News in brief – September round-up

Dame Carol Black speaks at medical conference
A conference entitled Work, Good for Your Patient’s Health and Wellbeing, is being run by the British Medical Association this month. The event on 5 September will be held at the association’s headquarters in Tavistock Square, London and national director for health and work Dame Carol Black (pictured above) will be the keynote speaker at the event.

NHS Plus sites get new round of capital funding
A new round of capital funding for NHS Plus sites was due to be announced by the government during August. Applicants will need to go through a two-stage process, with expressions of interest being submitted in October and full bids by the end of January. A briefing event for NHS OH providers is being held at London’s Oval cricket ground on 19 September.

Office printers could damage your health
A team of Australian scientists has warned that office printers could damage health in the same way as cigarette smoke. The Queensland University of Technology study found that 17 of the 62 printers tested emitted tiny particles of a toner-like substance that could penetrate a human lung, raising fears they might be carcinogenic, or cause breathing problems.

Scientists find asthma and obesity link
Scientists at King’s College London have discovered a suspected link between asthma and obesity, the charity Asthma UK has said. The study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences identified a protein known to increase appetite in cells that are closely associated with asthma.

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