Anti-malarial drug can make cancer chemotherapy more effective

Scientists at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham have found an anti-malarial drug was effective in treating head and neck cancer in mice. The drug quinacrine was used extensively to prevent and treat malaria in soldiers fighting in mosquito-ridden areas during World War Two. Similar to the quinine that makes tonic water glow, it … Continue reading “Anti-malarial drug can make cancer chemotherapy more effective”

Breath-holding technique could improve outcomes for radiotherapy patients

Patients with chest and abdomen tumours will be able to stay immobile for longer – and receive more targeted treatment with radiation beams – thanks to a breath-holding technique developed by researchers at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. In the study, published in Radiotherapy and Oncology, researchers demonstrated that, by safely increasing oxygen levels … Continue reading “Breath-holding technique could improve outcomes for radiotherapy patients”

Babies’ gut bacteria affected by delivery method

Babies born vaginally have different gut bacteria – their microbiome – than those delivered by Caesarean, research has shown. Scientists from the University of Birmingham (a BHP founder member), Wellcome Sanger Institute, UCL, and their collaborators discovered that whereas vaginally born babies got most of their gut bacteria from their mother, babies born via caesarean … Continue reading “Babies’ gut bacteria affected by delivery method”

New collaboration will tackle Birmingham’s biggest health challenges

A new collaboration to tackle the biggest health challenges faced by the West Midlands’ six million residents will use real-time clinical trials and health data to speed up research and improve cancer care, maternity services, child health, obesity, and dementia. Birmingham Health Partners  will team up with the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) … Continue reading “New collaboration will tackle Birmingham’s biggest health challenges”

Introducing INSIGHT – Health Data Research Hub for Eye Health

INSIGHT is focused on eye disease and its application to wider health, including diabetes and dementia. It will use anonymised large-scale data and advanced analytics, including artificial intelligence, to develop new insights in disease detection, diagnosis, treatments and personalised healthcare. There is an increasing demand for ‘big data’ to enable innovation in health technologies and … Continue reading “Introducing INSIGHT – Health Data Research Hub for Eye Health”