Two-thirds of “Global South” hypertension sufferers missing treatment

Healthcare in low- and middle-income countries is not prepared to care for the increasing number of people with high blood pressure, with more than two-thirds of people affected going without treatment. Researchers studied health data for one million people in the “Global South”, discovering that less than half of those affected are diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension. Of these patients, only 30% are treated and only 10% have the disease under control. The … Continue reading “Two-thirds of “Global South” hypertension sufferers missing treatment”

Getting the picture – faster

The challenge To effectively diagnose, treat and monitor patients, clinicians require easy access to a variety of images and reports – both new and historic. Image sharing at present however can be a slow and frustrating process, suffering from the inherent delays of a manual process: image retrieval can take up to four hours. Following the regional implementation of the 100,000 Genomes Project by the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC), the need for a … Continue reading “Getting the picture – faster”

Public urged to take part in consultation on life-saving test for newborns

The public is being urged to take part in a consultation over a national recommendation not to roll out a life-saving test to identify newborn babies with critical congenital heart defects pioneered by experts in Birmingham. Pulse oximetry is a simple, non-invasive test, which measures oxygen in the blood. The PulseOx study in 2011, led by University of Birmingham Professor of Neonatal Medicine and Honorary Consultant Neonatologist at Birmingham Women’s Hospital Andrew Ewer, found the test successfully … Continue reading “Public urged to take part in consultation on life-saving test for newborns”

Pulse oximetry: Lyla’s story

Born on 2 September 2015, Lyla Parry’s heart condition was finally detected when she was 11 days old and only when she was in heart failure. If pulse oximetry screening had been part of the routine newborn checks her condition could have been detected sooner. This is her story, as told by her mum, Janine Parry, of Northampton. I had gestational diabetes throughout my pregnancy with Lyla, my second child, so I was closely monitored because … Continue reading “Pulse oximetry: Lyla’s story”

Coming closer to personalised head and neck cancer treatment

Can we predict how patients with head and neck cancers (HNC) will respond to different treatments based on their own gene signature? Researchers at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham believe so,  and are s step closer to developing personalised medicine for HNC. Published in Clinical Cancer Research, the four-year study was led by experts in the University’s Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences and Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy and played a vital role in developing a biomarker … Continue reading “Coming closer to personalised head and neck cancer treatment”