Health & Social Care News

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.

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Eating disorders could be treated via Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

Researchers found that Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) could significantly help people suffering from eating disorders.
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COVID-19 survivors can donate plasma to vaccine testing

A study by the Bloomberg School of Public Health found that severe COVID-19 patients can produce strong antibodies for vaccine testing - especially the older male population.
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Prisoners to virtually connect with doctors under new NHS agreement

The NHS has signed a new national agreement that will allow prisoners to virtually connect with doctors at their local hospital.

Google searches for vitamins increased during lockdown

According to data collected by Pharma Nord, Google saw a rise in searches for vitamin D during lockdown as the nation becomes more health-conscious amid COVID-19.
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Understanding the hidden health impact of working from home

Richard Guy, Country Sales Manager UK & Ireland at Ergotron, explores some of the options available for workers and their employers to try and combat the health impact of working from home.
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Which personality is most likely to follow COVID-19 lockdown rules?

American Psychological Association research found that people low on openness and neuroticism are less likely to follow COVID-19 lockdown rules.
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Crowdsourcing technology reinvents collaboration for UK diagnostics community

Here we explore how crowdsourcing technology has helped the NHS and the wider diagnostics community in their coronavirus response.
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Establishing an “omnichannel” approach in primary care to support patient choice

A clearer balance between primary care communications channels is now emerging from the pandemic. While there are new questions on practice phone costs and patient inclusion, the aim should be for an “omnichannel” approach, argues Paul Bensley, managing director of X-on.
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How to alleviate back, neck and shoulder pain in 10 simple steps

In aid of Back Care Awareness Week (5th-9th October), Feel Good Contacts has collaborated with Personal Trainer, Badrul Islam to offer advice on how to alleviate neck, shoulder and back pain (aka posture pandemic) caused by working from home.
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A framework for transforming patient outcomes

Kevin Timms, Chairman & CEO of eacs, explores how we can give the NHS the tools it needs to thrive and transform patient outcomes.
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What are Europe’s health policy priorities going forward?

Open Access Government explores the European Commission’s Department of Health and Food Safety’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and charts their next steps towards a vaccine for every European citizen.
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Defining ‘healthy’ food advertising ahead of the 9pm watershed

Public Health Nutritionist, Katharine Jenner, explores what ‘healthy’ really means for advertising, ahead of the Government's new 9pm watershed.
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Making sure Deaf people are heard: The importance of on demand interpreters

In recognition of International Day of Sign Languages, Clare Vale, managing director at Sign Solutions, highlights the importance of having on demand interpreters for deaf people in healthcare settings.
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Lessons from COVID-19: How can healthcare change for the better?

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Digital Healthcare Council members have mobilised at an unprecedented scale to support the NHS and social care, and its director, Graham Kendall, outlines here what has worked, and what needs to change.
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How can e-Learning for Healthcare help overcome the ‘opioid epidemic’?

Here, we learn all about the ‘opioid epidemic’ and how e-Learning for Healthcare’s e-PAIN programme is helping NHS staff to overcome it.
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Providing solutions and services to ensure successful NHS digitalisation during COVID-19

Craig Hartley, UK Business Development Manager for OPEX Business Machines GmbH explains how their solutions are helping both the NHS and the wider Public Sector achieve digital transformation.
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How did COVID-19 spread to Europe and the U.S?

A new study combines genomics from COVID-19 samples with computer-simulated epidemics and travel records to reconstruct the virus' spread across the world.
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Obesity focus: A look at Johnson’s fight against fat

Tam Fry FRSA, Chairman of the National Obesity Forum, discusses the beginnings of Boris Johnson's fight against fat.
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The long-term effects of COVID-19

Whilst the direct consequences of COVID-19 on health are painfully apparent, could the long term effects be even worse?
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The adoption of technology in healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr William Dawson, CEO of OneMedical Group – a national health and wellbeing company delivering NHS services, system leadership and consultancy across the UK – discusses the adoption of technology and opportunities in healthcare post COVID-19.

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