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Ageing rates vary widely, says study Posted on Tuesday July 07, 2015

A study of people born in the same year has uncovered a huge difference in the speed at which their bodies age.

Dementia support gaps 'fail patients' Posted on Monday July 06, 2015

Patchy support for people with dementia is failing patients and their carers, doctors warn.

Mass vaccination call for rabies Posted on Sunday July 05, 2015

Renewed efforts are needed to vaccinate dogs against rabies, health experts warn.

BBC journalist finds stem-cell donor Posted on Sunday July 05, 2015

BBC journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts, who has an aggressive form of leukaemia, says she has found a stem-cell donor following a public appeal.

Call for improved urinary catheters Posted on Saturday July 04, 2015

A leading researcher says industry must "wake up and invest more" in urinary catheters

More 'open, safer' NHS proposed Posted on Monday July 06, 2015

Final decisions about changes to the health service could be taken out of the hands of politicians under new proposals.

Cystic fibrosis gene therapy boost Posted on Friday July 03, 2015

A gene therapy has stabilised and slightly improved cystic fibrosis in some of 136 patients in a trial.

Sniffing could provide autism test Posted on Friday July 03, 2015

The way children sniff different aromas could form the basis of a test for autism, suggest researchers in Israel.

NHS 'lags behind other nations' Posted on Friday July 03, 2015

The NHS lags behind other countries when it comes to preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and improving survival rates, a report suggests.

NHS to reveal missed appointment cost Posted on Friday July 03, 2015

Patients who miss appointments will be told how much they have cost the NHS, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says.

NHS apologies over data breach Posted on Sunday July 05, 2015

More than 3,000 patients are sent a letter of apology by the NHS after sensitive personal information is found by a member of the public.

IT system for GP records criticised Posted on Thursday July 02, 2015

A new GP IT system designed to improve quality and planning in the NHS in England is criticised for running over budget and behind schedule, by a finance watchdog.

Cancer immunotherapy approved in UK Posted on Thursday July 02, 2015

A pioneering cancer drug that harnesses the power of the immune system is approved for use in the UK.

Hormones make traders take more risks Posted on Thursday July 02, 2015

Raised levels of the hormones testosterone and cortisol can make traders take more risks, which could create instability in financial markets, a study suggests.

New test pins down 'time of death' Posted on Thursday July 02, 2015

Forensic researchers develop a new method for establishing an accurate time of death after as much as 10 days.

Alzheimer’s Society calls for national dementia action plan Posted on Monday July 06, 2015

Alzheimer's Society is today calling for a national action plan to combat dementia over the next five years, as it publishes its latest snapshot of dementia care in England.

Applications open for 2015 Hospice UK Awards Posted on Monday July 06, 2015

Entries are now being accepted for this year’s Hospice UK Awards, with the winners to be announced in November.

Daily News Roundup - 6 July 2015 Posted on Monday July 06, 2015

In the news today: patients in the Solihull area can now receive end of life care at home as part of new pilot scheme, Robin House celebrates its tenth birthday and a Mary Ann Evans Hospice nurse retires after 21 years.

Hospice vacancies roundup Posted on Friday July 03, 2015

A roundup of all the jobs posted on ehospice this week.

Daily News Roundup - 3 July 2015 Posted on Friday July 03, 2015

In the news today: the palliative care services in the Nightingale Macmillan Ward of the Royal Derby Hospital are profiled on ITV's Superhospital, MSPs begin their inquiry into palliative care by visiting patients at the Marie Curie Hospice in Glasgow, and St David's Hospice launches a new project which aims to make end of life care more accessible.

Rehabilitative approach to palliative care a must for hospices Posted on Friday July 03, 2015

Hospices are being called upon to embed the practices and culture of rehabilitative palliative care more prominently in their services.

Applications now open for 2016 GSK IMPACT Awards Posted on Friday July 03, 2015

GSK and The King’s Fund have launched the 2016 GSK IMPACT Awards, calling for applications from health and wellbeing charities.

Cruse joins forces with Marie Curie in Wales Posted on Friday July 03, 2015

Cruse Bereavement Care are now offering services to friends and family of anyone who has received care from Marie Curie in Wales, as the two organisations begin a new partnership.

Looking beyond a patient’s primary diagnosis Posted on Friday July 03, 2015

Helen Andrews writes about the importance of exploring all options when new symptoms appear and the danger of assuming all symptoms must be connected to a patient's cancer diagnosis.

Daily News Roundup - 2 July 2015 Posted on Thursday July 02, 2015

In the news today: a profile of the East Anglia's Children's Hospices' True Colours Symptom Management team, the Princess Royal visits Strathcarron Hospice, and Claire House Children's Hospice shares knowledge with Ugandan palliative care doctor, Eddie Mwebesa.

MSPs launch inquiry into palliative and end of life care Posted on Thursday July 02, 2015

As part of its new inquiry into palliative care, the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee is inviting organisations and individuals to share their experiences of accessing palliative and end of life care.

Death on the Fringe returns to Edinburgh this summer Posted on Thursday July 02, 2015

Following its success in 2014, Death on the Fringe will be back at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 – the world’s largest arts festival – with 13 shows exploring death, dying and other end of life issues.

Hospices welcome Access to Palliative Care Bill Posted on Thursday July 02, 2015

Two hospice chief executives write for ehospice about Baroness Finlay's Access to Palliative Care Private Members Bill, which received its first reading in the House of Lords on the 1 June.

Summer exhibition shows off patients’ art at St Joseph’s Hospice Posted on Wednesday July 01, 2015

The fifth annual Summer Arts Exhibition was recently launched at St Joseph's Hospice, featuring work by day hospice, ward and community patients through the Empowered Living Team and the volunteer-led Doodle Club.

Daily News Roundup - 1 July 2015 Posted on Wednesday July 01, 2015

In the news today: Severn Hospice shop managers take on antiques auction challenge, Dermot O'Leary is new patron of St Helena Hospice and Northern Ireland Hospice CEO Heather Weir is interviewed by Belfast Live.