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A doctor inspects a patient's mammograms NHS Breast Screening Programme in England shows little evidence of overdiagnosis
20 July 2022

The NHS Breast Screening Programme in England has shown little, if any, evidence of overdiagnosis, according to a new NIHR-funded study.  

A pregnant woman cradles her bump, while sitting on a hospital bed New ABN guidelines for Anti-CD20 therapies in pregnancy and when breastfeeding
11 July 2022

A new evidence review presents Association of British Neurologists guidelines for the use of Anti-CD20 therapies for women of childbearing age, concluding that it is safe to conceive and breastfeed whilst taking anti-CD20 therapy.

Staff stand in front of the Leeds Lung Health Check mobile screening unit. Participation in the Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial
6 July 2022

The Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial, a randomised controlled trial of low dose computed tomography (CT) screening conducted in Leeds, has found that a telephone risk assessment followed by a community-based Lung Health Check with immediate access to a mobile CT scanner is an effective screening strategy, but participation appears to be lower among current smokers and the socio-economically deprived.

Four young children in a lecture theatre listening to a talk at QMUL's Festival of Communities Socioeconomic status and dietary sodium intake in UK children
21 June 2022

Results from a study of children’s salt intake suggest that the UK salt reduction programme may help reduce health inequality, particularly benefitting the more socially deprived, who are at greater risk of developing high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease.

Logo for the Cochrane Library, including the tagline New Cochrane Review shows digital tools may cut asthma attacks by half
13 June 2022

Digital interventions, such as ‘smart’ inhalers or text messages that help people to administer their asthma medication more appropriately, may cut the risk of asthma attacks by half, according to a new Cochrane Review.

The logo of the UNFPA above the title of the evidence brief Achieving climate justice: Child marriage and environmental crises
30 May 2022

A partnership between QMUL and the UN sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA) has produced a scoping review, an evidence brief, and a set of infographics showing that environmental changes have profound negative impacts on sexual and reproductive rights, and on women’s and girl’s bodily autonomy.

A smiling older woman pulls open the top of her shirt to show the small, black CUE1 device on her sternum. Industry Partnership to test the CUE1 medical device for alleviating Parkinson’s symptoms
19 May 2022

A 24 month Knowledge Transfer Partnership project between WIPH Preventive Neurology Unit researchers and industry partner, Charco Neurotech, will test the feasibility of CUE1, a novel medical device to relieve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The Innovate-UK funded project will investigate the tolerability of the device and its effect on clinical outcome measures, assessing optimal stimulation settings and positioning in patients with Parkinson’s, with a goal to design a formal clinical trial.

An illustration of the human bowel, with a tumour shown as a red mass growing in the bowel. NHS bowel screening programme significantly reduces risk of advanced stage colorectal cancer
17 May 2022

The first national evaluation of the English bowel cancer screening programme’s effect on stage of colorectal cancer has shown that the programme significantly reduced the risk of advanced stage colorectal cancer, and is therefore likely to achieve its aim of reducing mortality from the disease. Results suggest that people who are screened are 32% less likely to be diagnosed with advanced stage colorectal cancer than those who are invited to screening but do not attend.

A pregnant woman cradles her bump, while sitting on a hospital bed Helping pregnant smokers quit: E-cigarettes as safe as nicotine patches and may be more effective
16 May 2022

Results from a randomised controlled trial of pregnant smokers who received either nicotine patches or refillable e-cigarettes suggest that e-cigarettes might be more effective for quitting than patches, and that e-cigarettes are as safe as patches in pregnancy.

The logo of Yorkshire Cancer Research, with a woman wearing a hijab standing in a residential street £3.1 million for PROTECT trial: population-based genetic testing for cancer risk in women
4 May 2022

Yorkshire Cancer Research has announced a £3.1 million grant for research led by Ranjit Manchanda to investigate the risks, benefits, and feasibility of introducing population-based genetic testing for all women to find out if they are at high risk of cancer. Thousands of women living in Yorkshire and other parts of the UK will be offered tests as part of the PROTECT (Population based germline testing for early detection and cancer prevention) clinical trial.

A service user gets support in a local healthcare setting. Co-locating welfare services in healthcare settings benefits participants and demonstrates clear financial gains
2 February 2022

Co-locating welfare advice services in healthcare settings demonstrates clear financial gains and improved mental health and wellbeing, according to results from a newly published systematic review.

A person breaks a cigarette to show their determination to quit smoking ‘Delayed quitters’ more likely to relapse than smokers who quit on target date
31 January 2022

Most smokers who initially succeed in quitting return to smoking within the first few months, but identifying sub-groups at higher risk of relapse could help in relapse prevention efforts.

Logo for the study African Awareness of Cancer and Early Diagnosis AWACAN-ED Project receives £2.99million NIHR Global Health Research Award
18 January 2022

A £2.99 million NIHR Global Health Research Award has been made to fund the AWACAN-ED (Advancing Early Diagnosis of Cancer in Southern Africa) programme.

A busy market in an ethnically-diverse part of London Gaps in antihypertensive and statin treatments and benefits of optimisation in an ethnically diverse socio-economically deprived urban UK population
30 December 2021

Researchers from the Centres for Evaluation and Methods and Primary Care have worked together on a cross-sectional population study to characterise gaps in blood pressure and statin treatments among people at high cardiovascular disease risk in a large urban UK population, and to quantify the health and economic impacts of treatment optimisation.

A person measures their waistline Randomised trial of the 5:2 diet
14 December 2021

The first randomised evaluation of the 5:2 diet, a popular intermittent energy restriction method of weight management, has been carried out among 300 adults, followed up for a year.

A photo of multiple world globes, symbolising our global impact Role of non-governmental organisations in achieving universal health coverage
14 December 2021

A systematic review of 78 studies of non-governmental organisation (NGO) interventions in public health-related activities has shown that NGOs can play a significant role in progress towards universal health coverage.

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