Celebrating 15 years of partnership with Malawi

Families in Malawi face a number of challenges with high rates of infant mortality, HIV and malaria. According to WHO statistics, around 50 in every 1,000 children will die before they reach the age of five and, as recently as 2015, more than 3.6m people contracted malaria. In addition to this, UNAIDS reports that in … Continue reading “Celebrating 15 years of partnership with Malawi”

Including calorie-burning information on food labels leads to healthier choices

Labelling food and drink with the amount and type of exercise needed to burn off its calorie content may be effective in encouraging people to make ‘healthier’ dietary choices, shows research carried out in collaboration with BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. Given that the current system of food labelling by calorie and nutrient … Continue reading “Including calorie-burning information on food labels leads to healthier choices”

A system under critical pressure

Dr Elizabeth Sapey, PIONEER Health Data Research Hub Lead, writes for HDR-UK on the scale of the UK’s acute care problem – and how the PIONEER hub will tackle it: Acute care is any unplanned contact that a person has with the healthcare system when they are suddenly unwell. This can be with a GP, … Continue reading “A system under critical pressure”

Domestic abuse survivors at far higher risk of long-term illnesses

Female survivors of domestic abuse are at double the risk of developing long-term illnesses that cause widespread bodily pain and extreme tiredness, according to a joint study by the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick. Published today in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, the research shows that women who have experienced domestic abuse are almost twice as … Continue reading “Domestic abuse survivors at far higher risk of long-term illnesses”

Prestigious award for Birmingham Medical School student

Will McIver, a University of Birmingham medical student has been crowned winner of an award for his research which could help lead to better treatments for patients with chronic lung conditions. After battling off competition from hundreds of other students who submitted research abstracts, Will won the British Thoracic Society’s (BTS) Medical Student Award 2019 which … Continue reading “Prestigious award for Birmingham Medical School student”