Author - Ruth Mabhiza

Cervical cancer ‘could be eliminated’ by vaccine and improved screening

Cervical cancer 'could be eliminated' by vaccine and improved screening NHS completes rollout of new testing method for human papilloma virus Cervical cancer has the potential to be eliminated thanks to upgraded screening and jabs for children, NHS experts say. The health service has completed its rollout of a new screening method which sees cervical samples first checked for the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV causes almost all cases of cervical cancer and can also cause cancers in other genital areas, such as the vagina, vulva, penis and [...]

Prostate cancer: Number of men dying from the disease hits new high in UK

Prostate cancer: Number of men dying from the disease hits new high in UK Prostate Cancer UK is looking at better and earlier diagnosis, including the possibility of an NHS screening programme. Only 47% of men with the disease are diagnosed at an early stage The number of men dying from prostate cancer in the UK has hit an all-time high, according to the most recent figures. There were 12,031 deaths from the disease in 2017, up from 11,637 the year before, and [...]

One in four young people with mental health referral ‘rejected’

One in four young people with mental health referral 'rejected' Data shows NHS rejection rates have remained unchanged despite additional investments Research revealed significant regional variations in rejection rates, the lowest being London at 17%. Photograph: Nick Bakhur/Alamy Stock Photo One in four children and young people referred to mental health services in England last year were not accepted for treatment, according to data, raising concerns that many are still failing to get vital support at an early stage. Research by the Education Policy [...]

NHS delays responsible for glaucoma patients going blind, says watchdog

NHS delays responsible for glaucoma patients going blind, says watchdog Warning issued after 34-year-old woman loses her sight following 13 months of delayed NHS appointments A 44 per cent increase in the number of people with glaucoma is predicted by the year 2035 ( Getty ) Long delays to treatment on the NHS have been responsible for glaucoma patients losing their sight, a safety watchdog has warned. The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) said it had found more than 150 patient-safety incidents involving eye conditions reported by [...]

Digital health investment reaches second-highest level in 2019

Digital health investment reaches second-highest level in 2019 The US digital health sector enjoyed its second-highest year of investment in 2019, just slightly down on an all-time record in 2018. A total of $7.5bn (£5.7bn) was invested into a diverse range of start-ups attempting to digitise and disrupt the colossal $3.8 trillion (£2.9 trillion) US healthcare system, and overhaul a healthcare system that continues to provide some of the best care on the planet, yet is one of the poorest in [...]