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Aspirin is most cost effective way to prevent heart disease
Aspirin and blood pressure lowering drugs can prevent heart disease at a fraction of the cost of cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) and clopidogrel (an anti-clotting drug), finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2003-11-27)
NHS has 'wasted' $976 million on synthetic insulin in past decade
The NHS has stumped up an extra £625 million ($976 million) over the past decade on synthetic forms of insulin, when the recommended human alternatives -- which are considerably cheaper -- would have probably been just as effective, reveals research published online in BMJ Open. (2011-09-21)
UK research cash for dementia and stroke still way too low
The amount of government money pumped into dementia and stroke research in the UK has risen significantly in recent years, but it is still way too low when compared with the economic and personal impact these conditions have, finds a study published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2015-04-13)
Screening for aortic aneurysms is cost effective
Routine screening for aortic aneurysms in older men is cost effective, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-11-14)
Cardiovascular disease costs UK economy £29 billion a year
Cardiovascular disease costs the UK economy £29 billion a year in healthcare expenditure and lost productivity, reveals research published ahead of print in the journal Heart. (2006-05-14)
Treatment for alcoholism dramatically reduces the financial burden of addiction on families
The financial effects of alcoholism on the family members of addicts can be massive, but little is known about whether treatment for alcoholism reduces that financial burden. (2012-09-24)
Is NICE providing faster access to modern treatments?
Despite the hostile publicity it receives when it tries to deny new drugs, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) approves many more treatments than it bans, at a net cost to the NHS of around £200m, according to James Raftery, Professor of Health Economics, in this week's BMJ. (2001-11-29)
Patients should be allowed to pay for statins
GPs should be able to offer private prescriptions for cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) to patients below 3% risk of heart disease, argue researchers in this week's BMJ. (2004-02-12)
Just 50p a week could decide the UK's future in Europe, study finds
The impact of Brexit on personal finances may determine the result of the referendum, according to research from Queen Mary University of London. (2016-03-29)
Meningitis C vaccine is cost effective
The introduction of meningococcal C vaccine in the UK in 1999 has rapidly and substantially reduced the incidence of meningitis in young people and is cost effective, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-04-04)
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)
Workplace asthma costs UK at least $158 million a year
Workplace asthma costs the UK at least $158 million a year, and may be as high as $214 million, reveals research published online in Thorax. (2010-11-24)
NHS productivity challenge would be 'undoable' says expert
Asking the NHS to find nearly £50 billion in efficiency savings would be (2012-06-19)
Expensive trainers are a waste of money
Expensive trainers are not worth the money, finds a small study published ahead of print in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (2007-10-10)
NHS facing a 'deepening financial crisis' says Head of Health Policy at the BMA
Head of the Health Policy and Economic Research Unit at the British Medical Association, Jon Ford, is warning that the NHS is facing a deep financial crisis and by April 2016 the service will have to (2013-07-10)
Intensive treatment of type 2 diabetes reduces costs overall
Conventional management of type 2 diabetes is through diet. A paper by Gray and colleagues in this week's BMJ shows that an alternative treatment using intensive blood glucose control in these patients significantly increases treatment costs but substantially reduces the cost of complications and gives increased time free of complications. (2000-05-18)
What do hospital consultants value most about their jobs?
