Simple £35 heart test to prevent sudden cardiac death ‘will save young lives’

The sudden cardiac death of young people could be prevented by a basic screening programme costing just £35, say experts.

Some high-profile deaths of young sportsmen have led to calls for routine tests to check for any heart abnormalities.

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Scientists discover how a killer fungus attacks HIV patients

Researchers have discovered that a type of white blood cell carries a deadly fungus into the brains of HIV positive patients, causing meningitis which kills more than 600,000 people a year.

The discovery could lead to more effective ways of tackling the deadly fungus as it infects the human body.

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Computer 'geeks' to gather at the university to improve NHS

Self-proclaimed computer ‘geeks’ will come to St George’s, University of London, next month to discuss and explore ways the NHS should use new technology.

The ‘NHS Hack Day London 2014’ weekend of events have proved popular in the past and are very well attended by healthcare professionals, patients and developers who get together to make use of technology to try to improve the health service.

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New survey launched into serious infection in babies

Researchers have launched a national study to see how common the potentially fatal bacterial infection Group B streptococcus is in UK and Irish babies.

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a bacterium that can cause serious infections. It is the most important cause of invasive infections in newborn infants and of meningitis in the first three months of life.

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New study shows that pre-participation screening guidelines are too restrictive and unfair for black athletes

A new study by researchers at St George’s, University of London published in the journal Circulation has found that current European screening guidelines used by sports organisations to detect heart abnormalities lead to over-investigation and potential false disqualification of black athletes with perfectly healthy hearts. 

To protect the health of young sports people, many sports bodies now recommend or insist that athletes are screened for a number of heart disorders that can lead to sudden death but are easily detectable using an electrocardiogram (ECG) - a test that measures the electrical activity of the heart and detects abnormal heart rhythms. New research has found that the application of new screening criteria could reduce unnecessary investigations and potential disqualifications by around 30%.

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