Digital advertising spend hits £5.4bn



Businesses spent more than £5.4bn on digital advertising in the UK last year as smartphones and tablet devices fuelled record annual growth. The latest Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) digital ad spend report showed annual revenues increased 12.5% to £5.42bn last … Continue reading

Doctors voice online records fears



A large majority of British doctors (84%) believe that the introduction of online medical records will require them to spend longer explaining their content to patients. More than two thirds (68%) of doctors and 63% of the public agree that … Continue reading

Free session ban ‘will limit choice’



Plans to stop free consultations for patients seeking plastic surgery will limit choice and make treatment more expensive, it has been claimed. The European Union is proposing a new law banning cosmetic surgeons from seeing patients thinking about a procedure … Continue reading

MRI may improve diagnosis of ‘silent’ killer



MRI could be used to help identify patients with hardening of the arteries who are at risk of thrombosis, new research suggests. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to identify high-risk plaques in the blood would provide a non-invasive way to … Continue reading

Tablets ‘could overtake PC sales’



Tablets, PCs and mobile phones are increasingly in demand, with worldwide shipments expected to reach 2.4 billion units this year. The figure, supplied by a Gartner study, is a 9% increase on last year’s shipments. General device shipments are set … Continue reading

Healthcare forum celebrates landmark



An online health forum which has helped thousands of people since its inception is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The Alzheimer’s Society’s Talking Point forum was set up in 2003 by Craig Clarke, who approached the charity because he was caring … Continue reading

Google trials same-day e-commerce scheme



Google is testing a new e-commerce strategy to provide same-day deliveries for customers shopping online. The Google Shopping Express trial is giving San Francisco residents the opportunity to order goods from one or more of a variety of retailers. The … Continue reading

Eye drops ‘could prevent blindness’



Cholesterol-regulating eye drops could soon be used to treat a common source of blindness, according to new research from the United States. Scientists at Washington School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri, discovered a link between high levels of cholesterol … Continue reading

Search engine for rare diseases launched



Danish researchers have come up with a new search engine to help people learn about unusual illnesses. The team developed the specialist tool called FindZebra to make it easier for medical professionals to find detailed information about rare diseases online … Continue reading

Cancer saliva tests ‘in five years’



A landmark study has greatly multiplied the number of known genetic markers linked to breast, prostate and ovarian cancer. It means that GPs could be routinely testing patients for their genetic risk of cancer within the next five years. Using … Continue reading