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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

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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

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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

Letters, The Guardian, 16 July 2019

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

Manas Mishra, Reuters, 28 June 2019

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

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Published on MSD Connect: August 2019

Fulcoe, Cleveland Clinic, 13 July 2019

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

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Soaring numbers of patients calling cancer helplines for lack of NHS care

Lauren Donnelly Health Editor from The Telegraph

Published on MSD Connect: February 2020

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. Macmillan Cancer Support said it had received more than 240,000 inquiries to its support line in 2019, with staff reporting that many patients were left distressed because they felt they could not question the health workers in charge of their care.

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The charity said many patients felt at “breaking point” by the time they contacted helplines, with a 14 per cent rise in people contacting them in the last two years.

Lynda Thomas, chief executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, said the increased demand showed "there simply aren't enough" NHS staff to meet the needs of the growing number of people diagnosed with cancer.

"We're incredibly proud of the service our support line provides, but it's heart-rending that so many people call at breaking point having struggled to find the support they need from their healthcare team who we know are run-ragged and doing the best they can," she said.

"The newly-formed government must urgently deliver on its promises to prioritise a fully-funded plan for our NHS workforce so that everyone living with cancer can receive the very best care and support they need." Ellen Lang, a service manager on Macmillan's Support Line, said: "When you only have 10 minutes with your doctor and your nurse is visibly rushed off their feet, it's inevitable that you'll leave without all the answers you need."

The top reason callers contacted Macmillan in 2019 was for emotional support, the charity said, with 8,011 people calling with issues such as anxiety, fear and depression. This was a 20 per cent rise from the previous year.

The second most common reason was problems accessing hospital or community care, with more than 5,351 such cases, up 11 per cent in a year. This includes difficulties with contacting the staff involved in their medical care, accessing specialist medical equipment or hospice care.

Cancer waiting times are the worst on record, with none of the NHS targets currently being hit. Separate research by the charity found that 44 per cent of cancer nurse specialists said their workload was impacting negatively on patient care.

Earlier this month, UK research found one in four British cancer patients are suffering delays in diagnosis which could cost lives. The study by Cancer Research UK found that long waits for tests and results after seeing a GP were the chief factor.

Official figures show that for all nine NHS cancer targets, between April and September the lowest percentage of patients were treated on time since the standards were introduced a decade ago.

An outreach support worker from London and was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. She said: "In recent times with the pressures on the NHS, I've become less likely to contact the hospital for fear of being a nuisance, but this has an impact on my mental health."

An NHS spokesperson said: “Most importantly cancer survival is at a record high, and so too is patients’ satisfaction with their care, with nine out of ten patients happy with the support they’ve received, all of which is testament to the hard work and compassion of NHS staff."

“This progress has come despite more people than ever before getting checked for cancer, with 2.2 million getting tested last year, and our NHS Long Term Plan will ensure that by 2021 every person diagnosed with cancer will have access to personalised care plans including a needs assessment and health and wellbeing support.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “Cancer survival rates are at record highs and we want to go even further. So we are rolling out hundreds of new diagnostic machines across the country, and are making sure the NHS has 50,000 more nurses by 2025."

“There are already tens of thousands more doctors and nurses on our wards since 2010 and we’re investing an extra £33.9 billion a year in our NHS within the next five years.”

This article was originally published by The Telegraph, 31 December 2019.

This article was written by Laura Donnelly and Health Editor from The Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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GB-NON-02175 | Date of Preparation: January 2020