Morecambe Bay Inquiry
In a recent inquiry termed the Morecambe Bay Inquiry, the chair of the committee noted that the Government is looking for short term remedies instead of focusing on long term goals. As the Nursing Times pointed out, almost a year after the Furness general hospital inquiry which found that at least 10 babies and one mother died due to failures in its maternity ward, only 10 out of the 26 recommendations were actually carried out. However, the Government has simply gone on to accept all of the recommendations made in the past by inquiry committees in order to escape the backlash from the public. The result is that the solutions accepted were unrealistic even if ideal. As the Morecambe Bay Inquiry has highlighted, the Government should focus on taking ideas that can be implemented, rather than ones that are forced on by the public.
Another recent report, post by the Red Cross on its website pointed out how inadequately staffed the NHS is to handle normal workloads. It was found that Red Cross was actually using Land Rovers to transfer patients all over the country during the last winter. Although the government has responded by saying that the load increases during the winter, that is hardly an excuse the healthcare system of UK should be making. Opposition party leaders have called forth for more budgets to be pushed into the healthcare sector despite the claims of the current administration that it has already injected more than £400 million.
Revolutionary New Microscope documents living nerve synapses
A new microscope that is able to further our boundaries of science has been invented. The researchers at Washington University School located in St Louis have been able to study synapses in much more detail than ever before with the help of a custom-made microscope. The microscope is so sensitive, that it is able to able to analyse live neurons from up close. As they have said, this is a monumental work in understanding the brain and how it works. The whole process can benefit several major brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and depression significantly by studying when and how the synapses fire during the problems.
Avoiding Diabetes and Obesity
Always wanted that toned down body, but do not feel like hitting the gym? You might be in luck as researchers at the St Louis University in Missouri claim to be developing a pill that simulates muscle metabolism. Simply put, it will tell your body that it has worked out even if you have done nothing but sit on the couch. The result is that the genes which get activated during workouts will be activated, in turn burning your pesky fat without you having to workout.
Dogs can sniff out cancer
Human beings have always taken inspiration from nature in order to solve problems. The latest in this line of inspirations seem to come from our favourite 4 legged canine friends. German Shepherds are able to sniff out cancer simply by sniffing bandages 100% of the time, a new study has found. This is expected to revolutionise cancer detection in countries where mammograms are hard to conduct, says, researchers. They went on to say that this was possible only after 6 months of training. The motivation was that dogs with far superior noses than us would be able to pick out cancerous cells with much higher accuracy. The results were astounding, with absolute accuracy recorded by 2 German shepherds, trained with the game playing and reward model.
Drug ‘reverses’ age in animals
Who does not want to be young forever? A new drug that has done just that has been found. A team of researchers at the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Netherlands has tested a new drug on old mice which has not only helped them restore stamina and fur but partial organ function as well. The approach, says the researchers, work by pulling out cells that have stopped dividing, from the body. While researchers from around the globe have remained sceptical of the same, the news certainly is interesting and cannot be dismissed directly.
Blood scarcity is one of the most important factors plaguing major parts of the world today. However, according to a team of researchers from University of Bristol and NHS, this might soon be eradicated. They claim to have developed, what they hope, is a process to mass produce red blood cells at the laboratory. However, the scale of operation is not viable as the mass produced blood would still be more costly than a conventional donation. The process can be used for rare blood types. The process, as they documented, is to trap stem cells in an early stage, so that they can multiply indefinitely. Once there are enough stem cells, they can simply be triggered to become blood cells. While the biological map for creating the blood cells are already available, the technology to scale it up is not yet available. Expansion of yield is a new phase: say the researchers.
Trump withdraws his American Healthcare Act
US president Donald Trump has withdrawn a Healthcare bill after it failed to gather enough support from the Congress. In fact, repealing the programmed known as the Obamacare was one of his major election pledges, and the failure to do so is being seen as a big blow to the Trump administration.
Parasitic Twin Removed
A major breakthrough in the field of childcare surgery has been achieved at the Advocate Children’s Hospital in Chicago. A highly rare case of a parasitic twin was observed in the case of baby Dominique. The parasitic twin was attached at a very important junction of neck and thoracic spine and posed a major complication during the surgery. The doctors used state of the art imaging technique to map out the whole problem and conducted the surgery to ensure she was not left paralysed. Needless to say, baby Dominique will go live her life happily with her family.
Blood Tests and Diagnosing Cancer
A new blood test, which can diagnose and pinpoint cancer BEFORE it has manifested has been developed. The breakthrough can revolutionise cancer treatment, say, researchers. The test called Cancer Locator has been developed by the University of California and works by searching for blood that circulates from the tumours in the blood of cancer patients. While the technique is still being developed, it has the potential to be a very big help to cancer patients.
Some Cancers are unavoidable
Around two thirds of cancers are simply unavoidable, even if you lead a healthy life, says a new study. According to scientists in the US, cancers are caused by random mistakes in the genes when cells divide. This changes a long standing belief that cancer is influenced by environmental and genetic factors and puts it all down to luck. The research article, published in the journal Science, points out that nearly 66% of all cancers are due to DNA copying errors.
The simple contraceptive pill does more than just prevent pregnancy. According to a new study, it seems that it also protects women from cancer even 35 years from when they stop taking it. While there is a slight risk in increased breast and ovarian cancer, the study noted that this was temporary and vanished a few years after the pill was stopped.