Monthly Archive:: February 2017

Study Finds No Evidence Of Common Herpes Type Virus In Aggressive Brain Cancer Tissue

Reading Time: 5 minutesLeft panel: human cell line, known to be negative for CMV; middle panel: the same human cell line infected with human CMV (stained brown); right panel: high grade glioma cells, showing complete absence of CMV. Credit: Angelo De Marzo Share Fast Facts No evidence of virus

Call the Midwife sends out a poignant message – Hilary Garratt

Reading Time: 6 minutesNHS England’s Director of Nursing and Midwifery explains why a TV drama’s powerful storyline helps support the modern day stand against Female Genital Mutilation: Portraying social history through drama often helps me reflect on how much progress we have made to develop our laws and practices

Ketogenic Diet Shown Safe and Effective Option For Some with Rare and Severest Form of Epilepsy

Reading Time: 7 minutesCredit: iStock Share Fast Facts High-fat diet is safe treatment for severe, prolonged seizures. – Click to Tweet Ketogenic diet effectively treats some with often-fatal form of epilepsy. – Click to Tweet In a small phase I and II clinical trial, Johns Hopkins researchers and colleagues

Collaboration is key to the diabetes model of care – Dr Partha Kar

Reading Time: 6 minutesIt’s fascinating to see how NHS England is tackling the challenges of diabetes care. I have seen measures in development, which have now surfaced and are on the cusp of being ready to be rolled out in the coming financial year. A debate has been gathering

Current alert level: level 2 – alert and readiness

Reading Time: 1 minutesThere is a 60% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 9am on Monday 27 February and 9am on Wednesday 1 March in parts of England. Cold weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Find out more

Shining a spotlight on inequality – Nicola Spencer and Professor Bee Wee

Reading Time: 4 minutesNHS England’s End of Life Care team recently hosted a webinar about health inequalities in end of life care. Here, Nicola Spencer and Professor Bee Wee from the team talk about the need to highlight and change the situation: Everyone experiences death and dying in different

Patients with rare conditions to benefit from new treatments

Reading Time: 2 minutesNHS England has today confirmed that three new specialised treatments will be made available for patients in England. It is estimated that up to 145 people a year will meet the clinical criteria to benefit from the following treatment options being made routinely available to their

Current alert level: level 1 – winter preparedness and action

Reading Time: 1 minutesCurrent alert level: level 1 – winter preparedness and action 24 February 2017 – 09:45 Temperatures/weather conditions are not expected to exceed Cold Weather Alert threshold criteria in any region from 9am 24 February 2017 until further notice. More details about the weather alert are available

Spreading new care models

Reading Time: 1 minutesSpreading new care models 23 February 2017 – 14:59 As the new care models programme begins its third year, people working across the programme, both nationally and locally have been exploring how they can ensure the success of the new care models are spread across health

We should all support #EndPJparalysis – Professor Jane Cummings

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe Chief Nursing Officer for England backs a new campaign to get patients out of their pyjamas and up and out of bed: Many of you will have seen or heard about an article I wrote which was published in the Daily Telegraph in December. The