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20 February 2023

King's in the News – March 2023

As the global King’s community is often at the forefront of research and society – we round-up a few articles featuring King’s alumni, staff and research.

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Professor Richard Sullivan on Government Plans to Scrap Cancer Strategy

The government is planning on scrapping a dedicated cancer strategy. Professor Richard Sullivan, Director of King’s Institute of Cancer Policy and Co-Director of King’s Centre for Conflict and Health Research, has written for the British Medical Journal arguing that the plan is needed now more than ever.

Last month, the Government announced it would create a single strategy in England to tackle major illnesses such as cancer, mental health and dementia.

Now, experts writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) have also expressed dismay at the move, arguing a dedicated cancer plan is needed now more than ever.

Read more in The Standard.

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Fine particles in the air associated with higher blood pressure in London teens

A study of adolescents aged 11-16 in London has found long-term exposure to PM2.5 is associated with higher blood pressure, with stronger associations seen in girls. Findings also show that exposure to high levels of nitrogen dioxide is associated with lower blood pressure in this group.

Read more in the Billings Gazette.

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"Don't forget about Syria", King's College London Researcher comments

Rubbia (who did not want to share their last name), a Researcher at King's College London, has been working as an aid-worker in Turkey and Syria. Rubbia comments on the earthquakes impact.

Read more in the Daily Mail here.

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Secretary of State for Health and Social Care visits King's College London

Following a meeting of sector leaders, the Rt Hon Stephen Barclay MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, met with scientists from King’s College London, clinicians from King’s College Hospital and patients to better understand how the £50m allocated for Motor Neuron Disease (MND) research could be used.

Accompanied by Professor Clive Kay, CEO of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi, Professor of Neurology and Complex Disease Genetics at King’s College London and Phil Vickery, England Rugby World Cup winner and My Name'5 Doddie ambassador, Mr Barclay was shown how some of this funding would benefit research and patients at the King’s MND Care and Research Centre, part of the UK MND Research Institute collaboration.

Learn more about the visit here.

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We need more than ambulances to help kids' mental health in the UK

This article is written by Professor Emily Simonoff, Head of Department and Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Professor Simonoff mentions King’s Pears Maudsley Centre which will bring mental health care and research together under one roof when opened.

Read more about this in City AM.

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Research from King’s Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine on the Mediterranean Diet

Researchers at King’s and the Netherlands’ University Medical Center Groningen have found that eating a Mediterranean diet is associated with an improved immunotherapy response in patients with melanoma.

Adopting the diet which includes foods rich in fibre, unsaturated fat, antioxidants and polyphenols, was positively associated with the person’s response to a treatment called immune checkpoint blockade (ICB), researchers say.

Read more in The Independent.

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