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UK company offers hope for millions of osteoporosis sufferers

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CTO of IBEX Innovations, Paul Scott (Credit: IBEX Innovations)

State-of-the-art technology developed by Sedgefield-based IBEX Innovations Ltd. is set to revolutionise osteoporosis detection.

The company’s medical X-ray imaging software IBEX Trueview® presents a ground-breaking opportunity, which could help the millions of people who suffer from the bone disease.

It offers the chance to reduce the ballooning cost of fractures, ease the burden on the NHS, and give the UK’s ageing population many more decades of healthy, happy, active lifestyles.

A recent clinical study of the software found that it can be used to identify osteoporosis at an earlier stage in the care pathway.

This can enable targeted treatment to start sooner, which reduces the risk of serious, potentially life-changing fractures occurring in the future.

Consultant Rheumatologist and co-author of the research paper, Dr Stephen Tuck, added: “Trueview has great potential to identify at risk individuals attending for routine X-rays who might otherwise go undetected.

“As no special equipment is needed, it can be bolted onto existing digital X-ray machinery and could be widely used.

“It could be especially useful in regions where access to densitometry is limited or where there are long waiting times for DXA (bone density) tests.”

According to the NHS, more than 500,000 people receive hospital treatment for broken bones after falling from standing height or less every year as a result of osteoporosis. This adds up to more than £4.4 billion per year.

The findings, which were recently published in the prestigious British Medical Journal, revealed that Trueview can help to predict a patient’s risk of a future fracture from X-rays that have already been taken – even ones from a minor accident.

CTO of IBEX Innovations, Paul Scott, stated: “IBEX Trueview® software turns every compatible X-ray into an opportunity to screen for bone health. It has the potential to transform millions of lives and help to ease the financial burden of osteoporosis on the NHS.

“I am really encouraged by the results of this clinical study and am excited to see Trueview move one step closer to providing real benefits to patients and healthcare providers.

“We are proud to have developed a technology that can assist in the early detection of osteoporosis and poor bone health, and to be playing our part in reducing the occurrence of potentially life-changing fractures.”

Often osteoporosis is only diagnosed after a more serious fracture and the impact on a patient’s quality of life is significant, with many losing their independence and requiring long term care.

Hip fractures carry a one-year mortality rate of 33% with half of surviving patients no longer able to walk unaided.

With Trueview’s support, many of these life-changing fractures could be prevented.

The Chief Investigator for the study, Professor Amar Rangan, who is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of York, commented: “When I came across the novel Trueview technology, I recognised that it has the potential to change the way in which we assess bone health, and I was keen to formally test it in an independently funded study.

“The results from our published study confirm that Trueview does indeed identify poor bone health.

“Current work is now focusing on how this new technology may work within current care pathways to get the right treatment to the right patients sooner.”

Trueview software is being recognised and backed by a growing number of organisations and clinical professionals.

Last year IBEX Innovations announced a partnership with the Royal Osteoporosis Society.

Commenting on the potential of Trueview, Henry Mace, Head of Partnerships & Philanthropy at the Royal Osteoporosis Society, said: “The Royal Osteoporosis Society is encouraged to see the results so far from Trueview and its potential to help combat osteoporosis through early diagnosis.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with IBEX Innovations, who join us in the battle against this debilitating disease.”

 

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McDonald’s increases price of cheeseburger for first time in 14 years

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The prospect of a 99p McDonald’s cheeseburger is no more as the fast food giant increases the price of several items on its menu amid the cost of living crisis.

The company is raising the price of its signature cheeseburger for the first time in over 14 years, taking it to £1.19.

It will also add between 10 and 20p to the several menu items it says are impacted the most by inflation.

The chain is one of many companies passing the effect of soaring costs of fuel and ingredients on to its customers, including the consumer goods giant behind the likes of Marmite and Magnums.

Breakfast meals, main meals, large coffees and McNugget share boxes are among the menu items which could become up to 20p more expensive, a spokesperson for McDonald’s told Sky News.

Salads and wraps are unlikely to be affected.

