New studies shed light on rare childhood diseases and infections
The British Paediatric Surveillance Unit (BPSU) has launched its annual report, highlighting studies into some of the UK's rare and infectious diseases.
Established in 1986 by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), Public Health England (PHE), and the Institute of Child Health (ICH), the BPSU enables doctors and researchers to find out how many children in the UK and Republic of Ireland are affected by a particular rare disease or condition each year. The surveillance studies undertaken in 2013 include:
- Congenital hypothyroidism: UK Collaborative Study
- Congenital rubella
- HIV infection and perinatal HIV exposure
- Hypocalcaemic seizures secondary to vitamin D deficiency
Click here to view the 2013/14 report.