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‘The changing face of Britain’ has received a lot press in 2013, centred on immigration, employment and benefit related issues. Less attention has been paid to the impact of changing demographics on public health. One group with particular interest in ethnicity and public health is the School’s Transport and Health Group. Read more
Children with disabilities are being denied an education across the developing world, according to a new report from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the child rights organisation, Plan International.
Research – led by Dr Hannah Kuper, Director of the School’s International Centre for Evidence in Disability – found that children with disabilities are 10 times less likely to attend school than children without disabilities. Even when children with disabilities do access education, they often fall behind their peers. Read more
Having sex within a committed relationship or sex which is emotionally or psychologically connected are the most important things gay and bisexual men look for in their sex life, according to new research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
While a large body of research has sought to understand HIV transmission risk behaviours among gay men, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men, less attention has been paid to their wider sexual health and wellbeing. This new study, published in BMC Public Health, is among the first to provide evidence that will inform HIV prevention work that supports a more holistic sense of sexual wellbeing. Read more
It's been a bumper year for media coverage at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. These are the top 10 highlights from 2013. Read more
Flusurvey, run by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has teamed up with the British Science Association to monitor the spread of the flu virus in schools at a national level for the first time.
Young people are being encouraged to become ‘citizen scientists’ by signing up to the survey and sharing data about how they feel every week. The project will provide critical insight into the spread of flu and engage young people first-hand in science. Read more
Lower doses of the antimalarial drug primaquine are as effective as higher doses in reducing malaria transmission, according to a study published today in Lancet Infectious Diseases by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine researchers.
Primaquine is one of the few antimalarial drugs that targets the transmission stages of the malaria parasite, the gametocytes, and is therefore considered to be an important tool for malaria elimination. Read more
Call for investment in environmental strategies to eliminate the most common cause of infectious blindness
temperatures and low rainfall are important factors which influence the occurrence and severity of the active stages of trachoma – the most common cause of infectious blindness – according to a new study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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Early results from a clinical drug trial of a new four-month treatment for tuberculosis (TB) indicate that it is well tolerated, but overall could not be considered as an alternative to current six-month standard treatment. The study – one of the first in 35 years – was presented at the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Paris on 3 November by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on behalf of the Gatifloxacin for TB team. Read more
Experts from the School’s Malaria Centre and the ACT Consortium recently joined hundreds of researchers, activists, health workers, public health officials and policymakers at the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) conference in Durban, South Africa. Read more
Nick Black, Professor of Health Services Research at the School, has been awarded a Career Achievement Prize in recognition of his career-long contribution to advancing the use of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs).
The inaugural $20,000 (USD) prize is awarded by the US Health Assessment Lab and the Medical Outcomes Trust and is named in honour of their founders, Dr John Ware and Dr Alvin Tarlov - two of the world's leading pioneers in the development and use of PROMs. Nominations were solicited worldwide and candidates were reviewed by a panel of peers. The award was presented at the 2013 meeting of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare. Read more