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Better education needed to give patients improved understanding of gene therapies, new review highlights

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A new review of research bringing together patient, carer and public views of cell and gene therapies has highlighted a need for appropriate education to better inform patients.
Date:
08 December 2020

Framework to improve training for children's palliative care professionals to launch in the UK and Ireland

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A new educational framework and toolkit will be launched in the UK and Ireland this week to improve training and guidance for those providing palliative and end of life care for children.
Date:
03 December 2020

New research challenges the reason why a new class of drugs benefit patients with heart failure

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A recently published study by scientists from King's College London, University of Oxford, University of Glasgow and University of Birmingham sheds light on the mechanism of action of an exciting new class of drugs.
Date:
02 December 2020

Centre of Excellence award for Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Centre

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The Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology centre in Birmingham is officially world class after achieving prestigious international recognition.
Date:
30 November 2020

New breakthrough in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

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People with rheumatoid arthritis could soon benefit from a new drug treatment that not only suppresses inflammation but also significantly reduces patient reported pain scores.
Date:
25 November 2020

Obesity, age and BAME ethnicity associated with higher COVID-19 antibody levels

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Researchers studying a group of UK healthcare workers discovered that non-white individuals recovering from COVID-19 displayed higher antibody levels than white individuals.
Date:
23 November 2020

Targeted therapies for heart failure research receives £850,000 boost

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Dr Katja Gehmlich has been jointly awarded a three-year research grant from the Medical Research Council to understand how cardiac mechano-sensing works to help develop therapies for heart failure.
Date:
20 November 2020

New study could help to better predict which individuals are more susceptible to cancer-causing agents in the environment

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New insights into the mechanisms behind how cancer-causing agents in the environment active genetic recombination in DNA could help to better predict which individuals are more susceptible to developing the disease.
Date:
17 November 2020

Clinical Research Fellow awarded Turner-Warwick Lectureship for innovation in medical education

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A new and unique real-time simulation-based medical training programme developed by Dr Punith Kempegowda has helped enhance medical students' and junior doctors' learning experience and connecting them across the globe.
Date:
13 November 2020

Inadequate healthcare measurement puts patients at risk in Global South

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Description:
People across the Global South living with cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors may be missing potentially life-saving treatments because measures used to gauge their quality of healthcare are inadequate.
Date:
12 November 2020

RD Lawrence Fellowship awarded to Birmingham Fellow

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Description:
Dr Ildem Akerman is the recipient of the highly respected RD Lawrence Fellowship Award from Diabetes UK for her research in identifying factors important to generate beta cells from stems cells in a laboratory.
Date:
12 November 2020

Routine testing for COVID-19 can make surgery safer

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Routine testing patients for COVID-19 before major surgery could reduce the risk of respiratory complications and save lives, a new study reveals.
Date:
12 November 2020
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