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Huge rises to Probate fees planned by the Government

The Government is planning to change probate fees according to the value of the estate. The consultation period opened on 18 February 2016 and is due to end on 1 April 2016. The proposed probate application fees are as follows: £300 for estates worth more than £50,000 and up to £300,000 £1,000 for estates worth… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Stem cell transplants are reversing the crippling affects of MS

Around 100,000 people in the UK have Multiple sclerosis (MS), an incurable neurological condition. Most patients are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s. MS affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of symptoms including problems with muscle movement, balance and vision. Each nerve fibre in the brain and spinal cord… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Colour changing dressing could help fight antibiotic resistance

Scientists at the University of Bath have developed a new ‘smart’ dressing which changes colour when it detects an infection. The dressing could particularly benefit children with burn wounds who are particularly susceptible to bacterial infections because of their immature immune systems. If a bacterial infection is present it can reduce wound healing, leading to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

 East Sussex Healthcare Trust put into special measures

Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals has recommended that the Trust, which runs Eastbourne District General Hospital and Conquest Hospital in Hastings, goes into special measures. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected Eastbourne DGH and The Conquest Hospital in September 2014 and rated both as inadequate. This was followed up by a further unannounced… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Wasp Venom Selectively Assassinates Cancer Cells

Wasps get their fair share of bad press. They have a painful sting and they are not as useful (or cute) to us as bees. However, their time to step in to the spotlight may be just around the corner. It has been revealed that a variety of wasp native to Brazil has venom that… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Consultants told to supervise junior doctors to end NHS ‘Black Wednesday’

There is never a good time to have a heart attack but you may be wise to avoid stress as August comes around this year. The first Wednesday in August has been dubbed ‘Black Wednesday’ as researchers have shown that death rates rise by 6% as a fresh batch of junior doctors arrive on the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Does a hole in the head help a traumatic brain injury?

A craniectomy, creating a hole in the skull, does not on the face of it seem like the best way to treat a patient. However the procedure has been carried out for thousands on years with remains in Peru suggesting that stone tools were used to perform a similar procedure known as trepanning. Its thought… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Post-election, what’s in store for the NHS?

Today, David Cameron returns to No.10 after securing a shock, albeit small, majority. The NHS has been hotly debated by all parties during the run up to the election, with various pledges being made. What does a further 5 years of Conservative government mean for the NHS? Celebrities such as Delia Smith had backed Labour,… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

How do brain injuries occur?

Each year it is estimated that more than a million people in the UK will go to hospital as a result of a head injury. Approximately 11,000 of these people will suffer a severe brain injury, with only 15% returning to work within five years. Many will never return to work and around 4,500 will… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

New drug can help to repair spinal cord injuries

  A new drug has been developed by US scientists which encourages the nerves in the spinal cord to grow and repair injuries. The study was carried out on rats and showed that some degree of movement and bladder control could be restored. The spinal cord is a cable of nerve cells that transmits signals… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)