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Universities are a key resource for the NHS. Why are they so underused?

Good public health is central to the success of our cities, nations and regions. It’s an area in which higher education has a key role to play, since working to address local and global health challenges and develop cutting-edge drug therapies is deeply rooted within academic institutions. Yet universities are still an underused resource in tackling local public health problems.

The main obstacle is the absence of organisations that connect universities and the NHS. In the UK, there are just six Academic Health Science Centres, which bring together research, education and clinical practice to translate research swiftly into patient care and ensure that patient interactions contribute to the generation of new knowledge. These AHSCs are not spread evenly around the country: three are in London, and one in Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester.

Part of the problem is that although collaboration between academics is the norm within universities, there is sometimes tension between universities and research institutes. Competition – rather than collaboration – is too often the default setting. A recent report from the King’s Commission on London [pdf], which looked at practical solutions to improve the lives of Londoners, called for better coordination and collaboration across the city’s research infrastructure to reap the benefits of its concentration of expertise and resource.

There are some examples of good practice: in London, the Francis Crick Institute brings together universities and biomedical research centres, while MedCity promotes the life sciences cluster in the south-east. And some institutions are starting to think big when it comes to research partnerships. Pathways to Equitable Healthy Cities is a major new Wellcome-funded initiative running in 10 cities across four continents. It hopes to achieve a step change in urban health, especially among vulnerable populations.


A commitment to ensuring the health and wellbeing of local communities is fundamental to every university’s purpose

Equally, within their communities, universities are on the frontline of local health issues. The University of Liverpool is a lead partner in the Liverpool Obesity Research Network alongside local NHS trusts. Academics from UWE Bristol, the University of Bath and University of Bristol are working with clinicians, commissioners and older people to improve activity and health in later life. Across London, universities’ air-quality research is interrogating the impact of poor air on health, and making real-time data on air quality accessible to Londoners.

Universities also have the potential to improve health through providing expertise that can connect the layers of trusts, providers and commissioners that make up the complex architecture of Greater London’s health service. Linking data across these different layers would streamline interactions and improve patients’ experience. Developing these systems is not beyond the combined brain power of London’s universities. Indeed, this month will see the first phase of investment to establish Health Data Research UK, a £30m fund bringing together six sites, comprising 22 UK universities and research institutes, to make game-changing public health improvements by harnessing data science at scale. Further progress will take sustained leadership from the mayor of London.

While not all universities have medical faculties, a commitment to ensuring the health and wellbeing of local communities is fundamental to every university’s purpose. In the run-up to our 200th anniversary, King’s College London has set out its ambition to be a modern civic university at the heart of London. This recognises the symbiotic value of working in partnership not only with other universities, but with London and Londoners too.

Successful strategies for change require a blend of collaboration and leadership. Universities need to listen to the challenges in their area, and combine academic insights with lived experience to develop lasting solutions. If our cities are living laboratories, then the people within them are not just the subjects of research, they can help create knowledge too.

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Is Carob a Healthy Different to Chocolate? (Also: Raw Vegan Chocolate Recipe Resource)

The advantages of chocolate (dark in specific), in moderation, has been heralded for very some time. Chock complete of heart-healthier flavanols and brain-boosting stimulants, it is often embraced as a healthy alternative that also satisfies our sweet tooth. However, a lot of of us may steer clear of specified sorts, even the ones that are organic and high in cocoa content material, citing loss of flavanols and particular sensitivities due to the business pressing approach. For this purpose, folks opt for cocoa powder or carob powder, a chocolate substitute. But, is 1 more healthy than the other? The solution is: it depends on your individual overall health needs.

If escalating the ranges of fiber in your diet is a aim, go for carob powder. It contains four.eight grams of fiber per two-tablespoon serving, compared to cacao powder’s 3.6 grams for the identical serving size. Although the numbers are fairly shut, if you are watching fiber intake, each bit matters. Fiber, as most of us know, assists alleviate constipation, minimize cholesterol amounts and regulate blood sugar.

Are you calorie conscious?

It’s a toss-up. Both carob and cacao powder have approximately 25 calories in a two tablespoon serving size.

Looking for a calcium improve?

With out a doubt, carob powder’s the way to go. It has about 3 instances as significantly as cacao powder!

Want a hefty dose of nutritional vitamins and minerals?

Cacao powder’s the far better choice. Even though carob powder surely has its share of vitamins and minerals, when in contrast to cacao powder, it has substantially fewer. For instance, a serving of cacao offers 1.five milligrams of iron even though carob powder includes a mere .4 milligrams. Also, a serving of cacao has 54 milligrams of magnesium compared to carob’s 6 milligrams.

From a flavor perspective, the distinction among the two is a matter of private preference. Cacao powder has a wealthy flavor compared to carob’s subtly sweet taste. If bold and wealthy is what you’re after, cacao powder will knock the socks off your taste buds in contrast to carob powder. Even so, not every person is a fan of very chocolaty flavors, in which situation carob powder is the excellent alternative to include in smoothies, yogurts or when baking.

Last, but undoubtedly not least, cacao contains oxalates, which are recognized to lead to the improvement of kidney stones. Nonetheless, carob powder does not. It is also totally free of phenylethylamine, which paves the way for migraines, as nicely as from stimulants this kind of as theobromine and caffeine.

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