King’s in the News – Roundup of October 2019

Research from King’s College London and Guy’s, St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals makes headlines around the world. We’ve selected a few recent stories to share with you like Dina’s fantastic World Championship performances and the research linking heart attacks to increased pollution.

Dina Asher Smith

Gold for Dina at World Championships

Massive congratulations to our very own Dina Asher Smith (History, 2017), who took Gold in the 200m and Silver in the 100m, breaking her own British records in the process, at the World Athletics Championships in Doha earlier this month. Dina is a product of the King’s Sport Performance Athlete programme, which supports student athletes competing at an elite level.

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Walker

What does your walking speed say about how you’re aging?

How fast people walk in their 40s is a sign of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are ageing, an international team, including King’s researchers, has suggested. Their remarkable finding showed that not only were slower walkers' bodies ageing more quickly - their faces also looked older and they had smaller brains.

Read more on the BBC

Papers

King’s student-staffed legal advice centre

King’s has teamed up with national outfit Stowe Family Law to launch a free legal advice centre staffed by law students. The new partnership will see third year undergraduate students at the Dickson Poon School of Law offer clients initial free legal advice on a range of family law issues including divorce and separation, financial disputes and cohabitation.

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Air pollution

Air pollution 'triggers hundreds more heart attacks and strokes'

Several news outlets reported this month on the latest King’s research that suggests higher air pollution in the UK triggers hundreds more heart attacks, strokes and acute asthma attacks each year. The team looked at data from nine major cities in England and calculated that days with above average pollution levels would see an extra 124 cardiac arrests over the year.

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Stroke Odyssey

King’s launches world's largest study into the impact of arts on health

The world’s largest ever study into the impact and scalability of arts interventions on physical and mental health has been launched by King’s College London and UCL, supported by a £2m award from Wellcome Trust. SHAPER – Scaling-up Health-Arts Programmes: Implementation and Effectiveness Research will focus on interventions proven to improve patient health, such as singing groups for postnatal depression, dance classes for people with Parkinson’s and movement and music sessions for stroke patients, which will be trialled among larger groups of people within NHS hospitals and health centres.

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