Consultants feel most strongly about on-call conditions, freedom to do non-NHS work, and developing good relations with staff, according to a survey of various aspects of their work in this week's BMJ. (2003-06-26)
Smoke-free workplaces protect non-smokers and encourage smokers to quit
Smoke-free workplaces not only protect non-smokers from the dangers of passive smoking, they also encourage smokers to quit or to reduce consumption, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-07-25)
UK doctors unlikely to be able to repay student loans
UK doctors are unlikely to be able to repay their student loans over the course of their working lives, amassing debts of more than £80,000 by the time they graduate, in some cases, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2015-04-20)
Texting costs are 'out of this world'
University of Leicester space scientist says texting is at least four times more expensive than receiving scientific data from space. (2008-05-12)
NHS could save £2bn by using generic cholesterol drugs
The NHS in England could save over £2bn in the next five years if doctors simply switched patients to cheaper generic cholesterol lowering drugs (statins), say two senior doctors in this week's BMJ. (2006-06-08)
University awarded £5M to investigate how cells communicate
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have been awarded £5 million to investigate how cells respond to stimuli such as stress and UV radiation. (2007-11-27)
Information sharing on violence saves £millions in health, criminal justice and social costs
The sharing of anonymized information about violent incidents between emergency care departments and the police and local authorities, can save millions of pounds in health and social costs alone, suggests research published online in Injury Prevention. (2013-09-18)
Costs of nurse telephone consultations out of hours outweighed by savings
The costs of telephone lines operated by nurses for out of hours primary care may save the NHS money in the long term, indicates research from the University of Southampton in this week's BMJ. (2000-04-13)
Virtual consultations are not cost effective
Virtual consultations between doctors and patients cost the NHS more than standard outpatient appointments, but are slightly less time consuming and cheaper for patients, conclude researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-07-10)
Falls at home among elderly cost ambulance service £145 each time
Falls among the elderly cost one ambulance service an average of £145 on every occasion, and add up to two days of crew time a month, reveals a study in Emergency Medicine Journal. (2006-05-21)
New study finds financial incentives to help pregnant women stop smoking are highly cost-effective
The scientific journal Addiction has today published the first cost-effectiveness analysis of financial incentives to help pregnant women stop smoking. (2015-11-12)
Is NICE's cost effectiveness threshold too high?
Is NICE's cost effectiveness threshold too generous, ask experts in this week's BMJ? (2007-08-23)
Annual NHS spend on management consultancy has doubled since 2010
Annual NHS spending on management consultancy has doubled from £313 million to £640 million between 2010 and 2014, despite a promise by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to 'slash' spending after the 2010 election, reveals an article in The BMJ this week. (2014-12-09)
UK's largest charity announces increase in funding to almost £4 billion over 5 years
The Wellcome Trust, the UK's largest independent funder of medical research, today announces plans to increase its spending to almost £4 billion over the next 5 years in what is believed to be the largest ever charitable spend within the UK. (2008-02-05)
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)
Tony Blair launches UK's new global AIDS strategy
The UK Prime Minister Tony Blair launched the UK's new strategy for tackling HIV and AIDS in the developing world. (2004-07-20)
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)
Bait worms are a valuable marine resource
The humble bait worm wriggling on the hook at the end of angler's line may be considered a low value resource, but in the first global assessment of its value and impact, researchers have revealed it to be a multi-billion pound global industry worth nearly £6 billion per year. (2016-10-17)
The burden of food related ill health in the UK
The UK's poor dietary habits are costing its health service an annual £6 billion - three times as much as the financial toll from smoking - reveals research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (2005-11-14)
Price cap regulations for UK tobacco would raise £500 million every year
If tobacco products sold in the UK were subject to price cap regulation, the system would generate around £500 million (US$750 million) for the government every year, without affecting the price consumers pay, reveals a feasibility study published online in Tobacco Control. (2013-01-14)
Durham University peer tutoring in math project wins new support
The largest of the first of four EEF grants has been awarded to a Durham University-led project supporting teachers to use older pupils aged 10 and 11 to tutor younger pupils aged eight to nine in math. (2011-10-19)
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)
Surgery no better than rehabilitation for low back pain
Surgery for chronic low back pain is no better than intensive rehabilitation and is unlikely to be a cost-effective use of scarce healthcare resources, show two studies published online by the BMJ today. (2005-05-22)
Every £1 spent on public health in UK saves average of £14
Every £1 spent on public health returns an extra £14 on the original investment, on average -- and in some cases, significantly more than that -- concludes a systematic review of the available evidence, published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. (2017-03-29)
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