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Pocket optician 'good as eye charts' Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015

A smartphone app is as effective at testing eyesight as an optician's clinic, a trial suggests.

'Give HIV drugs at diagnosis' Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015

HIV drugs should be given at the moment of diagnosis, according to a major trial that could change the way the disease is treated.

Breast cancer 'alters bone to spread' Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015

Breast cancers can change the structure of bone to make it easier to spread there, a study finds.

Rise in 'dog bite' hospital admissions Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015

The number of people taken to hospital after attacks by dogs - and other animals including rats, cats and foxes - has risen by 76% in the past decade, new figures show.

Concern over Mers spread in S Korea Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015

Concern is growing in South Korea over the spread of the Mers virus after a man defied quarantine to travel to China.

Sleeping cancer cells can 'wake up' Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015

Scientists say they may be able to explain why some cancers return, many years after they appear to have been cured.

Food bug 'found in 73% of chickens' Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015

Nearly three-quarters of fresh shop-bought chickens test positive for food poisoning bug campylobacter in year-long study.

Doctors may be 'too slow' on cancer Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015

GPs in the UK may be slower to refer patients with cancer than in other countries, a study suggests.

Bacteria 'sense diabetes and cancer' Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015

Scientists can transform bacteria into tiny living computers capable of detecting diabetes and cancer, early studies suggest.

Tattoo troubles 'relatively common' Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015

A small survey in the United States finds 10% of people have skin reactions after getting a tattoo.

Cold sore virus 'treats skin cancer' Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

A genetically engineered version of a virus that normally causes cold sores shows real promise for treating skin cancer, say researchers.

Excess caffeine health warning - EU Posted on Wednesday May 27, 2015

Drinking more than five espressos worth of caffeine a day may be damaging to health, according to the European Food Safety Authority.

Mice in space develop thin skin Posted on Wednesday May 27, 2015

A study of three mice that spent 91 days on the International Space Station finds abnormalities in their skin.

'Home-brewed morphine' made possible Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2015

Scientists have figured out how to brew morphine using the same kit used to make beer at home.

NHS should welcome 'citizen whistleblowers' Posted on Friday December 05, 2014

Why the NHS should listen to people who see something amiss

Daily News Roundup - 28 May 2015 Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015

In the news today: a US study finds fewer depression symptoms in spouses of patients in hospice care than those in other end of life settings, a Rasen area care home is awarded a gold standard for its end of life care, and a report by the Care Quality Commission finds patients are 'at risk' in Whipps Cross University Hospital end of life care unit.

Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill rejected by MSPs at Holyrood Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015

The Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill, brought by Green MSP Patrick Harvie, was rejected by 82 votes to 36 following a debate in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.

Hospice breathlessness programme has huge impact on patients Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015

The Fatigue, Anxiety and Breathlessness programme pioneered by John Taylor Hospice has now supported more than 200 people since its launch in 2011.

New approach to end of life conversation and documentation training Posted on Thursday May 28, 2015

Emily Mckean, end of life care facilitator at Pilgrims Hospices in Kent, has been running end of life conversation and documentation workshops for hospital staff as part of a one-year project. Here she explains how a ‘solution focused’ approach helped staff to share knowledge and improve their confidence in this difficult part of practise.

Daily News Roundup - 27 May 2015 Posted on Wednesday May 27, 2015

In the news today: an investigation of A&E Care in Northern Ireland has discovered instances of inadequate provision of pain relief, food and fluids, the opening of a children's hospice in Manchester is nine months behind schedule, and MSPs will vote today on the Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill.

St Clare Hospice completes rebrand and new website Posted on Wednesday May 27, 2015

The Essex-based hospice has this week unveiled its new visual identity and launched a new website following a year of research and planning.

New palliative care support service in North Manchester Posted on Wednesday May 27, 2015

A new project in North Manchester, involving The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, GP practices, Macmillan and St Ann's Hospice, aims to ensure better access to palliative care for anyone who needs it.

Hospices get involved in Dying Matters Awareness Week Posted on Wednesday May 27, 2015

ehospice takes a look back at Dying Matters Awareness Week (18-24 May) and highlights just a few of the events held by hospices to to encourage people to think and talk more about death and the end of life.

Daily News Roundup - 26 May 2015 Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

In the news today: NHS Scotland publishes information for the public on what to expect when someone is dying, Rainbows Hospice wins a President's Gold Award at the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards, and Burton's Queen's Hospital is praised for the end of life care it offers.

Bubble Rush raises £75K for Cheshire hospices Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice and East Cheshire Hospice hosted the UK’s first Bubble Rush on Saturday 16 May, raising over £75,000.

The importance of good relationships with donors and potential donors Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

CEO of Lewis-Manning Trust, Elizabeth Purcell, discusses the implications for hospices of the recent suicide of an elderly fundraiser who was allegedly being hounded by charities for donations.

Daily News Roundup - 22 May 2015 Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

In the news today: the Care Quality Commission says GPs should be more involved in end of life care, a US study finds that hospital admissions in the last year of life is linked with increasing disability of older patients, and NHS Lanarkshire reviews its working practices after criticism from the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

New training pack focuses on communication and working together to improve end of life care Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Training resources, which aim to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of working together to support people at the end of their lives, have been launched as part of Dying Matters Week.

Putting patients at the centre is focus of Improving End of Life Care conference Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Patient-centred care was high on the agenda at the Improving End of Life Care conference in Birmingham on Wednesday, which also discussed the importance of training staff and accurately measuring progress.

Simon Cowell becomes vice president of Shooting Star Chase Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice has announced today that Simon Cowell has accepted an invitation to become vice president of the charity.