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  • Feelgood factor from Olympics equivalent to £8,000 pay rise
    A team of researchers led by Paul Dolan has shown the Olympics to have had a positive, although temporary, impact on Londoners' happiness equivalent to an £8,000 pay increase.
    The Times, 2 November 2016
    BBC Radio London, 2 November 2016
    London Evening Standard, 2 November 2016
  • Childhood bullying places 'long term strain' on UK mental health services
    New research by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and King’s College London shows that childhood bullying has a strong link to mental health service use throughout a person’s life, putting additional strain on an “already overstretched” UK healthcare system.
    Health Medici Net, 1 November 2016
  • Report calls for global action to tackle dementia crisis
    A new report from Alzheimer’s Disease International, authored by researchers at King’s College London and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), reveals that most people with dementia have yet to receive a diagnosis, let alone comprehensive and continuing healthcare.
    Health News, 20 September 2016, 21 September 2016, 20 September 2016
  • Cancer care not giving value for money
    New research published by Sebastian Salas-Vega and Professor Elias Mossialos of LSE Health shows cancer care in England lagging behind other countries in terms of value for money.
    The Telegraph, 30 May 2016
  • When cancer treatments fail, Italy wants money back
    Olivier Wouters of LSE Health discusses the Italian Medicines Agency, which tracks patients' treatments and their outcomes.
    Bloomberg, 15 January 2016
  • Exercise prescriptions important for Type 2 Diabetes
    Dr Huseyin Naci  of LSE Health comments on research lead by Dr Romeu Mendes of the Public Health Unit, ACES Douro I—Marao e Douro Norte in Vila Real, Portugal, showing that exercise and physical activity can help to control type 2 diabetes.
    Daily Mail, 11 January 2016
    Japan Today, 12 January 2016
    Egypt Independent, 10 January 2016
    Kuwait Times, 11 January 2016
    Also featured in Fox News Channel OnlineYahoo News, and Deccan Chronicle Online


