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”

Unprecedented national effort by UK immunologists to search for answers on COVID-19

A major new project, led by a University of Birmingham immunologist, is one of three new UK-wide studies bringing together scientists from 17 research institutions. It will receive a share of £8.4 million from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to understand immune responses to the novel coronavirus. … Continue reading “Unprecedented national effort by UK immunologists to search for answers on COVID-19”

Community testing site opens at University of Birmingham

A walk-through coronavirus testing facility has opened today at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham, as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for communities.  Open to staff, students and the local community and situated in the Sports Centre car park at the Southgate entrance, the site will offer … Continue reading “Community testing site opens at University of Birmingham”

Breakthrough antibodies test to detect ‘hidden’ COVID-19 cases launches in Birmingham

A new test to detect COVID-19 antibodies in people with recent exposure, who are asymptomatic, or have mild symptoms has been launched by The Binding Site in collaboration with the Clinical Immunology Service at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham. The unique SARS-CoV-2 Antibody ELISA has been developed to identify individuals who have had a mild, non-hospitalised … Continue reading “Breakthrough antibodies test to detect ‘hidden’ COVID-19 cases launches in Birmingham”