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University of Birmingham's arthritis research centre opens its doors

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Olympic gold-winning rower Katherine Grainger has officially opened a major new research centre for arthritis, co-founded by the University of Birmingham.
Date:
10/06/2014

Race against time to prevent deadly spread of polio

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Poliomyelitis is a devastating, highly infectious viral disease. It is spread from person to person or through poor sanitary conditions. It can kill those infected or result in permanent paralysis to the limbs and chest. The best 'treatment' is prevention, and the best available means of prevention is vaccination.
Date:
30/05/2014

Are Fukushima's children developing thyroid cancer?

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There have been a number of alarming media reports in recent weeks, citing significant increases in the number of children in Fukushima diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Three years after the Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered a triple meltdown, releasing huge quantities of radiation into the atmosphere, the latest figures from the Fukushima Health Management Survey have been released.
Date:
20/05/2014

Study identifies new, effective way to diagnose latent TB

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A study co-authored by the University of Birmingham has identified the most effective way to test people with latent tuberculosis (TB), a potentially fatal infection that has increased in the UK in recent years.
Date:
15/05/2014

University of Birmingham's 'top ten' celebrates global impact

University of Birmingham's 'top ten' celebrates global impact
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For more than 100 years, research at the University of Birmingham has had a major impact on the world, from pioneering transplant surgery, the use of microwaves and creating artificial Vitamin C. This world-changing research is now being celebrated with a new 'top ten' list of academic pioneers.
Date:
09/05/2014

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences Achieves Silver Athena SWAN Award

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The College of Medical and Dental Sciences has achieved a Silver Athena Swan Award, recognising excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education.
Date:
06/05/2014

Revolutionary clinical trial is launched

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Revolutionary Clinical trial aims to advance lung cancer treatment thanks to Cancer Research UK and Pharma Partnership.
Date:
17/04/2014

Family cooking lessons and fun exercise could be the key to cutting childhood obesity

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Organising cooking lessons for parents and children and planning extra exercise classes in school time are some of the activities that have shown promise in preventing obesity in primary school aged children, a University of Birmingham study published today has shown.
Date:
15/04/2014

International liver congress

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Liver disease is rarely out of the press these days with rising numbers placing it as the UK's fifth highest killer. Each year the world's leading scientific researchers meet at a congress specifically relating to the study of liver disease called the 'European Association for the Study of the Liver' (EASL), which in 2014 is held in London. The latest research and findings are shared and the best scientific minds discuss causes, prevention and treatments.
Date:
09/04/2014

Key Lecture on Antibiotic Resistance by Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England

Key Lecture on Antibiotic Resistance by Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England
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Dame Sally has been quoted as saying that antibiotic resistance is "as big a threat to human health as climate change" and started her talk with a quote from a 2013 Lancet article: "We are at the dawn of a postantibiotic era… with almost all disease causing bacteria resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat them".
Date:
08/04/2014

We...will...educate...you. University of Birmingham robot helps to launch British Science Festival

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The British Science Festival 2014, a flagship event being hosted by the University of Birmingham, launches in the city tomorrow (Tuesday) – with the help of a real-life TV star and a humanoid robot.
Date:
07/04/2014

University of Birmingham launches trial to fight cancer caused by a common virus

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The trial of a vaccine which can treat some forms of cancer caused by a common herpes virus known as the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) has been launched by Cancer Research UK's Drug Development Office (DDO) at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
25/03/2014

New test to deduce diabetes risk in polycystic ovary syndrome sufferers

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Scientists at the University of Birmingham have uncovered a new method to identify and test women with polycystic ovary syndrome who are at high risk of going onto develop diabetes.
Date:
21/03/2014

Chief Medical Officer to speak on antibiotic resistance

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The Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, is to outline the current national and international picture on antibiotic resistance in a speech at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
21/03/2014

Miscarriage risk increases for women who respond poorly to IVF ovarian stimulation

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Women who respond to IVF treatment with low numbers of eggs are at increased risk of miscarriage, a study co-authored by University of Birmingham researchers has found.
Date:
20/03/2014

Pioneering stem cell therapies to be trialled in Birmingham

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University of Birmingham researchers are to lead a worldwide collaboration of scientists looking at the possibility of transplanting stem cells from one person to another to reduce inflammation in the liver.
Date:
18/03/2014

Women still not given a sporting chance to appear in back page headlines

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The amount of column inches devoted to women's sport in British national papers has actually decreased from the level it was at prior to the 2012 Olympic Games, University of Birmingham researchers have established.
Date:
13/03/2014

Birmingham researchers pioneer revolutionary treatment to reduce disabilities in neonatal twins

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The number of children suffering severe disabilities after treatment for a deadly condition affecting just over 10% of all identical twin pregnancies could be dramatically reduced after University of Birmingham researchers pioneered a new treatment, in collaboration with other experts in Europe, resulting in better outcomes for babies affected.
Date:
07/03/2014

Commercial schemes are key to weight loss success, study finds

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Public health authorities should consider commissioning a range of commercial weight loss programmes to help in the fight against obesity, University of Birmingham researchers have found.
Date:
01/03/2014

Age no barrier to exercise, new training course shows

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The mince pies and Christmas cake may be a distant memory, but older adults can still beat the post-Christmas bulge, as a new training scheme designed to teach instructors how to run exercise classes for older people kicks off in Birmingham.
Date:
20/02/2014
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