Early data for multivariant COVID-19 vaccine booster shows promise, NIHR
The first results of an early trial of a multivariant COVID-19 vaccine booster, launched in September 2021 and supported by the NIHR, has released positive data. US-based biotechnology company Gritstone bio, Inc. in collaboration with The University of Manchester and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust have announced the initial phase one clinical data shows the vaccine has strong levels of neutralising antibodies. These are similar to approved mRNA vaccines, but up to a 10-fold lower dose in the first 10 individuals. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Demographic and household factors drive difference in COVID-19 infection risk for healthcare workers from ethnic minority groups, NIHR
The differences in COVID-19 infection risk between ethnic minority healthcare workers and their white colleagues is likely due to home and work factors rather than biology, according to the largest and most detailed study on the subject. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Improving the role of pharmacy in clinical research
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has secured a contract with the National Institute for Health Research to deliver a suite of e-learning modules to improve pharmacy professionals ’ awareness, knowledge and skills in clinical research as well as supporting them to become more research active. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Contract with NIHR to develop e-learning on research
We'vesecured a contract with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to deliver a suite of e-learning modules to improve pharmacy professionals’ awareness, knowledge and skills in (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - December 20, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New tool can predict the risks of surgery for people with COVID-19, NIHR Dissemination Centre (published 10th December 2021)
Expert commentary is provided on new research showing the CovidSurg tool can estimate the risks of surgery for people who have Covid-19. Risks are based on readily available information, and the tool is free for surgical teams around the world to use. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Online consultations can disadvantage some patients and create more work for GP practices
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. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - December 14, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School; Press Release Source Type: news

Advice by mail is as effective as targeted interventions in preventing injuries from falls - Saul H, Gursul D.
This NIHR Alert is based on: Lamb S, Bruce J, Hossain A. Screening and intervention to prevent falls and fractures in older people. N Engl J Med 2020;383:19. To read the full Alert, go to: https://evidence.nihr.ac.uk/alert/postal-advice-prevents-fall-relat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

NIHR Alert: Increased rates of organ damage are seen in people discharged from hospital after COVID-19, NIHR Dissemination Centre (published 30th November 2021)
Expert commentary is provided on a study that found patients with Covid-19, when compared to matched controls (not infected), were more likely to be admitted to hospital, to die, and to have a new diagnosis of respiratory disease, diabetes or heart disease. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIHR Alert: People carrying excess weight have an increased risk of severe COVID-19, NIHR Dissemination Centre
Expert commentary is provided on a study that found the risk of poorer Covid-19 outcomes increased with BMI; every unit increase in BMI increased risk of hospital admission by 5%, risk of death by 4% and risk of intensive care by 10%. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIHR Alert: Many people with mental illness did not seek help during the first lockdown; research highlights unmet need, NIHR Dissemination Centre
Expert commentary is provided on a population-based study which found a reduction in the number of people seeking help for mental health during the pandemic, with the biggest reductions seen among adults of working age, women, younger people and those living in deprived areas. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pharmacies could play a crucial role in supporting victims of domestic and sexual abuse
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 University of Bristol's Centre for Academic Primary Care and National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West (NIHR ARC West). (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - November 23, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, International, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Population Health Sciences, Institutes, Institutes, Bristol Population Health Science Institute; Press Release Source Type: news

NIHR Alert: Stressing the personal benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine could encourage more people to accept, NIHR Dissemination Centre
Commentaries are provided on study carried out in early 2021 (n=18,855), which found 66% were willing to be vaccinated, 16% had some doubts and 18% were strongly hesitant. People who were hesitant tended to be less aware of the collective benefits of vaccination. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New research identifies who should be offered testing for coeliac disease
Targeted testing of individuals with a range of signs and symptoms could improve diagnosis of coeliac disease, a new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded study led by the University of Bristol and published in PLOS ONE has found. Signs and symptoms include family history of coeliac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, anaemia, type 1 diabetes, osteoporosis and chronic liver disease. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - October 25, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, Institutes, Bristol Population Health Science Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, Population Health Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news

Can portable air filters prevent respiratory infections and COVID-19 in care homes?
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. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - October 21, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School; Press Release Source Type: news