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UK company offers hope for millions of osteoporosis sufferers

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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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Man denies 1992 murder of Sunderland schoolgirl Nikki Allan

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A man accused of the murder of a schoolgirl who was stabbed to death 30 years ago has denied the charge.

Seven-year-old Nikki Allan vanished on Wednesday, October 7, 1992 after leaving her grandparents’ flat in Wear Garth, Sunderland.

The next morning, Nikki’s school shoes were found a few hundred yards away outside of the Old Exchange building. Her body was discovered lying in a pool of blood inside the derelict building by a neighbour who was helping the police with their search for the missing youngster. She had been stabbed 37 times.

David Boyd, of Chesterton Court, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on the morning of Monday, June 20, where he faced a charge of murder.

The 54-year-old appeared via video link where he pleaded not guilty to the offence during the short, 25-minute hearing.

A trial had originally been listed to start on January 11 next year but the court heard it may now be put back until April 19. Any trial could last up to six weeks.

Boyd was remanded in custody in the meantime.

Judge Paul Sloan QC informed the court that a further pre-trial hearing will now take place on Monday, November 7.

The judge told Boyd: “I am adjourning your case to trial. The precise trial date will be confirmed, hopefully in the next few days.

“There will be at least one further pre-trial hearing before the trial date.

“In due course you will be required to provide a defence statement, setting out in detail your defence to the charge you face.”

Nikki’s mother Sharon Henderson sat in the public gallery for the hearing. She burst into tears when the charge was read out, was consoled by supporters and the court usher gave her a tissue.

After Boyd was charged, Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable David Felton said: “This is an extremely tragic case and our thoughts very much continue to be with the family and friends of Nikki Allan.

“A significant investigation has been ongoing ever since Nikki’s death 30 years ago.

“As with any unsolved cases of this nature, they are never closed. Our dedicated teams constantly review the evidence and follow any new investigative leads that may come to light.”

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Northumberland man accused of murdering his terminally ill wife faces trial in Cyprus

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Sky News reports that David Hunter, a 75-year-old man originally from Northumberland, will appear in a Cypriot court on Thursday accused of murdering his terminally ill wife last December.

 

Mr Hunter allegedly suffocated Janice, his wife of 56 years, before attempting to end his own life by taking an overdose. The former miner faces a life sentence if found guilty, after his request for the alternative charge of “assisted suicide” was rejected.

 

Lesley Cawthorne, the couple’s daughter, told Sky News of how her father is “haunted” by memories of her mother “screaming in pain” during her battle with terminal blood cancer, and is asking the Cypriot judges to show compassion.

 

“My mum made her wishes clear and my dad helped her.

 

“She just wanted it to end. She didn’t want to fight. She didn’t want treatment.

 

“She didn’t want a long, protracted death. She’d had enough and she just wanted to go.”

 

The trial will be heard by three judges on Thursday and Friday with further hearings expected over the coming weeks, and will be the first euthanasia case heard in Cyprus.

 

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Met Office hints at a North East heatwave with temperatures set to soar this week

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Temperatures in the North East are set to reach up to 24°C by Friday, with temperatures gradually increasing throughout the week.

So, after a gloomy start to June, it looks like summer is finally about to kick in across England this week. Meteorologists are hinting at a possible turning point with a mini-heatwave on its way, hailing increasing Mercury levels.

Stephen Dixon, Met Office Spokesperson, said that “temperatures in the southeast could reach around 33°C on Friday, with temperatures in the northeast likely to be in the mid-to-high 20s for many”.

Some isolated spots in the northeast could even enjoy temperatures up to 29°C for some time on Friday.

“Although areas further south will see the highest temperatures, figures in the northeast of England will still be very warm for the time of year when they peak on Friday”, Dixon added.

These unprecedented temperatures are a result of a persistent area of high pressure over much of the UK and warm air from the continent nudging temperatures up well beyond their average for this time of the year.

However, those wanting to enjoy the sun are advised to make the most out of this week. A cold front is moving in from the north from Saturday, bringing with it uncertainty and a risk of showers. This will see the temperatures drop back to around 18°C.

How will you be making the most of the heatwave this weekend? Let us know!

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