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Thursday 5th March 2015

Action on Air Quality: does the government get it?

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The UK government has responded to the Action on Air Quality report of its Environmental Audit Committee. The last two decades of UK/EU air quality policy, and the industry response, reminds me of nothing so much as the kind of school-swot one-upmanship we all remember hearing from clever but immature peers when we were young.
Date:
Thursday 5th March 2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences
Thursday 26th February 2015

Sporting bodies must up their game in the fight against doping

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From Ben Johnson to Lance Armstrong, with countless others in-between, there has been no shortage of high-profile doping scandals to shake the sporting world in recent decades.
Date:
Thursday 26th February 2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences
Thursday 6th November 2014

Weight loss surgery: a cure for the type 2 diabetes epidemic?

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A study published on Monday in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal reports that weight loss surgery, such as the fitting of a gastric band, can reduce a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 80%. This confirms findings from a previous study conducted in Sweden but expands what we know about the effectiveness of the various types of surgical procedures used in the UK. The study highlights the possibility of using obesity surgery as a means of preventing type 2 diabetes in those who are at highest risk of the disease – a possibility that has attracted a great deal of media attention and controversy.
Date:
Thursday 6th November 2014
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences
Thursday 16th October 2014

Patient-reported outcomes: the heart of healthcare research?

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The moment a patient is recruited to participate in a clinical trial, we start to collect data. Much of this data derives from the information that only patients can give, that we cannot acquire through any test or scan. Are they experiencing pain? What are the side effects? These important insights are captured in a trial using PROs (patient-reported outcomes).
Date:
Thursday 16th October 2014
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences
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