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  • How can diagnostics deliver a more effective use of antibiotics in animals? 12 July 2017 Are there better ways to diagnose animals in need of antibiotics on livestock farms? How will farmers and veterinarians use novel diagnostics in the fight against animal disease? These are some questions a consortium of seven academics – including two veterinarians from the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences - will address thanks to a £1.75 million grant to understand how better diagnostics can encourage responsible antibiotic use in animals.
  • New trial for prosthetic hip joint infection 28 June 2017 The first ever randomised trial to investigate why some patients develop infections after their hip or knee replacement surgery, and which type of surgical revision treatment is best is being run by the University of Bristol and members of the public are being asked to consider taking part.
  • Preventing progression in diabetic kidney disease 13 June 2017 Glitazones are drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes because they improve insulin resistance and reduce progression of associated kidney disease. But how do they work? The EBI’s Clinical Primer scheme for early-career clinicians has allowed a Bristol-based clinician, Dr Caroline Platt, to explore this question.
  • Informatics service support for health and biomedical research at the University of Bristol 13 June 2017 The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research (EBI), through its Wellcome Trust ISSF Award, and match funded by the University of Bristol, invested in two posts that are openly available to help support all health and biomedical researchers across the University in their informatics needs.
  • Novel targeting of disease causing cells could transform treatment of autoimmune diseases 24 May 2017 There is a problem with the traditional treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. Steroid therapy doesn’t always work, and immunosuppressant drugs can have toxic side effects. Bristol researchers, with the help of an award from the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, are working to overcome this using novel ways of targeting disease causing cells.
  • Achievements of the Chronic Kidney Disease HIT in 2016-17 23 May 2017 One in ten people live with chronic kidney disease (CKD). This is a long-term condition that can increase the risk of heart disease or a sudden deterioration in kidney function, also known as acute kidney injury. The Chronic Kidney Disease Health Integration Team (CKD HIT) is a team of clinical staff and patients, working together to improve patient outcomes and care pathways for patients with kidney disease.
  • Bristol Bones and Joints highlights for 2016-17 23 May 2017 The Bones and Joints HIT covers three disease areas: osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and inflammatory rheumatological disorders, underpinned by three themes of patient self-management, patient and public involvement and information technology.
  • Bristol Immunisation Group’s highlights for 2016-17 23 May 2017 The Bristol Immunisation Group brings public health, clinical and academic experts together to improve the local performance and resilience of the national immunisation programmes. We also work to develop and deliver improvements through innovation and research.
  • Successes of the Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients HIT in 2016-17 23 May 2017 The Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients Health Integration Team (SHIPP HIT) works to promote evidence based sexual health improvement. Our focus of the last 12 months has been to support the commissioning of a new integrated sexual health service across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG). We have provided commissioners with cost effective evidence based advice that has underpinned the procurement process. In November 2016 the contract to provide the new service was awarded to Unity Sexual Health, a coalition involving Bristol Sexual Health Centre, the specialist service provided by University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, and all major third sector providers.
  • Respiratory Infection HIT round up for 2016-17 23 May 2017 Respiratory tract infections place considerable pressure on health care services. Children play a major role in spreading these infections. However, parents often don’t have the information to know when and how best to access health services for common illnesses. A vicious cycle is created of increasing patient demand, higher antibiotic use and a reduction in antibiotic effectiveness.

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