Media roundup

22 September

A two-year-old girl who had a rare combination of life-threatening heart defects has been named after the hospital that saved her. Her parents told the Sunday Mirror they wanted to pay tribute to Evelina London Children’s Hospital so called her Evalina “Evie” Cox.

The Mail on Sunday reported how schoolgirl Lauren Gibbinson was the youngest patient to benefit from a ‘bionic ear implant’ after surgery at St Thomas’ Hospital. The Carina middle-ear implant is placed beneath the skin and means Lauren can now hear the wind blowing and birds tweeting.

19 September

Evelina London Patron, The Duchess of Cambridge, visited Sunshine House to meet a specialist team of nurses who support first-time parents aged 24 and under. Her visit was covered by ITV London and Metro, as well as Sun online, Mirror online, Mail online and Express online.

17 September

Black carbon particles from air pollution have been found to be able to reach the placenta of pregnant women, a new study has found. Professor Tim Nawrot, of Hasselt University in Belgium, and colleagues used high-resolution imaging to detect black carbon particles in placentae collected from five pre-term and 23 full-term births. Professor Andrew Shennan, Women and Children’s Health at King’s College London, commented on the study. The Times, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Metro, Yahoo, i, BBC,  Newsweek and ITV reported.

Only a third of older women take up all the cancer screenings they are offered, a King’s College London study has found. Findings, published in the Journal of Medical Screening, implied that very few refused screenings on principle, but many still missed them. The TimesDaily Telegraph, Daily MailDaily Express, SunBritish Medical JournalITVPulse Today and Yahoo reported. 

Homebuyers are being encouraged to seek discounts of up to 20% by checking a new website that reveals the level of air pollution on each doorstep. The site uses data from King's College London to give the level of nitrogen dioxide, a toxic gas released when diesel, petrol and gas are burnt, for every postcode in the capital. The Times, Week UK, Daily Mail, Reuters, BBC News, Yahoo News, BBC London, BBC and ITV reported.

14 September

The i interviews Prof Harold Ellis, who qualified as a doctor in the same month the NHS was created in July 1948. Prof Ellis taught clinical anatomy at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

13 September

Banning flavoured vaping products in the UK would drive people back to smoking, Public Health England (PHE) has said. The report was led by researchers from King’s College London. Daily Mail, Sky and Yahoo reported.