Archive for the ‘General Healthcare’ Category

Smart Cells supports Rare Disease Day 2018 with social campaign

There are more than 6000 known rare diseases and over 30 million people living daily with them. 28th February marks Rare Disease Day 2018, a date that highlights awareness around these conditions and the need for more research into them. Private cord blood company, Smart Cells, has chosen to support Rare Disease Day this year […]

The complications of smoking long term on your health

10 million people smoke in the UK however although it is commonly acknowledged that smoking is bad for your health many people do not know the extent of damage with the UK society of Psychiatrists describing it as the “the biggest and most avoidable cause of death in the UK.” As 100,000 people die from […]

Australian flu from a UK perspective

Flu season this year has been especially bad with Strain H3N2 of Influenza A dubbed the ‘Aussie flu’ has been said to be taking over the UK. Last year it caused havoc in Australia with an estimated 29,000 admissions of confirmed influenza since April 2017. Figures from Public Health England show that so far this […]


Responding to a new study by Healthwatch on people’s experiences of care homes, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “Councils want to see everyone receive high quality care and for care homes to be of a high standard that meet people’s needs, going beyond simply getting washed and […]


Responding to the new Public Health England report ‘Health Profile for England’, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “This ground-breaking PHE analysis shows how deprivation can lead to long-term ill health and premature death for the most deprived. “We know that those living in the most deprived communities […]

North West volunteers have their fingers on the pulse of health technology

A team of volunteers has been recruited to help spot friends and relatives at risk of a stroke. The AF Ambassadors have been signed up by the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast, to identify people who may have atrial fibrillation (AF) – an irregular heart rate which can […]

Outcomes following metal-on-metal hip revision have improved but could get even better, new study finds

A new study has found that outcomes following metal-on-metal hip revision surgery performed for abnormal reactions to metal have improved since the initial reports were published over five years ago, and are now similar to the outcomes in patients with other types of hip replacement undergoing revision surgery. The observed differences are in part due […]


Northern Ireland start-up, Connected Care Solutions, founded by local entrepreneur Deepak Samson, is set to make a big impact on the ageing population with Ethel, the elderly care smart hub, which is now being used by the Shetland Islands Council, under the EU-funded RemoAge project. Ethel is an innovative touchscreen tablet that allows families and carers […]

End of life care planning: Why it should be everyone’s concern

To mark Dying Matters Awareness Week (May 8-14), Michelle Brown, Deputy Head of Department for Healthcare Practice, explains why everyone – young or old – should make sure they know what end of life care planning involves. What is end of life care planning? There is little doubt that end of life care is important […]

Home exercises ‘effective’ at reducing rheumatoid arthritis hand problems

HOME hand exercises provide huge benefits for people with rheumatoid arthritis, researchers from the University of Salford have found. In the first ever review of its kind, researchers found that home exercise programmes improved patients’ grip strength and hand movement while reducing the amount of pain they experienced, but that high-intensity programmes were the most […]