Early evidence shows ‘good’ cholesterol could combat abdominal aortic aneurysm

New research provides early evidence that ‘good’ cholesterol may possess anti-aneurysm forming properties. In laboratory-based investigations, scientists found that increased levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL), the so-called good cholesterol, blocked the development of aneurysms – dangerous ‘ballooning’ in the wall of a blood vessel – in the body’s largest artery, the aorta. The researchers say their findings – which are published in the American Heart Association scientific journal Atherosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology – lay the foundations for further investigations into ways of raising HDL cholesterol as a possible therapeutic intervention for the condition.

 

Annual UK drug deaths fall seven per cent, with heroin-related deaths continuing to decline

Annual deaths related to heroin and morphine are continuing to drop significantly, falling from 41 per cent of total drug-related deaths in the UK in 2010 to 32 per cent in 2011. Meanwhile, deaths from ‘legal highs’ – some of which have now been banned – remained steady following a large increase in the previous year.

In total, UK drug-related deaths fell by seven per cent from 1,883 in 2010 to 1,757 in 2011, as revealed today (28 February) in the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (np-SAD) 2012 report. This continues a two-year downward trend that saw deaths fall by 14 per cent from 2009 to 2010.

St George’s wins first quarter-final round of University Challenge

The St George’s, University of London University Challenge team has won the first of its quarter-final matches. It needs to win two quarter-final matches to secure a place in the semi finals.The team was victorious over Pembroke College, Cambridge with a convincing 195-105 win in the latest battle of the country’s brightest university brains, which was aired Monday 18 February 2013, BBC2.

 

Your starter for 10: St George’s is back on University Challenge

The St George’s University Challenge team will be poised with their fingers on the buzzer in next week’s show as they go head to head with Pembroke College, Cambridge, in the first round of the quarter-finals. The team needs to win two quarter-final matches to secure a place in the semi-finals.The show, which has already been recorded, will aired on Monday 18 February BBC2 at 8pm.

 

Nursing expert backs Francis report calls for patient needs to be at heart of NHS care

Doctors, nurses and healthcare managers must work together to address the issues highlighted in the independent report into the failures of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, according to a leading healthcare academic. Professor Fiona Ross, dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, has welcomed the findings released by inquiry chairman Robert Francis QC. She said his report outlined appalling failures of care that no patient or family should ever have to face.