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Interest free loans could prevent homelessness and save councils millions, according to a new study
A homeless prevention interest free loan scheme in Lewisham, which has helped over 300 families escape eviction and saved the council over £1 million, could be replicated across the UK a new study suggests. (2019-06-16)
Analysis reveals extent of drug industry funding of UK patient organizations
From 2012 to 2016 the drug industry donated over £57 million to UK patient organizations, with priority given to a small number of organizations supporting commercially high profile conditions like cancer, reveals an analysis published by The BMJ today. (2019-05-22)
Concerns as MPs' links to organization backed by tobacco industry revealed
No fewer than 25 serving Conservative MPs, including several leadership candidates, are connected to an organization part-funded by the tobacco industry and responsible for a series of attacks on public health initiatives, reveals an investigation by The BMJ. (2019-05-15)
Electoral regulations must tackle 'inequalities' caused by political advertising on Facebook
Regulators must find a way of monitoring and addressing the way political advertising on Facebook creates new types of inequalities for campaigners, experts have said. (2019-05-07)
The winter weather window that is costing rapeseed growers millions
UK rapeseed growers are losing up to a quarter of their crop yield each year because of temperature rises during an early-winter weather window. (2019-05-06)
Ash dieback is predicted to cost £15 billion in Britain
A team of researchers from the University of Oxford, Fera Science, Sylva Foundation and the Woodland Trust has calculated the true economic cost of ash dieback -- and the predictions, published today in Current Biology, are staggering. (2019-05-06)
Not drinking water may boost kids' consumption of sugary beverages
Kids and young adults who drink no water throughout the day may consume twice the amount of calories from sugary drinks than those who drink water, according to Penn State researchers. (2019-04-22)
Researchers call for rethink of external NHS inspections amid questions of effectiveness
Researchers at the University of York have shown that costly external NHS hospital inspections are not associated with improvements in quality of care. (2019-04-11)
Skyrmions could provide next generation data storage
Scientists at the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol and Colorado, Boulder have moved a step closer to developing the next generation of data storage and processing devices, using an emerging science called skyrmionics. (2019-04-01)
Many NHS partnerships with drug companies are out of public sight
NHS organisations are entering into working partnerships with drug companies, but they are not making the details, and even existence, of many of these deals available to the public, reveals an investigation by The BMJ today (2019-03-27)
UK failing to provide universal health coverage by charging undocumented migrant kids
By charging undocumented child migrants for healthcare, the UK is failing to provide universal health coverage -- in contravention of the Sustainable Development Goals and its obligations under the UN convention on children's rights -- argue infectious disease and global health experts in an editorial published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2019-03-14)
Diagnostic uncertainty in children with fever impacts health service resources
The management of febrile illness (fever) in children has a substantial impact on National Health Services resources, predominantly due to diagnostic uncertainty resulting from a lack of accurate tests to distinguish between viral and bacterial illness, a new study reports. (2019-03-06)
Empty homes tax may be more effective than new builds at making housing more affordable
Empty homes tax has the potential to generate income for local governments, reduce demand from foreign investors and increase housing affordability, a study suggests. (2019-02-12)
Major tobacco companies pay almost no corporation tax despite massive profits
Taxes on the profits of big tobacco in the UK are being applied in a 'wholly inadequate' way claim the authors of a new study. (2019-02-06)
Study: Faster weight loss no better than slow weight loss for health benefits
Losing weight slowly or quickly won't tip the scale in your favor when it comes to overall health, according to new research. (2019-01-29)
Gamblers predicted Brexit before financial traders, study finds
Research shows how financial markets should have predicted Brexit hours before they eventually did, and that betting markets beat currency markets to the result by an hour -- producing a 'close to risk-free' profit-making opportunity, according to economists. (2019-01-11)
Liverpool scientists design new responsive porous material inspired by proteins
Scientists from the University of Liverpool have, for the first time, synthesized a new material that exhibits structural change and triggered chemical activity like a protein. (2019-01-09)
High cost of re-operation after breast-conserving surgery
A small number of women require re-operation after breast-conserving surgery (BCS) for breast cancer, if the surgical margins are not free from cancer. (2018-12-19)
One-third of Americans consider living abroad
