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Health - Pharmacology - 15.09.2021

Health - Pharmacology - 13.09.2021
Scientists in new COVID-19 study
University of Birmingham researchers are part of a new study seeking to understand why some people become infected with COVID-19 after vaccination or prior infection while others do not.

Health - Pharmacology - 07.09.2021
Planned surgery in independent sector linked to shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions than in NHS
Planned surgery in an independent sector hospital in England, and funded by the NHS, is associated with shorter lengths of stay and lower readmission rates than the same treatment in NHS hospitals, finds research led by the University of Birmingham.

Health - Pharmacology - 01.09.2021
Dog vaccination essential for preventing rabies spread to humans and animals
A coordinated and sustained programme of dog vaccination against rabies, is effective in preventing transmission of the deadly virus to humans and among animals, and remains key to rabies elimination. New research, led by the University of Glasgow in collaboration with Ifakara Health Institute and Imperial College London, published today in Applied Ecology, found that rabies incidence in both humans and domestic dogs decreased during a period of sustained dog vaccination in southeast Tanzania, despite incidences of ongoing wildlife rabies infections.

Health - Pharmacology - 26.08.2021
Global COVID-19 surgery study scoops scientific world record
Global COVID-19 surgery study scoops scientific world record
A study led by University of Birmingham experts has been awarded the Guinness World Records title for the world's largest scientific collaboration - involving over 140,000 patients in 116 countries.

Health - Pharmacology - 26.08.2021
Woman who has lived with 30 year cough receives world-first dose of potential new treatment
A 70-year-old woman, forced to live with cough since her 40s, is 'excited' to be the first person in the world to receive a potential new cough treatment at the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF) .

Health - Pharmacology - 24.08.2021
New study to test third COVID-19 vaccine for people with weakened immune systems
A new clinical trial led by the Universities of Birmingham and Glasgow has launched in the UK to determine whether a third dose of vaccine will improve the immune response for people who have weakened immune systems. The study, OCTAVE DUO, will offer people who are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised a Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax vaccine to determine whether this will give a stronger immune response than two doses.

Career - Pharmacology - 20.08.2021

Health - Pharmacology - 09.08.2021
Interview: Prof Francois Balloux - ’The pandemic has created a market for gloom and doom’
Francois Balloux (UCL Genetics Institute) discusses the risk of new variants, psychosomatic long Covid and when he expects the crisis to end.

Health - Pharmacology - 06.08.2021
Licensed drug could reduce SARS-CoV-2 infection by up to 70 per cent, reveals study
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 per cent, reveals a study in the laboratory by an international collaboration of researchers. The research team, led by the University of Birmingham and Keele University in the UK and the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Italy, has demonstrated that fenofibrate and its active form (fenofibric acid) can significantly reduce SARS-COV-2 infection in human cells in the laboratory.

Health - Pharmacology - 05.08.2021
Medicines Discovery Catapult relaunches Wolfson Radiochemistry facility in Manchester
Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) today announces the relaunch of radiochemistry at the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre (WMIC) in Manchester.

Health - Pharmacology - 05.08.2021
Lab-grown beating heart cells identify potential drug to prevent COVID-19-related heart damage
Lab-grown beating heart cells identify potential drug to prevent COVID-19-related heart damage
Cambridge scientists have grown beating heart cells in the lab and shown how they are vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 infection. In a study published in , they used this system to show that an experimental peptide drug called DX600 can prevent the virus entering the heart cells. Using stem cells, we've managed to create a model which, in many ways, behaves just like a heart does, beating in rhythm.

Health - Pharmacology - 05.08.2021
RECOVERY-RS trial finds continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) reduces need for invasive ventilation in hospitalised COVID-19 patients
Landmark UK trial compared three commonly used respiratory interventions to establish which works best for COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory failure.

Health - Pharmacology - 04.08.2021
Artificial pancreas trialled for outpatients with type 2 diabetes for first time
Artificial pancreas trialled for outpatients with type 2 diabetes for first time
An artificial pancreas could soon help those people living with type 2 diabetes who also require kidney dialysis.

Pharmacology - Health - 03.08.2021
World-first UK trial to assess whether cannabis-based drug could extend life for thousands with aggressive brain tumours
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.

Health - Pharmacology - 03.08.2021
Patients who miss multiple GP appointments stay missing from healthcare
Patients who miss multiple GP appointments stay missing from healthcare
Research tracking people across the health service shows that patients who miss multiple GP appointments are not seeking help from Emergency Departments.    Last updated on Wednesday 11 August 2021 R

Health - Pharmacology - 30.07.2021
New data show rise in hospital admissions for unvaccinated pregnant women
The Chief Midwifery Officer for England will urge expectant mums to have their COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible.

Pharmacology - Health - 28.07.2021
Expansion of MR and CT imaging at Salford Royal
Three new, state of the art MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanners and a new CT (Computed Tomography) scanner have been installed at Salford Royal, part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA).

Health - Pharmacology - 27.07.2021
Opinion: We cannot escape the threat of Covid-19 until we vaccinate the world
G7 countries are guilty of both hoarding Covid-19 vaccines and blocking others from producing them at scale, says Professor Anthony Costello (UCL Institute for Global Health).

