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Tuberculosis epidemiology

29 Jul, 08 | by Ian Wacogne

In the period 1999 to 2006, in England and Wales 3563 cases of tuberculosis were reported in a national surveillance program, of which 60% were primary pulmonary TB.  Here.

Targeted Health Visiting

7 May, 08 | by Ian Wacogne

In a study of giving increased health visitor input to 1202 families with new babies in Glasgow, 302 families needed more intensive input at one stage, but only 143 (47%) had been identified as having these needs by four months.  Here.

Tuberous sclerosis

7 May, 08 | by Ian Wacogne

In a population study of tuberous sclerosis, ten (5.6%) of 179 patients with the condition had a presentation with symptomatic giant cell astrocytoma, but many more have non-symptomatic sub-ependymal nodes if MRI screening is performed.  Here.

Injury epidemiology

7 Apr, 08 | by Ian Wacogne

Rates for all sorts of serious injuries suffered by children across England were closely related to socio-economic status, but vary with social setting.  Here.


4 Apr, 08 | by Ian Wacogne

Perspective:  Fry examines the evidence for screening for problems with growth.  Here.

Height screening programs

2 Apr, 08 | by Ian Wacogne

In a systematic review of the literature regarding height screening programs, there is incomplete data on their usefulness, but may cost approximately £30,000 per QALY.   Here.


Tuberculin skin test

3 Mar, 08 | by Ian Wacogne

Perspective: Shingadia and Novelli look at the 100 year history of the tuberculin skin test and note that it is not yet obsolete if used with clinical acumen. Here.

Hearing screening

30 Jan, 08 | by Ian Wacogne

Six months after a false positive result on a hearing screening test, parents of 154 children showed no more general anxiety about health than controls, although some retained significant concerns about hearing.  Here.

Screening for Cystic Fibrosis

3 Jan, 08 | by Ian Wacogne

Leading article: Balfour Lynn looks at the evidence for, and benefits of, screening at birth for cystic fibrosis. Here.

Hearing screening

12 Dec, 07 | by Ian Wacogne

In a survey of UK school entry hearing screening services, there is a small yield for hearing loss which may indicate the importance of a continuing role for this sort of screening. Here.

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