Improving facemasks for frontline COVID-19 staff

Scientists at Birmingham’s Healthcare Technologies Institute and King’s College London are working on a solution to improve the seal and fit of facemasks used in hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis. Since the onset of the crisis, the subject of personal protective equipment (PPE) has become a key discussion point. Over recent days the focus has been on … Continue reading “Improving facemasks for frontline COVID-19 staff”

UK Coronavirus Cancer Monitoring Project launches with leadership from Birmingham

BHP clinicians have been instrumental in the rapid establishment of the UK Coronavirus Cancer Monitoring Scheme – a clinician-led reporting project to enable tracking of cancer patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 across the United Kingdom. Mobilised and launched within 100 hours of conception, more than 80 cancer centres have expressed willingness to learn … Continue reading “UK Coronavirus Cancer Monitoring Project launches with leadership from Birmingham”

Helping older adults to stay physically capable for longer

Drug therapies that help older adults maintain their skeletal muscle mass and physical function for longer could be a step closer after researchers at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham identified a key mechanism that drives the clearance of damaged mitochondria. A team in the University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences are well-versed at investigating … Continue reading “Helping older adults to stay physically capable for longer”

Reducing surgical site infection and antimicrobial resistance: new guidelines issued

New international surgical guidelines will help to save thousands of lives in Low- and Middle-income Countries (LMICs) by standardising and improving practice in surgery. An international collaboration funded by the NIHR led by BHP founder member the University of Birmingham sets out nine essential recommendations that should be implemented as a priority across all hospitals … Continue reading “Reducing surgical site infection and antimicrobial resistance: new guidelines issued”

Societies with poorer handwashing culture more exposed to COVID-19

Societies where people do not typically wash their hands straight after using the toilet tend to have a much higher exposure to coronavirus, a new study reveals. Researchers at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham have discovered that at least 50% of people do not have a habit of automatic handwashing after using the toilet … Continue reading “Societies with poorer handwashing culture more exposed to COVID-19”