New research finds a way to predict which HIV patients will respond better to future therapeutic vaccine

A new study suggests that HIV patients with a higher level of a particular biomarker, or a measurable indicator found in the blood, may respond more favourably to an experimentalimmune activating vaccine.

Experts at St George’s, University of London, and Norwegian vaccine company, Bionor Pharma Researchers, believe the findings might lead to a more customised vaccine for certain patients, which potentially might permit them to come off antiretrovirals, drugs used to treat HIV.

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A glorious celebration of a new generation of healthcare professionals

The class of 2014 has graduated from St George’s and is now ready to become the next generation of healthcare professionals and researchers.

On one of the hottest days of the year, 490 students graduated at the presentation ceremony at London’s Barbican on Thursday 17 July. Degrees were given for the four and five-year MBBS Medicine courses, the BSc in Biomedical Science, the BSc in Healthcare Science (20 students specialising in Cardiac Physiology and three specialising in Respiratory and Sleep Physiology) the BSc in Biomedical Informatics, and those studying intercalated BSc degrees at St George’s. Postgraduate diplomas and certificates were also awarded. Sajjaad Ismail, who graduated in MBBS medicine, said: "I can't believe I've finally graduated. I'm sad to leave St George's but excited for the new chapter in my life starting as a trainee doctor next week in the Fairfield General Hospital in Manchester."Fahmin Khaleque, who graduated in Biomedical Sciences and is from Bangladesh, said: "Today has been overwhelming and I'm excited for the future. I'm looking forward to coming back to St George's to study medicine."Shashank Sivji, who graduated in intercalated BSc Medicine, said: " It's a really proud day today. It's nice to see everyone today before everyone leaves for different places and new adventures."

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Experts to combat the potential ‘health catastrophe’ of deadly tuberculosis among people with diabetes

New research aims to estimate the benefits of different ways to carry out screening both patients with tuberculosis (TB) for diabetes and the other way around in parts of the world where both diseases are common.

Those who live in urban areas and on low incomes in less well-off countries are especially at risk of developing TB.

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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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Watch an interview to mark Diabetes UK Week 2014 with Professor Peter Kopelman, our Principal.

Diabetes Week is Diabetes UK's annual UK-wide awareness and fundraising week.

Watch and interview here on YouTube

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