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Ebola vaccine trial 'promising' Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2014

The first human trial of an experimental vaccine against Ebola suggests that it is safe and may help the immune system to combat the virus.

Guidelines favour weight loss ops Posted on Thursday November 27, 2014

People diagnosed with diabetes linked to obesity should be assessed for weight loss surgery, according to updated NHS guidelines.

'Exciting' bladder cancer drug trial Posted on Thursday November 27, 2014

A trial to help the immune system fight bladder cancer is showing "exciting" results with tumours completely disappearing in some patients.

GPs 'failing' to find liver disease Posted on Thursday November 27, 2014

Early detection of liver disease by GPs in the UK is "virtually non-existent", leading medical experts warn.

Many elderly 'struggle' at home Posted on Thursday November 27, 2014

Thousands of older people in England are struggling in their own home with little or no help, research suggests.

Fifth of millennium babies 'obese' Posted on Thursday November 27, 2014

One in five children born at the start of the millennium was obese by the age of 11, according to a major study.

Learning disability care 'failing' Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2014

People with learning disabilities are being kept in hospitals too far from home for too long, a report commissioned by NHS England finds.

Call for £2bn more for NHS in England Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2014

Calls for extra money for the NHS in England are intensifying after latest figures show the deficit is growing as performance deteriorates.

Hunt 'contradicted NHS advice' Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2014

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has been accused of contradicting NHS advice after admitting that he took his children to A&E at the weekend rather than wait to see a GP.

Vitamin D warning from NICE Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2014

More people should be given vitamin D tablets to counter a hidden epidemic of deficiency, a report says.

A&E care 'still unsafe' at hospital Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2014

A Kent hospital's A&E department is still failing to protect patients from "inappropriate or unsafe" care, a health watchdog says.

Girl died after stem cell transplant Posted on Tuesday November 25, 2014

A problem with the freezing of stem cells may have contributed to the death of a 12-year-old girl with cancer, a coroner rules.

'Silver surfers' more health savvy Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2014

Older people who regularly use the internet and take part in cultural activities may be better equipped to keep on top of their health, research suggests.

E-cigarette 'lure' might be baseless Posted on Tuesday November 25, 2014

The concern e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking might be unfounded, data suggests.

Many lonely elderly call helpline Posted on Tuesday November 25, 2014

In its first year, a free 24-hour UK helpline for the elderly has been inundated with calls about loneliness.

Cost saving Hospice Quality Partnership launches at Hospice UK conference Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2014

A new initiative which aims to reduce hospices’ costs by delivering economies of scale in procurement was officially launched today at the Hospice UK conference.

New online forum set to support staff caring for people with MND Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2014

The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) has created a new online forum specifically to support health and social care professionals.

Duchess of Cambridge launches appeal for new children’s hospice in Norfolk Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2014

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge travelled to East Anglia yesterday to attend the launch of EACH's new £10 million appeal to fund 'the nook' - a purpose-built children's hospice in the heart of Norfolk.

UK doctor reports from US palliative care oncology conference Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2014

Dr Louise Mason reports for ehospice from the inaugural American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Palliative Care in Oncology symposium, held in Boston, USA.

Exceptional care and innovation recognised at Hospice UK awards Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2014

Exceptional staff and supporters from the hospice sector have been recognised for their achievements at Hospice UK’s 2014 Awards, supported by The National Gardens Scheme (NGS).

Daily News Roundup - 26 November 2014 Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2014

Bringing you a selection of emerging and topical media stories relevant to hospice, palliative and end of life care from local, national and international news outlets. From social care and assisted dying, to local hospice and charity sector news, this service gives you a quick overview of the issues and debates being discussed in the media.

Hospice movement needs to be rebellious in its approach to change Posted on Tuesday November 25, 2014

Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer at NHS Improving Quality England, today opened Hospice UK’s national conference by hailing the "fantastic rebel hospice movement" and championed a disruptive approach to achieving change.

Hospices set out a vision for the future of palliative care in North Wales Posted on Tuesday November 25, 2014

Four hospices in North Wales have published a discussion document outlining their collective vision and calling for a strategic plan for palliative care services in the region.

Daily News Roundup - 25 November 2014 Posted on Tuesday November 25, 2014

Bringing you a selection of emerging and topical media stories relevant to hospice, palliative and end of life care from local, national and international news outlets. From social care and assisted dying, to local hospice and charity sector news, this service gives you a quick overview of the issues and debates being discussed in the media.

Free training events set to improve excellence in end of life care Posted on Tuesday November 25, 2014

Leading health and palliative care organisations will host a series of free events in 2015 to help professionals improve the quality of care for people at the end of life, their families and their carers.

Palliative Care Formulary 5th edition published Posted on Tuesday November 25, 2014

The 5th edition of the Palliative Care Formulary is now available in print and PDF versions to purchase or download from palliativedrugs.com

Tell Us Once: a service to help people who have been bereaved Posted on Tuesday November 25, 2014

The award winning Tell Us Once service enables people to report a death of a family member just once to local and central government departments.

Government to stop charities losing out on Gift Aid Posted on Monday November 24, 2014

The government is set to improve the Gift Aid model declaration form to stop charities losing out on billions of pounds of donations from Gift Aid.

Community hub and café opens at St Catherine’s Hospice Posted on Monday November 24, 2014

A new café and community hub built in the grounds of St Catherine's Hospice in Lancashire will open to the public today.

Exceptional Macmillan professionals rewarded for improving palliative and end of life care Posted on Monday November 24, 2014

Earlier this month, Macmillan presented Professional Excellence Awards to eight individuals and three teams in recognition of their exceptional work and leadership in improving services for people affected by cancer.