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HPV school vaccination programme ‘huge success’ in deprived groups

The NHS HPV vaccine programme prevented three times as many cases in the most deprived groups than in the least, but Cancer Research UK warns more work is needed to improve health inequalities

‘Alarming’ rise in type 2 diabetes among under 40s

Almost 168,000 people under 40 are living with the condition in the UK, reflecting a ‘troubling growing trend’ of serious health conditions in young people

Nurse-led oscillating positive expiratory pressure (OPEP)

Emma Rickards looks at new forms of airway clearance techniques, and how patients take to them

Childhood obesity can 'halve life expectancy'

Children who are severely obese are 27% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes by the age of 25 and have a life expectancy of 39 years if they do not lose weight

Blood proteins 'predict cancer seven years before diagnosis'

A blood test could detect signs of 19 cancers before symptoms arise, which could be the ‘holy grail of preventing cancer’

Weight loss injection could reduce heart attack risk by 20%

Participants taking the medication semaglutide showed a 20% lower risk of heart attack, stroke, or death due to cardiovascular disease, which could be a ‘gamechanger’ for millions of people

‘Life-saving’ anti-overdose drug to be made available without prescription

Naloxone reverses the effects of an opioid overdose by quickly reversing breathing difficulties and could prevent nearly 1,000 deaths in England by 2025

Five babies reported dead after spike in whooping cough cases

Whooping cough claims the life of five infants, after the UK’s biggest outbreak in two decades

Birmingham City University Professors ‘transform’ critical care nursing in Zambia

There are now over 1,600 nurses trained in critical care and two nursing colleges in Zambia following the UK University’s work with the Zambian Ministry of Health

Men and hair loss: A guide for primary care nurses

Ian Peate looks at the causes and psychological impact of alopecia, with strategies for supporting patients

NHS to offer ‘game-changing’ laser beam therapy to prevent epileptic seizures

The laser therapy targets epilepsy-causing brain tissues without invasive surgery, allowing patients to return home in a day with minimal risk of infection and side effects

Female breast cancer survivors from deprived areas at a 35% higher risk of second cancers

A study found ‘alarming inequalities’ among women at risk for second cancers based on their socioeconomic status. Experts have called for an ‘urgent dedicated plan’ to tackle this

NHS to offer ‘life-changing’ treatment for sickle cell disease

The new drug could reduce the need for blood transfusions and ensure a ‘higher quality of life’ for patients with sickle cell disease

New prostate cancer screening trial to be a ‘pivotal moment in history’

The Transform trial is said to have the potential to reduce deaths from the disease by 40%, saving thousands of lives a year in the UK

Vaccine patch to protect against measles shows ‘promising results’

Researchers have found that the patches could replace measles and rubella injections as a ‘pain-free and safer’ alternative

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