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26 August 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Molecular Pathology Review from MRC published
By Rebecca Bellars @ 14:56 :: 211 Views

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has published a review of the UK’s capabilities in molecular pathology – the discipline that uses analysis of the molecules within tissue and body fluids to aid in a more accurate diagnosis and monitoring of disease.

The review identifies three areas which, if not addressed, could inhibit the discovery, development and adoption of innovative diagnostic tests that will ultimately offer clinical, economic and research benefits.

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04 August 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Prime Minister unveils plans for a £300million investment into 100,000 genome project
By Rebecca Bellars @ 16:59 :: 245 Views

David Cameron has unveiled plans for a £300million investment into the project which involves "ground-breaking genetic research into cancer and rare diseases, that will transform how diseases are diagnosed and treated"

Genomics England was set up by the Department of Health to deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project.  Initially the focus will be on rare disease, cancer and infectious disease. The project is currently in its pilot phase and will be completed by the end of 2017. 

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04 August 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Annual diabetes checks among indicators proposed for latest NICE QOF menu
By Rebecca Bellars @ 16:50 :: 168 Views

A series of annual checks to monitor and improve the health of people with diabetes are among measures proposed by NICE for its latest Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) indicator menu.

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01 August 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Longitude Prize, Paper for Open Review from NESTA
By Rebecca Bellars @ 16:19 :: 277 Views

NESTA is inviting inventors, innovators and academics to help shape the criteria of the Longitude Prize for antibiotics through an open review. 

BIVDA will be responding to this, and we need your input. The open review closes 10 August 2014.

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31 July 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Specialised Commissioning Update from NHS England
By Rebecca Bellars @ 09:37 :: 147 Views

NHS England has published the second edition of their specialised commissioning stakeholder newsletter.

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25 July 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Blood Safety UK: Report from the Science and Technology Select Committee
By Rebecca Bellars @ 17:32 :: 159 Views

NEW REPORT: After the storm? UK blood safety and the risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

More action is needed to ensure that variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is not inadvertently transmitted from person-to-person through medical procedures, the Science and Technology Committee has today warned

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25 July 2014  Rebecca Bellars
MHRA annual report 2013/14 available
By Rebecca Bellars @ 16:59 :: 147 Views

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published its annual report and accounts for 2013-14.

A significant portion of this document focuses on the merger of the MHRA with the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) and the development of the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD).

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23 July 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Atlas shows variations in NHS purchasing
By Rebecca Bellars @ 17:19 :: 258 Views

The Department of Health has released details of the Atlas of Variation in Purchasing. This  shows differences in the amount hospitals pay for everyday items including catheters, gloves and needles.

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23 July 2014  Rebecca Bellars
NHS England has published its annual report 2013/2014
By Rebecca Bellars @ 17:01 :: 157 Views

The document does not report against each individual objective of the Government Mandate to the NHS, and instead groups their assessment of ongoing based on the chapters of the Mandate and the individual priorities of the Secretary of State for Health. 

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03 July 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Health Select Committee report on Long Term Conditions
By Rebecca Bellars @ 10:58 :: 195 Views

The Health Select Committee, chaired by Dr Sarah Wollaston, have released a report on Long Term Condition with a number of observations and recommendations, which are summarised in brief below. 

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