Predicting mortality amongst older care home residents

The number of medications prescribed to a care home resident and the frequency of their contact with their GP are strong predictors of mortality in care homes shows research published today in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society.

Researchers from St George’s, University of London investigated predictors of mortality in older care home residents in England and Wales as compared to older people living in the community. They followed 9,772 care home and 354,306 community residents aged 65 to 104 years in 293 English and Welsh general practices in 2009. Approximately a quarter (26.2 per cent) of care home residents died within one year compared to just over 3 per cent of community residents.

St George’s through to University Challenge quarter finals

The St George’s, University of London University Challenge team has made it to the quarter finals of the competition, following a victorious second-round performance.

St George’s beat the University of Lancaster 230-140 and will now wait to find out who they will face in the quarter final.

Genetic cause discovered for rare disorder of motor neurones

Scientists have identified an underlying genetic cause for a rare disorder of motor neurones, and believe this may help find causes of other related diseases.

Disorders of motor neurones are a group of progressive neuromuscular disorders that damage the nervous system, causing muscle weakness and wasting. These diseases affect many thousands of people in the UK. A number are inherited but the causes of the majority remain unknown, and there are no cures.

Starting salaries for St George’s graduates named third best in the UK

Independent consumer watchdog Which? has named St George’s as the third best university in the UK for graduate starting salaries.

Universities were ranked by the average annual salary of graduates six months after completing their course, based on information submitted by universities and colleges to the government between 2005/6-2009/10. St George’s, University of London graduates earned an average salary of £27,015.

New funding to tackle poultry viruses

A team of researchers have received over £6.2million to develop rapid responses to emerging poultry viruses. The funding boost will also help to establish the next generation of poultry virologists, to work in a scientific area where the UK has traditionally been strong. The ‘Developing Rapid Responses to Emerging Virus Infections of Poultry’ project will enable the recognition of emerging viruses before widespread infections occur, prepare for the possibility of new subtypes of avian influenza, and help the process of developing better vaccines for poultry and humans.