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Thursday 16th November 2017

Prevention of antibiotic resistant infections in critically ill patients

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Antibiotics are amazingly effective drugs, which have saved tens of millions of lives since their discovery in the mid-20th century. Over the last seven decades, many millions of metric tons of antibiotics have been used in both clinical and veterinary practice. This has contributed to the emergence and spread of bacteria that are no longer affected by the antimicrobial action of antibiotics.
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Thursday 16th November 2017
Thursday 2nd November 2017

In spitting distance: saliva research at the University of Birmingham

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Early detection of disease is a goal that many areas of medicine and dentistry strive for: it decreases the potential for poor outcomes for patients and limits costs associated with those for the health service. At the University of Birmingham, there are many academics using saliva in research: from measurement of stress markers in ageing, to biomarkers for diagnosis of concussion and to protein biomarkers for detection of gum (periodontal) disease.
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Thursday 2nd November 2017
Thursday 14th September 2017

Parkinson's disease: taking a look at treatment options and support

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Dr Alison Cooper discusses treatment options and support for people with Parkinson's disease.
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Thursday 14th September 2017
Thursday 10th August 2017

Funding, the NHS and the challenge of setting service limits

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Reader in Health Policy and Managemennt, Iestyn Williams discusses issues of funding and service limit challenges faced by the NHS.
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Thursday 10th August 2017
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