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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.

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.

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.

'Celeb mind game' gives memory clues Posted on Thursday July 02, 2015

Researchers use "mind games" to reveal clues about how brain cells change when making new memories.

Bullying 'endemic' at hospital Posted on Thursday July 02, 2015

A "culture of bullying, harassment and inappropriate behaviour" affects staff at all levels in one unit of Wales' biggest hospital, an inquiry finds.

Prescriptions to display drug cost Posted on Wednesday July 01, 2015

Packets of prescription medication will display how much their contents have cost taxpayers, under government plans.

Caffeine pills 'need more controls' Posted on Wednesday July 01, 2015

Caffeine supplements branded as diet pills should be better regulated, a pharmaceutical body says following a man's death after taking the tablets.

Liberia's new Ebola outbreak spreads Posted on Wednesday July 01, 2015

Two more cases of Ebola are confirmed in the Liberian village where a teenager died on Sunday - the first case for seven weeks.

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.

Online game 'may control snacking' Posted on Friday June 26, 2015

A computer game could help some people control their unhealthy snacking habits, suggests a small study from the University of Exeter.

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

Why the NHS should listen to people who see something amiss

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.

Q&A with Nigel Hartley, new chief executive at Earl Mountbatten Hospice Posted on Wednesday July 01, 2015

Nigel Hartley took up the role of chief executive at Earl Mountbatten Hospice in April, but he's been a key-player in the sector for many years. Here Nigel reflects on his time in the sector, the ongoing changes and challenges, life on the Isle of Wight and what he has in store for the hospice.

Daily News Roundup - 30 June 2015 Posted on Tuesday June 30, 2015

In the news today: chief executive of St Giles Hospice discusses partnership working, research shows sensory activities can improve end of life care for people in nursing homes with advanced dementia, and new guidance for fundraising management is being developed by NCVO.

Welsh Government invests £1 million in hospice at home services Posted on Tuesday June 30, 2015

The Welsh Government yesterday announced that it will invest £1 million in end of life care, as part of £10 million of funding for improving healthcare services across the country.