International nursing conference marks centenary of Florence Nightingale’s death

One of the largest international conferences on the history of nursing is being organised by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, marking the centenary of Florence Nightingale’s death.

The event, which takes place from 14 to 16 September, aims to showcase innovative and scholarly work on nursing history. More than 300 nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals, historians and experts from around the world are due to attend the conference at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Drug-related deaths in the UK continue to rise

Drug-related deaths reported in the UK have risen by 11.8 per cent to 2,182 in a year, reveals a report released today by St George’s, University of London. The National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (np-SAD) report shows that the annual death rate is continuing to increase, up from the previous year’s 2.7 per cent rise.

The report – which covers notifications of drug-related deaths occurring in 2009 – shows an increase from the 1,952 deaths reported in 2008. Most of the deaths (1,698 – 77.8 per cent) were of men, only a slight increase from the previous year. And most deaths (1,415 – 64.8 per cent) were of people aged 25-44. Again, this was a very slight annual rise.

Smokers trying to give up – don’t stop thinking about cigarettes

Blocking thoughts of cigarettes helps reduce smokers’ intake at first, but means they smoke more than usual when they stop suppressing, according to new research.

The study was carried out by researchers at St George’s, University of London and the University of Hertfordshire.

St George’s HIV expert praises breakthrough of new anti-infection gel

The success of a new anti-HIV gel in trials has been hailed as a “major advancement” by one of the world’s leading experts, Professor Robin Shattock of St George’s, University of London.

The new microbicide gel was found to halve women’s chances of getting HIV from an infected partner.

St George's honours class of 2010

Hundreds of students have graduated from St George’s, University of London and will now take their places amongst the next generation of doctors, scientists and healthcare professionals. The graduates received their awards from Principal Professor Peter Kopelman at the ceremony at London’s Barbican.

Around 540 graduands donned mortars and gowns to receive their awards and crown all their hard work.