Tackling multimorbidity through collaboration

As populations age, multimorbidity becomes an increasingly pertinent issue for healthcare systems. A new action group from the ABPI-BHP partnership seeks to bring the NHS, academia and industry together to find new ways to address the problem. The Association’s Dr Sheuli Porkess and Professor Janet Lord from the University of Birmingham tell us more. Multimorbidity … Continue reading “Tackling multimorbidity through collaboration”

Risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy – researchers share findings

Pregnant women who have been hospitalised with COVID-19 are less likely to manifest common virus symptoms like fever or muscle pain than non-pregnant women of the same age, and may be at an increased risk of intensive care admission, an international study into the impacts of COVID on pregnancy has found. The living systematic review, … Continue reading “Risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy – researchers share findings”

HDR-UK supported research helps explain poorer COVID-19 outcomes in certain ethnic groups

Data collated and made accessible for research via PIONEER – the Health Data Research Hub for Acute Care – has allowed researchers to better understand the link between ethnicity, severity of illness and outcomes for hospitalised COVID-19 patients.  The study found that patients of South Asian ethnicity were more likely to be younger and less likely to have underlying health conditions than patients from white … Continue reading “HDR-UK supported research helps explain poorer COVID-19 outcomes in certain ethnic groups”

Everyday cyborgs: how should the law deal with implanted medical devices?

Attached and implanted technologies are now part of everyday life for many millions of people. Yet as the capabilities of these devices have advanced rapidly in recent years, lawmakers have struggled to keep pace. Professor Muireann Quigley at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham believes that it is now more critical than ever that the law … Continue reading “Everyday cyborgs: how should the law deal with implanted medical devices?”