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”

Pharmacist-led interventions may help prevent cardiovascular disease

Pharmacists based in GP practices can play an integral role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, finds new research led by BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. The study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, supports the involvement of pharmacists as healthcare providers in managing patients with hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. … Continue reading “Pharmacist-led interventions may help prevent cardiovascular disease”

Rapid test for STIs to be developed by Birmingham spinout

Doctors will soon be able to diagnose and treat sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) in a single visit, thanks to a rapid test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea developed by University of Birmingham spinout Linear Diagnostics Ltd. Globally, more than 1 million STIs are contracted every day. The latest UK figures show a 5% increase in diagnoses between 2017 … Continue reading “Rapid test for STIs to be developed by Birmingham spinout”