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Over one in 10 COVID-19 patients caught the virus while in hospital during first wave, study finds

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More than one in 10 COVID-19 patients in 314 UK hospitals caught the infection in hospital during the first wave of the pandemic, finds a new study carried out in collaboration with the University of Birmingham.
Date:
18 August 2021

New clinical risk management tools are needed to prevent COVID-19 deaths, say experts

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A new study exposes the dire need for new clinical risk management tools to help hospital healthcare workers prevent the deaths and intensive care admissions of BAME COVID-19 patients with pneumoni.
Date:
16 August 2021

Researcher shares the importance of working with patient research partners to get to the heart of the research question

Amy Naylor
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Dr Amy Naylor is a Senior Research Fellow and member of the Rheumatology Research Group within the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing.
Date:
12 August 2021

Patients who isolate before surgery are 20% more likely to develop post-operative lung complications, finds study

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Patients isolating before surgery - mainly to avoid COVID-19 and its complications – are at a 20% increased risk of developing post-operative lung complications compared with patients who do not isolate.
Date:
10 August 2021

Licensed drug could reduce SARS-CoV-2 infection by up to 70 per cent, reveals study

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A licensed drug normally used to treat abnormal levels of fatty substances in the blood could reduce infection caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus by up to 70%.
Date:
06 August 2021

Genetic study reveals ancient human adaptation to agriculture and climate change in Middle East

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The most comprehensive study so far of genetic diversity in the Middle East has given a glimpse into the lives of ancient humans who lived through seismic events including the formation of the Arabian Desert.
Date:
05 August 2021

World-first UK trial to assess whether cannabis-based drug could extend life for thousands with aggressive brain tumours

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The University of Birmingham will co-ordinate a major UK trial to analyse the efficacy of cannabis-based drug Sativex in treating the most aggressive form of brain tumours.
Date:
04 August 2021

New research to find out what damage diabetes does to the smallest blood vessels of the heart in order to develop new therapies

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Dr Neena Kalia, Reader at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, has been awarded a three-year BHF research grant to find out what damage diabetes does to the smallest blood vessels of the heart.
Date:
04 August 2021

New Birmingham-Roche collaboration targets new treatments for inflammatory bowel disease

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A new £850k collaboration between Birmingham Health Partners and global biotechnology leaders Roche is set to improve both diagnosis and care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
Date:
04 August 2021

Availability of consultants is not the cause of the so-called 'weekend effect' in hospitals, major study finds

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A major study led by the University of Birmingham has revealed that a lack of available specialist consultants in hospitals at the weekend is not the cause of the so-called 'weekend effect'.
Date:
02 August 2021

Birmingham cancer project enters Immuno-oncology Alliance

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Birmingham researchers partnered with Cancer Research UK in one of the first target identification projects for the Immuno-oncology Alliance, which translates discovery science into new therapeutics for cancer patients.
Date:
29 July 2021

New study aims to improve healthcare for pregnant women with multiple health conditions

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The University of Birmingham is leading a new three-year UK-wide study aimed at improving healthcare and outcomes for pregnant women who have two or more active long-term health conditions.
Date:
23 July 2021
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