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Alcohol 'should have calorie labels' Posted on Friday October 31, 2014

Alcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors.

Genes 'play role in Ebola survival' Posted on Friday October 31, 2014

Genetic factors could play an important role in whether people survive or die from the Ebola virus, say US scientists.

Why scratching 'intensifies itching' Posted on Thursday October 30, 2014

Scratching an itch releases serotonin, which paradoxically makes you more itchy, research suggests.

New strike by NHS staff announced Posted on Thursday October 30, 2014

NHS workers, including nurses and midwives, are to stage a new four-hour strike in England on 24 November as part of an ongoing pay dispute.

UK national sperm bank starts work Posted on Thursday October 30, 2014

A UK national sperm bank - charged with reversing a growing shortage of sperm - starts work in Birmingham.

Cancer survival rates 'improving' Posted on Thursday October 30, 2014

Most people diagnosed with cancer in recent years are surviving for longer, according to the latest statistics.

Care plan 'to ease hospital pressure' Posted on Thursday October 30, 2014

Vulnerable patients in England will get better support in the community as part of plans to ease pressure on hospitals, ministers say.

Study points to new autism risks Posted on Thursday October 30, 2014

A massive international study has started to unpick the "fine details" of why some people develop autism, say researchers.

Dementia tops female causes of death Posted on Wednesday October 29, 2014

Dementia is the leading cause of death for women in England and Wales, official figures show.

NHS trusts counting on bailouts Posted on Thursday October 30, 2014

NHS hospital trusts are continuing to draw heavily on government bailouts to plug funding shortfalls - but the cash may not last, the BBC has found.

NHS screening advice 'must improve' Posted on Wednesday October 29, 2014

The NHS needs to get better at highlighting the dangers of screening for diseases such cancer, an influential group of MPs says.

Drugs fund 'papers over cracks' Posted on Wednesday October 29, 2014

A temporary fund to pay for cancer drugs not available on the NHS does not address problems with the price of new treatments, a charity says.

Google developing a cancer detector Posted on Tuesday October 28, 2014

Google is attempting to diagnose cancers, heart attack risks and other ailments with a system that combines nanoparticles and a wrist-worn sensor.

Drinking milk 'may not protect bones' Posted on Wednesday October 29, 2014

Drinking large amounts of milk may not lower the risk of bone fractures, a study in the British Medical Journal suggests.

'Failure' in care of injured veterans Posted on Wednesday October 29, 2014

The government is failing to abide by its military covenant with armed forces veterans not getting the care they need, medical experts say.

Sue Ryder partnership set to fund new online community for end of life care Posted on Thursday October 30, 2014

Families coping with life-limiting conditions across the UK will be able to access a new online resource in 2015 after Morrisons customers and colleagues raised more than £1 million for Sue Ryder in just nine months.

Daily News Roundup - 30 October 2014 Posted on Thursday October 30, 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.

The new CQC regime for hospice inspection Posted on Thursday October 30, 2014

Today, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published the Hospice Provider Handbook, which sets out the details of its new inspection regime for the sector. Robert Melnitschuk, Policy and Advocacy Manager at Hospice UK reflects on elements of the new regime.

Hospices triumph at Charity Times Awards Posted on Thursday October 30, 2014

As the prestigious Charity Times Awards celebrated its fifteenth year, three hospices from across the country took home the top prize.

Website launched for parents caring for children with life-limiting illnesses Posted on Wednesday October 29, 2014

Parents of children with life-limiting illnesses have called for more information and understanding of palliative care for families who face similar challenges.

Daily News Roundup - 29 October 2014 Posted on Wednesday October 29, 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.

Working in Ireland or Northern Ireland? Apply now for a palliative care education fellowship Posted on Tuesday October 28, 2014

The All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) has announced a €12,000 Education Fellowship fund to further the skills, capacity and leadership of those working in palliative care.

When grief and work collide: a research study Posted on Tuesday October 28, 2014

Following the death of her sister, Kathryn Rosenberg was shocked at the lack of acknowledgement and support offered to her in the workplace. Then based in New Zealand, this personal experience prompted Kathryn to carry out a research project in the country and here she shares the research findings and asks: can employers afford not to care?

Daily News Roundup - 28 October 2014 Posted on Tuesday October 28, 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.

NHS doctor describes desperate situation from inside Ebola treatment centre Posted on Monday October 27, 2014

Dr Geraldine O’Hara is one of hundreds of NHS workers from the UK who have signed up to help people suffering with Ebola in West Africa.

Have your say on end of life care for children and young adults Posted on Monday October 27, 2014

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is calling for responses to the recently published scope consultation on end of life care for infants, children and young people.

Plugging the gap in care for those dying at home Posted on Monday October 27, 2014

Responding to the recent Sue Ryder campaign, which highlighted a lack of 24/7 care at home for people who are dying, Sue Varvel describes the successful home care service at Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

Daily News Roundup - 27 October 2014 Posted on Monday October 27, 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.

Value of charitable sector recognised in new NHS five year vision Posted on Friday October 24, 2014

The value of the charitable and voluntary sector in creating a successful and sustainable NHS has been recognised in a new five year plan published earlier this week.

Lynda Bellingham’s positive approach to death should encourage people to communicate Posted on Friday October 24, 2014

Lynda Bellingham supported Marie Curie for many years, from hosting events to taking on physical challenges. Here, Chief Executive Dr Jane Collins reflects on the actor’s decision to stop chemotherapy and the importance of communicating our wishes at the end of life.