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Health minister visits Birmingham Health Partners

Thursday 26 September saw Baroness Blackwood, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation at the Department of Health and Social Care, visit Birmingham Health Partners for a broad introduction to our work. On the agenda were our new Health Data Research Hubs, expertise in patient-reported outcomes research and the critical global challenge of women’s and … Continue reading “Health minister visits Birmingham Health Partners”

What if the scale of the problem provides the solution?

Professor Alastair Denniston, INSIGHT Health Data Research Hub Lead, writes for HDR-UK on the scale of the UK’s eye health problem – and how the INSIGHT hub will tackle it: The eye is unique. Stunningly beautiful, and fascinatingly complex, it has two critical functions for our health and well-being. Firstly, it allows us to see … Continue reading “What if the scale of the problem provides the solution?”

AI could be as effective at diagnosing disease as health professionals

Artificial intelligence (AI) appears to detect diseases from medical imaging with similar levels of accuracy as healthcare professionals, according to research led by two BHP founder members. The research, the first systematic review and meta-analysis synthesising all the available evidence from scientific literature, was published today (Sept 24th) in The Lancet Digital Health. But the … Continue reading “AI could be as effective at diagnosing disease as health professionals”

Anti-malarial drug can make cancer chemotherapy more effective

Scientists at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham have found an anti-malarial drug was effective in treating head and neck cancer in mice. The drug quinacrine was used extensively to prevent and treat malaria in soldiers fighting in mosquito-ridden areas during World War Two. Similar to the quinine that makes tonic water glow, it … Continue reading “Anti-malarial drug can make cancer chemotherapy more effective”

Breath-holding technique could improve outcomes for radiotherapy patients

Patients with chest and abdomen tumours will be able to stay immobile for longer – and receive more targeted treatment with radiation beams – thanks to a breath-holding technique developed by researchers at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. In the study, published in┬áRadiotherapy and Oncology, researchers demonstrated that, by safely increasing oxygen levels … Continue reading “Breath-holding technique could improve outcomes for radiotherapy patients”