Anti-COVID-19 nasal spray ‘ready for use in humans’

A nasal spray that can provide effective protection against the COVID-19 virus has been developed by researchers at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham, using materials already cleared for use in humans. A team in the Healthcare Technologies Institute formulated the spray using compounds already widely approved by regulatory bodies in the UK, Europe and the … Continue reading “Anti-COVID-19 nasal spray ‘ready for use in humans’”

Genes and carcinogens: predicting cancer predisposition

A proper cell response to DNA damage during DNA replication is essential to maintain genome integrity and prevent cancer development. However, environmental exposure to carcinogens can disrupt this safe replication. Although we are all routinely exposed to low levels of carcinogens (substances or radiation that promote the formulation of cancer), not everyone’s body reacts to … Continue reading “Genes and carcinogens: predicting cancer predisposition”

£2.7m funding boost for stroke research

A new clinical research study into stroke, due to start recruiting in January 2021, will use a novel approach based entirely at GP surgeries. The DaRe2THINK study is aimed at preventing stroke, premature death and cognitive decline in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and will use existing data from their GP records to identify suitable … Continue reading “£2.7m funding boost for stroke research”

Routine testing for COVID-19 can make surgery safer

Routine testing patients for COVID-19 before major surgery could reduce the risk of respiratory complications and save lives, a new study reveals. Researchers working together around the world found that using a nasal swab test to confirm that asymptomatic patient were not infected with SARS-CoV-2 was associated with a lower rate of post-operative complications. The … Continue reading “Routine testing for COVID-19 can make surgery safer”

Shared records will improve care in Birmingham and Solihull

People living in Birmingham and Solihull will soon get better, safer care and treatment, thanks to the introduction of joined-up health and care records. The Birmingham and Solihull Health Information Exchange (HIE), due to launch in the next few months, will bring together a person’s separate records into a structured, easy-to-read format. This will give … Continue reading “Shared records will improve care in Birmingham and Solihull”