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BMI, age and ethnicity associated with higher COVID-19 antibody levels

Researchers studying a group of UK healthcare workers discovered that non-white individuals recovering from COVID-19 displayed higher antibody levels than white individuals, with significantly greater levels observed in Asian individuals. Led by experts at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham, the researchers studied a cohort of 956 UK healthcare workers who self-isolated between March and … Continue reading “BMI, age and ethnicity associated with higher COVID-19 antibody levels”

Genes and carcinogens: predicting cancer predisposition

A proper cell response to DNA damage during DNA replication is essential to maintain genome integrity and prevent cancer development. However, environmental exposure to carcinogens can disrupt this safe replication. Although we are all routinely exposed to low levels of carcinogens (substances or radiation that promote the formulation of cancer), not everyone’s body reacts to … Continue reading “Genes and carcinogens: predicting cancer predisposition”

Routine testing for COVID-19 can make surgery safer

Routine testing patients for COVID-19 before major surgery could reduce the risk of respiratory complications and save lives, a new study reveals. Researchers working together around the world found that using a nasal swab test to confirm that asymptomatic patient were not infected with SARS-CoV-2 was associated with a lower rate of post-operative complications. The … Continue reading “Routine testing for COVID-19 can make surgery safer”

Shared records will improve care in Birmingham and Solihull

People living in Birmingham and Solihull will soon get better, safer care and treatment, thanks to the introduction of joined-up health and care records. The Birmingham and Solihull Health Information Exchange (HIE), due to launch in the next few months, will bring together a person’s separate records into a structured, easy-to-read format. This will give … Continue reading “Shared records will improve care in Birmingham and Solihull”

300th patient recruited to COVID-19 trial at Good Hope

The 300th patient to take part in Recovery-RS, a trial comparing the effectiveness of different ventilation methods for hospitalised patients with COVID-19, has recently been recruited at Good Hope Hospital. The Recovery-RS trial, led by the University of Warwick and Queen’s University Belfast and funded by the National Institute for Health Research, is the only … Continue reading “300th patient recruited to COVID-19 trial at Good Hope”