Latest London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Stories

UK Survey Reveals Cell Phones Are Contaminated
2011-10-14 10:19:53

New research has found that one in six British mobile phones is contaminated with traces of E. coli bacteria because people all too often go without washing their hands. The research was released ahead of Global Handwashing Day, which is this Saturday. Experts say the most likely reason for the bacteria found on so many gadgets is people are failing to properly wash their hands with soap and hot water after using the toilet. Furthermore, more than nine in ten mobile phones have some...

2011-09-02 12:12:57

Trauma experts have criticized the BBC over a recent episode of Holby City that effectively advertised and promoted a drug that has no proven record of saving lives According to Dr Ian Roberts, Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Injury Control at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the recent episode ("Big Lies, Small Lies") seriously misrepresents the scientific evidence. "In clinical trials, Factor VIIa (the drug presented in the program)...

2011-07-01 12:58:28

Study evaluating the effect of tranexamic acid on head injury patients published in BMJ New research has suggested that tranexamic acid has the potential to prevent people dying from head injuries. The CRASH-2 Intracranial Bleeding Study highlighting the potential of the cheap, off-patent drug to help people suffering from brain trauma is published online by the BMJ today. According to the collaborators "“ led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - the results provide...

2011-05-10 14:55:53

Major progress has been made in reducing the burden of infectious diseases in Brazil as part of a "remarkable" success story for health in the South American country, according to researchers on a series of papers published in The Lancet. After decades of marked social change, including the introduction of unified healthcare for all, Brazil can also celebrate a reduction in mortality from chronic diseases and huge inroads into improving maternal and child health. But the nation still faces...

2011-05-04 13:16:11

Study measuring cost-effectiveness of tranexamic acid published in PLoS ONE How much would you pay for an extra year of healthy life? The cost of filling up your car at the petrol pumps? Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have found that a year of life could be saved for around the price of filling up the tank of an average family car in the UK - which is a fitting comparison bearing in mind that most of the patients who will benefit from this cheap...

2011-03-25 11:21:01

LSHTM study of statewide bank crises finds no major impact of the depression on mortality A study published today provides a new perspective on the Great Depression of the 1930s. A widely held view is that there were remarkable improvements in life expectancy of over five years. Using data from urban populations, researchers found that it was actually associated with an increase in suicides but reduction in motor-vehicle accidents, a pattern consistent with the impacts of the current...

2011-03-24 14:21:18

'Unethical' regulations which delay emergency treatment can kill Current rules requiring researchers to obtain consent for patients to take part in clinical trials in emergency situations are causing life-threatening delays to treatment, experts have argued. They say that in severe trauma cases, waiting for a relative to give written permission is "unethical" because of the importance of prompt treatment. Professor Ian Roberts, Dr Haleema Shakur and Dr David Prieto-Merino, from the Clinical...

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...

2011-02-02 01:21:16

Separate trials in Mali and Burkino Faso find substantial protective effect in children of combining IPTc with bednets Two separate studies "“ carried out in Burkina Faso and Mali"“ have found that combining intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in children (IPTc) with insecticide-treated bednets (ITNs) can substantially reduce the incidence of severe malaria. A third study carried out in The Gambia supported the findings, reporting that IPTc treatment was not only easily...

2010-09-17 13:40:56

Some of the world's poorest countries are still losing out despite improved targeting of aid Health experts will today call for a greater prioritization and targeting of aid to save the lives of mothers, newborns, and children in poor countries. The amount of official development assistance (ODA) to maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in developing countries doubled between 2003 and 2008, but its ratio to overall aid for health remained static. The US, UK, EU, GAVI and the Global Fund...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'