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Illustration of Variation in Muscle Radiodensity

Our research group has developed a novel lens with which to view cancer patients: using computed tomography (CT) images routinely taken during clinical assessment, to precisely quantify body composition (muscle and adipose) in relation to clinical outcomes (Prado et al 2008, Lieffers et al 2009, Lieffers et al 2011,...
WAN

Three steps to WAN resilience

With the advent of low cost, high speed, Wide Area Network (WAN) connections many organisations are realising the cost benefits and service improvements from integrating services across multiple sites.  However anyone who has implemented SITE to SITE private WAN will know that WAN’s are not as resilient as LAN’s...

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; ...
breast cancer

New campaign for breast cancer launched

Latest figures from Public Health England revealed that one in 3 women diagnosed with breast cancer in England are over 70. It was also revealed that this age group also accounts for more than half of all breast cancer deaths annually. The figures come as Public Health England launch a new...
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Extra funding for mental health nurses

An extra £25m of funding has been announced to enable mental health nurses to be based at police stations and courts in the UK. The funding announced by Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb will ensure people with mental health and substance misuse problems get the right treatment as quickly...

Winter months increase mental health risks

A mental health charity said people who go without daily sunlight are at risk of mental health problems. Mental Health Research UK (MHRUK) has said through the winter months going without sunlight can lead to developing lethargy, depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The charity surveyed around 2,000 British adults which...

Vitamin E could be beneficial in dementia

New research suggests a daily dose of vitamin E could help people with dementia. A study carried out by US researchers in the journal JAMA found people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease on high doses of vitamin E had a slower rate of decline than those given a dummy...
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More than words

In the past, those born both deaf and blind were consigned to a life of limited or non-existent communications – but a research team based at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands in close collaboration with the Royal Dutch Kentalis Deafblindness Center for Excellence – is developing new techniques...
mental

Mental wellbeing significant factor to overall health

According to a Public Health England (PHE) North West Mental Wellbeing Survey, significant changes in key factors can influence mental wellbeing. The PHE survey found that whilst there has been an increase in people within the region reporting to be in ‘very good’ health (increase of 18.2%), and more people with...
vital care

Community services vital to ease A&E pressure

Community services play a vital role in tackling growing A&E services pressures say UK health and social care provider. Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust called for more focus on the part community services play in keeping people out of hospital. Speaking in response to the National Audit Office’s report into...

Pets, people and pathogens

Clifford Warwick, Senior Scientific Consultant for the Emergent Disease Foundation examines the links between zoonotic pathogens and human disease. Introduction Whether priceless personal ‘friends’, hobbyists’ favoured fancies, or simply delivering big bucks to animal dealers, pets have long been a fixture of society. Key among the numerous human benefits is companionship, although...

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