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2012-04-27 21:38:16

Monitoring health inequalities will become almost impossible The Health and Social Care Act 2012 will have "severe implications" for collecting and monitoring data about the health needs of the population in England, warn experts today. In a paper published on bmj.com, Professor Allyson Pollock, Professor Alison Macfarlane and Sylvia Godden argue that the new legislation will make it "extremely difficult" to monitor health inequalities and access to care locally or nationally. The...

2012-04-20 10:21:35

Research: Cost-effectiveness of alternative planned places of birth in woman at low risk of complications: Evidence from the Birthplace in England national prospective cohort study Giving women who have previously given birth and who are at low risk of complications the opportunity to give birth at home or in a midwifery unit saves the NHS money, is safe for the baby and improves outcomes for the mother, a study published on bmj.com shows. The authors, from the University of Oxford,...

2012-04-19 20:19:43

Continuity of care in doctor's surgery is key to reducing non-emergency hospital admissions, says new research A University of Leicester study has provided clear evidence that allowing a patient to see a particular doctor in the GP surgery has an important impact on reducing hospital admissions. Between 1999-2000 and 2009-2010 elective (non-emergency) hospital admissions in England increased by 28% to 9.4 million. Over the same period, there was an increase of 35% in emergency...

2012-04-17 23:04:11

Two new sets of research collectively reveal that less than half all adults have a proper oral healthcare routine — and that more people need dental treatment. Taken together, they highlight a worrying trend with regard to tooth decay and gum disease, warn the makers of Eludril mouthwash and Elgydium toothpaste. Bournemouth, Dorset (PRWEB) April 17, 2012 Two new sets of research collectively reveal that less than half all adults have a proper oral healthcare routine — and that...

2012-04-12 02:38:33

BETHESDA, Md., April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwest Biotherapeutics (OTC Bulletin Board: NWBO) (NW Bio) announced today that it is partnering with King's Health Partners to both manufacture and deliver a new treatment for patients with brain cancer as part of its ongoing 240-patient clinical trial for Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most lethal form of brain cancer. Specialists at King's College London will manufacture NW Bio's immune therapy treatment, DCVax®, for the clinical...

2012-04-06 11:06:17

Letter: The importance of knowing context of hospital episode statistics when reconfiguring the NHS In a letter published today on bmj.com, authors from Imperial College London NHS Healthcare Trust stress the importance of accurately capturing and coding patient episodes. The authors reviewed available data from HESonline, the national statistic warehouse of England of the care provided by the NHS. Statistics found were interesting and surprising: on average, 1600 adults aged over 30...

2012-03-27 13:53:41

A new catheter coating that reduces bacterial attachment to its surface is being developed by scientists who are reporting their work at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Dublin this week. The antimicrobial coating could eventually be applied to other medical implants to reduce infection which would provide significant socioeconomic benefits to the NHS. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for 25% of all hospital infections and cost the NHS around £125...

2012-03-24 04:34:38

A major research trial to test the effectiveness of extra support for smokers calling an NHS quitline - on top of what is already offered by the service - has found the additional help does not improve success rates for quitting the habit. The pilot scheme offered smokers additional help in the form of free nicotine patches and extra telephone counseling from the English National Quitline. The Department of Health and UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies (UKCTCS)-funded study led by The...

2012-03-15 17:05:16

Do some trusts deliver a consistently better experience for patients? An analysis of patient experience across acute care surveys in English NHS trusts Some NHS trusts consistently outperform others on a range of measures of patient experience, finds research published online in BMJ Quality & Safety. Furthermore, the top performers tend to be Foundation Trusts and teaching hospitals, the study shows. Patient experience is one of the five domains for assessing NHS performance (NHS...

2012-03-12 08:00:00

PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Fiberlink®, the leader in software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for secure mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM), today announced the deployment of MaaS360 to Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Using MaaS360, Ashford and St. Peter's quickly rolled out iPads to its Executive Committee to provide secure access to board papers and email. Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals...