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National survey reveals big reductions in COVID-19 infections with single dose of Oxford-AZ and Pfizer vaccines

Data from the COVID-19 Infection Survey, a partnership between the University of Oxford, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), is the first to show the impact of vaccination on antibody responses and new infections in a large group of adults from the general population aged 16 […]

PROJECT USING SMART DEVICES TO DETECT HEART PROBLEMS GETS FUNDING FROM NATIONAL CHARITY

A project to test how effective smart devices are at detecting heart rhythm problems has received a grant of almost £150,000 from national charity Heart Research UK.  The project, which will recruit 50 patients at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust, will assess whether smart rings and watches can offer an accurate and reliable way […]

DIABETES DATA DASHBOARD GETS AWARD SHORTLISTING – real partnership working for IMPACT

An Oxfordshire NHS diabetes team has been shortlisted for a Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value Award in the ‘Diabetes Care Initiative of the Year’ category. The shortlisted team includes senior clinicians and managers from: Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust South Central and West Commissioning […]

Risk of rare blood clotting higher for COVID-19 than for vaccines

COVID-19 leads to a several-times higher risk of cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) blood clots than current COVID-19 vaccines. Researchers at the University of Oxford have today reported that the risk of the rare blood clotting known as cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) following COVID-19 infection is around 100 times greater than normal, several times higher than […]

T-CELL LANDSCAPE MAPPING IDENTIFIES NEW TARGETS FOR PANCREATIC CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY

Oxford researchers have used analysis of T-cell populations to identify new therapeutic opportunities in pancreatic cancer patients.  Pancreatic cancer has one of the worst prognoses of any cancer, with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) patients having an average survival rate of 7%.  T-cells (the lymphocytes that play a wide range of roles in shaping the body’s immune response […]

Asthma drug budesonide shortens recovery time in non-hospitalised patients with COVID-19

Inhaled budesonide, a common corticosteroid, is the first widely available, inexpensive drug found to shorten recovery times in COVID-19 patients aged over 50 who are treated at home and in other community settings, reports the PRINCIPLE trial in 1,779 participants. Early treatment with inhaled budesonide shortens recovery time by a median of three days in […]

WARM WELCOME TO KATHARINE HOUSE HOSPICE STAFF AS THEY JOIN ‘ONETEAMONEOUH’

An exciting new partnership between Katharine House Hospice and OUH becomes reality today (Thursday 1 April) as the hospice’s clinical services transfer to be under the management of OUH.  The hospice, which is based in Adderbury in north Oxfordshire, was formed almost 30 years ago and now supports more than 900 families every year. Professor Sir […]

Link between COVID-19 infection and subsequent mental health and neurological conditions found

One in three COVID-19 survivors received a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis within six months of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, an observational study of more than 230,000 patient health records published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal estimates. The study looked at 14 neurological and mental health disorders. Professor Paul Harrison, lead author of the study, […]

New national study of long-term impacts of debilitating lung damage from COVID-19

A new national study will investigate the long-term effects of lung inflammation and scarring from COVID-19. The study, launched with £2 million of funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), aims to develop treatment strategies and prevent disability. Many people recovering from COVID-19 suffer from long-term symptoms of lung damage, including breathlessness, coughing, fatigue and […]