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£124m pledged to tackle health challenges

Health researchers from across the country have been given £124m from the government to tackle the nation’s most pressing health problems. The Health Minister, Lord Howe, has announced how this investment from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will help make sure patients benefit from innovative new treatments and techniques which could revolutionise future health care.

Researchers from 13 pioneering research teams across the country will start work now and spend the next five years working on their projects. The money will be invested in health research, which will include work to reduce the risk of dementia through exercise, as well as strategies to improve the nutrition and health of those who have already been diagnosed.
Some of the projects also aim to reduce pressures on A&E departments and include trying to cut down admissions in children under five and people with long-term conditions.

Lord Howe said: “This is great news for patients. This funding could potentially help the development of ground-breaking treatments which could revolutionise care. With a growing elderly population, the need for innovative and effective solutions has never been more important. We want the UK to lead the world in terms of health research and this announcement underlines that commitment.”