Breastfeeding could save the NHS millions, says new report

Low breastfeeding rates in the UK are costing the NHS millions of pounds, according to new research by St George’s, University of London and partners.The report – commissioned by UNICEF UK – takes an in-depth look at how raising breastfeeding rates would save money through reducing illness. Calculations from a handful of illnesses, where the evidence is strongest, show that moderate increases in breastfeeding could see potential annual savings to the NHS of approximately £40million per year.

 

The Varma Lecture 2012 discusses UN goals for maternal health

Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, head of obstetrics and gynaecology at St George’s, will deliver this year’s Varma Lecture on Thursday 25 October.Event: Varma Lecture 2012 Date: Thursday 25 OctoberTime: 5.30pmCost: Free of chargeLocation: Michael Heron Lecture Theatre at St George’s, University of London, Cranmer Terrace Tooting, London, SW17 0RE. A reception will follow in the the boardrooms on level two of the University, Hunter Wing building.

 

Researchers link diabetic foot ulcers with higher risk of death, heart attack and stroke

People with diabetes who develop foot ulcers are at more risk of dying prematurely than those without the complication, finds a new large-scale study. The researchers say the findings highlight the potential need for improved detection and management of those with diabetes and foot ulcers.

The study, which is the largest analysis of diabetes into the link between foot ulcers and the condition, is published in the latest edition (November) of the journal Diabetologia.

Top 250 World University ranking for St George’s

St George’s has been ranked in the top 250 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education magazine.The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2012/13, released 3 October 2012, placed St George’s 201-225 globally and 33rd in the UK. The top 300 positions represent 1.5 per cent of universities in the world.

The Times Higher Education table is based on 13 separate performance indicators grouped under the five core missions of a leading university — teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Nanotechnology device aims to prevent malaria deaths through rapid diagnosis

A pioneering mobile device using cutting-edge nanotechnology to rapidly detect malaria infection and drug resistance could revolutionise how the disease is diagnosed and treated.

Around 800,000 people die from malaria each year after being bitten by mosquitoes infected with malaria parasites. Signs that the parasite is developing resistance to the most powerful anti-malarial drugs in south-east Asia and sub-Saharan Africa mean scientists are working to prevent the drugs becoming ineffective.