Volunteers will improve health

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More than 30,000 Sheffield people joined UK Biobank, a pioneering health resource, which called for volunteers.

We’ve now recruited 500,000 people throughout the UK and preparations are underway for it to be used to help improve public health.

UK Biobank has drafted detailed procedures to explain how scientists access this resource for health-related research.

These procedures also show how we will keep commitments made to participants who joined the project, such as ensuring their information remains confidential.

These draft access procedures are open for public consultation until July 6.

They can be viewed at www.ukbiobank.ac.uk or obtained by mail from UK Biobank, 1-2 Spectrum Way, Adswood, Stockport, SK3 0SA, or by calling our Freephone number 0800 0 276 276 (8am-7pm Monday-Saturday).

Research using this unique resource will soon begin to produce improvements in the prevention and treatment of many life-threatening and disabling diseases.

Rory Collins, UK Biobank,

Oxford University

Better place

When you walk around the centre of Chapeltown, you can’t help but think what a great job the members of Chapeltown in Bloom are doing. They have brightened up the area with many planters full of various colourful flowers. Well done to all .

Mick Gethin, Westbury

Avenue, Chapeltown

Marti’s a legend

It would be great if Marti Caine was remembered on the Walk of Fame outside the town hall. She was a well- loved Sheffield legend

Sarah

Dawdle speed

I HAVE grown used to seeing children dawdle as they cross the road, almost daring motorists to hit them. But I was aghast yesterday as two elderly men slowed to a crawl in front of my car as they crossed the road. It’s simple: roads are dangerous!

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