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Health - Pharmacology - 15.07.2019
Homeless people are denied basic health care
A study led by the University of Birmingham has painted a shaming picture of neglect and discrimination shown towards the homeless when accessing UK health services. Researchers interviewed 22 homeless people aged over 18 at three Midland homeless shelters in order to gauge their experience of accessing NHS services following anecdotal reports that the homeless were being denied access and faced negative experiences.

Pharmacology - Health - 15.07.2019
Science of microdosing psychedelics ’remains patchy and anecdotal’, says review
The practice of taking small, regular doses of psychedelic drugs to enhance mood, creativity, or productivity lacks robust scientific evidence. The process, called microdosing, has been lauded by some, with high profile proponents in Silicon Valley. But to date, scientific evidence to support or even fully explore claims of the benefits and safety, has been lacking.

Pharmacology - Health - 11.07.2019
Reducing antibiotic use
A simple finger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics for people with the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study by researchers from Cardiff University, University of Oxford and King's College London. The team demonstrated that using a CRP finger-prick blood test resulted in 20% fewer people using antibiotics for COPD flare-ups.

Pharmacology - Health - 10.07.2019
Patients with mental health conditions denied access to ’best available’ stop smoking treatments
A new study from researchers at the universities of Bristol and Bath suggests that doctors should rethink which drugs they prescribe to help smokers with mental health conditions kick the habit. Their results highlight that the most effective drug at helping individuals to stop smoking is less likely to be prescribed to people with mental health conditions.

Pharmacology - Health - 04.07.2019
Aims to improve acne in women
A new study is looking for women with acne in Bristol to take part in a new clinical trial. Led by researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Southampton the study will investigate whether a drug called spironolactone can help improve acne in women. Spironolactone is usually given to people for high blood pressure.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 03.07.2019
Blood pressure drug linked with increased risk of bowel condition | Imperial News | Imperial College London
A type of blood pressure lowering medication, called a calcium-channel blocker, may be linked with increased risk of bowel condition diverticulosis. This condition causes small bulges or pouches to appear in the lining of the intestine. Particularly affecting the elderly (as many as 65 per cent of over 85s may be affected), diverticulosis can in some cases can lead to a medical emergency if the pouches become infected or burst.

Health - Pharmacology - 03.07.2019
Smartphone network helps uncover hundreds of anti-cancer molecules in our food
A crowdsourcing project which uses thousands of idling smartphones has helped to uncover anti-cancer properties of everyday foods and medicines. The project, led by researchers at Imperial College London, uses artificial intelligence to crunch huge volumes of data on a 'cloud computing' network of smartphones while they charge overnight.

Health - Pharmacology - 01.07.2019
Highlights the need for integrated healthcare and preventative services for the homeless
A University of Birmingham study has found alarming evidence of severe mental health problems, substance dependence and alcohol misuse amongst homeless population. Researchers analysed routinely collected datasets from almost 1,000 patients registered to Birmingham Homeless Healthcare Centre in Birmingham city centre.

Health - Pharmacology - 01.07.2019
Heart attack patients with diabetes may benefit from cholesterol-lowering drug
Injections of a cholesterol-cutting drug could reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with diabetes who have had a recent heart attack. Regular injections of a cholesterol-cutting drug could reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with diabetes and who have had a recent heart attack.

Health - Pharmacology - 24.06.2019
Suggests healthcare guidelines should be updated for patients with certain adrenal tumours
Global guidelines on managing the care of patients diagnosed with common types of adrenal tumours should be updated, say researchers following a study carried out by an international collaboration. The research, a systematic review and meta-analysis published in Annals of Internal Medicine , is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham - part of Birmingham Health Partners (BHP) in the UK - and the Mayo Clinic in the US.

Pharmacology - Health - 24.06.2019
University of Birmingham in ¤4m project to train researchers to improve sight-saving treatments
Treatment of diseases of the back of the eye such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic eye disease is set to be improved with a ¤4m project led by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in partnership with the University of Birmingham. The project, ORBITAL, will contribute to research which could lead to more widespread use of less invasive drug delivery methods such as eye drops, contact lenses and microneedle technologies, instead of traditional treatments such as injections.

Health - Pharmacology - 17.06.2019
Repurposing existing drugs or combining therapies could help in the treatment of autoimmune diseases
Research led by the University of Birmingham has found that re-purposing already existing drugs or combining therapies could be used to treat patients who have difficult to treat autoimmune diseases. Funded by Versus Arthritis, the research was led by the University of Birmingham's Institute of Inflammation and Ageing and is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Health - Pharmacology - 10.06.2019
Improving breast cancer treatment
Millions of patients with incurable breast cancer could benefit from Welsh-led research which shows it is possible to control the cancer for twice as long by combing an investigational therapy with standard treatment. Oestrogen receptive positive breast cancer can be treated by drugs, such as fulvestrant, that interfere with the action of oestrogen.

Mathematics - Pharmacology - 07.06.2019
New technique will help experts make heads or tails of male fertility
A new way of analysing sperm that tracks the movement of the sperm tail could enable substantial improvements to male fertility testing. The technique measures the speed and action of the sperm flagellum, or tail, which provides vital information for understanding whether sperm in an ejaculate have the potential to reach and fertilise the egg.

Health - Pharmacology - 06.06.2019
International partnership investigates causes of prostate cancer
United Kingdom and Kenyan experts are leading a major new international research project to investigate the causes of prostate cancer in East African men. Researchers from the University of Birmingham, the University of Nottingham, and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) will investigate the importance of immune cells and immune signals in male patients in Kenya and the UK.

Health - Pharmacology - 30.05.2019
’switch’ that helps breast cancer spread around the body
Researchers have unveiled clues into how breast cancer cells spread around the body. The early-stage research, led by scientists from Imperial College London and The Institute of Cancer Research , London, identified a genetic 'switch' in breast cancer cells that boosts the production of a type of internal scaffolding.

Health - Pharmacology - 29.05.2019
Key link discovered between tissue cell type and different forms of arthritis
Pioneering research by scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford brings us a step closer to developing targeted therapies for inflammatory diseases. The research team shows, for the first time, that different types of fibroblasts - the most common cells of connective tissue in animals - are organised in different layers in the joint and are responsible for two very different forms of arthritis; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Health - Pharmacology - 23.05.2019
Trial of potential new treatment for type 1 diabetes
Researchers at Cardiff and Swansea Universities are running a new trial to investigate whether a medicine currently used for the skin condition psoriasis could also be used to help people with type 1 diabetes produce some of their own insulin. Over 300,000 people in the UK have Type 1 diabetes and the drug used to treat them - insulin - has not changed in 98 years.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 20.05.2019
New method simplifies the search for protein receptor complexes, speeding drug development
For a drug to intervene in cells or entire organs that are not behaving normally, it must first bind to specific protein receptors in the cell membranes. Receptors can change their molecular structure in a multitude of ways during binding - and only the right structure will "unlock" the drug's therapeutic effect.

Health - Pharmacology - 17.05.2019
Research wins The BMJ’s ’UK Research Paper of the Year’
A research paper showing the results of a study led by researchers at the University of Birmingham has been crowned 'UK Research Paper of the Year' in The BMJ Awards 2018. The paper, published in The BMJ last October, described the results of the BUMPES trial which aimed to investigate the most ideal position a first-time mother with a low dose epidural should adopt to increase the chance of a birth without interventions such as forceps or a Caesarean.