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Imperial Researchers Model US Health Impacts of FDA Sodium Targets

Imperial Researchers Model US Health Impacts of FDA Sodium Targets

Cardiovascular disease is one of the biggest public health challenges facing America today by any measure. It is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the U.S., resulting in 800,000 deaths and 6 million hospital admissions per year. Cardiovascular disease costs the economy $318 billion annually in healthcare costs and an additional $237 billion…
Imperial College London Tackles a Big Question for Hepatitis C in China, India, and Pakistan

Imperial College London Tackles a Big Question for Hepatitis C in China, India, and...

The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a global public health scourge, infecting more than 70 million people worldwide and ultimately causing liver complications including cirrhosis and cancer in 10-20% of cases. HCV was responsible for more than 475,000 deaths worldwide in 2015, and future cases are projected to expand most in China, India, and Pakistan. …
Measuring the Rising Risks of Obesity and Diabetes in Africa

Measuring the Rising Risks of Obesity and Diabetes in Africa

While Africa’s high infectious disease burden has drawn the most attention from the international public health community, the continent is also facing rising impacts from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes. Similarly, crises of food insecurity in the region have obscured the risks of obesity accompanying Africa’s increasing economic growth and urbanization.  This is changing, however,…
Expanding Healthcare Access Shrinks Inequality in Brazil, Imperial Research Shows

Expanding Healthcare Access Shrinks Inequality in Brazil, Imperial Research Shows

The United Nations has declared reducing inequality as one of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) both within and among countries. This includes a target for countries to adopt social protection policies that “progressively achieve greater equality.” Healthcare is a core concern of those social protection policies, and a recent study shows that expanding access to…
Imperial Research Warns of the Cost of Austerity for Public Health in Brazil

Imperial Research Warns of the Cost of Austerity for Public Health in Brazil

Reductions to government social support programs have costs, and they can be particularly severe for vulnerable populations. Budget cutbacks have been implemented as a solution to the recession that has gripped Brazil since 2015, but a study led by Dr. Thomas Hone of Imperial College of London indicates that these austerity measures could result in…
Stories from Penn Engineering’s MCIT: Alumni and Faculty

Stories from Penn Engineering’s MCIT: Alumni and Faculty

The Online Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT) program at the University of Pennsylvania is designed for students from non-computer science backgrounds who want to leverage computer science to advance their careers and positively impact society.  MCIT Online brings the established on-campus MCIT program into a 100% online format. This innovative degree program has…
Making Time to Learn: How Online Study Fits Around Your Career

Making Time to Learn: How Online Study Fits Around Your Career

The new suite of computer science degrees from the University of London and member institution Goldsmiths offer you the opportunity to study your degree fully online. This flexibility allows many students to continue working while gaining a qualification that will support future career ambitions. We spoke to three students about how they manage their studies…
In a virtual world, the sky is no longer the limit

In a virtual world, the sky is no longer the limit

Kayleigh Oliver began her career as one of just six women in a room full of more than 100 computing students. 10 years later, she works as a QA and Release Manager at Immerse, a virtual reality training software company. Kayleigh also runs her own app development business in her spare time. We spoke to…
Smoking Bans Have Saved 15,000 Children’s Lives in Brazil, Imperial Study Shows

Smoking Bans Have Saved 15,000 Children’s Lives in Brazil, Imperial Study Shows

Second-hand smoke kills over 880,000 people every year globally, and a quarter of those deaths are among children 14 years or younger. These sobering statistics have helped drive smoking bans in public places in many countries, but these bans still cover just 20% of the world’s population. A new study led by Dr. Thomas Hone…
Imperial College and U.S. Researchers Find Better Food Policies Could Save 230,000 Lives

Imperial College and U.S. Researchers Find Better Food Policies Could Save 230,000 Lives

Cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks, strokes, hypertension, and a wide range of other illnesses affecting the heart and blood vessels, is perhaps the biggest public health challenge in the United States. It causes about 800,000 deaths and 6 million hospital admissions every year, and it is a particularly urgent priority for policymakers because it disproportionately…

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