BBC News: NHS pressures ‘put medical breakthroughs at risk’

8 January 2020
Source: BBC News

Future medical advances are at risk because NHS pressures are hampering the ability of staff to take part in vital research, leading academics say. The Academy of Medical Sciences said the number of doctors involved in research had fallen, while budgets had been frozen. It said despite shortages of staff on the front line, more priority still needed to be

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Guardian: BBC pledges to include more disabled people in programmes

12 December 2019
Source: The Guardian

The BBC has pledged to include more disabled entertainers and actors on its mainstream panel shows, documentaries and dramas in an attempt to improve the representation of people with disabilities on screen. The broadcaster is asking programme makers to provide “authentic and distinctive disabled representation on-screen” in programmes that are not specifically about disability such as Who Do You Think

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BBC News: ‘Unlawful practices and buck passing’ over special needs

23 October 2019
Source: BBC News

Parents seeking support for children with special educational needs face unlawful practices, buck passing and a “treacle of bureaucracy”, MPs say. The Commons Education Committee said the government had set councils up to fail by upping parents’ expectations while cutting council budgets overall. Already stretched families were being torn apart, its report said, as they fought for their children’s rights

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BBC News: Acid attack survivor regains sight via new surgery

10 September 2019
Source: BBC News

James O’Brien was blinded in his right eye more than 20 years ago when a corrosive substance was thrown in his face. For the last 18 months he has been undergoing pioneering treatment at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital. Surgeons used stem cells to replace the scar tissue over his eye. Read more on the BBC Website

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BBC News: Gene therapy for rare eye disease set to be offered on NHS

4 September 2019
Source: BBC News

Patients with a rare inherited eye disorder are set to be able to access a new gene therapy on the NHS which slows down sight loss. Draft NICE guidance recommends the therapy (Luxturna) to treat inherited retinal dystrophies. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence estimates just under 90 people in England will be eligible for the treatment. Drug

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BBC News: Gene therapy first to ‘halt’ AMD the most common cause of blindness

19 February 2019
Source: BBC News

A woman from Oxford has become the first person in the world to have gene therapy to try to halt the most common form of blindness in the Western world. Surgeons injected a synthetic gene into the back of Janet Osborne’s eye in a bid to prevent more cells from dying. It is the first treatment to target the underlying

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Amar Latif – BBC River Walks Press Release – Saturday 16th February 2019, 8pm

14 February 2019
Source: Traveleyes

We are proud to announce that the episode of BBC’s ‘River Walks’ presented by Traveleyes Founder and Director Amar Latif will be shown nationally at 8.00pm on Saturday 16th February 2019 on BBC Two. The episode will be available on the BBC iPlayer shortly after. As a blind man with a passion for outdoor adventure, Amar will be abseiling into

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BBC Technology: Microsoft’s pods teach blind children how to code

23 January 2019
Source: BBC Technology

Theo Holroyd and Ollie Gerety share a common passion – they both love coding.  But until recently it was hard for the two pupils at King’s College School, Cambridge, to work together on a program. Theo is blind and the method used by the school to introduce children to simple coding concepts just did not work for him. Scratch, used

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BBC News: Contact lens recycling scheme launched across UK

16 January 2019
Source: BBC News

Contact lens wearers will be able to recycle their lenses for free in a new UK-wide scheme launching this week. Wearers can dispose of their waste at public drop-off points, offered by Boots Opticians and other selected independent stores, or choose to have their old lenses collected. There are 3.7 million soft lens users in the UK who can access

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BBC News: Brexit: Universities warn no deal is ‘biggest-ever threat’

4 January 2019
Source: BBC News

University heads are warning a no-deal Brexit is “one of the biggest threats” the institutions have ever faced. Higher education leaders have written to MPs to say it is “no exaggeration” to warn that it would take universities “decades to recover”. They say it would undermine scientific research and threaten universities’ £21bn contribution to the UK economy. See the full

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