Media highlights

Tuesday 4 June

12 super simple health checks

The Daily Mail published an article listing 12 simple checks you can take to measure your own health. It cites research from King’s College London which suggests people with more than 11 moles on their right arm are more likely to be at risk of developing skin cancer.

Friday 31 May

Survivors of sepsis 'face death risk for years after illness'

The Guardian, Daily Mail and The Telegraph featured the first research to analyse long-term outcomes for sepsis patients. Led by Dr Manu Shankar-Hari, from Guy's and St Thomas',
the study showed that one in six sepsis patients die within a year of leaving hospital. Dr Shankar-Hari said: “Given what we now know, we will be trying to find out what the best interventions are to prevent these deaths, how to identify.”

Tuesday 28 May

Blood bikes

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is trialling the use of bikes instead of cars to transport blood and tumour samples between its hospital sites. BBC London TV and BBC News online looked at how this could reduce air pollution and speed up deliveries.

Friday 24 May

‘Life changing’ migraine drug

BBC Newsbeat reported that people who suffer from chronic migraines are calling for a new drug to be offered on the NHS in England. Consultant neurologist, Dr Giorgio Lambru, is already prescribing Aimovig at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and described its benefits.

Is red wine good for you? The new science

The Times, reported on a King’s College London study which showed that the type of polyphenol compound found in grape skins does actually cause blood vessels to relax, resulting in lower blood pressure. This opens up a realistic new route for developing blood pressure medications. 

New gene therapy for heart attacks

King’s College London researchers have found a way to encourage heart cells to regenerate after a heart attack. In a study published in the journal Nature, investigators at King's College London injected a small piece of genetic material (microRNA-199) into pigs' hearts damaged by heart attacks. The Scottish Daily Mail reported.