Global Health News
15 December 2014: Poor diet links obese mothers and stunted children
10 December 2014: Half of English women are taking prescribed medicines
4 December 2014: £14M to develop HIV self-testing in southern Africa
A partnership involving UCL has been awarded £14M to accelerate access to simple self-tests in African countries. Self-testing for HIV using rapid diagnostic kits is becoming increasingly widely used, allowing high-risk people to test their own HIV status in private. More...
Drug tests on 517 mothers in English inner city hospitals found that nearly 15% had taken recreational drugs during pregnancy and that mothers of babies with birth defects of the brain were significantly more likely to have taken drugs than mothers with normal babies. The study found no significant links between recreational drug use and any other type of birth defect. More...
29 October 2014: UCL-Lancet Commission argues that “health is as much about caring as it is about curing”
The systematic neglect of culture is the single biggest barrier to advancing the highest attainable standard of health worldwide, say the authors of a major new report on culture and health, led by Professor David Napier, a leading medical anthropologist from UCL and published in The Lancet. More...
27 October 2014: Scientists identify potential cause for 40% of pre-term births
23 October 2014: UCL awarded £13.5 million to advance medical research facilities
23 October 2014: Simplifying TB treatments to improve patients’ lives
21 October 2014: UCL research helps paralysed man to recover function
25 September 2014: Interactive website helps lower-income smokers to stop smoking
24 September 2014: Modest effect of statins on diabetes risk and bodyweight related to mechanism of action
17 September 2014: Gene variant that dramatically reduces ‘bad’ lipids
16 September 2014: Dental and nutrition experts call for radical rethink on free sugars intake
11 September 2014: ‘Fat shaming’ doesn’t encourage weight loss
9 September 2014: High rates of recreational drug use among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in the UK strongly linked with condomless sex
9 September 2014: Antibiotics do not shorten tuberculosis treatment, finds Phase 3 trial
5 September 2014: E-cigarette policies ‘should not be distorted by alarmist commentaries dressed up as evidence’
5 September 2014: Creating brain cells from skin to study Alzheimer’s
16 July 2014: Pre-diabetes label ‘unhelpful and unnecessary’
11 July 2014: Drink less for a healthier heart
3 July 2014: Working with Camden Council to get children active