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The Bluebelle Study: Undressing wound infections 28 August 2014 Wound infections are a common complication of surgical procedures, and contribute major costs for the NHS as well as pain, discomfort and inconvenience for patients. A new study will examine whether a main trial comparing wound dressings with no dressings is possible and whether dressings are effective in reducing infection and helping surgical wounds to heal. Researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Birmingham have received funding from the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for the Bluebelle Study - a comprehensive look at the role of wound dressings in preventing infection.
  • The Bluebelle Study: Undressing wound infections 28 August 2014 Wound infections are a common complication of surgical procedures, and contribute major costs for the NHS as well as pain, discomfort and inconvenience for patients. A new study will examine whether a main trial comparing wound dressings with no dressings is possible and whether dressings are effective in reducing infection and helping surgical wounds to heal. Researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Birmingham have received funding from the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for the Bluebelle Study - a comprehensive look at the role of wound dressings in preventing infection.
  • Fighting prostate cancer with a tomato-rich diet 28 August 2014 Men who eat over 10 portions a week of tomatoes have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests. With 35,000 new cases every year in the UK, and around 10,000 deaths, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Rates are higher in developed countries, which some experts believe is linked to a Westernised diet and lifestyle. To assess if following dietary and lifestyle recommendations reduces risk of prostate cancer, researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford looked at the diets and lifestyle of 1,806 men aged between 50 and 69 with prostate cancer and compared with 12,005 cancer-free men.
  • Combatting childhood obesity from the age of two 11 August 2014 A successful American initiative to tackle childhood obesity will be trialled in the UK, thanks to a new £431,495 research project targeting children as young as two.
  • Five Bristol scientists named among “the world’s leading scientific minds” 11 August 2014 Five University of Bristol academics have been named by Thomson Reuters as among the top one per cent of scientists who are “the world’s leading scientific minds” and whose publications are among the most influential in their fields. The five academics listed are: Nello Cristianini, Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Engineering Mathematics; George Davey Smith, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Social and Community Medicine; Stephen Mann, Professor of Chemistry in the School of Chemistry; Dr Wendy McArdle, Head of DNA Collections in the School of Social and Community Medicine; Jeremy O’Brien, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering.
  • Primary care telephone triage does not save money or reduce practice workload 11 August 2014 Demand for general practice appointments is rising rapidly, and in an attempt to deal with this, many practices have introduced systems of telephone triage. Patients are phoned by a doctor or nurse who either manages the problem on the phone, or agrees with the patient whether and how urgently they need to be seen. A new large study, published in The Lancet today [4 August] and funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), has investigated the potential value of telephone triage for patients and for the NHS.
  • International Journal of Epidemiology tops the Impact Factor Ratings 7 August 2014 The 2013 impact factor ratings released on the 30th July (ISI Web of Science Journal Citation Reports) sees the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE) at the top of its field – Number one out of a field of 160 journals.
  • Seeing the same GP at every visit will reduce emergency department attendance 6 August 2014 Attendances at emergency departments can be reduced by enabling patients to see the same GP every time they visit their doctor’s surgery. This is just one of several recommendations made in a report published today, led by researchers at the University of Bristol. Called 'Primary care factors and unscheduled secondary care: a series of systematic reviews', the report has been compiled by researchers from the University’s Centre for Academic Primary Care who looked at evidence from studies around the world. They found that patients who saw the same GP every time they attended their GP surgery were less likely to require emergency care.
  • New research to tackle treatment for lung disease 6 August 2014 Research into improving treatment for patients with one of the UK’s most common respiratory diseases has received a £810,000 funding boost. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of diseases which cause breathing difficulties due to long-term damage to the lungs. Often linked to smoking, it is responsible for 10 per cent of all hospital admissions in the UK, with a high proportion of patients being readmitted to hospital after they are discharged. A team of researchers, led by Dr Sarah Purdy from the University of Bristol, will examine how to improve hospital care and treatment in the future thanks to a grant from the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery research (NIHR HS&DR) Programme.
  • National Institute of Health Research Public Health Research Programme Award 30 July 2014 Dr Ruth Kipping and colleagues have been awarded £431,495 by the National Institute of Health Research Public Health Research Programme to undertake a feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial in child care settings
  • New promotions/progressions in SSCM 23 July 2014 Richard Huxtable has been appointed Professor of Medical Ethics and Law. Sarah Purdy has been appointed as Professor of Primary Care. Congratulations to them for this well-deserved recognition of their outstanding achievements. Congratulations are also due to Pete Blair and Nicky Welton on their promotion to Reader, and to Laura Howe on her promotion to Senior Research Fellow.
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