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Latest news and blogs

Selected Coverage

NHS heart test is a 'poorly executed gimmick' that will frighten millions, warns health advisor
Dr Ben Goldacre comments on Public Health England's new online 'heart age' test.
The Telegraph - 8 September 2018

Pick up thy bed and work out: GPs give rest cure its marking orders
The Sunday Times reports that the NHS is due to change its stance on bed rest for illness and pain. Commenting, Sir Muir Gray, Honorary Clinical Researcher, says exercise is a 'miracle cure.'
The Sunday Times - 2 September 2018

Diet pills may sound great, but are they a magic bullet?
Dr Michael Mosely looks at the results from research on diet pills, and comments on Professor Susan Jebb's study comparing self-help with a community group to support weight-loss.
The Mail on Sunday - 2 September 2018

Set weight loss goals and banish unhealthy snacks: Oxford University expert goes back to basics with her top 10 flab-fighting tips - backed up by SCIENCE
Report on the OxFAB study which finds dieter's top ten tips for losing weight.
Mail Online - 30 August 2018

Set weight loss goals and banish unhealthy snacks
Reports on  the results of the Oxford Food and Activity Behaviours Study, which has identified dieters' top-ten weight-loss strategies.
The Daily Mail - 29 August 2018. Also reported in: Deccan Chronicle

Weight-loss drugs to treat obesity
Professors Susan Jebb and Paul Aveyard comment>
BBC Radio 5 (Paul Aveyard), BBC Radio 4, the World at One (Susan Jebb) - 27 August 2018.

Antidepresents are risky and ineffective - so why are we prescribing them to children?
Dr Jeremy Howick, Director of the Oxford Empathy Programme, writes for the Independent.
Independent - 21 August 2018

BBC Wales, Good Morning Wales
Helen Salisbury, an honorary senior clinical lecturer in communication skills at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, comments on pressures facing general practice in the UK.
BBC Wales Radio - 21 August 2018

GP direct access to cancer testing 'does not see patients diagnosed quicker'
A systematic review from the Cancer Research Group has found that giving direct access to diagnostic tests for cancer does not lead to quicker diagnosis.
PULSE - 14 August 2018. Also reported in GP Online.

Rare cancer could be detected earlier by GPs using simple blood tests
Research led by Constantinos Koshiaris, a DPhil student and statistician in the department, shows how early diagnosis could be improved b y GPs.
Express - 14 August 2018. Also reported in the Cyprus Mail, Deccan Chronical, Oxford Times, ITV and PULSE.

Can you really fast your way to a six pack?
Article about intermittent fasting as a weight-loss strategy includes comment from Professor Susan Jebb.
Daiyl Mail - 3 August 2018

One-stop cancer clinics diagnosing more patients
A systematic review from the department's Cancer Research Group has found that one-stop clinics for patients with cancer symptoms are seeing three times more patients diagnosed o the same days when compared with multi-stop clinics.
PULSE - 25 July 2018. Also reported in Health Business.

Adrenalin for cardiac patients
Dr David Nunan, senior researcher at the department's Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, comments on new research which suggests that cardiac patients given adrenalin are more likely to suffer brain damage than those who are not.
Radio: BBC Radio Oxford, Howard Bentham - 24 July 2018. Also BBC Radio Oxford,  BBC Berkshire Radio.

Routine treatment for cardiac arrest doubles risk of brain damage - study
Landmark trial likely to change the way cardiac arrest has been treated in the UK for more than half a century. Dr David Nunan comments on the evidence.
The Guardian - 18 July 2018. Also: BBC News Online

Pharmacist management of hypertension could cut GP workload, study suggests
Research led by DPhil student and clinical pharmacist Ali Albasri spotlights the role played by pharmacists in hypertension management.
PULSE - 10 July 2018

Government halts vaginal mesh surgery in NHS hospitals
The government has suspended the use of vaginal mesh implants in NHS hospitals. Article includes comment from Carl Heneghan, professor of evidence-based medicine at Oxford University.
The Guardian - 9 July 2018

