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Gene therapy retina disease potential Posted on Monday May 04, 2015

Two trials of gene therapy on an inherited form of blindness in children have shown that patients' eyesight can be improved - but only temporarily.

Most 'unaware' of skin cancer signs Posted on Monday May 04, 2015

More than three-quarters of people in the UK would not recognise signs of skin cancer, a survey by British Association of Dermatologists suggests.

Mental health travel 'unacceptable' Posted on Saturday May 02, 2015

Mental health patients having to travel as far as 79 miles for a bed is "not acceptable", says the charity Mind.

'First natural birth' for diabetic Posted on Thursday April 30, 2015

A diabetic woman is the first in the world to give birth naturally after using an artificial pancreas while pregnant, experts say.

3D windpipe 'saves children's lives' Posted on Friday May 01, 2015

Three babies have been saved from a life-threatening condition by using 3D printed windpipe splints to help them breathe, a pilot study reveals.

Antibiotics 'not being protected' Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2015

Three-quarters of countries do not have plans in place to preserve antimicrobial medicines, the World Health Organization says.

US says 'No' to modifying embryo DNA Posted on Thursday April 30, 2015

Modifying the DNA of embryos is a "line that should not be crossed" and poses serious safety and ethical issues, a leading figure in US research says.

Private GP out-of-hours care 'worse' Posted on Friday May 01, 2015

GP out-of-hours services provided by commercial companies perform slightly worse than NHS or not-for-profit equivalents, an analysis shows.

Men 'catching up on life expectancy' Posted on Thursday April 30, 2015

Men are narrowing the gap on women when it comes to life expectancy in England and Wales, research in the Lancet indicates.

More older carers 'risking health' Posted on Thursday April 30, 2015

The number of older carers in England is rising, with signs the responsibility of looking after loved ones is damaging their health, research suggests.

Midwives stage strike action Posted on Thursday April 30, 2015

Midwives in Northern Ireland stage a four-hour strike action on Thursday in a dispute over pay.

Rubella eradicated from Americas Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2015

North and South America become the first regions to completely eradicate rubella, or German measles, after no cases in five years

Tumour memoir wins £30,000 book prize Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2015

A memoir written by the wife of an art critic who died of a brain tumour wins a £30,000 prize for new books about medicine, health or illness.

Mosquito 'lured by body odour genes' Posted on Thursday April 23, 2015

The likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes could be down to genes that control our body odour, a pilot study in Plos One suggests.

Back pain link to chimpanzee spine Posted on Monday April 27, 2015

People with lower back problems are more likely to have a spine similar in shape to the chimpanzee, our closest ape ancestor.

Hospice vacancies roundup Posted on Friday May 01, 2015

Weekly roundup of hospice and palliative care job opportunities posted on ehospice.

Daily News Roundup - 1 May 2015 Posted on Friday May 01, 2015

In the news today: outpatient clinics run by St Richard's Hospice have secured funding for another year, a new playground is opened at the Donna Louise Children's Hospice, and Prince Edward visits Blythe House Hospice.

New chief executive at Demelza Hospice Care for Children Posted on Friday May 01, 2015

Ryan Campbell has taken over as chief executive at Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Parliamentary report scrutinising Scottish assisted suicide bill published Posted on Friday May 01, 2015

Following a year of gathering and considering evidence, the Health and Sport Committee has published its report on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill.

Improving the cancer journey for lesbian, gay and bisexual people Posted on Friday May 01, 2015

The Mary Seacole Research Centre (MSRC) at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has just published its findings from recent research into the care and treatment experienced by lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people diagnosed with cancer.

Ronnie O’Sullivan supports St Joseph’s Hospice Posted on Thursday April 30, 2015

Keen-eyed snooker fans watching the World Snooker Championships yesterday would have spotted St Joseph’s Hospice logo on Ronnie O’Sullivan's waistcoat.

Daily News Roundup - 30 April 2015 Posted on Thursday April 30, 2015

In the news today: the boss of a Blackpool hospice calls on parliamentary candidates to show their support for local hospice care, the J's hospice has been recognised as a model of good practice in ensuring successful transition from children to adult palliative care services, and research shows that men are narrowing the life expectancy gap.

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice appoints Dr Rachel Black new director of care Posted on Thursday April 30, 2015

Dr Rachel Black has joined Noah’s Ark following previous roles at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Report reveals challenges for people living with dementia in Northern Ireland Posted on Thursday April 30, 2015

A report by Marie Curie, in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, has shown that people living with dementia in Northern Ireland struggle to access quality end of life care.

‘To Absent Friends’ campaign nominated for Scottish Charity Award Posted on Thursday April 30, 2015

Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief have received recognition for its 'To Absent Friends' festival with a nomination in the Cracking Campaign category of the Scottish Charity Awards.

Guidance for staff responsible for care after death – second edition published Posted on Thursday April 30, 2015

Jo Wilson, lead author of a new guide on caring for people after death, explains how the guidance can help ensure there is good care for people who have died, sensitive communication with their families, support in bereavement, and that we take all opportunities to "get it right" for patients and families after death.

Prof Max Watson takes palliative care expertise to Uruguay Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2015

Prof Dr Max Watson, consultant at the Northern Ireland Hospice and visiting professor at the University of Ulster, visited Uruguay’s capital Montevideo earlier this month to aid development of the country’s ECHO project.

Daily News Roundup - 29 April 2015 Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2015

In the news today: actress Sheila Hancock discusses her end of life plans, campaigners have arranged a march in Staffordshire to protest plans for cancer and end of life services, and St Clare Hospice opens a new therapeutic garden.

St Elizabeth Hospice rebrands in bid to increase awareness Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2015

Ipswich’s St Elizabeth Hospice has launched a new visual identity as it seeks to encourage more people in the local area to use its services.

Colouring outside the lines Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2015

Dr Ros Taylor considers what we can learn from children, marathon runners and change gurus, as she reflects on a busy week as Hospice UK's National Director for Hospice Care.