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Published on MSD Connect: August 2020

Source: The Guardian

Doctors may be missing signs of serious and potentially fatal brain disorders triggered by coronavirus, as they emerge in mildly affected or recovering patients, scientists have warned.

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Published on MSD Connect: August 2020

Source: Qatar Tribune

Maintaining a hopeful attitude, developing personal resilience, consciously practising self-care, surrounding oneself with optimistic people, and taking part in activities help relieve stress and encourage social engagement with others, said Dr Javaid Sheikh, professor of Psychiatry and dean of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q).

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Published on MSD Connect: August 2020

Source: The Guardian

People who have recovered from Covid-19 may lose their immunity to the disease within months, according to research suggesting the virus could reinfect people year after year, like common colds.

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Published on MSD Connect: July 2020

Source: The Guardian

Cancer is going undiagnosed for approximately 1,900 people a week due to Covid-19 concerns in hospitals and GP surgeries, with a charity warning the UK now faces a “ticking time bomb".

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Published on MSD Connect: July 2020

Source: The Telegraph

New research finds repetitive negative thinking was linked to the deposit of harmful proteins in the brain. Having constant negative thoughts over a long period of time may increase the risk of developing dementia, scientists believe.

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Published on MSD Connect: July 2020

Source: Medgadget

Manufacturing artificial red blood cells may turn out to be significant in treating a number of diseases and conditions. This has been tried in the past by a number of teams, but some important functions were missing in every design.

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Published on MSD Connect: June 2020

Source: M2 PressWIRE

NHS volunteer responders will be carrying out socially-distanced tasks including helping with delivering food shopping and dropping off personal medication to frontline staff at their homes.

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Published on MSD Connect: May 2020

PharmaTimes

Researchers have created a mobile phone application, dubbed “QUiPP v2”, that allows doctors to quickly calculate a woman's individual risk of preterm birth and identify women who need special treatments.

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Published on MSD Connect: May 2020

Nicola Davis from The Guardian

Hopes of developing a new treatment for ulcerative colitis have been raised by research suggesting the condition may be linked to low levels of certain bacteria in the gut.

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Published on MSD Connect: April 2020

Nicola Davis from The Guardian

An electronic device that “sniffs” breath may offer a new way to identify people with a condition that can lead to cancer of the oesophagus, researchers have revealed.

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Published on MSD Connect: April 2020

Ian Sample Science editor from The Guardian

A powerful antibiotic that kills some of the most dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in the world has been discovered using artificial intelligence.

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Published on MSD Connect: April 2020

Pa Media from The Guardian

A record number of people are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, increasing their chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke, the NHS has said. A “growing obesity crisis” has led to nearly 2 million people in England being exposed to the condition that causes the level of sugar in the blood to become too high.

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Published on MSD Connect: April 2020

Hannah Devlin from The Guardian

Early signs of cancer can appear years or even decades before diagnosis, according to the most comprehensive investigation to date of the genetic mutations that cause healthy cells to turn malignant.

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Published on MSD Connect: April 2020

Nicola Davis from The Guardian

Human livers from organ donors can now be preserved for a week, researchers have revealed, a dramatic improvement on previous techniques, which could only keep the organs usable for a matter of hours.

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Published on MSD Connect: March 2020

Tony Aern Shaw from Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Advances in artificial intelligence could be the key to identifying people at risk of suicide.

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Published on MSD Connect: March 2020

Agence France-Presse from The Guardian

Smokers can turn back time in their lungs by kicking the habit, with healthy cells emerging to replace some of their tobacco-damaged and cancer-prone ones, a study shows.

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Published on MSD Connect: March 2020

Denis Campbell Health policy editor from The Guardian

People with glaucoma are going blind because NHS eyesight services have “inadequate capacity” to follow up such patients properly after diagnosis, an investigation has revealed.

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Published on MSD Connect: March 2020

Executive Appointments Worldwide

More than 100,000 patients have had appointments with expert pharmacists in the last 10 weeks, relieving pressure on GPs and A&E departments.

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Published on MSD Connect: February 2020

Lauren Donnelly Health Editor from The Telegraph

Cancer helplines are facing a surge in calls from patients because overstretched NHS doctors and nurses do not have time to care for them, a charity has warned.

