COVID-19 safe haven: Solihull Hospital first in line to restore services

As part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust’s Phase 2 COVID-19 response, plans are progressing at pace to turn Solihull Hospital into a site clear of COVID-19. This will enable as many local patients, as is safe and practical, to undergo surgery and procedures that have been ‘paused’ during the initial response to the pandemic. Since Friday 8 May 2020, … Continue reading “COVID-19 safe haven: Solihull Hospital first in line to restore services”

Rare childhood cancer clinical trial to be run in UK from Birmingham

A Birmingham Health Partners team will coordinate the UK arm of a critical European clinical trial which could lead to the development of more effective, kinder treatments for children diagnosed with a rare and aggressive childhood cancer. Funded by a collaborative grant of more than £609,000  awarded by Solving Kids’ Cancer with Neuroblastoma UK, the ten year … Continue reading “Rare childhood cancer clinical trial to be run in UK from Birmingham”

No evidence that Vitamin D supplements can prevent or treat COVID-19

Scientists from the UK, Europe and the USA, including experts from BHP founder member the University of Birmingham, have published a vitamin D consensus paper warning against high doses of vitamin D supplementation. According to the study, current research shows vitamin D has no benefit in preventing or treating Covid-19. Its authors advise that the … Continue reading “No evidence that Vitamin D supplements can prevent or treat COVID-19”

Child abuse survivors at increased risk of chronic health conditions

People who have experienced maltreatment during childhood are significantly more likely to develop conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type two diabetes in adulthood, a new UK study has found. Childhood maltreatment, which includes any form of physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect experienced by those under the age of 18, … Continue reading “Child abuse survivors at increased risk of chronic health conditions”

UHB joins ground-breaking new COVID-19 genomic study

BHP founder-member University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) has begun recruiting COVID-19 patients to participate in a ground-breaking new study of the disease – aiming to  identify specific genes that may explain why some people are more affected by the virus than others. The genomic sequencing may also be useful in the search for effective treatments. The … Continue reading “UHB joins ground-breaking new COVID-19 genomic study”