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”

Birmingham scientists discover earliest steps in immune response

The process of white blood cells responding to infections begins earlier than previously thought, shows new Birmingham research. When the body is infected, white blood cells step into action to fight back. However, the process of developing immunity is a long complicated process and it typically takes at least 1-2 weeks for the body to … Continue reading “Birmingham scientists discover earliest steps in immune response”

AI in healthcare: first global standards for clinical trials involving AI interventions

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform healthcare as we know it. There have been dramatic announcements of AI solutions for almost every medical need including screening, triage, diagnosis, and treatment recommendation. The public interest, financial opportunities and enthusiastic coverage has meant that there are unusually strong drivers to accelerate the introduction and implementation … Continue reading “AI in healthcare: first global standards for clinical trials involving AI interventions”

Behind the mask: Study shows COVID-19 exposure and viral carriage in health care workers

2.4% of asymptomatic health care workers at work in Birmingham were carriers of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and over a third of those individuals subsequently became unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, according to a new cross-sectional study by researchers at the University of Birmingham and University Hospitals Birmingham – both BHP founder-members.  Led by immunology experts at … Continue reading “Behind the mask: Study shows COVID-19 exposure and viral carriage in health care workers”