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Published on MSD Connect: February 2020

Pa Media from The Guardian

Healthy habits such as drinking in moderation, staying slim and exercising for at least 30 minutes a day could extend people’s disease-free life by up to a decade, research suggests.

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Published on MSD Connect: January 2020

Jemma Crew, Pa Health, 6 November 2019

Mental health patients sent away from home for treatment have travelled the equivalent of 22 times around the world in a year.

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Published on MSD Connect: January 2020

Liz Connor, Carmarthen Journal, 20 November 2019

Get into the habit of trying something new each week. It’s a scenario that many of us are familiar with.

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Published on MSD Connect: January 2020

Jamie Harris, Press Association, 11 November 2019

A “smart needle” has been developed by scientists in the UK which could speed up cancer detection and diagnosis times.

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Published on MSD Connect: December 2019

Rebecca Ratcliffe, The Guardian, 15 November 2019

Researchers have discovered a way to stop rabies from shutting down critical responses in the immune system.

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Published on MSD Connect: November 2019

AFP Relax News, 4 November 2019

An at-home, non-invasive screening for cervical pre-cancer could increase compliance with recommended follow-up tests...

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Published on MSD Connect: November 2019

Nina Massey, Press Association, 5 November 2019

A new wearable bike helmet-style brain scanner system could make scans easier and more reliable in children, researchers say.

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Published on MSD Connect: November 2019

Denis Campbell, The Guardian, 15 October 2019

People could be offered cancer screenings in their lunch breaks in a bid to reverse the alarming fall in those attending appointments, under plans being considered by NHS bosses.

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Published on MSD Connect: November 2019

M2 PressWIRE, 21 October 2019

All NHS doctors and dentists in England now have access to a comprehensive mental health service, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced today.

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Published on MSD Connect: October 2019

PR Script Managers, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercurcy, 3 October 2019

GPs across Weston are being encouraged to reduce their reliance on medications and consider prescribing lifestyle changes.

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Published on MSD Connect: October 2019

AFP Relax News, 25 July 2019

According to a British study, women likely to develop diabetes during their pregnancy can reduce the risk by adopting a diet rich in nuts, fruit and olive oil…

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Published on MSD Connect: August 2019

HIT Consultant, 19 June 2019

A lot of discussion about healthcare AI is vague and visionary in nature. Most of us know that these technologies have a very promising future, but until recently it hasn't been clear just when practical applications will emerge.

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Published on MSD Connect: September 2019

Jemma Crew, Pa Health, 15 August 2019

A new NHS initiative will aim to ensure faster diagnosis for people with brain and nerve conditions...

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Published on MSD Connect: September 2019

Harron Siddique, The Guardian, 11 August 2019

Thousands of people in England at risk of contracting type 2 diabetes will receive wearable tech to help monitor their exercise level, the NHS has said.

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Published on MSD Connect: August 2019

Healthline, 3 July 2019

People under 35 years old are ignoring warnings about sun exposure and skin cancer because they believe tanning makes people more attractive.

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Published on MSD Connect: August 2019

PharmaTimes, 6 June 2019

NHS England has announced that nearly three quarters of a million patients are set to benefit from new world-leading innovations on the...

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Published on MSD Connect: December 2019

Simon Neville, Press Association, 7 July 2019

More than a dozen NHS Trusts are taking the Government to court to argue that they should have an 80% reduction in business rates – the same discount given to private hospitals and fee-paying...

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Published on MSD Connect: August 2019

M2 PressWIRE, 1 July 2019

Screening programmes will be overhauled and diagnosis made faster and more accurate with...

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Published on MSD Connect: August 2019

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The NHS Confederation report Chairs and Non-Executive Directors in the NHS did not give a fair picture of what is actually going on in the health service today...

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Published on MSD Connect: August 2019

CEO, Innovaccer Inc & Abhinav Shashank, HIT Consultant, 19 June 2019

The world of healthcare is changing and with it our approach to understanding the concept of patients and doctors, ways of delivering care and building a better relationship between those...

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Published on MSD Connect: December 2019

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Family background can matter for the health of diabetic children, according to researchers in...

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Published on MSD Connect: August 2019

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If your patients have diabetes, you know how easy it is for them to injure their feet — without even realising...

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NHS volunteers extend support to frontline health and social care staff

M2 PressWIRE | Published on MSD Connect: June 2020

NHS volunteer responders will be carrying out socially-distanced tasks including helping with delivering food shopping and dropping off personal medication to frontline staff at their homes.

