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Clinical research improves health of UK economy and NHS
The value of clinical research to the NHS, the UK economy and jobs market has been evaluated in a new report, which provides an assessment of the economic impact of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network's (NIHR CRN) activities to support clinical research in England. (2019-10-15)
Fatal flaws in UK Government's price of a life
The measurement by which the UK Government attaches a monetary value to saving a human life is invalid and should be overhauled, according to Professor of Risk Management at the University of Bristol, Philip Thomas. (2019-10-01)
Poor diabetes control costs the NHS in England £3 billion a year in potentially avoidable hospital treatment
Poor diabetes control was responsible for £3 billion in potentially avoidable hospital treatment in England in the operational year 2017-2018, according to new research comparing the costs of hospital care for 58 million people with and without diabetes. (2019-09-18)
National livestock movement bans may prove economically damaging
New research from the University of Warwick has pioneered an economic perspective on controlling livestock diseases. (2019-08-19)
NASA gives Typhoon Lekima a twice-over with the Aqua satellite
NASA's Aqua satellite provided infrared and visible views of Typhoon Lekima as it was approaching landfall in China. (2019-08-09)
Researchers create first-ever personalised sound projector with £10 webcam
A University of Sussex research team have demonstrated the first sound projector that can track a moving individual and deliver an acoustic message as they move, to a high-profile tech and media conference in LA. (2019-08-05)
Voluntary pact with food industry to curb salt content in England linked to thousands of extra heart
Since the introduction of the voluntary pact the UK government made with the food industry in 2011 to curb the salt content of food, the reduction in dietary salt intake in England has slowed significantly, reveals the first study of its kind, published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. (2019-07-18)
Rewards incentivize people to stop smoking
Financial incentives work to help people stop smoking and remain smoke free -- according to research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). (2019-07-16)
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)
Outcomes for smallest infants born weighing less than 400 grams
This observational study adds to information about outcomes for the smallest infants born weighing less than 400 grams, which is less than a pound. (2019-03-25)
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)
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