Gene therapy trial for cystic fibrosis shows modest benefits

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A gene therapy trial has shown a small but notable health benefit in people with cystic fibrosis—proof of principle that, after a long wait, hopes of effective treatments for inherited diseases may one day be realised.

In a trial involving 136 cystic fibrosis patients aged over 12 who used nebulisers to inhale the correct gene wrapped in an envelope of fat, modest benefits were observed over a range of measurements when compared with patients inhaling a placebo. The main aim was to show that the treatment, given monthly for a year, would improve lung function measured by the volume of air the patients could expel in one second.

Community health services explained

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With out-of-hospital care needing to become “a much larger part of what the NHS does,” according to the Five Year Forward View, the NHS Confederation’s new quick guide answers the simple question, ‘what are community health services?

Providing an overview of what community health services are, what they do and the staff that make up its workforce, the handy guide provides a picture of the role these services play in supporting and caring for people up and down the country.

Patients across the country set to benefit from the roll out of proven healthcare innovations

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NHS England’s Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh will today (Monday 6 July) announce the successful applicants of a scheme to make evidenced healthcare innovations more widely available to patients.

Seventeen healthcare pioneers from the UK and abroad have been identified to receive national support to roll out their technologies, processes and models of care to patients, hospitals and GP practices throughout England.