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New sensor to improve intensive care monitoring of breathing

An innovative new sensor could improve how hospital staff monitor patient breath rates and stability, according to new Oxford University research. It is commonly understood that in both healthy animals and humans, arterial blood oxygen levels stay constant as we breathe. However, until now, the technology available has not been fast enough, or small enough, […]

£1.24 million for new medical diagnostics hub

University of Oxford researchers have been awarded £1.24 million to lead a medical diagnostics co-operative that will drive forward the development, evaluation and uptake of new medical diagnostic technologies to improve outcomes for patients in the community. For the full story on Oxford Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative website

GP practices prescribing ‘low priority’ treatments identified

A new tool developed by Oxford University researchers has been launched to identify which GP practices are prescribing ineffective and wasteful treatments. The tool is found on the, the first website of its kind to enable health professionals, patients and the public to easily explore patterns of prescribing nationally, in CCGs and by individual GP […]

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 typhoid vaccine offers hope of protection for children globally

A new conjugate vaccine against typhoid has been proven in trials in Oxford to be safe and effective in preventing the disease, and can be used to protect both adults and children. A study published in The Lancet is the first clinical trial to show that immunisation with a new vaccine called Vi-TT is safe, well tolerated and […]

New drug gives hope in fight against leukaemia

An international group of haematology scientists, including leading researchers in Oxford, have secured approval from the US Food and drug Administration (FDA) for a new leukaemia drug that has produced exciting results in clinical trials. The development of Enasidenib has given hope to people with a form of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), one of the […]

New bowel cancer test could save lives through early detection

A new screening test, funded by NIHR Oxford BRC, is being hailed the most efficient way to indicate risk of colorectal cancer. First stage UK research, published today, shows that an advanced computer algorithm technology can successfully indicate levels of risk by analysing previous blood test results in patients’ existing medical records. For the full […]

Respiratory experts urge rethink of ‘outdated’ asthma categorisation

A group of respiratory medicine experts have called for an overhaul in our thinking about how asthma and other airways diseases are categorised and treated, saying the current approach is outdated and does not reflect advances in treating these conditions. Outlining their views in a specially commissioned article in The Lancet, the 23 international asthma experts […]

Oxford research project wins digital award for Bashing the Bug!

An Oxford-based international online project to tackle antibiotic resistance has picked up a national health research award. BashTheBug, an initiative funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), brings together volunteers from all over the world to take part in the online research study, which has looked at hundreds […]

Kids learn how their DNA can make them hate sprouts

Students at schools in Oxfordshire are learning more about their DNA during the country’s first Genomics Week (18-22 September 2017) – including why it might make them dislike Brussels sprouts! The week of coordinated activities is being run by the Oxford NHS Genomic Medicine Centre, which is based at the Churchill and John Radcliffe hospitals. […]

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