Screening 'may help stem TB rise'
Introducing targeted tuberculosis screening would help to combat the recent rise in UK cases, a study says.
Researchers from Queen Mary's School of Medicine found that offering screening at GP surgeries increased detection rates by over a third, the Lancet said.
Tuberculosis screening demanded for areas with many immigrants
Patients should be screened for tuberculosis in areas with high migrant populations where the disease is on the rise, researchers say.
A study in today’s Lancet medical journal found that 13 per cent more TB cases were detected when general practices used active screening in Hackney, East London, boosting rates of vaccination against the disease.
Here's another downside. When I saw the headline I thought 'but no-one chews tobacco any more'. Not something you'd have had to worry about in Ealing 50 year back - although when I lived in Leeds in the 70s the buses still had "No Spitting" signs on them :
People who spit in the street will be forced to clean up or face an £80 fine, police in north London have said.
The clampdown is particularly aimed at chewers of paan, a tobacco leaf-based mixture, which authorities blame for staining pavements in central Wembley.
Posters and leaflets are being handed out warning spitting is "unhygienic" and an "act of anti-social behaviour". "Paan damages walls and pavements and costs taxpayers thousands of pounds a year to clean," said Ch Insp Raj Kohli. Paan spittle hotspots are Ealing Road and part of the High Road near St Johns Road, according to Brent Council.