Global travellers vulnerable to drug-resistant bacteria

International travellers are particularly vulnerable to virulent strains of drug-resistant bacteria – often picking up several different types during a trip through spending time in the company of other tourists, a new study reveals. The global spread of intestinal multidrug resistant gram-negative (MDR-GN) bacteria poses a serious threat to human health worldwide, with MDR clones … Continue reading “Global travellers vulnerable to drug-resistant bacteria”

Birmingham spinout secures £800k for point-of-care diagnostics platform

Birmingham-based Linear Diagnostics Ltd has secured £800,000 from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) and other investors in the company’s second round of funding, which will enable the company to commence the development of the hardware platform for its tests. The finance will facilitate the ongoing development of the company’s high-speed platform technology for point of care diagnostics. The … Continue reading “Birmingham spinout secures £800k for point-of-care diagnostics platform”

COVID at home: ‘virtual ward’ app designed in Midlands

A digital remote care solution including a mobile phone app is helping Covid-19 patients manage their symptoms at home after being developed with the support of BHP member the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN). The app developed by medical software company, Dignio, has been implemented by Dudley CCG and allows patients stay at … Continue reading “COVID at home: ‘virtual ward’ app designed in Midlands”

Three high-profile appointees heighten ambition for Birmingham Health Partners

The second city’s University-NHS partnership Birmingham Health Partners (BHP) has made three high-profile appointments to its leadership board – announcing Professor Sir Robert Lechler and Dame Yve Buckland as Non-Executive Directors and former Chairman of NHS Improvement and Deputy Chairman of NHS England, Ed Smith, as independent Chair. BHP is a strategic alliance which aims … Continue reading “Three high-profile appointees heighten ambition for Birmingham Health Partners”

AI and advanced imaging could diagnose childhood brain tumours without biopsy

A study led by Birmingham Health Partners member organisations has found that combining advanced imaging and artificial intelligence techniques can accurately classify the characteristics of common types of childhood brain tumours – paving the way for more rapid non-invasive diagnosis. Brain tumours in a particular part of the brain, called the posterior fossa, are the … Continue reading “AI and advanced imaging could diagnose childhood brain tumours without biopsy”