How IVF became a licence to print money
Professor Carl Heneghan comments on the availability of information and evidence for IVF add-on treatments.
The Guardian - 18 June 2018

Evidence for nicotine preloading 'insufficient', study finds
There is no clear evidence that nicotine 'preloading' helps smokers quit, as any beneficial effect may have been masked by a reduction in use of smoking cessation drugs, a study led by Professor Paul Aveyard has found.
PULSE - 14 June 2018

Now the experts agree an 800-calorie diet works
Coverage of the DROPLET study, which recommends for 800-calorie diets to be prescribed on the NHS.
The Mail on Sunday - 3 June 2018

BBC TV experiment sees junk food 'addict' lose three stone in two months
Professor Susan Jebb and Professor Paul Aveyard feature in the BBC's 'Big Crash Diet Experiment'.
Daily Mail - 30 May 2018

Blue plaques in Oxford commemorate penicillin scientists
A blue plaque was unveiled on the Radcliffe Primary Care Building.
BBC Online - 29 May 2018. Also: Oxford Mail

Oxfordshire sees fall in prescription painkillers
Includes research from the EBM DataLab team.
Oxford Mail - 28 May 2018

Give patients crash diets on NHS, says Oxford Professor
'Crash' diets have better results than more common weight-loss regimes and should be prescribed on the NHS, according to research from the DROPLET study - led by Professor Susan Jebb.
The Mail on Sunday - 27 May 2018. Also TV: Good Morning Britain, The Times, Guardian, The Sun

Prescription bill up despite crackdown
Research from the EBM DataLab team finds that the NHS is spending more on drugs that are not meant to be routinely prescribed.
Daily Mail (Main) - 23 May 2018. Also reported in the Pharmaceutical Journal.

Radio: BBC Radio 5, Afternoon Edition
Professor Susan Jebb of Oxford University is interviewed about obesity prevention.
BBC - 16 May 2018

Doctors should make patients go on diets
Susan Jebb is interviewed in The Times T2 supplement about her research on diet.
The Times - 14 May 2018, also reported in Daily Mail. 

Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Professor Paul Aveyard from Oxford’s Department of Primary Care Health Sciences talks about his research into the benefits of GPs discussing weight openly with their patients.
TV: BBC One - 13 May 2018

The David Prever Show - Smoking
David finds out about a new study to help smokers quit, which is led by a team from the department.
BBC Radio Oxford - 10 May 2018

Filling up? Pay for petrol at the pump to avoid obesity
Speaking to the Health and Social Care Select Committee, Professor Susan Jebb mentions one of her top tips in public talks is to pay at the pump rather than the kiosk to avoid impulse-buy confectionery.
The Times - 9 May, also reported in The Sun and The Guardian.

Brexit remainers believe leaving can be stopped
In a local public panel event, health services researcher Dr Nick Fahy says brexit is crippling the NHS.
Oxfordshire Guardian - 4 May 2018

£2.7 million shoulder study to use 500 Oxford patients
Prof Carl Heneghan talks about Oxford's role in a national study investigating personalised treatments for shoulder pain.
Oxford Mail - 2 May 2018. Also reported on HeartFM and BBC Radio Oxford.

Significant proportion of patients at the end of life accessing out-of-hours primary care service
Dr Gail Hayward comments on a department-led study finding that 1/3 of people who die in Oxfordshire are seen by an out-of-hours GP in the 30-days leading up to their death.
Practice Business - 1 May 2018. Also reported on JackFM.

The Yarnfulness Project
Emma Palmer-Cooper and Anne Ferrey write about their public engagement yarn project.
ukhandmade magazine - Spring 2018

Radio: BBC Radio Oxford, Jerome Sale
Christine A'Court, an Oxfordshire GP and clinical researcher in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, comments on an NHS initiative to improve detection of atrial fibrillation.
BBC Radio Oxford (from 1.50.20) - 1 May 2018

Tax on sweet snacks 'would also cut sales of soft drinks'
Research from LSHTM with the University of Cambridge and Oxford estimate that adding 10% to the price of chocolate, confectionery, cakes and biscuits may reduce purchases by around 7%. Co-author Professor Susan Jebb comments on the findings.
The Times online - 27 April 2018. Widely reported, including ITV News, Mail Online UK, The Sun, The Daily Telegraph. 

