Funding of almost £9m announced for NIHR ARC West Midlands to tackle healthcare challenges

Funding of close to £9m is heading to the region, after the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West Midlands was awarded a grant to tackle the key issues facing our healthcare system – including the pressures of an ageing population and increased demand on the NHS. Hosted by BHP founder member University Hospitals Birmingham NHS … Continue reading “Funding of almost £9m announced for NIHR ARC West Midlands to tackle healthcare challenges”

New study uncovers bacteria’s defence mechanisms

How do bacteria become resistant to antibiotics? Scientists at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham have shed fresh light on the mechanism used by certain types of bacteria to protect themselves against attack. Gram negative bacteria can cause diseases such as pneumonia, cholera, typhoid fever and E. coli infections, as well as many hospital … Continue reading “New study uncovers bacteria’s defence mechanisms”

Light touch to improve rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis

Using infrared light could offer an objective way of diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis and monitoring treatment effectiveness, a study by BHP founder member the University of Birmingham has shown. The rapid, non-invasive technique could help clinicians diagnose the disease earlier, and assess how effectively the selected treatment is controlling the progression of the disease. Rheumatoid arthritis … Continue reading “Light touch to improve rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis”

MD-TEC stresses importance of usability for medical devices

In a recent BMJ article, Dr Tom Clutton-Brock, clinical director of the ERDF-funded Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre (MD-TEC), commented on new European regulations and the effect they may have on the design of medical devices. Dr Clutton-Brock told a Clinical Human Factors Group (CHFG) meeting in London that new EU medical devices regulation … Continue reading “MD-TEC stresses importance of usability for medical devices”

Neurological disorder leads to increased risk of heart conditions

Female patients who suffer from a disabling neurological disorder known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) are at twice the risk of heart conditions and stroke, according to a study led by BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. IIH is a debilitating condition where pressure around the brain is severely raised, causing disabling chronic headaches.  … Continue reading “Neurological disorder leads to increased risk of heart conditions”