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Birmingham chemists develop DNA ‘barcodes’ to scan for infection

Imagine having a printed barcode and getting it scanned by a hospital doctor who could then tell you very quickly whether you might have a serious infection or illness. Thanks to an approach for visualising DNA sequences pioneered by chemist Dr Robert Neely and his research group, it’s a technique that’s already possible. “We can … Continue reading “Birmingham chemists develop DNA ‘barcodes’ to scan for infection”

Leading Birmingham mental health experts publish ground-breaking book on psychosis treatment

Three Psychologists from Forward Thinking Birmingham’s (FTB) mental health service and a Psychiatrist and Nurse from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust (BSMHFT), have authored a ground-breaking new book, published today, about the importance of early intervention in Psychosis. Entitled Recovering from a first episode of psychosis: an integrated approach to early intervention, lead author Dr Chris … Continue reading “Leading Birmingham mental health experts publish ground-breaking book on psychosis treatment”

Breastfeeding can give babies life-long protection against infection

Breast milk can provide protection against infection that lasts for life, finds new research in mice by an international team including experts at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. Previously, it was generally thought that immunity against illness is passed from mum to baby for only the breastfeeding period itself – ending when breastfeeding … Continue reading “Breastfeeding can give babies life-long protection against infection”

Scientists discover link between tissue cell type and different forms of arthritis

Pioneering research by scientists at the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham published today [May 29th] in Nature has brought us a step closer to developing targeted therapies for inflammatory diseases.  The research team shows, for the first time, that different types of fibroblasts – the most common cells of connective tissue – are organised in … Continue reading “Scientists discover link between tissue cell type and different forms of arthritis”

Trailblazing partnership launches UK’s first electronic single maternity record

The country’s first single maternity record system – including a secure mobile app for patients – has been launched by BHP’s two NHS Trusts. Expectant mothers who receive their maternity care from either Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope or Solihull Hospitals will be the first to benefit from the innovation. More than 18,000 … Continue reading “Trailblazing partnership launches UK’s first electronic single maternity record”