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Catching cancer early in Greater Manchester: new trial results

Almost half of the UK population will get cancer during their lifetime. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical for improving cancer survival rates and quality of life, yet one in five cases of cancer is still detected late through emergency hospital admissions. The national cancer screening programmes (breast, cervical and bowel) are designed to catch […]

November 5, 2018


Data sharing and the importance of choice architecture in healthcare: new results

GDPR has made us all more aware of how our personal data is shared and collected. But how much do we understand the data sharing choices presented to us? It’s a question especially relevant in the context of the UK National Health Service, which collects and analyses a range of personal information. What is confidential […]

October 10, 2018


Teachers’ wellbeing matters

The mental health and wellbeing of students in our schools has rightly become a priority in recent years. However, one of the essential components of a students’ educational experience, including that of their mental wellbeing, has been overlooked – their teachers. Today marks the 24th annual World Teachers’ Day – a prime opportunity to recognise […]

October 4, 2018


Calling all employers looking to improve staff health & wellbeing

BIT is looking for a partner organisation to take part in a new cutting-edge research project designed to improve employee health and wellbeing. This project is part of BIT’s ongoing collaboration with UCL and is free for organisations to take part in. Our idea When considering contexts in which health behaviours can be improved via […]

October 3, 2018


Antimicrobial Resistance and BI – What’s Next?

In their book “Super-bugs, the arms race against bacteria”, William Hall and colleagues highlight that an estimated 1.5 million deaths a year are attributable to drug resistant bugs caused by antimicrobial resistance (AMR). They describe AMR as “a truly global problem that has the potential to affect every person on the planet”. Indeed, a great […]

July 3, 2018


Green means go: how to help patients make informed choices about their healthcare

More than four million people are waiting for specialist care in the NHS. At worst, people can wait more than a year for treatment. In many cases people have the option to choose an alternative, nearby service with shorter waiting times—but do not do so. Why is this? Sometimes people have a strong preference for […]

April 20, 2018


Sugaring the Bill: why lower revenue from the sugar tax is probably a good thing

With the Sugar Tax in force across the UK from today, many people are discussing what costs may be passed on to consumers and how they will react. It’s an important question, but it misses the key way in which the sugar tax is likely to improve our nation’s health: reformulation. The most recent estimates […]

April 6, 2018


20 per cent fewer calories by 2024: the new target from Public Health England

One in three children is leaving primary school overweight or obese. Last week we wrote about the launch of a new programme by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity that aims to change this fact. Today Public Health England added to the calls for action by revealing that children are consuming between 140 and 500 excess […]

March 6, 2018


Tackling inner-city childhood obesity

This week saw the launch of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity’s report; ‘Bite Size: Breaking down the challenge of inner-city childhood obesity.’ Rising childhood obesity is often seen as a classic wicked issue, rising inexorably around the world year after year. It also varies by geographical area and social class, cruelly concentrated in the most […]

March 2, 2018


When should you bring a child to hospital?

There are obvious answers. Any child should go to an emergency department if they’ve been knocked unconscious or are struggling to breath. For less serious problems, like broken bones and infections, they can go to minor injuries units and urgent care centres. However, the majority of children do not attend paediatric emergency departments (PED) because […]

December 19, 2017