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Prolonged breath holds of over five minutes could help in targeted radiotherapy

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Researchers at the University of Birmingham working with clinical teams at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust have successfully shown for the first time that breast cancer patients can be trained to achieve single prolonged breath holds of over five minutes, opening the door for targeted radiotherapy to be administered with just one dose in each daily session.
Date:
12/05/2016
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, Research

Apeing the apes: New enclosure design tool created for UK zoos

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University of Birmingham scientists have developed a new way to redesign chimpanzee enclosures in zoos to translate research on wild chimpanzees into zoos to help preserve the behavioural and physiological adaptations that make the species unique.
Date:
11/05/2016
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research

Study finds no evidence linking weekend staffing levels in hospitals to mortality

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The 'weekend effect' – that patients admitted to hospital over the weekend are at an increased risk of death – overshadows a much more complex pattern of weekly changes in quality of care, which are unlikely to be addressed by simply increasing the availability of hospital doctors on Saturdays and Sundays.
Date:
11/05/2016
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research

Planning for winter: new sensors could cut millions from gritting costs

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Researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed sensors that could cut millions from road-gritting costs and help local authorities get ready for colder days ahead.
Date:
10/05/2016
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research

Patients and doctors in Brazil need better education on leprosy

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Better education for both patients and doctors on how to spot the early symptoms of leprosy would help to reduce cases of the disease in Brazil, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
10/05/2016
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
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