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Electronic cigarette Credit: Lindsay Fox

Electronic cigarettes and history

Electronic cigarettes are currently at the centre of an intense regulatory debate, generating significant interest from the media and the public. The discussion centres on whether e-cigarettes encourage smoking, and whether they should be banned, regulated as consumer products or tobacco products, as medicines, or a combination of different…

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Maternity ward in Tanzania

Health workers in Tanzania face hurdles in performing effective maternal death reviews

The system of Maternal and Perinatal Death Review in Tanzania focuses too much on reporting mechanisms, and undermines opportunities to improve quality of care at hospital level, according to new research published in Tropical Medicine & International Health. Researchers found evidence suggesting a dysfunction in the established system, with poor…

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A crowd gathers for a community meeting about family planning in Ghana.

Health concerns now biggest reason for women not using family planning in Ghana

Lack of access to family planning services is often considered to be a major reason for women not using contraceptives in sub-Saharan Africa. However, health concerns and fear of side effects are now playing a more significant role, according to new research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, published in Unmet Need for Family Planning – a special issue of Studies in Family Planning journal. Read more

A child receving pneumococcal vaccine in Kenya, 2011.

Pneumococcal vaccination of children in Kenya can provide ‘herd protection’ to unvaccinated population

Findings suggest vaccine will be effective in other low-income countries The introduction of a new pneumococcal vaccine in routine immunisation programmes in Kenya reduced levels of the pneumococcal bacterium in two-thirds of the population, both among vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. This level of coverage is expected to provide herd protection against pneumococcal disease to the whole population, according to a new study published in The Lancet Global Health. Read more

Family planning providers in Kenya. Credit Institute for Reproductive Health, Courtesy of Photoshare

Grant awarded for project to capture patient feedback on reproductive health services

An innovative research project to improve reproductive health services in Kenya has been awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant, which was awarded to the School, will be used to develop a novel system to capture patient experiences and improve reproductive and sexual health services in Kenya, with a focus on young women who use those services. Read more

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Welcome to the world’s leading research-focused graduate school

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been named as the world’s leading research-focused graduate school,  and is now highly rated in a number of world rankings. In May 2014,  the School was ranked in the top 10 of all universities both for citation rate and for top cited publications by the new EU-supported U-Multirank database, and fourth in the world, behind only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oxford and Harvard, for impact in medical sciences in the Leiden Ranking 2014*. Read more

Leading medical expert recognised for excellence in research

Prof Eleanor RileyEleanor Riley, Professor of Immunology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been recognised for her contribution to the advancement of medical science by election to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Academy Fellows are elected for excellence in medical research, for innovative application of scientific knowledge or for their conspicuous service to healthcare. Read more

Street at night

Behind the headlines: does turning street lights off impact road traffic injuries and crime?

Post submitted by Dr Phil Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Statistics and lead investigator of the LANTERNS project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  In the current economic climate many local authorities are facing reduced budgets and difficult decisions about where savings might be made reducing levels of public services. Street light provision is one such service. But to take decisions on reducing provision of night-time street lighting whilst maintaining public safety requires reliable evidence to be available to local authorities on any impacts on road safety it may have, as well as on other concerns such as crime and fear of crime. Read more