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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.
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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.
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation: 6 February 2019
Published Friday, February 1, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0016
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, to be marked on 6 February 2019.
Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, January 31, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0014
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill in the House of Lords on 5 February 2019.
World Cancer Day, 4 February 2019
Published Tuesday, January 29, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0013
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on World Cancer Day, 4 February 2019.
NHS England Long Term Plan
Published Friday, January 25, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0010
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 31 January 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Labour) “that this House takes note of the NHS Long Term Plan, published on 7 January, and the case for a fully funded, comprehensive and integrated health and care system which implements parity of esteem, preventative health and standards set out in the NHS Constitution”.
Impact of Technology on the Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
Published Thursday, January 10, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0003
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 17 January 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Baroness Kidron (Crossbench) that “this House takes note of the relationship between the use of digital technology and the health and wellbeing of children and young people”.
Challenges Facing Young People
Published Friday, December 7, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0137
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 13 December 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top (Labour), “that this House takes note of the challenges facing young people”.
World AIDS Day, 1 December 2018
Published Monday, November 26, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0131
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on World AIDS Day, which takes place on 1 December 2018.

Topic: Diseases

Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0123
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill which is due to receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 23 November 2018.
Veterans Strategy: Background to Government Policy
Published Thursday, November 8, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0118
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 15 November 2018 in the House of Lords on the veterans strategy.
World Diabetes Day: 14 November 2018
Published Thursday, November 8, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0117
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been written ahead of World Diabetes Day on 14 November 2018.
Budget 2018
Published Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0114
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 13 November 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Bates (Conservative) that “this House takes note of the economy in the light of the Budget Statement
Early Intervention in Children’s Lives
Published Thursday, October 25, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0110
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 1 November 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Baroness Massey of Darwen (Labour), “that this House takes note of initiatives in early intervention in children’s lives that would improve the welfare, life chances and social mobility of young people in the United Kingdom”.
Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0105
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of the Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill which is due to receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 26 October 2018.
In Vitro Fertilisation: 40th Anniversary
Published Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0094
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the motion scheduled to be moved by Baroness Deech (Crossbench) on the “40th anniversary of the first baby born using in vitro fertilisation”.
NHS and Healthcare Data
Published Friday, August 31, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0091
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Freyberg (Crossbench), “that this House takes note of NHS and healthcare data and how that data could be used to improve the health of the nation”. It describes what healthcare data is, the uses to which it might be put and the challenges in doing so. It also outlines the main organisations involved in the area and recent developments in public policy.
Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0088
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill on 7 September 2018.

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