Study finds new group of lung cancer patients could benefit from immunotherapy treatment

Immunotherapy could benefit a new group of lung cancer patients, according to the results of a clinical trial which took place at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham. Treating patients with pembrolizumab, an important immunotherapy drug, is standard of care for a group who have non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with a performance status of 0 … Continue reading “Study finds new group of lung cancer patients could benefit from immunotherapy treatment”

Home-based cardiac rehab training for teams affected by COVID-19

NHS staff are being offered free training to deliver a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme to help support heart failure patients affected by restricted access to cardiac rehabilitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rehabilitation Enablement in CHronic Heart Failure (REACH-HF), a 12-week, evidence-based home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme was developed to help increase participation in rehabilitation therapies … Continue reading “Home-based cardiac rehab training for teams affected by COVID-19”

Race to develop sustainable COVID-19 vaccine delivery launched

Scientists are launching a major new research project in India that will help to engineer an efficient and sustainable delivery mechanism – ready to get an eventual COVID-19 vaccine to billions of people around the globe. Researchers racing to develop, test and manufacture an effective coronavirus vaccine will also need to distribute the drug globally, … Continue reading “Race to develop sustainable COVID-19 vaccine delivery launched”

Why does sarcoma resist immunotherapy?

Professor Andrew Beggs hopes to use the DNA of cancer cells to answer a very pressing question – why don’t sarcomas respond well to immunotherapy? Immunotherapy is a type of treatment that helps the immune system fight cancer. It has proven very effective in many other cancers, but patients with sarcoma don’t respond so well. … Continue reading “Why does sarcoma resist immunotherapy?”

Remote training makes maternity triage safer during COVID-19

Birmingham experts are delivering remote training for maternity units on how to make triage safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. The training enables maternity units to adopt the Birmingham Symptom specific Obstetric Triage System (BSOTS) which uses symptom-specific prioritisation algorithms to define the level of clinical urgency on a four category scale. The initial BSOTS triage … Continue reading “Remote training makes maternity triage safer during COVID-19”