Scores of drugs just months away from approval for use by British patients – including breakthrough treatments for depression and cancer – could be delayed indefinitely by Brexit, The Independent can reveal. Manufacturers who have pending European licences have been told they will have to reapply to the UK’s medicines watchdog if their products have not been approved at the time of Brexit unless a deal is struck on drugs regulation. As of 28 September there were more than 70 drugs awaiting approval, including a cutting-edge skin cancer immunotherapy, a cannabis-based treatment for childhood epilepsy, and new antibiotics. Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s shadow health and social care secretary, said: “NHS bosses admitted this week they are having sleepless nights over what Brexit will mean for access to medicines. Now we find out that unless ministers get a grip, patients could wait longer and longer for life-saving treatments because of Brexit chaos. No one … [Read more...] about Breakthrough cancer and depression treatments just months away from approval could be delayed by Brexit
Clinical cancer research submission
Scope Proposals should focus and deliver on how to better acquire, manage, share, model, process and exploit big data using, if appropriate, high performance computing to effectively monitor health status of individual patients, provide overall actionable insights at the point of care and improve quality of life after the cancer treatment. Relevant solutions include for example systems for determining and monitoring (taking also in account gender differences) the combined effects of cancer treatment, environment, lifestyle and genetics on the quality of life, enabling early identification of effects that can cause development of new medical conditions and/or impair the quality of life. Proposals preferably address relevant health economic issues, use patient reported outcome and experience measures (PROMs and PREMs) and take into account the relevant social aspects of health status and quality of life after cancer treatment. Integrated solutions should include suitable approaches … [Read more...] about Open Call SC1-DTH-01-2019: Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Monitoring Health Status and Quality of Life after the Cancer Treatment
Editors USA TODAY Published 11:08 p.m. UTC Aug 7, 2018 Taking aim at the giant Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is it a brilliant quest or a fool's errand? A 2,000-foot-long floating sea sieve will depart from San Francisco on Sept. 8 on a mission to collect some of the millions of tons of trash from what's known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is now twice the size of Texas. The contraption consists of floating pipes hung with netting that corrals trash in the center of its U-shaped design. The Ocean Cleanup Project is the brainchild of Boyan Slat, a 23-year-old Dutch college dropout who has raised millions of dollars in support for the effort. Critics say the plan is well-meaning but misguided: Keeping plastics out of the oceans in the first place "should be the focus of 95 percent of our current effort," said British researcher Richard Thompson. Dirty laundry aired in Paul Manafort trial Secret overseas accounts. Embezzlement of millions. A … [Read more...] about Can a huge floating trash collector really clean the Pacific Ocean?
Doctors will be able to legally prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients in the UK, the Home Office has said. The announcement was welcomed by the MP representing Ashington dad Paul Keeney, who is suffering from a rare form of cancer and says cannabis oil might halt the progression of the cruel disease. Mr Keeney started a petition calling on Parliament to make cannabis oil available on the NHS , which has been signed by 290,262 people. And Home Secretary Sajid Javid has now decided to reschedule the products, relaxing the rules about the circumstances in which they can be given to patients, after considering expert advice from a specially commissioned review. poll loading Do you think medical cannabis should be available on prescription in the UK? 0+ VOTES SO FAR Yes No The announcement was welcomed by Mr Keeney’s MP, Ian Lavery, who has been supporting calls for a change to the rules. Mr Lavery said: “I would like to formally welcome this development and pay tribute … [Read more...] about Medical cannabis to be available on prescription
The NHS must expand children's mental health services to deal with the fallout from an explosion of social media, its chief executive has said. Simon Stevens promised “a major ramp-up” of care using Theresa May’s £20 bn NHS funding boost - but said far more action was needed to investigate the “root causes” of distress among the young. And he signalled that figures published later this year are set to show record levels of mental health problems among children. It comes after The Telegraph launched a duty of care campaign calling for more stringent regulation of sites like Facebook and Instagram, in order to protect children from harm. Mr Stevens said an expansion of mental health services would form a central plank of a long-term plans for the NHS, to be announced later this year. Research published later this year is expected to show that the level of undiagnosed mental health problems and distress among young people is much higher than has … [Read more...] about NHS will ‘ramp up’ children’s mental health care to deal with social media fallout