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The research undertake in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences often makes headlines. This news listing showcases important developments, initiatives and successes connected to our research.

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AltaBioscience announces UKAS accreditation of new 'hormone fingerprint' test: application as an aid to diagnosis of adrenal cancer

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A new analytical test has been launched in the UK that provides sensitive, specific and efficient predictive analysis of a rare form of cancer from a simple urine sample.
Date:
21/09/2016

Birmingham – Punjab partnership aims to tackle Indian women's cancer

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Experts from the University of Birmingham today joined Indian partners to lay the foundations for a new study into women's cancers that could help to diagnose, treat and prevent the disease.
Date:
16/09/2016

Talented researcher awarded €1.7m from ERC

Talented researcher awarded €1.7m from ERC
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Dr David Hodson, Senior Birmingham Fellow at the University of Birmingham has been awarded €1.7m funding through the European Research Council (ERC) Starter Grant to pursue ground breaking diabetes research.
Date:
09/09/2016

Results of trial into anticoagulants for cardioversion in atrial fibrillation patients published

Results of trial into anticoagulants for cardioversion in atrial fibrillation patients published
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The results of the largest known clinical trial to investigate the use of anticoagulants prior and post cardioversion in atrial fibrillation patients, published in The Lancet, show that non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) could be equally as effective as the currently used warfarin.
Date:
31/08/2016

Researchers identify possible pathway to reboot immune system after bone-marrow transplants

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New research has shown how a cell surface molecule, Lymphotoxin β receptor, controls entry of T-cells into the thymus; and as such presents an opportunity to understanding why cancer patients who undergo bone-marrow transplant are slow to recover their immune system.
Date:
31/08/2016

Research supports intelligence-led heart disease prevention over systematic health checks

Research supports intelligence-led heart disease prevention over systematic health checks
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New research suggests that intelligence-led heart disease prevention can significantly increase the prescription of preventive drugs to the patients who can benefit most.
Date:
25/08/2016

Birmingham students to deliver CPR training at V Festival

Birmingham students to deliver CPR training at V Festival
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Students from the University of Birmingham have formed a partnership with V Festival to deliver CPR training to members of the public as part of a project called #VShocks.
Date:
17/08/2016

GP records indicate long term effects on patients of 'mini-strokes'

GP records indicate long term effects on patients of 'mini-strokes'
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New findings from the University of Birmingham challenge the 'transient' nature of mini-strokes and provide insight into the long term impact of an under-recognised condition. TIA patients in the study consulted their GPs more frequently than similarly aged patients for fatigue, cognitive impairment and anxiety or depression.
Date:
26/07/2016

Chinese city migrant children buck obesity trend

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Researchers at the University of Birmingham have found that the children of migrants to Chinese cities have lower rates of obesity than youngsters in more affluent established urban families.
Date:
22/07/2016

Research suggests that diabetes could be due to failure of beta cell 'hubs'

Research suggests that diabetes could be due to failure of beta cell 'hubs'
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The significant role of beta cell 'hubs' in the pancreas has been demonstrated for the first time, suggesting that diabetes may due to the failure of a privileged few cells, rather than the behaviour of all cells.
Date:
22/07/2016
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