Birmingham Children’s Hospital leads the way with ground-breaking eye treatment

A team of Plastic and Ophthalmic Surgeons at Birmingham Children’s Hospital are helping to push the boundaries of medical science with their adoption of an ‘eye-opening’ new treatment that is saving children’s eyesight using nerve grafts from their legs. The team were the first in the UK to adopt the ground-breaking new technique, called corneal … Continue reading “Birmingham Children’s Hospital leads the way with ground-breaking eye treatment”

12 things we’ve learnt about COVID-19 from health data research

Six months on from the start of the first UK lockdown, Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) is highlighting the vital role that the UK’s health data research community has played in responding to COVID-19, and the importance of including all groups in society as the pandemic continues. BHP is home to two HDR UK … Continue reading “12 things we’ve learnt about COVID-19 from health data research”

Dried blood spot sampling: an inexpensive way to extend antibody testing for COVID-19

Using dried blood spot samples (DBS) is an accurate alternative to venous blood in detecting SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests, according to BHP experts.  Currently antibody testing for COVID-19 uses serum or plasma, requiring a full intravenous blood sample collected by a trained phlebotomist. For population-wide or high volume testing, the use of such sampling is limited … Continue reading “Dried blood spot sampling: an inexpensive way to extend antibody testing for COVID-19”

Predatory bacteria escape unharmed from prey cell using unique tool

Predatory bacteria, capable of invading and consuming harmful bugs such as E .coli and Salmonella, use a unique tool to help them escape the cell they have invaded without harming themselves, according to a new study. Researchers at the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham have identified a particular enzyme used by the bacteria to rupture … Continue reading “Predatory bacteria escape unharmed from prey cell using unique tool”

Operation Moonshot proposals are scientifically unsound, experts argue

Proposals made by the government as part of Operation Moonshot could do more harm than good, a group of UK experts have argued in a new article published in the BMJ. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab testing is a useful method of detecting SARS-CoV-2 virus in symptomatic patients but it is not without its limitations. … Continue reading “Operation Moonshot proposals are scientifically unsound, experts argue”