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National report sheds light on health and wellbeing of young people in England

Statistics on the health, care and wellbeing of young people in England – from birth to young adulthood – are published in a report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). It brings together in one place for the first time a range of information, including use of hospital services, talking therapies, prescribing, [...]

New test could identify resistant tuberculosis faster in London

The time needed to genetically sequence the bacteria causing tuberculosis (Mtb) from patient samples has been reduced from weeks to days using a new technique developed by a UCL-led team. This could help health service providers to better treat disease, control transmission of this infection, and monitor outbreaks. Tuberculosis (TB) disease rates in some parts [...]

Young vision impaired Londoners set a new direction for Tube travel

A ground-breaking trial is underway at Pimlico Underground station to assist blind and partially sighted people to navigate independently, using Bluetooth beacons and a smartphone app. The Wayfindr system has been developed by ustwo, a studio which builds digital products and services, in response to the RLSB Youth Forum’s desire to be able to navigate [...]

Ethnic minorities and deprived communities hardest hit by air pollution – UK study

A new study has found big differences in air pollution across communities in England, with deprived and ethnic minority areas the worst affected. Air pollution levels are linked to many forms of ill health, including higher risk of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, especially for more vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly. Researchers at [...]

Vascular Flow Technologies announces new Haemodialysis Access study

Vascular Flow Technologies, the medical device company using proprietary Spiral Laminar FlowTM (SLFTM) technology to replicate natural blood flow for enhanced patient outcomes,has announced the start of a randomised controlled clinical trial at St. Georges Hospital, London, UK. The 189-patient trial is using current best practice as the comparator, and is designed to test the [...]