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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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Gene Editing: Recent Developments and Scientific Status
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0017
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared ahead of a debate due to take place on 30 January 2020 on the motion moved by Baroness Bakewell (Labour) “that this House takes note of recent developments in the field of gene editing and its status in scientific research around the world”.
Medical Cannabis: Recent Developments
Published Thursday, January 9, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0008
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on recent developments surrounding cannabis use for medicinal purposes.
Queen's Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Day 3
Published Friday, January 3, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0003
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of day 3 of the Lords debate on the December 2019 Queen’s Speech, covering the following subjects: economic affairs, business and public services
Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Provision in England: Recent Developments
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0152
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on recent developments in connection with the availability of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in England.
Antimicrobial Resistance: Global Policy Initiatives
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0149
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on antimicrobial resistance and global policy initiatives to tackle this phenomenon.

Topics: Diseases, Medicine

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Adoption and Permanence: Report on Adoption Support Fund
Published Monday, October 28, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0118
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 7 November 2019 on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Adoption and Permanence’s report, published in July 2019, 'Investing in families: the Adoption Support Fund beyond 2020.
Health Service Safety Investigations Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, October 24, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0139
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of second reading of the Health Service Safety Investigations Bill [HL] 2019–20
Queen’s Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Day 5
Published Friday, October 11, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0129
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of day 5 of the Lords debate on the Queen's Speech, covering the following subjects: health, social care, education, culture, welfare and pensions.
Suicide in the UK: Statistics and Prevention Strategies
Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0124
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on suicide prevention in the UK to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2019.

Topic: Mental health

World Alzheimer's Day
Published Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0119
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information to mark World Alzheimer's Day on 21 September 2019.
International Day of Sign Languages
Published Thursday, September 5, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0116
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information to mark the upcoming International Day of Sign Languages on 23 September 2019.
Combatting Hepatitis B and C: Elimination by 2030?
Published Friday, July 19, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0097
This briefing has been prepared to mark World Hepatitis Day on 28 July 2019 and contains information on hepatitis B and C globally.
NHS Dentistry Services
Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0096
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 25 July 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Baroness Gardner of Parkes (Conservative) that “this House takes note of the availability of National Health Service dentistry services”.
Funding of Public Services for Young Adults
Published Thursday, July 11, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0090
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 18 July 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Baroness Massey of Darwen (Labour) to move “that this House takes note of the impact of, and response to, the funding levels of public services that interact with young adults”.
NHS and Future Trade Deals
Published Thursday, June 27, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0083
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on the case for protecting the NHS in future trade deals entered into by the United Kingdom which is due to take place in the House of Lords on 4 July 2019.
Access to Palliative Care Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0068
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Access to Palliative Care Bill [HL], scheduled to take place on 14 June 2019.
Tackling Malaria in 2019: Progress Update
Published Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0049
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on World Malaria Day, which takes place annually on 25 April.

Topic: Diseases

Autism: Assistive Technology
Published Monday, March 25, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0037
On 2 April each year the UN observes World Autism Awareness Day; this year’s theme is ‘Assistive Technologies, Active Participation’. This House of Lords Library briefing summarises some of the challenges faced by people with autism and examines how assistive technology can enable independence for people with the condition.
Safety of Medicines and Medical Devices
Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0024
This Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord O’Shaughnessy that “this House takes note of the steps being taken to improve the safety of medicines and medical devices”. It outlines the current regulatory regime, which is based on EU law, and the roles of the main European and UK agencies. It then describes an ongoing independent review into medicinal product safety, which is tasked with recommending improvements to responses to patient reports about harmful side effects. The Briefing then considers the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU, both under the draft withdrawal agreement and if the UK leaves with no deal. Finally, it discusses ongoing developments in medicine safety, such as the greater use of technology, and sets the issue of medicine and medical product safety within the context of wider patient safety initiatives in the NHS.

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