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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...

2010-04-21 14:40:45

The largest ever trial of fish oil supplements has found no evidence that they offer benefits for cognitive function in older people. The OPAL study investigated the effects of taking omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplements over a two year period on the cognitive function of participants aged 70-80 years. The number of people with cognitive impairment is rising and it is estimated that by 2040, more than 81 million people globally will have dementia. Some studies have...

2010-04-19 13:41:34

Scientists investigating ovale malaria, a form of the disease thought to be caused by a single species of parasite, have confirmed that the parasite is actually two similar but distinct species which do not reproduce with each other, according to research published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and Mahidol University, Bangkok collaborated last year in order to share their...

2010-01-19 17:53:05

Recruiters from the British Regular Army visit London's poorest schools most often, new research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine shows. The research looked into the amount of mainstream secondary state schools visited by the army between September 2008 and April 2009 in Greater London. It also looked at whether the proportion varied with the level of deprivation of the school students, measured using the percentage of children eligible for free school meals. The team...

2009-12-11 14:22:09

20 mph traffic speed zones reduce casualties by 41.9% with the greatest reduction in child casualties, according to research published today in the British Medical Journal. Road traffic injuries are a leading cause of death and disability worldwide and are projected to make an increasingly important contribution to public health burdens over the coming decades, especially in low- and middle-income settings. While the UK has a comparatively good road injury record, with among the lowest rates...

2009-10-15 12:10:51

People are more likely to wash their hands when they have been shamed into it, according to a study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, looked at responses to electronic hygiene messages displayed in UK service station toilets. A million people die every year from diarrhoeal disease and respiratory infection. Handwashing with soap is the cheapest and best way of controlling these diseases. It also prevents the...

2009-10-06 09:55:13

Over 90% of people with mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders in low and middle income countries go untreated, an inequity known as the mental health "treatment gap." This week PLoS Medicine kicks off a major new series aimed at helping to close the gap. The series coincides with the October 9th 2009 launch of the Centre for Global Mental Health, a collaborative initiative of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the King's Health Partners Academic Health...

2009-07-08 11:25:39

New Lancet study suggests key government investments could prevent more deathsMarket crashes could lead to rises in homicides and suicides, unless governments invest in labour market protections, according to a study published in today's Lancet.Researchers at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Oxford University estimated that soaring stress brought on by job losses could prompt a 2.4% rise in suicide rates in people under-64 years of age, a 2.7% rise in heart attack deaths...

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2008-08-11 10:10:00

Eating oily fish once a week may reduce age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which is the major cause of blindness and poor vision in adults in western countries and the third cause of global blindness, according to a study published August 9 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. There are two types of AMD, wet and dry. Of the two, wet AMD is the main cause of vision loss. A team of researchers across seven European countries and coordinated by the London School of Hygiene &...

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2008-05-16 00:40:00

Obesity is a contributing cause of global warming, according to new research published in the journal Lancet on Friday.Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine reported that overweight people not only require more fuel for their own transport, more fuel is also demanded because they consume more food.This problem, which is adding to the effect of food shortages and higher energy prices, is expected to worsen as more people become obese across the globe, said...


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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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