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Archive for 09/2012

Helen awarded Silver for purple prose

Ann Fazakerley presents Helen Warren with the London 2012 £5 coin.The Olympian efforts of Dr Helen Warren in the field of blogging were rewarded with the presentation of a special piece of silverwear this week. Helen, a Research Assistant in Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics at the School, provided a commentary throughout the London 2012 Games for the Chariot news blog, sharing her experiences as both a volunteer and spectator. Read more

Patient power and ethnic diversity

A delegate’s view of the Society for Social Medicine 2012 Conference plenary speakers by Jessica Sheringham (from the joint UCL-LSHTM local organising committee) Martin Gorsky’s Capital Connections history of Society for Social Medicine conferences in London was a revelation for newer members. Our origins as a “more or less informal” club with 30 founding members seemed a long way from the 2012 conference of 300 delegates in the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s John Snow lecture theatre. Read more

New report sounds alarm on baby boomer health

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have helped produce a study revealing that most post-war baby boomers had at least one medical condition which required regular GP visits in the run-up to retirement. According to the latest findings from the UK’s oldest birth cohort - the Medical Research Council’s National Survey of Health and Development – common disorders including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and kidney problems affected five in every six people between the ages of 60 and 64. Read more

The science and politics of happiness and wellbeing

Submitted by Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram, a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in ethics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Earlier this year, I was awarded a Wellcome Trust fellowship at POST, the Parliament Office of Science and Technology. This office produces briefing papers and reports on cutting edge scientific issues for both the House of Commons and Lords. For a little over four months, I worked on a briefing paper titled ‘Measuring National Wellbeing’, which was published today. If you are from the UK, you may recognise this as having to do with the press coverage of David Cameron’s happiness agenda. Or, you may have heard of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness index. But there is much more to the story - after all, what does happiness have to do with science? Read more

Tranexamic acid manga offers comic relief for medics

As a new study on the use of tranexamic acid to treat trauma patients for bleeding is published in the BMJ, the researchers have produced a comic designed to be useful to emergency teams.

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Inspiring views from the Paralympics

So farewell then, the London 2012 Paralympics. But there were many moments to savour and inspirational stories. Here are a few photos from Paula Fentiman's day at the Paralympics: On the right is a shot of the Paralympic emblem, arranged on the grass on the side of the Aquatics Centre at the Stratford site. Read more

LSHTM on the bookshelf – September 2012

Fresh off the printing press this month is  Tropical Diseases – an Issue of Infectious Disease Clinics of North America (July 2012, Vol. 26, No. 2), edited by School alumnus and current Governor, Professor Alimuddin Zumla, alongside Professor Jennifer Keiser of the Swiss Tropical Institute. Its subject is timely - every year 15 million people die from tropical diseases, and an increasing number of them are in countries and regions that were once unaffected - such as the UK, Europe and the USA. Read more

Students see an end to Kenyan glasses stigma

All the members of the 2020 Vision For Change TeamA scheme by students at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to market glasses to children and young people in Africa is being put forward for a major business prize. The proposal, to use social marketing to break down the stigma attached to wearing glasses in Kenya through education, was put forward by a team of students, including five from the School, alongside two from the University Of Cape Town Graduate School Of Business and one from the Harvard School of Public Health. Read more