Low cost, once-a-day-pill can prevent heart disease and stroke

Research carried out in collaboration with the BHP founder member the University of Birmingham has shown that a combination low-cost pill – a polypill -containing four drugs is effective in preventing cardiovascular disease. The results of the clinical trial, published in The Lancet, demonstrate for the first time the effectiveness of a fixed-dose combination pill for preventing cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) and indicate that the benefits of widespread polypill use outweigh any known … Continue reading “Low cost, once-a-day-pill can prevent heart disease and stroke”

10 million new cases of vitamin D deficiency could be prevented through fortifying flour

Adding vitamin D to wheat flour would prevent 10 million new cases of vitamin D deficiency in England and Wales over the next 90 years, say researchers at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. The researchers say overhauling existing public health policy to introduce the mandatory fortification of vitamin D in wheat flour would not only be cost saving but would significantly reduce the burden on the NHS by preventing 25% of the estimated … Continue reading “10 million new cases of vitamin D deficiency could be prevented through fortifying flour”

Birmingham research could improve care of patients living with artificial heart pump

New BHP research funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) aims to inform and improve clinical care for those living with an artificial heart pump. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a battery-operated, mechanical pump surgically implanted into patients who have end-stage heart failure. It is sometimes given to people who are on the waiting list for a heart transplant, and it helps the failing heart by restoring normal blood flow. There are around … Continue reading “Birmingham research could improve care of patients living with artificial heart pump”

QEHB performs UK’s first wireless microcomputer implant

The world’s first wireless in-heart microcomputer was recently implanted into a patient at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) in a UK first. Margaret McDermott, who is 75 and lives in Moseley, had the operation at the QEHB in July 2019, with the pioneering device likely to dramatically improve her quality of life. The device, called V-LAP, is implanted into the heart’s left atrium, and provides accurate data about the heart and its performance, including … Continue reading “QEHB performs UK’s first wireless microcomputer implant”

Cancer Research UK awards £4m to BHP scientists

Three researchers from BHP founder member the University of Birmingham have been awarded more than £4 million by Cancer Research UK for their work to investigate new personalised cancer treatments. Pictured L-R above, Dr Eva Petermann, Professor Joanna Morris and Professor Tatjana Stankovic will each receive a share of the £4 million to take forward projects which could help identify new targeted treatments for blood, prostate, colorectal, breast and ovarian cancer. Matt Kaiser, Head of Discovery … Continue reading “Cancer Research UK awards £4m to BHP scientists”