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.

£18m boost to tackle major health challenges in South London

Health researchers in south London have been given £18 million to help tackle some of the area’s most pressing health problems.

The Department of Health has awarded £9 million to fund the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London. The CLAHRC will also receive £9 million of matched funding from the local partners taking the total to £18 million over five years.

Getting to the heart of mistaken exclusion of black athletes from sports participation

Screening guidelines used to detect possible heart conditions in athletes, which are based on data from white athletes, can lead to misdiagnosis and disqualification of healthy black athletes, finds new research.

St George’s, University of London, clinical scientists have found that black athletes are ten times more likely to be erroneously diagnosed and subsequently inappropriately advised to abandon a sporting career than their white counterparts.