New guidelines will improve treatment for patients with hyperthyroidism

Radioactive iodine is to be recommended as the frontline treatment for patients with thyroid gland overactivity caused by conditions such as Graves’ disease, following an evidence review led by researchers at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham. In patients with hyperthyroidism, the thyroid gland produces excess amounts of thyroid hormones. Affecting more than 1.5 million … Continue reading “New guidelines will improve treatment for patients with hyperthyroidism”

The Daily Mile™ programme can help schools reduce obesity

A study evaluating the effectiveness of the widely used ‘Daily Mile’ intervention in schools to tackle childhood obesity has found that the benefits are small, and may be greater in girls than boys. The study concludes that while initiatives like The Daily Mile are not going to reduce childhood obesity alone, they could be an … Continue reading “The Daily Mile™ programme can help schools reduce obesity”

Trauma is not nine to five – and neither are our research nurses

Marking the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, 2020 has been named the ‘Year of the Nurse and Midwife’ by the World Health Organization (WHO). While many of us will think of a hospital ward-based caregiver when asked to picture a nurse, they actually undertake a much wider variety of roles than you may know. … Continue reading “Trauma is not nine to five – and neither are our research nurses”

Prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering fellowship for Birmingham researcher

Biomaterials researcher Dr Naa Dei Nikoi, from the Institute of Microbiology and Infection, has won a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship, to advance work on a novel method of drug delivery for diseases that can cause loss of vision, with the aim of forming a spinout company. The application for the £60,000 Fellowship … Continue reading “Prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering fellowship for Birmingham researcher”

Prolonged breath-holding could help treatment of cardiac arrhythmias

A technique that enables patients suffering from heart conditions to hold their breath safely for more than five minutes could have potential as part of a new treatment for cardiac arrhythmias, say researchers at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. In a new study, published in Frontiers in Physiology, researchers initially proposed the technique as a … Continue reading “Prolonged breath-holding could help treatment of cardiac arrhythmias”