Person wearing personal protective clothing and a face mask, standing in the hallway of ICU

While the country is moving into a new phase in the national effort against this pandemic, health and social care staff on the frontline continue to provide vital care and support to our loved ones, many of whom will still be shielding.

The NHS volunteer responders will extend their support to health and social care workers across the country, helping them to protect those they care for by making fewer journeys and coming into contact with fewer people so they can focus on and continue their vital work.

Minister for Care, Helen Whately said:

"The NHS volunteer responders have played a vital role in our response to coronavirus, and I am hugely thankful for their support. Their selfless efforts to protect those who need to shield or self-isolate has helped stop the spread of the virus and alleviated pressure on health and care services during this unprecedented pandemic."

"Following the success of the volunteers scheme, support is now being extended to all our wonderful health and care staff who continue to go above and beyond."

"We want to support them in whatever way we can to make their lives easier while they continue to support others most in need."

Since the beginning of April, NHS volunteer responders have completed hundreds of thousands of acts of support and kindness, helping vulnerable individuals, the shielded population, and supporting those who are self-isolating or caring for others.

As part of Volunteers Week, Care Minister Helen Whately conducted a 'check in and chat' session with an individual self-isolating in Oxfordshire. Check in and chats are a friendly chat between volunteers and individuals who are shielding or self-isolating and provide short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.

Neil Churchill, Director of Patient Experience, Participation and Equalities at NHS England said:

'Thanks to the kindness of the British public, our army of volunteers have helped thousands of people across the country in their greatest time of need.'

"These helpers continue to be on hand to support the most vulnerable people in our society and it is fantastic that this invaluable offer is now being extended to help our dedicated NHS staff who continue to work day and night to care for thousands of people during the pandemic."

Catherine Johnstone CBE, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service said:

"NHS volunteer responders stepped forward to support during the coronavirus pandemic and as we enter the next phase of our fight against the disease, I'm delighted that their help can now also be called upon by staff working in health and social care. The opportunity for frontline staff to access help with their shopping and prescription deliveries will free up more of their time to care."

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England said:

"Care England welcomes this new scheme for volunteers to support social care staff. Our staff are our biggest resource and we know that the scheme will make a difference in reducing the potential for staff to come into contact with COVID-19."

The NHS volunteer responders programme was developed by NHS England in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service and facilitated by the Good Sam app.

Volunteers carry out simple, one-off non-medical tasks to support people in England who need help with accessing essentials or who would benefit from a friendly chat to help prevent loneliness.

The programme is also providing support to NHS and local authorities with transport tasks such as delivering blood pressure monitors to patients or transporting small quantities of PPE to care homes.

About NHS volunteer responders

NHS volunteer responders is a new scheme established as part of the COVID-19 response, involving volunteers who carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support people in England. The scheme helps people to stay safe and well at home.

The support of NHS volunteer responders is now available to anyone who:

  • has been advised to shield by a health professional
  • is vulnerable for another reason (for instance disability, pregnancy, over 70, have Parkinson's, epilepsy, or are vulnerable due to a mental health condition)
  • is self-isolating because they have confirmed COVID-19 or suspected symptoms, or they have been in contact with someone who has
  • is someone with caring responsibilities, if this support helps them to continue in their caring role

NHS volunteer responders have been recruited for 5 key roles:

  • community response volunteer: this involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating or vulnerable, and delivering these supplies to their home
  • community response volunteer plus: these volunteers can collect and deliver shopping, medication or other essential supplies for patients with cognitive impairments and or significant vulnerabilities, and who are shielding
  • check-in and chat volunteer: this provides short-term telephone support to individuals who would benefit from someone to talk to during their self-isolation
  • patient transport volunteer: these volunteers providing transport by car to patients who are medically fit for discharge, as well as taking patients to their essential appointments
  • NHS transport volunteer: this involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites; it may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.

NHS volunteer responders are not intended to replace local groups helping their vulnerable neighbours but is an additional service provided by the NHS.

The NHS and Royal Voluntary Service continues to encourage those needing support to self-refer by calling 0808 196 3646.

This article was originally published by M2 PressWIRE, 8 June 2020.

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GB-NON-02862 | Date of Preparation: June 2020