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More research needed to understand the usefulness of mistletoe as a complementary therapy for cancer patients 22 December 2021 Researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care have conducted a systematic review of the evidence for the use of herbal mistletoe as a complementary therapy. They found gaps, biases and weaknesses in the research but concluded that further research for its use in cancer patients is warranted.
  • More research needed to understand the usefulness of mistletoe as a complementary therapy for cancer patients 22 December 2021 Researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care have conducted a systematic review of the evidence for the use of herbal mistletoe as a complementary therapy. They found gaps, biases and weaknesses in the research but concluded that further research for its use in cancer patients is warranted.
  • Barnardo’s urges men to seek help to prevent domestic abuse this Christmas 20 December 2021 Domestic abuse is expected to rise over Christmas and New Year, but men who worry the holiday season could trigger them to be abusive at home can now find help. Barnardo's, who are partners on the REPROVIDE study, are offering men a 23-week support programme designed to change abusive behaviour and make families happier, safer places.
  • Online consultations can disadvantage some patients and create more work for GP practices 14 December 2021 Online GP consultations have unintended consequences that may put some patients at a disadvantage and create additional work for GP practice staff, a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)-funded study at the University of Bristol has shown. The DECODE study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, examined the use of online consultations in primary care to improve how they will be used in the future.
  • Webinar: Good Grief: Co-creating a public engagement festival 13 December 2021 Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 12:00-13:00, via Zoom
  • Guidelines may promote over-diagnosis of cow’s milk allergy in infants 8 December 2021 International guidelines developed to help doctors diagnose cow’s milk allergy may lead to over-diagnosis, according to University of Bristol-led research published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy today [8 December]. The study found that three-quarters of infants have two or more symptoms at some point in the first year of life which guidelines say may be caused by cow’s milk allergy, yet the condition only affects one in 100.
  • New project to examine blood tests in primary care 1 December 2021 A new project will investigate why blood tests are requested in primary care and how the results are managed. The project, Why Test?, is a collaboration between the Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol, the Primary Care Academic Collaborative (PACT) and NIHR ARC West.
  • Pharmacies could play a crucial role in supporting victims of domestic and sexual abuse 23 November 2021 Pharmacies could play a crucial role in identifying and referring victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse to specialist services but need ongoing training, support and adequate funding to do so, according to researchers from the Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol and National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West (NIHR ARC West).
  • Parent-collected nose swabs are as good as nurse-collected nose swabs at detecting respiratory infections in children 10 November 2021 Nose swab samples collected by parents are as good as those collected by nurses at detecting respiratory infections in children, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol published in the journal Microbiology Spectrum today [10 November].
  • Hard Evidence: Raising awareness of domestic abuse and financial control 3 November 2021 Next week (9 and 12 November) sees the premiere of a new theatre piece written by two women with experience of domestic abuse, supported by Ingrid Jones from acta community theatre in Bristol. The performance is a collaboration with researchers from the National Institute for Health Research Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Bristol BRC) and the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol.
  • Can portable air filters prevent respiratory infections and COVID-19 in care homes? 21 October 2021 A major new randomised controlled trial will investigate the effectiveness of air filtration systems in preventing respiratory infections (such as coughs, colds and flu) and COVID-19 among care home residents in England. The AFRI-c (Air Filters to Prevent Respiratory Infections including COVID-19 in Care Homes) study, which received funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), is led by researchers at the University of Bristol.
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