  • Regular brisk walking is best exercise for keeping weight down
    People are more likely to have a lower weight if they regularly engage in high impact walking compared to doing another vigorous activity like going to the gym, according to new research by Dr Grace Lordam of LSE Health.
    The Active Age, 1 March 2016
    Irish Examiner, 4 November 2015
    The Times, 3 November 2015
    Evening Standard, 3 November 2015
    The Telegraph, 4 July 2016
  • Care sector would do well to tackle two looming problems
    Letter by PSSRU's Bernard Casey was published in the Financial Times, 4 December 2015.
  • Tackling the challenges of dementia
    Professor Martin Knapp is mentioned as leading a one of six ESRC funded studies looking at developing a publicly available tool to help meet the future needs of dementia patients and their carers, and the development of a model to better enable the prediction of the future costs of dementia. Mature Times, 3 December 2015.
  • Research shows anti-smoking messages can backfire
    Findings from a study which was contributed to by PSSRU's Sara Evans-Lacko (although under her affiliation with King's College London) in the Social Science and Medicine journal highlights the potential for negative stereotypes surrounding smokers to make them even more determined not to quit, as it can make them more defensive.
    Daily Mail, 3 November 2015,
    The Indian Express, 3 November 2015,
    Medical News Today, 3 November 2015.
  • Why the drug development pipeline is not delivering better medicines
    A new analysis article published in the BMJ shows that the majority of new medicines entering the market offer few clinical advantages over existing alternatives. Authors of the study, Huseyin Naci, Assistant Professor of Health Policy at the London School of Economics (LSE), Alexander Carter, Policy Fellow at Imperial College London, and Elias Mossialos, Professor of Health Policy at the LSE, and Director of LSE Health, conclude that both government and industry practices are responsible for the innovation deficit in the pharmaceutical sector.
    BMJ23 October 2015.
  • A quiet revolution: looking back at 20 years of social services reform
    PSSRU's Gerald Wistow comments on the reform of social services since the 1980's.
    The Guardian, 13 October 2015.
  • Mental health spending needs to increase
    Spending on mental health research needs to be at least doubled in order to ease the huge burden on psychiatric and behavioural disorders in society, according to a group of scientists involved in the ROAMER (Roadmap for Mental Health Research in Europe) project, which involved PSSRU's David McDaid who is working on the health economics aspect of the project.
    Yahoo! News 23 September 2015.
  • NHS health check programme wasting £450 million a year, says new report
    The NHS Health Check programme is ineffective and currently wasting £450 million a year in scarce resources, according to a new report from LSE and University of Liverpool.
    The Guardian, 22 September 2015
    The Daily Mail, 22 September 2015
    The Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2015
    The Times, 22 September 2015
    The Sun, 22 September 2015
    The Independent, 22 September 2015.
    Also mentioned in The i Paper, Telegraph & Argus, The Northern Echo (Darlington), The Yorkshire Post, Birmingham Mail, The Evening Standard, Guernsey Press, Belfast Telegraph, Yahoo! News (UK), and Shropshire Star - Online, as well as in reports on BBC Surrey News and BBC Wiltshire News.
  • Cost of beds in mental health wards
    Martin Knapp speaks about NHS mental health patients being moved out of their local area for treatment and whether that is cost effective (from 6:50 onwards).
    BBC Radio 4 "You and Yours", 3 September 2015.
  • Internet both helps and harms seniors' social lives, says report
    The UK Government Office for Science commissioned report by PSSRU's Jackie Damant and Martin Knapp is discussed in this article:
    Medical News Today, 17 August 2015.
  • Joining a religious group can help with keeping depression at bay in the over-50s
    A study by LSE Health's Mauricio Avendano has found that going to church, synagogue or mosque can improve mental health in the over 50s; moreso than doing charity work, sport or education:
    The Times, 5 August 2015.
    The Mirror, 5 August 2015.
    The Daily Mail, 5 August 2015.
    GM Journal, 7 August 2015.
    Scotland Now, 9 August 2015.
    The Independent, 10 August 2015.
    The Washington Post, 14 August 2015.
    Also mentioned in Western Morning News, Guernsey Press, Jersey Evening Post and in printed versions of The Sun (Scotland), The Daily Telegraph and i.
  • Would a 'cognitive footprint' of activities and interventions help meet the global challenge of dementia?
    PSSRU's Martin Knapp's recent article on modelling a "cognitive footprint" in the fight against dementia in The Lancet is discussed.
    Medical News Today, 3 August 2015.
    Living Well, 4 August 2015.
    Talking Nutrition, 4 August 2015.
  • Bernard Casey on 891 ABC Adelaide
    PSSRU's Bernard Casey is interviewed on the Peter Goers show on 891 ABC Adelaide about his research and work. Click here to listen to the audio file.
    891 ABC Adelaide, 3 August 2015.
  • How good is the social care sector at building an evidence base?
    NIHR SSCR's Research Programme Manager Mike Clark talks about the different level of money invested in healthcare research as opposed to social care research.
    The Guardian, 7 July 2015.
  • 'Mothers suffer visions in silence'
    This article on perinatal mental health cites work by PSSRU colleagues on the care received by women during the perinatal period from mental health services. The Guardian, 16 June 2015.
  • Paying people incentives to make healthy choices only works in the long term if they are paid to NOT do something
    Research by LSE Health's Matteo Galizzi and Paul Dolan was cited in this report based on a paper which appeared in Social Science and Medicine. Medical News Today, 16 June 2015.
  • State funding of elderly care in England has fallen by 40% in five years
    PSSRU Deputy Director Jose Luis Fernandez spoke at the Westminster Health Forum keynote seminar on improving care for elderly people in London, stating that care packages funded by local authorities in England for people over 65 had plummeted since 2009-10. BMJ, 12 June 2015.
  • "The "Hidden" Illness of Post-Natal Depression
    Research carried out by PSSRU's Annette Bauer and others on the costs of post-natal depression was cited in this article in Vice magazine. 29 April 2015.
  • LSE report on Palliative Care
    The UK’s palliative care system needs a major overhaul, according to an LSE report released on Wednesday 8 April, which reveals widespread inequities and a lack of services for non-cancer patients. PSSRU's Josie Dixon was the lead author on the report.
    BBC News,
    ITV News,
    TalkTalk online,
    The Independent

    Also featured in The Exeter Daily and The British Heart Foundation. This report was featured on BBC News (TV and radio) on 8 April, and Josie Dixon was interviewed on BBC Somerset. 8 April 2015.
  • A comic tale: finding new ways to tell social care stories
    Research by PSSRU colleagues Nicola Brimblecombe, Bo Hu and Madeleine Stevens is the focus in this article on social care research findings being translated into comic book form. The Guardian, 2 March 2015.
  • NHS: £2 billion a week and counting
    Professor Martin Knapp appears around 20 minutes into this documentary to talk about statistics and costs of dementia care. Channel 4, 23 February 2015.
  • Giving a voice to UK's dementia sufferers and their loved ones
    Research on dementia by PSSRU's Professor Martin Knapp is cited in this report on carers being allowed access outside of visiting hours to dementia patients under their care whilst in hospital. The Observer, 14 February 2015.
  • Insufficient funding and structural barriers mean UK severe mental health policy is not always put into practice, report finds
    Professor Martin Knapp comments on these latest research findings on health care access, social services and employment opportunities for people with severe mental health problems. Medical News Today, 14 January 2015.

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