Health - Pharmacology - 22.07.2021
UCLH begins clinical trial of Alzheimer’s drug developed at UCL
A clinical trial of a new drug candidate for Alzheimer's disease which has been developed at UCL in partnership with the pharmaceutical company Eisai has begun at UCLH with participants now being screened. Participants in the trial, conducted at the UCLH Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre (NIHR UCLH Clinical Research Facility), will have the rare inherited form of Alzheimer's disease.

Health - Pharmacology - 22.07.2021
Vaccine antibody levels start to wane at around 2-3 months
Total antibody levels appear to start declining from as early as six weeks after complete vaccination and can reduce by more than 50% over 10 weeks, according to new data from UCL's Virus Watch study.

Health - Pharmacology - 20.07.2021
Study launched to investigate diet treatment for long COVID
Researchers from the University of Glasgow have been awarded £1 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to investigate weight loss treatment for long COVID.

Health - Pharmacology - 19.07.2021
New research studies to help diagnose and treat Long COVID funded by NIHR
New research studies to help diagnose and treat Long COVID funded by NIHR
Three projects at Oxford have received funding from NIHR to assess breathlessness in Long COVID patients, investigate the impact of Long COVID on families, and examine the role of vaccines in Long COVID.

Pharmacology - Health - 19.07.2021
New Zealand drug agency provides model to help insulate NICE from impacts of post-Brexit trade deals
An investigation by CASP researchers suggests safeguards put in place in New Zealand to protect drug policy offer important lessons for UK trade deals.

Health - Pharmacology - 16.07.2021
Opinion: If Covid-19 is a seasonal virus, why is it spreading during the summer?
Understanding seasonality can help us to work out when the pandemic is likely to be over, says Professor Francois Balloux (UCL Genetics Institute).

Health - Pharmacology - 15.07.2021
Partnership will create the next generation of researchers to transform global healthcare
The Universities of Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham have joined forces to launch a partnership that will train the next generation of leading researchers the skills required to transform our understanding and treatment of disease.

Health - Pharmacology - 13.07.2021
Opinion: Boris Johnson gave two reasons for lifting all restrictions. Both are wrong
Allowing mass infections now is a terrible idea, even with so many vaccinated. The NHS will struggle to cope, says Professor Christina Pagel (UCL Mathematics).

Health - Pharmacology - 09.07.2021
COVID:19: Scientists condemn government’s ’dangerous & unethical COVID-19 experiment’
University of Birmingham scientists are among more than 100 experts who have signed a letter published in The Lancet accusing the UK government of conducting a 'dangerous and unethical experiment' and urging it to reconsider its plans to abandon all COVID-19 restrictions.

Pharmacology - Health - 07.07.2021
Brain cancer trial recruits largest ever number of patients
A UCL-led clinical trial for patients with brain cancer has recruited more UK participants than ever before for a study of its kind.

Health - Pharmacology - 02.07.2021
UofG researchers to play a key role in major EU arthritis research project
Researchers at the University of Glasgow will play a key role in the major new EU research project, HIPPOCRATES, which will promote the early identification of and improve outcomes for patients with psoriatic arthritis.

Health - Pharmacology - 02.07.2021
Analysis: Could expanding the Covid-19 case definition improve the UK's pandemic response'
Analysis: Could expanding the Covid-19 case definition improve the UK’s pandemic response’
PhD candidate Alex Crozier (UCL Biosciences) and colleagues write in the BMJ about the potential opportunities and challenges of expanding the symptom list linked to self-isolation and testing as vaccines are rolled out.

Health - Pharmacology - 30.06.2021

Health - Pharmacology - 29.06.2021
World-leading study begins into robotic surgery for knee replacement with major £1.6 million funding grant
New clinical trial led by University of Warwick and University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire A major national study will pitch human skill against machine precision as it compares the benefits of knee replacement surgery performed using a robot to a surgeon using traditional methods.

Pharmacology - Health - 28.06.2021
Blood cancer trial sponsored by the University of Birmingham opens for recruitment
A new Cancer Research UK-funded clinical trial being sponsored by the University of Birmingham has opened for recruitment aiming to investigate the efficacy of a novel treatment for patients affected by a specific type of blood cancer.

Health - Pharmacology - 26.06.2021
Gene editing therapy paves way for revolution in treatment of genetic disorders
Gene editing therapy paves way for revolution in treatment of genetic disorders
The development of an investigational therapy which 'edits' a harmful gene in patients with a debilitating condition called amyloidosis could pave the way for a revolution in the treatment of genetic disorders, finds a new study led by UCL scientists.

Health - Pharmacology - 23.06.2021

Health - Pharmacology - 22.06.2021
Ground-breaking lung cancer trial gets under way
The first participants have taken part in a ground-breaking research trial that aims to save lives by improving the early diagnosis of lung cancer.

Health - Pharmacology - 21.06.2021

Health - Pharmacology - 18.06.2021
COVID: The three barriers that stop people being vaccinated
Getting everyone in a country vaccinated is like watching software updates load: it whizzes along for the first 80% or so and then seems to take forever to finish the rest.
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