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Cancer patients could see if chemotherapy is working in real-time

Cancer patients could soon be able to find if their chemotherapy is working and follow the disease in real time as it is cleared from their body, scientists believe. A new technique can assess the effectiveness of cancer treatment just eight hours after the first drugs have been taken. Currently cancer patients face an anxious wait to [...]

DBS set to take over Basic Disclosures from 2017

From 1st January 2017, basic disclosures, which are currently provided by Disclosure Scotland will be taken over by the Disclosure and Barring service. The primary role of DBS is to help employers in England and Wales make safer recruitment decisions to prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children. The DBS process over [...]

Osborne’s Planned Contractor legislation set to cause a headache

9/11/16 – Organisations representing umbrella companies and the self-employed have condemned reported government plans that would see freelancers and contractors working through personal […]

DBS set to take over Basic Disclosures from 2017

From 1st January 2017, basic disclosures, which are currently provided by Disclosure Scotland will be taken over by the Disclosure and Barring service. The primary role of DBS is to help employers in England and Wales make safer recruitment decisions to prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children. The DBS process over [...]

Rise in serious incidents at English mental health trusts

More than 8,000 serious incidents were reported by mental health trusts in England last year – an increase of more than a third over a two-year period. The figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Liberal Democrats, include a rise in unexpected deaths and suicides. The NHS logs events as “serious incidents” [...]

International Nurses Day: Why we celebrate on Florence Nightingale’s birthday

Happy International Nurses Day (Picture: Getty)With all the recent NHS controversies, International Nurses Day seems more important than ever this year – but you probably still haven’t heard of it. Luckily, we’re here to explain what it is and how important it is. Why May 12th? The International Council of Nurses (ICN) chose May 12th [...]

Gene editing ‘boosts’ cancer-killing cells

Cancer scientists have genetically modified the immune system to help it attack tumours in mice. The immune system is the body's own defence against infection and cancer, but tumours develop ways of stopping the onslaught. The University College London team manipulated the DNA of immune cells to allow them to keep up the fight. Experts [...]

Zika virus ‘scarier than thought’ says US

The Zika virus is "scarier" than first thought and its impact on the US could be greater than predicted, public health officials have admitted. A wider range of birth defects has been linked to the virus, said Dr Anne Schuchat of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And the mosquitoes that carry [...]

Nursing remains most in-demand sector for staff in February

February data pointed to a further increase in permanent staff placements. The rate of expansion quickened slightly, reaching a three-month high. Temp billings meanwhile rose at the same pace as in January. The level of available job vacancies continued to rise in February. The rate of growth was marked and the fastest in six months. [...]

NHS will carry out dementia checks at 40

Health Secretary announces new plans to assess people's dementia risks from the age of 40 on, and offer advice about lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of the condition Facebook 186 Twitter Pinterest 1 LinkedIn 42 Share 229 Email GPs will be asked to discuss the risks of dementia with patients as young as 40 [...]