St George’s, University of London researchers win funding from the British Heart Foundation

Heart researchers at St George’s, University of London have been awarded prestigious grants of more than £650,000 by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The grants have been funded through the BHF Great British Bag-athon, which raised £4m last year by encouraging people to donate bags of unwanted items to BHF shops across the country in the fight against heart disease.

SGUL professor awarded Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award

Steve Goodbourn, professor of biomolecular science at St George's University of London, has been granted a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award. Investigator Awards, presented by the Wellcome Trust, provide funding for scientists who have an excellent track record and are in an established academic post. They offer the flexibility and time to enable them to tackle the most important questions in their field.

 

Bisphosphonates could offer effective pain relief in osteoarthritis, research finds

St George’s, University of London research has found that a drug normally given to osteoporosis sufferers could provide effective pain relief to patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis.

Bisphosphonates are a group of drugs known to change the structure of bone and are most often prescribed to patients with osteoporosis, a condition characterised by fragile bones.

Study reveals short-term blood sugar control protects the kidney but not the heart in patients with diabetes

An international study has shown that short-term blood sugar control in patients with diabetes has a limited effect on their risk of cardiovascular problems, such as heart disease and stroke.

Conventional belief has been that high blood sugar is a major factor in cardiovascular disease. However, this latest research adds to a growing body of evidence that risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes cannot be managed meaningfully by controlling blood sugar alone.

New study reveals the scale of continence problems among people with dementia

People suffering with dementia are much more likely to acquire incontinence than those without dementia, the largest study of its kind has found. The analysis also found that patients with dementia and incontinence were more likely to receive incontinence medications and indwelling catheters than those with incontinence but without dementia.

The research, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, analysed the records of over a quarter of a million patients in The Health Improvement Network (THIN)*, a database of nearly 500 UK primary care practices. Data captured between 2001 and 2010 relating to around 55,000 people with dementia was compared with the data from around 200,000 people without dementia.