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World-first NHS trial for universal flu vaccine

The world’s first widespread human testing of a flu vaccine which NIHR Oxford BRC researchers hope will protect more over 65-year-olds against influenza has begun in the NHS. More than 10,000 people aged 65 and over will be asked to take part in a study supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and […]

New way to detect heart damage caused by chemotherapy

Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a new way to detect heart damage caused by chemotherapy. The high-tech scanning techniques were enabled by funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF), and could reveal whether chemotherapy is damaging a person’s heart before any symptoms appear. For the full story on University of Oxford website

Oxford researchers highlight ‘hidden’ learning condition

Researchers have launched a campaign to end 200 years of confusion in diagnosing a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects two children in every classroom. Following a five year campaign to raise awareness of language difficulties, the researchers are supporting a drive to agree a new, streamlined terminology that will make the ‘hidden condition’ easier to diagnose […]

Virtual reality tool developed to untangle genes

Researchers from Oxford have been using virtual reality software to compile genetic data to create models which explain how genes are controlled within their natural chromosomal environments. A team from the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) have been working in collaboration with physicists from Universita’ di Napoli and software developers and artists at […]

Blood donors could give blood more often

New research shows that blood donors could safely give blood more frequently than is allowed at present. At the moment in the UK men can give blood every 12 weeks, women every 16 weeks. The new research demonstrates that in certain situations and for certain donors, shortening the donation interval is a viable approach for […]

Home blood pressure monitoring for hypertension works best when combined with intensive support

People who monitor their own blood pressure at home are most likely to see a benefit if they combine it with individually tailored intensive support, according to a new systematic literature review and meta-analysis published this week in PLOS Medicine by an international group led by researchers in Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. […]

Genes linked with education and fertility depend on when and where you live

Different genes affect educational attainment and fertility in different times and places, according to new research from the University of Oxford. This means we could be missing important variations when we try to draw conclusions about the influence of genes on human behaviour, because combining data sets from vastly different countries and historical periods could […]

How Britain can build a world-leading life sciences strategy

The UK is in the midst of a wide-ranging national industrial strategy which will influence the country’s future role in the global economy. The latest proposals look at the life sciences and healthcare sectors, perhaps the areas of this grand plan which will affect most people, including through the successful development – or otherwise – […]

Cancer survivors who quit smoking sooner can live longer.

GPs are comparatively less likely to intervene and offer stop-smoking support to cancer patients, than they are to people diagnosed with coronary heart disease. Lung cancer survivors who quit smoking within a year of diagnosis will live for longer than those who continue to smoke, according to new research led by the Universities of Oxford […]

The hospital costs of self-harm

A new study from Oxford reveals the health service costs for hospital care of people who self-harm, emphasising the need for effective clinical services and prevention initiatives. Self-harm by intentional poisoning or self-injury is a very common reason for presentation to hospital, especially in young people. It is often repeated and carries a significant risk […]

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