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Wound Care – Challenges in the home care setting

Sebastian Probst, and Georgina Gethin at the European Wound Management Association outline the challenges of treating wounds in a home care environment. The European Wound Management Association (EWMA) aims to promote best practice in wound management and to advocate for the rights of people with wounds, to receive the best...
mental health

Improving mental health services throughout Europe

John Bowis, President of Health First Europe details how community care can support better mental health services in Europe. My first involvement with mental health on the European stage was working with the 1999 Finnish Presidency initiative on mental health promotion. Later, as the rapporteur of the European Parliamentary Report...
Eradicating cardiovascular diseases for good

Eradicating cardiovascular diseases for good

Professor Joep Perk of Linnaeus University, and a member of the European Society of Cardiology, speaks to Editor Laura Evans about the importance of reducing cardiovascular diseases in Europe and how this can be achieved. In Europe, cardiovascular diseases cause over 4 million deaths and over 1.9 million deaths in the European...

Healing wounds through innovation

Prof Keith Harding, Prof Michael Clark and Dr Douglas Queen from the Wound Healing Unit at Cardiff University details the significant problems wounds can cause, and how innovation is helping alleviate some of these. Each year millions of people world-wide experience wounds that arise through multiple causes including surgery, burns, accidents,...

A novel silicon dietary supplement

Made from 100% natural Icelandic geothermal silica Millions of people have bathed in the mineral rich geothermal waters of Iceland for the beneficial effects of the water’s silica on the health and beauty of skin. Now an Icelandic start-up company aims to bottle it for consumption as a supplement for an...
deafblind

Reducing the barriers for deafblind people

AG looks at how technology such as hearing aids can help people with deafblindness lead independent lives. In the UK alone it is believed that there are around 250,000 deafblind people – which is a combination of sight and hearing impairment. The disability is one with very little understanding, and...
transplant

Kidney transplants – the gold standard treatment

Adnan Sharif, Consultant Nephrologist at University Hospitals Birmingham discusses kidney transplants and the impact it has on the patient and their quality of life. Chronic kidney disease affects over 10% of the UK population and can progress to end-.stage kidney disease, requiring renal replacement therapy in the form of either...
stem cell

Challenging the stem cell convention

Professor Alan Clarke, Director of the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute gives an overview of how cancer stem cells differ from the conventional stem cell. Cancer remains one of the major challenges in terms of life expectancy and is recognised as the second largest cause of mortality within the...

The birth of blood cells

Unravelling the mechanisms leading to the formation of blood progenitor and stem cells. The continuous generation of blood cells throughout life relies on the existence of haematopoietic stem cells (HSC) generated during embryogenesis. They have the ability to self-renew and to generate all types of blood cells. Any pathology affecting...
stem cells

Stem cells and immunity

From stem cell biology to tissue mending In the last 25 years, tremendous advances have been made in the identification and generation of stem cells (SC) from diverse organisms, generating a wealth of knowledge in various fields from embryology to development. SC not only have the ability to differentiate into...
biobank

Biobank Graz

The hub for biobanking in Europe. Biobank Graz at Medical University of Graz, Austria, belongs to the largest repositories of human samples in Europe. It contains nearly six million samples from normal and pathological tissues, including formalinfixed, paraffin-embedded tissues (FFPE), fresh frozen tissue samples and frozen body fluids such as...
research

Smart Biobanking

Senior Research Analyst for Frost & Sullivan Divyaa Ravishankar discusses the growing need for innovative products in the realm of bio-storage applications. The concept of biobanking has triggered massive interest in the area of long-term sample storage conditions but with a key challenge of maintaining sample integrity. In order to...
mental health

Combating mental health

Journalist Tony Hall gives an overview of how the Cognitive Behaviour Treatment (CBT) is used within the armed forces to combat mental health issues. In recent years the UK government and Ministry of Defence (MoD) have acknowledged that service in the Armed Forces should be publicly recognised and not be...
ptsd

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder

What is the difference? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) are rising in prevalence. PTSD is a pervasive and devastating anxiety disorder, affecting millions of people, caused by experiencing or witnessing any event that is perceived to be life-threatening to ourselves or others and beyond our control...

Counterweight

The leaders in evidence based weight management Counterweight Ltd. offers proven solutions (Counterweight Programme and The Counterweight Plus Programme) for weight loss and weight loss maintenance with published evidence demonstrating successful long term outcomes at 12 months. The CounterweightProgramme Lifestyle Programme • underpinned by behaviour change for individuals with BMI>25kg/m2. 1, 2 ...
health

Mental health patients kept like prisoners, report states

A House of Lords committee has said vulnerable adults are being kept virtual prisoners in care homes. The report by a select committee expressed concerns regarding the misuse of mental health laws and looked at how reforms passed in 2005 are working. The report found that vulnerable adults are being failed...
cancer

Empower, support and encourage action

Emma Greenwood, head of policy development at Cancer Research UK explains the importance of early diagnosis for cancer within local communities. Cancer remains a major focus for the health service in England and, after the Health and Social Care Act came into force earlier this year, local authorities have an even...
diagnosis

The cancer challenge

Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg supports Europe’s concerns about cancer and the huge challenges it presents. Cancer continues to present a huge challenge for patients and their families, for health policy and for health services across the European Union and indeed beyond. This is a challenge that can only grow bigger...

RAS – moving social care forward

Paul Clifford, CEO from FACE Recording & Measurement Systems explains the benefits of Resource Allocations Systems (RAS). I was not pleased to be informed in 2007 that in the new world of personalisation, a sheet of A4 was all that would be required for needs assessment, and the prediction of...

The FACE RAS

Effective information for health and social care. The FACE RAS is the country’s most widely used resource allocation system, being used by over 41 councils collectively, serving over 20% of the population. The goal of the FACE RAS programme has been to develop a resource allocation system that is: Needs-based; ...

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