Researchers link diabetic foot ulcers with higher risk of death, heart attack and stroke

People with diabetes who develop foot ulcers are at more risk of dying prematurely than those without the complication, finds a new large-scale study. The researchers say the findings highlight the potential need for improved detection and management of those with diabetes and foot ulcers.

The study, which is the largest analysis of diabetes into the link between foot ulcers and the condition, is published in the latest edition (November) of the journal Diabetologia.

Top 250 World University ranking for St George’s

St George’s has been ranked in the top 250 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education magazine.The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2012/13, released 3 October 2012, placed St George’s 201-225 globally and 33rd in the UK. The top 300 positions represent 1.5 per cent of universities in the world.

The Times Higher Education table is based on 13 separate performance indicators grouped under the five core missions of a leading university — teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Nanotechnology device aims to prevent malaria deaths through rapid diagnosis

A pioneering mobile device using cutting-edge nanotechnology to rapidly detect malaria infection and drug resistance could revolutionise how the disease is diagnosed and treated.

Around 800,000 people die from malaria each year after being bitten by mosquitoes infected with malaria parasites. Signs that the parasite is developing resistance to the most powerful anti-malarial drugs in south-east Asia and sub-Saharan Africa mean scientists are working to prevent the drugs becoming ineffective.

Antibiotic use aids MRSA spread in hospital and infection control measures do little to prevent it, says hospital study

The use of a commonly prescribed antibiotic is a major contributor to the spread of infection in hospitals by the ‘superbug’ MRSA, according to new research. The study also found that increasing measures to prevent infection – such as improved hygiene and hand washing – appeared to have only a small effect on reducing MRSA infection rates during the period studied.

MRSA – methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – is a bacteria that causes hospital-acquired infection and is resistant to all of the penicillin-type antibiotics frequently used in hospitals to prevent and treat infection. It can cause serious infections of the skin, blood, lungs and bones.

Leading health policy expert to discuss NHS changes at London healthcare conference

One of the country’s top health policy experts will discuss what lessons can be learned from the NHS reforms with academics and professionals at a healthcare conference at St George’s, University of London this week.

Nick Timmins, senior fellow in health policy at The King’s Fund and former public policy editor of The Financial Times, will be keynote speaker at the annual conference of the South West London Academic Health and Social Care System (SW London System). The conference will take place at St George’s – where the SW London System is based – on Thursday 20 September.