Smoking at trendy hubble-bubble cafes may increase risk of heart disease, say experts

People who smoke shisha regularly could be increasing the threat of heart disease, according to new research.

Shisha smoking, which is also called hookah or hubble-bubble smoking, is a way of smoking tobacco which is sometimes mixed with flavouring, through a bowl using a hose or tube which has become fashionable in Middle Eastern-style cafes.

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Exercise and the heart: the good, the bad, and the ugly

In a new paper about exercise and the impact on the heart, cardiologist Professor Sanjay Sharma says: "The benefits of exercise are irrefutable. Individuals engaging in regular exercise have a favourable cardiovascular risk profile for coronary artery disease and reduce their risk of myocardial infarction (heart attacks) by 50%."

 

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Experts test new Ebola vaccine on front-line medical personnel and at risk groups after promising results

Experts at St George’s, University of London, are working in collaboration with other international researchers on one of these vaccines called rVSV-ZEBOV-GP. Researchers are now vaccinating a larger population to examine the efficacy of this vaccine.

The initial study, which tested the safety, tolerability and immunogenicity of the vaccine, has been successfully completed, with the first volunteer vaccinated in November 2014. Volunteers in Kenya, Gabon, Geneva and Hamburg participated in this harmonised phase I clinical trial.

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Cypriot university strengthens ties to St George’s

Leaders from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, have visited St George’s, University of London, to extend their collaboration which will benefit international students.

Dr Nicos Peristianis, President of the Council of the University of Nicosia (UNic), and Professor Andreas Charalambous, Executive Dean of UNic’s Medical School, met our Principal Peter Kopelman during the visit.In 2011, the University of Nicosia established the first Medical School in Cyprus, and launched the Graduate Entry 4-Year MBBS Programme (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), the first Medical Programme in Cyprus, in collaboration with St. George’s, University of London.Both universities have signed a long-term agreement to renew and extend their successful and innovative partnership in medical education. In May this year, the programme’s first cohort of 28medical students will graduate in Cyprus with a St George’s award.Principal Professor Peter Kopelman will be attending the graduation ceremony in Nicosia on 15 May.

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Global medical education effort expands training opportunities

St George’s, University of London, has signed an agreement with a US university to begin a new education programme that allows medical students from each school to study at the partner institution.

Under the new partnership with Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, up to 30 St George’s international medical students will initially be selected to spend their clinical years at Marshall. Marshall students have the opportunity to opt for medical electives and research experiences at the school in London.

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