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2011-04-05 14:28:17

LSHTM study finds evidence for protective effect of cholesterol-lowering medication Taking statins could help prevent people dying from pneumonia, according to a study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The researchers found that the risk of death in the six month period after diagnosis of pneumonia was substantially lower among those who were already receiving the cholesterol-lowering drugs compared with those who were not. Previous studies have suggested that statins may...

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2011-03-18 07:55:00

Despite what has been dubbed an obesity epidemic, life expectancy throughout Europe is on the rise, according to researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. According to BBC News, epidemiologist and population health expert David Leon studied trends over the past four decades, and discovered that a decline in deaths related to cardiovascular disease were mainly to credit for the increase. Furthermore, Leon, who published his findings in the International Journal of...

2011-02-01 17:27:44

Think of your genome as a dynamic outdoor sculpture. Its shape is, of course, influenced by its structural underpinnings "“ the double helix containing phosphate and two chains of nucleotides attached to a sugar called deoxyribose. These chains wind around each other, linked by hydrogen bonds between the specific bases "“ adenine to thymine and cytosine to guanine. But forces outside your sculpture also act on it. If it were really outside, the forces would be wind, rain, sunlight...

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2011-01-19 10:35:00

Healthy people may derive no benefit from taking cholesterol-lowering statins, according to a review of previous studies. The report, published in The Cochrane Library concluded that statins reduced death rates in high-risk patients but said there was no evidence to justify their use in people at low risk of developing heart disease. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommends statins for people who have a 20 percent or greater chance of developing cardiovascular...

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2010-08-11 11:25:00

Colder weather caused by global climate change could lead to more heart attacks than ever before, according to a new study published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The study, which was conducted by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), found that a 1 degree Celsius drop in temperature in a single 24 hour period is associated with an extra 200 heart attacks daily. "Our study shows a convincing short term increase in risk of myocardial...

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2010-07-12 12:46:13

A controversial new study, commissioned by the Royal Society of the United Kingdom, will analyze how population growth will impact sustainable development and the economy, according to a statement release by the organization on Monday. "The Royal Society has decided that it is time for a comprehensive review of the science, looking at the extent to which population will be a significant variable in rates of progress towards sustainable economic and social development over the next thirty...

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2010-06-15 13:50:00

According to a paper published on Tuesday by The Lancet, an easy-to-use blood-clotting drug that costs just a few dollars can save up to 100,000 lives each year from road accidents and violence. Doctors at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine tested an off-patent treatment called tranexamic acid (TXA) among 20,000 severely injured adults in 274 hospitals in 40 countries. Participants received either one-gram of TXA by injection followed by another gram in a drip over the eight...

2009-11-02 07:30:00

Unprecedented data from ACTwatch unveils low accessibility of ACTs ACTwatch, a research project led by PSI, in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, released evidence today that indicates that artemisinin combination therapy, the most effective medicines for treating malaria, continue to have a significantly low presence on the market among populations considered to be most at risk. Announcing the results at the 5th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM)...

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2009-07-29 10:00:00

Organic foods have no more nutritional value than their non-organic counterparts, according to a new report from the UK-based Food Standards Agency. In a study published Wednesday in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that although organic foods are offered at a higher price, they do not contain a higher percentage of nutritional value. Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine searched more than 50,000 papers and conducted a systematic review...

2008-12-09 14:18:58

British researchers, reporting success with malaria vaccine trials, are calling for the next phase of development -- a broader vaccination base. Experts from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said the trial has proven successful among infants and toddlers in Tanzania and Kenya, the school reported in a news release. The vaccine in trial has the potential to be integrated into existing infant vaccination programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Information on two trials of the malaria...


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