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Of Biomarkers and Beaches: the UK Household Longitudinal Study


Data and biospecimen collection for biobanking is typically focused on biomarker research, for the development of diagnostics or therapies or other disease-related activity. However, the Understanding Society: UK Household Longitudinal Study is collecting blood samples for these biomarkers, and potentially for genetic analyses to inform policy and broad social decision making at many levels. Although the study is primarily about providing independent, up-to-date evidence to policy makers in the UK, including broad health-related information, the data being collected allows investigation of a variety of interesting questions.

For instance, how critical to health and well-being are parks and other green spaces? A preliminary analysis found significant benefits, to both physical and mental health, of living within five kilometers of the coast!

Topic: Biobanking and Biorepository, Topic: Clinic..........