Prestigious award for Birmingham Medical School student

Will McIver, a University of Birmingham medical student has been crowned winner of an award for his research which could help lead to better treatments for patients with chronic lung conditions. After battling off competition from hundreds of other students who submitted research abstracts, Will won the British Thoracic Society’s (BTS) Medical Student Award 2019 which … Continue reading “Prestigious award for Birmingham Medical School student”

Dramatic rise in patients ‘cured’ of heart condition

The introduction of a performance-related financial incentive scheme for GPs led to a dramatic almost five-fold rise in the number of patients whose heart rhythm condition was said to have been ‘cured’, say researchers at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. Academics at the University’s Institute of Applied Health Research, supported by NIHR ARC … Continue reading “Dramatic rise in patients ‘cured’ of heart condition”

Unnecessary appendicectomy rates highest in UK women

Every year, thousands of young women are unnecessarily admitted to NHS hospitals for surgery they don’t need, a new international study has revealed. Surgery for appendicitis is one of the world’s most common emergency operations. UK hospitals exhibit the world’s highest rate of ‘normal appendicectomy,’ where patients undergo surgery for suspected appendicitis but laboratory examination … Continue reading “Unnecessary appendicectomy rates highest in UK women”

November news round-up

CAR-T success for UHB patient A patient at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) has become the first in the Midlands to have a successful CAR-T cell therapy, for treatment of her cancer. Sophie Wheldon, aged 21, was diagnosed with leukaemia in June 2018. She went on to receive an unrelated donor stem cell transplant … Continue reading “November news round-up”

Improving air quality and health – for all

“What we want to do this evening is raise the profile of the issue of air quality in the UK; it is the single largest environmental risk to health and we know it affects people all the way through their lives.” Dr Suzanne Bartington – Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Specialty Registrar in Public Health, … Continue reading “Improving air quality and health – for all”