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Asthma inhalers 'not used properly' Posted on Saturday December 20, 2014

Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.

A&E has 'worst week' in England Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

Pressures in A&E units in England have hit record levels while Wales and Northern Ireland also perform poorly, figures show.

Stem cell scandal scientist resigns Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.

EU approves first stem cell therapy Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

A stem cell therapy has been approved for widespread medical use in the EU for the first time.

Ebola kills top Sierra Leone doctor Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.

NHS staff to strike in new year Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

There will be a fresh wave of strikes across the NHS in England in new year, it has been announced.

'Support vulnerable doctors' call Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

Up to 28 doctors took their own lives between 2005 and 2013 while being investigated by the General Medical Council, an independent review of cases has found.

Painkillers 'cut skin cancer risk' Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

Regularly taking painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen may help protect against some forms of skin cancer, research suggests.

Brain's 'internal compass' found Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

The precise part of the brain that gives people a sense of direction has been pinpointed by scientists.

Autism link to air pollution raised Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

A link between autism and air pollution during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.

Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

Obesity can constitute a disability if the health effects have an impact on people's working lives, the European Court of Justice rules.

Drug allergy: Culprit protein found Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

Scientists uncover a single protein that could be responsible for drug allergies, on the surface of cells.

Car smoke ban 'to start in October' Posted on Wednesday December 17, 2014

Smoking in cars with children will be banned in England, under new laws put forward by the government.

Superbug found in Rio Olympic waters Posted on Tuesday December 16, 2014

Researchers in Brazil discover "super-bacteria" in the sea waters where sailing and windsurfing events will be held during the 2016 Olympics.

Cardiff surgeons' musical medicine Posted on Friday December 12, 2014

Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees or Another One Bites the Dust by Queen? A study by Cardiff surgeons looks at the songs which could work best in the operating theatre.

Daily News Roundup – 19 December 2014 Posted on Friday December 19, 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.

CQC consults on how to deal with failing adult social care services Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

Stakeholders have until the end of January to comment on a "special measures" regime for adult social care in England, published by the Care Quality Commission this week.

Dying is part of living Posted on Friday December 19, 2014

Andrea Sutcliffe, the CQC's Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, reflects on death and dying and care for those at the end of life – as well as for their carers and the people they leave behind.

Can you win Palliative Care Team of the Year? Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

Nominate your palliative care team in The BMJ Awards by 11pm on 21 January 2015 for a chance to win.

Daily News Roundup – 18 December 2014 Posted on Thursday December 18, 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.

Christmas is not just about a conveyor belt of consumerism Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

Jayne Bessant, CEO of St Ann's Hospice in Manchester, reflects on the many Light up a Life events happening across the country at this time of year. She describes the services as a chance to pause, reflect and celebrate what is important.

Co-production in action – report from Scottish national learning forum Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014

A group of forty dedicated professionals gathered together on 13 November to engage in strategic conversations about end of life care in Scotland.

Ambulance services struggle to identify dying patients, says new report Posted on Wednesday December 17, 2014

The National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN) has released a new report which identifies the difficulties ambulance services face in identifying dying patients.

A ‘metaphor menu’ for cancer patients Posted on Wednesday December 17, 2014

Elena Semino, Professor of Linguistics and Verbal Art at Lancaster University writes for ehospice about her research into the use of metaphors around cancer and end of life care and the creation of a ‘metaphor menu’ – providing a variety of options for cancer patients to use to talk about their illness.

Daily News Roundup – 17 December 2014 Posted on Wednesday December 17, 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.

Win a Bentley driving experience and give back to palliative care Posted on Wednesday December 17, 2014

Luxury car manufacturer, Bentley, have teamed up with the charity Care2Save to offer a once in a lifetime driving experience whilst raising funds for the palliative care sector.

Hospice staff take part in successful dementia care home exchange Posted on Tuesday December 16, 2014

East Cheshire Hospice in Macclesfield has partnered with one of the largest care home providers in the UK to introduce a scheme in which hospice and nursing and care home staff exchange care environments for a period of two weeks.

Consultation on society lotteries launched Posted on Tuesday December 16, 2014

A call for evidence on the regulation of lotteries has been launched by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Cost of cancer leaves thousands of patients at risk of losing their homes Posted on Tuesday December 16, 2014

In a poll of 2,000 adults diagnosed with cancer, two in five (39%) who rent a home or have a mortgage struggle with their payments and almost half say this is at least partly as a result of their diagnosis.

Daily News Roundup – 16 December 2014 Posted on Tuesday December 16, 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.