World’s largest respiratory genetics study launches on World COPD Day

Researchers funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) are to conduct the largest ever study of the genetics relating to lung disease. The main aims are to discover what determines an individual’s lung health and why smoking harms the lungs of some people more than others.

The scientists, from the University of Nottingham, the University of Leicester, and St George’s, University of London, hope to find out why some people are genetically more prone to suffer from lung disease, particularly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD includes conditions such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema and is the sixth most common cause of death in the UK (around 30,000 deaths per year). It affects approximately 900,000 people in the UK and costs the NHS £500m every year.

Students inspire London’s youngsters to have x-ray career vision on World Radiography Day

A group of trainee radiographers from Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, took to the road to spread the word about the profession and inspire the capital’s youngsters to consider it as a career option.

The students spoke to young people at further education colleges across London about their training to mark World Radiography Day on Thursday 8 November. They were also hard at work raising money for a local cancer charity after rustling up a range of treats for a cake stall at Kingston University.

Experts welcome Willis Commission's support for nurse education

The report by the Willis Commission on Nursing Education has reinforced the crucial role universities play in training the healthcare workforce, according to a leading academic. Professor Fiona Ross, dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, run jointly by Kingston University and St George's, University of London, said she welcomed the support Lord Willis had given universities and the important role degrees played in preparing nurses to provide high-quality care.

The findings, released this week, come after Lord Willis of Knaresborough, former Liberal Democrat member of Parliament for Harrogate, was asked by the Royal College of Nursing to come up with a set of recommendations on the future of nursing education. He looked at what was needed to create a workforce of competent, compassionate nurses fit to deliver future health and social care services.

Annual UK drug deaths fall by 14 per cent, while deaths related to outlawed 'legal highs' increase

Deaths related to a group of now-banned ‘legal highs’ rose sharply from five in 2009 to 43 in 2010, reveals a report on the latest UK drug death figures released today (7 November 2012). While deaths involving methcathinones – which were outlawed in 2010 and include mephedrone – rose, those involving heroin fell significantly. And a decrease in cocaine-related deaths observed over several years continued.

Overall, drug-related deaths in the UK fell by almost 14 per cent from 2,182 in 2009 to 1,883 in 2010, reveals today’s National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (np-SAD) 2011 report. This compares to a rise of 12 per cent in the year before.

New environmentally sustainable halls of residence welcomes first students at St George’s, University of London

An £8million halls of residence extension providing an extra 154 rooms for students has opened at St George’s, University of London.

Students have now moved into the new block at the Horton Halls development in Tooting. The development brings overall capacity to 486.