Approximately one-third of all US-born US citizens living in the US are considering leaving to live abroad. (2018-12-17)
The costs and trade-offs of reforming long-term care for older people
New research reveals the costs and trade-offs of reforming long-term care for older people in England. (2018-12-11)
Brexit is leading to higher energy prices
Consumers paid on average £75 more in the year after the EU referendum for gas and electricity, according to research by UCL. (2018-12-09)
Climate change predicted to end truffle production
The lucrative truffle industry is set to disappear within a generation due to climate change, according to new research by a University of Stirling academic. (2018-11-21)
Improving dementia care and treatment saves thousands of pounds in care homes
Improving staff training in care homes and reducing reliance on harmful medications saves thousands of pounds per year, as well as improving quality of life and reducing agitation in dementia, new research has demonstrated. (2018-11-20)
Female chimpanzees know which males are most likely to kill their babies
Researchers from the Living Primates Research Group in the University of Kent's School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC), and the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews, examined the behaviour of female chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest, Uganda, where chimpanzees (at least in the study community) are particularly prone to committing and suffering infanticide. (2018-10-18)
Genetic tool to predict adult heart attack risk in childhood
People at high risk of a heart attack in adulthood could be spotted much earlier in life with a one-off DNA test. (2018-10-08)
Is cancer fundraising fuelling quackery?
Figures published by The BMJ today show how crowdfunding for alternative therapies for patients with terminal cancer has soared in recent years. (2018-09-12)
Pay of NHS doctors varies by ethnic group
Data published by The BMJ today reveal some differences in median basic pay between white and black and minority ethnic (BME) hospital doctors employed by the NHS in England. (2018-09-05)
Two-thirds of alcohol sales are to heavy drinkers
68 percent of alcohol industry revenue in England comes from consumers drinking at risky levels. (2018-08-22)
Drug prices not always aligned with value, CU Anschutz researchers say
In many countries, health care reimbursements for drugs are directly related to their value or net health benefits in treating disease. (2018-08-06)
Effective diagnosis of persistent facial pain will benefit patients and save money
Patients with persistent facial pain are costing the economy more than £3,000 each per year, new research has revealed. (2018-07-16)
The impact of the sugar tax in Chile: A bittersweet success?
A new sugar tax introduced on soft drinks in Chile has been effective in reducing consumption of sugary drinks, new research carried out in the country has revealed. (2018-07-03)
Medication-related harm in older adults is common, costly, and preventable
New research indicates that harm from medicines is common in older adults following hospital discharge, and it results in substantial use of healthcare resources. (2018-05-23)
Prescription costs increase for low-value treatments despite reduction in numbers
Despite a fall in prescription numbers for low-value treatments, the overall cost of prescribing these items in English primary care has risen, according to new research published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. (2018-05-22)
Cutting number of cancers diagnosed as emergencies could save 1,400 lives a year
Over 1,400 lives could be saved every year -- four more every day -- if more cancers were diagnosed through GP referral instead of emergency hospital admissions, according to a new study led by City, University of London and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. (2018-05-03)
Harsher drug laws won't stop violence, argues former police chief
Harsher drug prohibition won't stop violence, argue Paul Whitehouse, former Chief Constable of Sussex Police, and Jason Reed at Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP UK) which supports drug policy reform, in The BMJ today. (2018-05-02)
Weight-loss surgery improves lives and saves money
A new BJS (British Journal of Surgery) study indicates that weight-loss surgery is cost-effective over 10 years and can save healthcare systems money over a lifetime. (2018-04-19)
Online ads help pregnant smokers quit
New research shows that online ads encouraging pregnant women to take up stop smoking support could be more effective than advice delivered in a clinical setting. (2018-04-19)
Huge variation in prescribing practice for gluten-free foods in England
Prescribing practice for gluten-free foods in England varies hugely, and doesn't seem to be driven by obvious medical factors, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2018-04-16)
Pulling valuable metals from e-waste makes financial sense
Electronic waste -- including discarded televisions, computers and mobile phones -- is one of the fastest-growing waste categories worldwide. (2018-04-04)
Briefing notes: New papers to be released on burden of low back pain
A new series of papers to be published in The Lancet highlights the extent to which low back pain is mistreated, often against best practice treatment guidelines. (2018-03-21)
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