The changes came into effect on today (27th July).

In an email to customers, McDonald’s UK and Ireland CEO Alistair Macrow said: “Some prices remain unaffected, and some will continue to vary across our restaurants.

“We understand that any price increases are not good news, but we have delayed and minimised these changes for as long as we could.”

Mr Macrow added: “Just like you, our company, our franchisees who own and operate our restaurants, and our suppliers are all feeling the impact of rising inflation.

“At times like this, we know that providing great value is important.

“Since we opened in the UK in 1974, we have committed to offering great tasting food at affordable prices, and that commitment will not change.

“But, today’s pressures mean, like many, we are having to make some tough choices about our prices.”

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Calls for Brits to be sent home if workplaces exceed 25°C in heatwave

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Brits have been told to do ‘as little as possible’ as temperatures of 40°C are expected to bring a risk to life, however, for the majority of people who are still required to work, this is almost impossible.

This is why a union is calling for there to be a maximum temperature workplaces can be before staff are able to be sent home.

The GMB Union wants there to be a legal limit on how hot workplaces can be as there is currently no specific temperature which is considered ‘too hot’ to be able to work. They’re also calling for people to be able to wear cooler clothes during extremely hot days, and be given the opportunity to take more breaks.

The GMB Union’s health and safety officer, Lynsey Mann, said: “This hot weather is great for being on a sun lounger, but if you’re trying to work through it’s no joke.

“Bosses need to do everything possible to keep workplaces cool and, more importantly, safe.”

She added: “Workers who are overheating aren’t going to be at their best.”

Instead of noting a specific maximum temperature for workplaces, the official guidance simply states that employers are required to provide a comfortable working environment for their staff.

As outlined by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, businesses have an obligation to ensure that the temperature in the workplace is ‘reasonable’.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) gives advice on how employers should ensure workers are comfortable, including controlling the temperature through the use of air conditioning units or an air dehumidifier.

The Met Office have put a red weather warning in place over the next two days, and have warned people to stay out of the sun, stay hydrated and look out for people more vulnerable to heatstroke.

One of the Met Office’s meteorologists, Steven Keates, told The Telegraph that people should avoid strenuous exercise and unnecessary travel.

In fact, he said that in general we should be doing “as little as possible” over the next two days.

Brits have also been warned that this is not weather to be sitting out in the sun with a drink and having fun with friends.

College of Paramedics chief executive Tracy Nicholls told Sky: “This isn’t like a lovely hot day where we can put a bit of sunscreen on, go out and enjoy a swim and a meal outside.

“This is serious heat that could actually, ultimately, end in people’s deaths because it is so ferocious.”

She added: “We’re just not set up for that sort of heat in this country.”

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UK heatwave: Railway Disruption Warning

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Rail services across the west of England will be significantly impacted by the forecast extreme heat, Network Rail has said.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for the area that Great Western Railway (GWR) covers on Monday and Tuesday.

Speed restrictions will be implemented on routes to ensure trains run safely. In an attempt to keep the tracks cool, some railway tracks have also been painted white.

Dan Collins, from Network Rail, said: “We paint them white, it reflects the sunlight, and we’re able to reduce the rail temperatures by up to five degrees.

“In extreme circumstances, we can get something called a track buckle, which is something we want to try and avoid, that’s where the track will move laterally.”

Mr Collins added: “We spend all year preparing for the summer months, to make sure the tracks are safe and as reliable as possible.”

Network Rail said GWR services that do run will be extremely busy with a high likelihood of cancellations and delays. The service warned that journeys would also take longer, with last minute alterations predicted throughout the two days.

South Western Railway also announced it would be implementing speed restrictions, citing concerns of buckling tracks if they get too hot.

A national emergency has been declared, with temperatures possibly reaching 41C (106F) in some areas of the country.

Passengers who choose to travel are being advised to check their journeys and ensure they are well-prepared for the extreme conditions.

People with tickets for travel on GWR services on Monday and Tuesday are being offered to use them to travel on Wednesday and Thursday instead.

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