COVID-19 safe haven: Solihull Hospital first in line to restore services

As part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust’s Phase 2 COVID-19 response, plans are progressing at pace to turn Solihull Hospital into a site clear of COVID-19. This will enable as many local patients, as is safe and practical, to undergo surgery and procedures that have been ‘paused’ during the initial response to the pandemic. Since Friday 8 May 2020, … Continue reading “COVID-19 safe haven: Solihull Hospital first in line to restore services”

Rare childhood cancer clinical trial to be run in UK from Birmingham

A Birmingham Health Partners team will coordinate the UK arm of a critical European clinical trial which could lead to the development of more effective, kinder treatments for children diagnosed with a rare and aggressive childhood cancer. Funded by a collaborative grant of more than £609,000  awarded by Solving Kids’ Cancer with Neuroblastoma UK, the ten year … Continue reading “Rare childhood cancer clinical trial to be run in UK from Birmingham”

No evidence that Vitamin D supplements can prevent or treat COVID-19

Scientists from the UK, Europe and the USA, including experts from BHP founder member the University of Birmingham, have published a vitamin D consensus paper warning against high doses of vitamin D supplementation. According to the study, current research shows vitamin D has no benefit in preventing or treating Covid-19. Its authors advise that the … Continue reading “No evidence that Vitamin D supplements can prevent or treat COVID-19”

Students on the COVID-19 frontline – Lylah’s story

Students from the University of Birmingham Medical School have been supporting our NHS Birmingham Health Partners members on the wards, in family liaison, and in research and development. Here, medical student Lylah Irshad shares her experience of assisting with the latest research developments in response to coronavirus. When I volunteered to be part of the medical student support … Continue reading “Students on the COVID-19 frontline – Lylah’s story”

Child abuse survivors at increased risk of chronic health conditions

People who have experienced maltreatment during childhood are significantly more likely to develop conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type two diabetes in adulthood, a new UK study has found. Childhood maltreatment, which includes any form of physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect experienced by those under the age of 18, … Continue reading “Child abuse survivors at increased risk of chronic health conditions”