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Making schools healthier places

17 April 2014

New research into the effectiveness of the World Health Organisation's Health Promoting Schools framework has just been published in The Cochrane Library. This is a holistic, whole-school approach to health promotion  focusing on the school’s health curriculum, its ethos and environment, and its links with families and  communities.

Men who started smoking before age 11 had fatter sons

2 April 2014

Men who started smoking regularly before the age of 11 had sons who, on average, had 5-10kg more body fat than their peers by the time they were in their teens, according to new research from the Children of the 90s study at the University of Bristol. The researchers say this could indicate that exposure to tobacco smoke before the start of puberty may lead to metabolic changes in the next generation.

Bristol Surgical Trials Centre Launch Event

24 March 2014

Bristol Surgical Trials Centre Launch Event 28 March 2014, 10 am Friday 28th March 2014, 10am – 4pm Mshed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN There is no charge but, registration is required.

Alastair Hay inaugural lecture

24 March 2014

Professor Alastair Hay will give his inaugural lecture on Friday 28 March 2014 at 6 pm at the Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1 RJ. It is entitled: "A brief history of antibiotics in primary care – and using prisms to reduce repeat offending." 80% of all antibiotics consumed are prescribed by GPs and nurses in primary care. Professor Hay will present a brief historical perspective on the increasing use and abuse of antibiotics since the discovery of penicillin in 1928 and how recent primary care research could help prolong effectiveness for the 21st century.

Bristol Surgical Trials Centre launch

21 March 2014

A new centre that brings together expert scientists and surgeons to raise surgical standards and help deliver better care to thousands of patients will be officially launched on 28 March.

Lifesaving meningitis vaccination programme gets green light

21 March 2014

Campaigners are celebrating after the Department of Health announced it would be working towards introducing a life-saving vaccine for Meningitis B into the childhood immunisation programme. Bexsero is the UK’s first lifesaving vaccine for Meningitis B - the most common form of bacterial meningitis in the UK - and will be free on the NHS for babies, subject to price negotiations. Researchers in the University of Bristol’s School of Social and Community Medicine, with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, have been responsible for developing the mathematical and economic models used by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to inform their recommendations on the use of Bexsero in the UK.  

Alastair Hay appointed chair of NICE guideline group

12 March 2014

Professor Alastair Hay from the School of Social and Community Medicine has has been appointed to chair a NICE guideline development group for the production of antimicrobial stewardship medicines practice guideline.

Working pressures increase children attending nursery with respiratory tract infections

7 March 2014

Working parents are often caught between the needs of their sick child and their job, which can lead to continued day care use even when their child is ill. New research has found children going to nursery when they are unwell with respiratory tract infections (RTIs) may be an important factor in the spread of these illnesses in the community. The findings, presented on Thursday 6 March at the South West Society for Academic Primary Care (SW SPAC) meeting, explored why parents send their children to nursery when they are unwell.

Prestigious fellowship for leading Bristol professor

6 March 2014

A leading epidemiologist from the University of Bristol has been elected as a fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). Professor George Davey Smith, from the School of Social and Community Medicine, is one of 53 new fellows for 2014.New fellows are elected each year via a rigorous five-stage nomination process. They are selected in recognition of outstanding contributions to their field, representing a wide range of disciplines, spanning the arts, business, science and technology sectors. Professor Davey Smith is the Scientific Director of the Children of the 90s study, a long-term health research project that enrolled 14,000 pregnant mothers in 1991 and 1992, and has followed the health and development of their children ever since.

Report reveals cancer drug divide

5 March 2014

Patients suffering from cancer in England are up to seven times more likely to be prescribed expensive cancer drugs than fellow sufferers in Wales, a new study assessing the impact of the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) has revealed. Researchers from the University of Bristol compared the prescription of 15 cancer drugs in both countries to show the divide created by the introduction of the CDF in 2010 to help patients in England access certain drugs.