Visiting Guidance Issued for Hospitals and Care Homes

All health and social care facilities in Northern Ireland should move to facilitate one face-to-face visit per week by one person, Health Minister Robin Swann has stated. The province-wide guidance applies to hospital and care homes as well as other facilities. It has been drawn up to protect patients, residents and staff from Covid-19 – [...]

By |2020-09-24T16:37:58+01:00September 24th, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Increased Breast Cancer Risk in Obesity Linked to Fat Cell Chemicals

Obesity increases the release of tumour-promoting molecules from fat tissue and is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a study published in Endocrine-Related Cancer. The study found that fat tissue from people with obesity released increased amounts of extracellular vesicles (EV’s) enriched in harmful and inflammatory molecules into the blood stream, which [...]

By |2020-09-24T16:11:32+01:00September 24th, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Lockdown Impact: Worsening Symptoms for People with Bone, Joint and Muscle Pain

People with bone, joint and muscle pain saw their symptoms worsen during lockdown – according to new research from the University of East Anglia. A new study published today shows that the majority of people with musculoskeletal pain reported increased symptoms - as the nation adhered to new government restrictions designed to stop the spread [...]

By |2020-09-24T11:09:16+01:00September 24th, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Children and Young People with Cancer who Have Relapsed Can Get Rapid Access to New Treatments

Children and young people in the UK with cancers that have come back can now access new personalised treatments quicker than ever before thanks to a national tumour biopsy sequencing platform and clinical trial funded by Cancer Research UK. The genetic code of tumours are sequenced through the Stratified Medicine Paediatrics programme, and the molecular [...]

By |2020-09-24T10:53:06+01:00September 24th, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

New ‘Good Help’ Guide Developed to Support People with Long-Term Conditions by Leading Charities

The British Heart Foundation (BHF), Macmillan Cancer Support and Nesta are today publishing Reimagining Help: an evidence-based approach to helping people reach their goals,[1] which includes a new Reimagining Help Guide to diversify sources of help outside of hospital, with the aim of enabling people with long term health conditions  to take control and ensure [...]

By |2020-09-23T12:41:41+01:00September 23rd, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Chief Medical Officer Welcomes Findings from Young People’s Survey on Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs

The Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride has cautiously welcomed findings from the latest ‘Young Persons Behaviour & Attitudes Survey 2019: Substance Use’ bulletin but said there is no room for complacency. The report published by the Department of Health showed that since 2000 there has been a significant decline in both the proportion of [...]

By |2020-09-23T09:48:46+01:00September 23rd, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

GPs Welcome the New C25 Curriculum at Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast has this week launched its revised undergraduate medical school curriculum (C25), which gives students greater exposure to general practice and community-based care. Queen’s University has been working hand-in-hand with General Practices all over Northern Ireland to increase the amount of curriculum time spent in primary care. Currently, this stands at about 13% [...]

By |2020-09-21T15:48:30+01:00September 21st, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

HSC Workforce Appeal Recognised Nationally

An appeal to boost Northern Ireland’s health and social care workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic has been shortlisted for a UK-wide award. The Department of Health worked in partnership with HealthSectorTalent on the campaign which has now been shortlisted in the Excellence in Public Service HR category of the Personnel Today awards. Health Minister Robin [...]

By |2020-09-16T11:41:21+01:00September 16th, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Progress Welcomed on StopCOVID NI App for Young People

Health Minister Robin Swann and Commissioner for Children and Young People Koulla Yiasouma have jointly welcomed the work to develop a new version of the StopCOVID NI app for under-18s. The Department of Health is targeting the launch of the new version before the end of September. It will help schools, FE colleges and universities [...]

By |2020-09-14T15:12:23+01:00September 14th, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

PDA join Prescription Charges Coalition

 The PDA (Pharmacists’ Defence Association) has joined the Prescription Charges Coalition, a group of 49 organisations calling on the Westminster Government to scrap prescription charges for people with long-term medical conditions in England. The coalition is made up primarily of patient organisations representing those who require medicines to be prescribed because of their long-term medical [...]

By |2020-08-26T10:41:24+01:00August 26th, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments