Wednesday, 30 July 2008

UK Biobank

We’ve just made our latest contribution to the future of the Human Race; no guys, Shirley’s definitely not pregnant again!!

A few weeks ago we were both asked if we would take part in a new UK medical research initiative to study the prevention and treatment of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and a whole host of other serious diseases; the research involves around 500,000 people across the UK aged between 40 and 69.

So this morning we were up bright and early (for us that is!) to attend the UK Biobank Assessment Centre in Reading – it took about 90 minutes or so of lifestyle questions and physical measurements as well as taking blood and urine samples.

Apart from a very brief report on some key measurements like blood pressure, we apparently don’t get any personal benefit except perhaps the knowledge that someone somewhere might have a better life or future with treatments or new drugs that may be designed or discovered down the line.

So maybe I feel just a little ‘self righteous’ today having done my bit for humanity!

Hmm, now about that nasty question about how much alcohol I drink……………………!!