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Within, Open Access Government’s Health and Social Care news section, we offer a variety of diverse material. With a focus on the most noteworthy stories in the sector from around the world.

Providing information on the most popular and interesting topics such as the NHS digital transformation and its ongoing developments along with the latest research on diabetes, rare diseases and potential cures. This section also offers articles on the funding to healthcare services and has a strong focus on mental health issues/research and much more.

This category also offers information on how environmental changes are affecting peoples health today along with how the LGBT community deals with health stigma surrounding it.

talk more about hearing loss, Centre for Deaf Education

Why we need to talk more about hearing loss

Mark Hopkinson, Head of the Centre for Deaf Education, City Lit states why we need to talk more about hearing loss.
obesity research

Funding obesity research in the U.S. today

Here, we find out about the role that the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a publicly-funded institute, when it comes to funding obesity research in the U.S. today.
recovery from stroke

Recovery from stroke: The challenges

Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association explores the challenges around recovery from stroke.
Cycle to Work Scheme

Cycle to Work Scheme: Promoting health for people and the environment

Rachel White, Head of Public Affairs, Sustrans shares her views on how the Cycle to Work Scheme is promoting health for people and our environment.
maternal and child health, vitamin D

Vitamin D boosts maternal and child health

Dr Andrew Bremer, a Paediatric Endocrinologist and Chief of the Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, details NICHD-supported research on vitamin D in pregnancy and early childhood development.
healthy ageing

A focus on promoting healthy ageing in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Elderly Health Service has an increasingly important role to play in improving primary healthcare of the elderly, as this article discovers, with a special focus on recommended exercise as one of the many elements to promote healthy ageing in individuals.
Electronic Prescription Service

New Electronic Prescription Service could save NHS £300 million

The NHS could save £300 million over the next 3 years as Phase 4 of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is rolled out across the country.
coercion in mental health

Why Europe needs to end coercion in mental health

Claudia Marinetti, Director of Mental Health Europe tells us why Europe needs to end coercion in mental health.
viral hepatitis in africa, world health organisation

The priorities for tackling viral hepatitis in Africa

In this exclusive interview with Prof Olufunmilayo Lesi, Regional Medical Officer for Viral Hepatitis from the World Health Organization (WHO) Office for the Africa Region, discusses tackling viral hepatitis in Africa.
promoting public health

Promoting public health in the European Union Member States

Here, we take a look at some recent examples of how public health in European Union Member States has been supported by the outgoing European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis.
incurable lung disease,idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: An incurable lung disease

Steve Jones, Chair Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and Board Member EU-IPFF and Gisli Jenkins from Nottingham University Hospitals, explain idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), an incurable lung disease.
Cannabis-based medicines

Cannabis-based medicines as a treatment for epilepsy in the UK

Sam Mountney, Senior Policy & Campaigns Officer at Epilepsy Action, shares his expertise on cannabis-based medicines as a treatment for epilepsy in the UK.
barriers to patient flow, digital solutions

Could technology help break down barriers to patient flow in the healthcare system?

Neil Laycock, Managing Director of Healthcare, Servelec, explores the potential for digital solutions to change the narrative on managing precious assets in the healthcare environment.
Medical devices policy

Medical devices policy: Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Here, we look at medical devices policy of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The Ministry now has Katsunobu Katō in place, who very recently replaced Nemoto Takumi as the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare in the country.
Funding health research

Funding health research: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The role of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, when it comes to funding health research in Canada, is explored here, including a look at the work of the Human Development, Child and Youth Health division within that.
Access to medical cannabis

Access to medical cannabis and to what extent is medical cannabis now legalised?

Cosmo Feilding Mellen, Managing Director of Spectrum Therapeutics UK looks at access to medical cannabis and to what extent is medical cannabis now legalised.
credible domestic agenda, NHS confederation

NHS Confederation on Queen’s Speech: “Develop a credible domestic agenda”

The NHS Confederation and Amnesty International respond to the Queen's Speech, highlighting elements such as a credible domestic agenda and a need for immigration reform.
acute coronary syndromes

New evidences on the role of inflammation in acute coronary syndromes and its pathogenesis

For a long time the causes of acute coronary syndromes were poorly understood, and, only after the publication of our paper on New England Journal of Medicine on the importance of inflammation it was recognised as a crucial pathogenetic mechanism.

Environmental exposures during early life influence adult disease risk

Carolyn R. Klocke and Pamela J. Lein discuss how an individual’s experiences during early life can influence their risk for disease as an adult.
health innovation ecosystem

Horizon 2020 research: The health innovation ecosystem of Europe

Here, Cecile ten Kate discusses the process of valorisation of research projects, focusing specifically on the health innovation ecosystem.

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