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New plastic biomaterials could lead to tougher, more versatile medical implants

A new thermoplastic biomaterial, which is tough and strong but also easy to process and shape has been developed by researchers at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham. The material – a type of nylon – has shape memory properties which enable it to be stretched and moulded, while still able to reform into its … Continue reading “New plastic biomaterials could lead to tougher, more versatile medical implants”

C-diff: faecal microbial transplantation more effective and less costly than antibiotics

An innovative treatment for patients with Clostridium difficile infection (C-diff, or CDI) which uses transplanted gut bacteria to treat the infection, is a more effective and more cost-efficient treatment than using antibiotics, a new UK study has found. CDI is an infection of the bowel, which commonly affects people who have recently been treated in … Continue reading “C-diff: faecal microbial transplantation more effective and less costly than antibiotics”

COVID-19 antibody tests don’t work if used at the wrong time

Antibody tests do not work accurately when administered at the wrong time, say scientists who have analysed data from around the world to examine the accuracy of antibody tests for COVID-19, and found that the timing of testing is critical.  In the most comprehensive review of its kind of COVID-19 testing, researchers have examined all … Continue reading “COVID-19 antibody tests don’t work if used at the wrong time”

Bacterial predator could help reduce COVID-19 deaths

A type of virus that preys on bacteria could be harnessed to combat bacterial infections in patients whose immune systems have been weakened by COVID-19, according to an expert at the University of Birmingham and the Cancer Registry of Norway. Called bacteriophages, these viruses are harmless to humans and can be used to target and … Continue reading “Bacterial predator could help reduce COVID-19 deaths”

Liver perfusion could save 7 in 10 rejected donor livers

A major study investigating the effectiveness of liver perfusion as a technique to improve the function of donor livers that would have otherwise been rejected has shown that up to 7 in every 10 could be used after just 4-6 hours of the assessment. The study, ‘Transplantation of discarded livers following viability testing with normothermic machine … Continue reading “Liver perfusion could save 7 in 10 rejected donor livers”