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Birmingham Health Partners plays key role in report calling for Government reform of regulation of medical devices

medical device
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Experts within Birmingham Health Partners have significantly contributed to a new independent report calling on the UK Government to reform the regulation of medical devices.
Date:
24 August 2021

Birmingham researchers confirm speed, simplicity and sensitivity for new COVID-19 test

Coronavirus
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Researchers from the University of Birmingham have confirmed the speed, accuracy and simplicity of a novel, highly sensitive testing method for COVID-19.
Date:
18 August 2021

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

Person lying in hospital bed
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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

Graphic illustration showing multiple blue coronavirus against a red background.
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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 shows the importance of work with patient research partners to dissect research question

Dr 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

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

Patient lying in a hospital bed
Description:
Patients isolating before surgery to avoid COVID-19 complications have a 20% increased risk of post-operative lung issues compared to non-isolating patients.
Date:
09 August 2021

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

man in lab coat and goggles using a pipette and test tube in a laboratory
Description:
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

DNA
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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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Description:
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

Damage shown to microvessels on a heart
Description:
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

Model of a piece of the bowel in foreground, nurse talking to patient in background
Description:
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
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