From tuberculosis to cycling and celebrity
- By: Oliver Ellis
Tuberculosis is a disease that often conjures up images of the developing world, so it may be surprising to hear how prevalent the disease is in Europe. And Romania is one of the hardest hit countries—in 2007 it had a staggering 27 000 known cases. Donal Bradley went to a Romanian clinic, and found that the challenges are as much political as medical (doi: 10.1136/sbmj.c5059). We also hear from Sara Hemming, who works with a mobile clinic in the London Find and Treat programme to access the hardest to reach patients with tuberculosis (doi: 10.1136/sbmj.c5551).
If you’ve been to a European capital recently you may have spotted people taking their life in their hands on hired bicycles. Called “Vélib” in Paris (after vélo liberté, bicycle freedom), and rather less charmingly “Boris Bikes” in London (after the mayor), they have the potential to get everyone fit and decongest the streets. But do