New robot invented to help disabled and elderly

New robot invented to help disabled and elderly

A prototype care robot has been unveiled to help with the “more mundane care” of elderly and disabled people, including those suffering from conditions such as dementia. This would free time for human carers to focus on more personal parts of the job. The robot could also perform tasks that...

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London’s Air Ambulances take off

London’s Air Ambulances take off

In September last year, Robert was driving home from work when his motorbike hit a lorry.  The impact threw him into the air.  He lost a kidney, smashed his ribs, damaged his liver and bowel, and punctured his lungs.  He was unlikely to survive.  Waiting at home were his girlfriend...

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New migraine drug could ‘halve’ the length of attacks

New migraine drug could ‘halve’ the length of attacks

A new migraine drug that can halve the length of attacks has been hailed as “the start of real change” in how the condition is treated. Erenumab, a laboratory-made antibody that blocks a neural brain pathway called CGRP, is the first drug in 20 years proven to prevent migraine attacks....

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The future of adult social care

The future of adult social care

Technology is currently revolutionising every other aspect of our lives, so when will it change social care? What potential does it have to transform the support services landscape?  The mounting pressure of an ageing population mean the resources currently at our disposal are shrinking. Using digital initiatives to ease the weight...

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The cost of poor mental health

The cost of poor mental health

Poor mental health is costing up to 300000 jobs a year, a report commissioned by Theresa May has found. The report says that people suffering from mental health issues costs the UK economy up to £99 billion a year, and claims there is a lack of support from employers. It...

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NHS hack ‘could have been prevented’

NHS hack ‘could have been prevented’

The government has said the WannaCry ransomware attack in May could have been prevented if basic cyber-security recommendations had been followed. Over a third of trusts in England were hit by the cyber-attack, which affected more than 150 countries on the 12th May. 6912 appointments, including operations, were cancelled because...

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NHS offers free flu jab to care home workers

NHS offers free flu jab to care home workers

NHS England is now offering free flu jabs to care home workers. Previously, those eligible for a free jab were only NHS frontline staff, the elderly and small children. This decision is a part of a battle against the flu epidemic forecast this winter. The move hopes to ease the...

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Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to pilot environmental sensors in global first

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to pilot environmental sensors in global first

Chelsea and Westminster (C&W) Hospital are to pilot environmental sensors in its Intensive Care Units. The wireless sensors monitor real-time room temperature and carbon monoxide levels in the air, allowing doctors to respond quickly to any changes that could harm patient recovery The announcement on Wednesday (27 September) of this...

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Suicide rate in Britain falls to lowest level since 2011

Suicide rate in Britain falls to lowest level since 2011

The suicide rate in Britain fell by 4.7% last year to the lowest level since 2011, with prevention work in England credited for the drop. The rate fell in England and Wales, although the rate in Wales is generally more erratic because of its smaller population, but increased slightly in...

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The Princess Grace Hospital celebrates 40 years in Marylebone

The Princess Grace Hospital celebrates 40 years in Marylebone

This summer marks 40 years since the Princess Grace Hospital first opened its doors to patients in Marylebone. Opened in 1977 by Princess Grace of Monaco, the hospital, which is part of HCA Healthcare UK, is now one of the best equipped private hospitals in the capital. Over the years...

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