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High levels of PPE prevented transmission of COVID-19 for frontline healthcare workers in China, new study finds

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High levels of personal protective equipment provided to frontline healthcare workers in China treating patients with COVID-19, prevented the transmission of the infection, a new international study has found.
Date:
01 July 2020

University professor part of team leading national COVID-19 testing effort at UK's first 'Lighthouse Lab'

Professor Alan McNally
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An infectious disease expert from the University of Birmingham is playing a significant part in the fight against COVID-19 as one of the leads at the Government's first flagship COVID-19 testing facility.
Date:
01 July 2020

Grant awarded for trial into respiratory disease

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Researchers have been successful in securing a £650,000 NIHR Health Technology Assessment trial grant to test ambulatory oxygen in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Date:
01 July 2020

Where we stand with antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2

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Professor of Immunology and Director of the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy comments on a recent Cochrane review discussing antibody tests for identification of current and past infection with SARS-CoV-2.
Date:
30 June 2020

Faecal microbial transplantation more effective and less costly than antibiotics to treat C-diff infections, new study shows

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An innovative treatment for patients with Clostridium difficile infection, which uses transplanted gut bacteria to treat the infection, is a more effective and more cost-efficient treatment than using antibiotics.
Date:
29 June 2020

Antibody tests may help detect COVID-19 infection - if used at right time

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Scientists have analysed data from around the world to examine the accuracy of antibody tests for COVID-19 - discovering that timing of testing is critical.
Date:
25 June 2020

Birmingham professor awarded prestigious Carol Nachman prize for Rheumatology

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Professor Christopher Buckley has been awarded the 2020 Carol Nachman prize based on outstanding innovate research activities in the field of rheumatology.
Date:
17 June 2020

Liver perfusion could save 7 in 10 rejected donor livers

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A major study investigating the effectiveness of liver perfusion as a technique to improve the function of donor livers that would have otherwise been rejected has shown that up to 7 in every 10 could be used.
Date:
16 June 2020

The Conversation: Autoimmune diseases: we discovered how to turn white blood cells from attacking the body to protecting it

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Professors David Wraith and Peter Cockerill write for The Conversation on their research that has shown that you can stop the immune system attacking the nerves.
Date:
15 June 2020

Reader in Cardiovascular Immunology joins the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Dr Ingrid Dumitriu
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Dr Ingrid Dumitriu has joined the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences from St George's, University of London
Date:
11 June 2020

The Conversation: Lockdown: crimes in the home are on the up – new measures are needed to alert the authorities

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Dr Joht Singh Chandan writes for The Conversation on how domestic violence and child maltreatment are widely under-reported under lockdown.
Date:
10 June 2020

First drugs announced in major COVID-19 drugs trial

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Two UK drugs companies will be the first to partner with the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford as part of a major new UK drugs trial to test potential therapeutics to treat patients hospitalised with COVID-19.
Date:
10 June 2020
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