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”

Breath test can improve detection of liver disease

A new study by Owlstone Medical and underpinned by University of Birmingham research has successfully demonstrated the use of exhaled limonene as a breath-biomarker to measure liver function and disease. The positive results of the study, published today in Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology, validate Owlstone Medical’s EVOC® probe strategy for the development of breath-based diagnostic … Continue reading “Breath test can improve detection of liver disease”

Improving immunity through exercise – new advice for healthcare professionals

New advice to help healthcare professionals promote exercise as a way of improving immunity has been launched by a team of medical experts and exercise scientists. The aim is to guide GPs, nurses and other clinical practitioners to reinforce the benefits of physical activity and structured exercise, particularly in the wake of lockdown measures imposed … Continue reading “Improving immunity through exercise – new advice for healthcare professionals”