mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence

The London assembly have launched an enquiry into the so called toxic trio i.e. parental mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence. The UCL Collaborative Centre for Inclusion Health are preparing a response.  If you have any evidence on the impact of these factors, how to prevent them and how to intervene effectively when they […] The post London assembly enquiry into parental me...

Monday 10th June 2019


Over 65s exercise more times in a month than any other age group Outdoor sports such as cycling, hiking and camping proved popular with the over 65s THE NATION is living longer, and as average life expectancies increase, new research has revealed that the over 65s are now one of the most physically active age […] The post REVEALED: THE UK’S MOST ACTIVE AGE GROUP appeared first on Health Ma...

Thursday 6th June 2019

Tea’s positive impact on blood pressure confirmed in new systematic review

A new state of the art review has confirmed the positive impact of regular long-term tea consumption on blood pressure and evaluated the range of mechanisms by which this positive impact occurs. Commenting on the research, Dr Tim Bond from the Tea Advisory Panel ( notes: “Conducted by researchers in the United States and China, […] The post Tea’s positive impact ...


“We’re still stuck with thinking that applied in 1945, when we needed economic growth to supply us with basic things” Andrew Oswald, University of Warwick, Economist SURVIVING These ’basic things’ do still matter, fortunately to a far smaller number of people, but they haven’t gone away. Progress towards these were well captured by proxy overall […] The post GOVERNANCE FOR WELLBE...

Monday 3rd June 2019

Failure to fund sexual health services is a false economy and must be reversed, says Community Network

The Community Network, established by NHS Providers and the NHS Confederation, has responded to the publication of the Health and Social Care Select Committee’s report on sexual health.  Community Network chair Andrew Ridley said: “This report shows what happens when there is a failure to effectively fund sexual health services. The Government needs to match […] The post Failure to fund...

Wednesday 29th May 2019

How can we take action against dementia using technology?

In the UK, someone develops dementia every three minutes, and the Alzheimer’s Society estimates that the number of people living alone with the condition will double to 240,000 in the next 20 years.1 Gavin Bashar, UK Managing Director of market-leading provider of Connected Care and Health solutions Tunstall Healthcare, explains how technology such as telecare […] The post How can we take ...


At Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, we’re leading some of the UK’s largest place-based programmes – focusing on the complex urban health issues like childhood obesity andmultiple long-term conditions. We’re now over two years into our current programmes and it’s been a steep learning curve. Some things have worked, some haven’t and on some it’s […] The post FOUR THINGS WE’VE...

Careful collaboration is the key to public sector cloud success

The news might be dominated by Brexit, but the work of government quietly continues in the background. In such turbulent and uncertain times, the public sector is seeking a way to deliver improved services to its citizens, while simultaneously cutting the cost to the public purse. The cloud is central to this strategy. It’s the […] The post Careful collaboration is the key to public sector...

Friday 24th May 2019

The collapse of Four Seasons and the urgent need for social care reform

 A sector for all seasons A strong care sector has never been more needed. Unfortunately, we’re currently living in a time when the industry is shrinking. We all know that the NHS is underfunded, and we’re all aware that the population is getting older. As these people get older, they need more care, either from […] The post The collapse of Four Seasons and the urgent need for social ca...

Thursday 23rd May 2019


Throughout my career, I have seen that leaps forward in technology and material prosperity haven’t benefited everyone in their daily lives. A growing frustration for many of us in health and social care has been that despite our best efforts we weren’t enabling communities to prevent or overcome issues such as social isolation, obesity and […] The post WHY HAVE A YEAR OF WELLBEING IN COV...

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