Simple £35 heart test to prevent sudden cardiac death ‘will save young lives’

The sudden cardiac death of young people could be prevented by a basic screening programme costing just £35, say experts.

Some high-profile deaths of young sportsmen have led to calls for routine tests to check for any heart abnormalities.


Scientists discover how a killer fungus attacks HIV patients

Researchers have discovered that a type of white blood cell carries a deadly fungus into the brains of HIV positive patients, causing meningitis which kills more than 600,000 people a year.

The discovery could lead to more effective ways of tackling the deadly fungus as it infects the human body.


Computer 'geeks' to gather at the university to improve NHS

Self-proclaimed computer ‘geeks’ will come to St George’s, University of London, next month to discuss and explore ways the NHS should use new technology.

The ‘NHS Hack Day London 2014’ weekend of events have proved popular in the past and are very well attended by healthcare professionals, patients and developers who get together to make use of technology to try to improve the health service.


New survey launched into serious infection in babies

Researchers have launched a national study to see how common the potentially fatal bacterial infection Group B streptococcus is in UK and Irish babies.

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a bacterium that can cause serious infections. It is the most important cause of invasive infections in newborn infants and of meningitis in the first three months of life.


New study shows guidelines are preventing organ donations that could save dozens of tiny lives in UK

Dozens of tiny lives could be saved if medical guidance about the death of new born babies was changed to allow the donation of organs, a new study has found.

The research paper, published in the BMJ journal Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, shows the potential for organ donation among very young babies is currently ‘untapped’ in the UK because of national guidelines about the way clinicians define and diagnose death.