Living with Long Covid: when your normal becomes everyone’s ‘new normal’

Written exclusively for BHP by Rebecca Riley, Administrative Director of City-REDI, this piece reflects on the journey of someone who, already living with a complex and debilitating rare disease, is now experiencing Long Covid. As researchers’ understanding of SARS-CoV-2 continues to evolve, can we learn lessons from other prolonged disorders as we seek to understand … Continue reading “Living with Long Covid: when your normal becomes everyone’s ‘new normal’”

Birmingham to commercialise anti-viral nasal spray against COVID-19

Birmingham Biotech Ltd, an innovator in diagnostic tests, protective nasal sprays and mobile medical facilities, and BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham have signed a licensing agreement to commercialise a novel anti-viral nasal spray that protects against COVID-19. COVID-19 is both contracted and transmitted by inhalation of droplets or aerosols containing the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and … Continue reading “Birmingham to commercialise anti-viral nasal spray against COVID-19”

Non-invasive ventilation for COVID-19 patients isn’t linked to heightened infection risk

New research carried out in collaboration with the University of Birmingham has found that the use of non-invasive breathing support to treat patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 in hospitals isn’t linked to a heightened risk of transmitting infection to others as had previously been thought. The use of non-invasive breathing support, called continuous positive … Continue reading “Non-invasive ventilation for COVID-19 patients isn’t linked to heightened infection risk”

Research shows mass production can make customised PPE

Research published today has demonstrated the feasibility of mass producing customised respiratory protection for healthcare workers with a comfortable close-fitting seal, that is suitable for nearly 90% of face shapes and sizes. Providing adequate filtering PPE for frontline healthcare workers has been a major challenge since the start of the pandemic, and the key issue … Continue reading “Research shows mass production can make customised PPE”

Redesigned study restarts recruitment

A clinical trial that was significantly changed as a result of COVID-19 has now begun recruiting patients. The BenRex study is taking place across the country, including at BHP founder-member University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. The study, which aims to measure the effectiveness of treating asthma with a drug called benralizumab, stopped recruiting patients … Continue reading “Redesigned study restarts recruitment”