Recommending e-cigarettes to help smokers quit is irresponsible 'because they ENCOURAGE smoking and are linked to bronchitis and stillbirths'
Professor Paul Aveyard argues that the risk of smoking from e-cigarettes must be low.
Daily Mail - 26 April 2018

Women left in crippling pain after birth control implant 'disintegrated'
Professor Carl Heneghan comments on defective medical devices.
Daily Mail - 24 April 2018

Empathy may support patients in pain
Research led by Dr Jeremy Howick suggests empathy and positive verbal communication by doctors may have a small benefit to patients in pain.
Practice Business - 22 April 2018 

Doctors who prescribe homeopathy ignore other medical guidelines
Research published by Dr Ben Goldacre in the EBM DataLab looks at prescribing data from all 7618 primary care practices in England.
New Scientist - 20 April 2018. Also reported by The Guardian

Scale of vaginal mesh problem confirmed by NHS review
Hundreds of women are undergoing surgery each year to have vaginal mesh implants removed, an NHS review has found. Article notes that Professor Carl Heneghan, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, has called for a public enquiry into the use of vaginal mesh implants. 
The Guardian - 18 April 2018. Also reported by Sky News

Huge variation in prescribing practice for gluten-free foods in England
Research in BMJ Open by Dr Ben Goldacre's team in EBM DataLab finds that those living in the most deprived areas of the country are least likely to be prescribed these products. 
Practice Business - 17 April 2018.

Elderly should be given cancer test if they have lost weight, says GP
GP and researcher, Dr Brian Nicholson, says that "streamlined services that allow GPs to investigate non-specific symptoms like weight loss are vitally important and urgently needed if we are to catch cancer earlier and save lives."
Oxford Mail - 12 April 2018.

GP surgeries to take part in huge study into chronic kidney disease
The NewKI study, managed by the Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit and led by Professor Richard Hobbs, will follow-up with over 3200 over 60's with kidney disease to see how their disease progresses.
Oxford Mail - 11 April 2018. Also reported in Nursing Times, Pharma Times, HeartFM and JackFM.

Cancer linked to weight loss in elderly patients
A study by researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Exeter, led by Dr Brian D Nicholson, has found that unintended weight loss is the second highest risk factor for some forms of cancer.
Telegraph - 9 April 2018. Also reported in The Times, Express, The Sun, Pulse, Nursing Times, Practice Business.

Yes, crash diets can work (if you're overweight enough)
Professor Susan Jebbs talks to the Times ahead of a new BBC programme about crash dieting.
The Times - 7 April 2018

Researchers call for rethink on kidney disease
A team led by Associate Professor Richard Stevens, written with lay co-authors, says the term 'kidney disease' should be replaced for some patients with different bands of kidney age.
Oxford Mail - 3 April 2018

Kat Orman
Professor Sir Muir Gray comments on how we can live better for longer, rather than just living longer.
BBC Radio Oxford, Kat Orman - 20 March 2018

Inside Health
Professor Carl Heneghan explains how adaptive trials work.
BBC Radio 4, Inside Health - 20 March 2018

Childhood type 1 diabetes diagnosis time could be 'reduced'
Research led by Dr Joseph Lee suggests diagnosis time could be reduced by two weeks in one-third of cases.
Diabetes Times - 20 March 2018

Millions could receive drugs for high blood pressure in effort to prevent heart attacks and strokes
The article quotes Professor Richard McManus, who says the "change in definition will label individuals with a 'condition' that they did not previously have."
Independent - 9 March 2018

PCPs do not always follow guidelines when ordering tests
DPhil student Jack O'Sullivan is interviewed about research in BMJ Open about overtesting and undertesting in primary care.
Healio - 8 March 2018

The best way to monitor your blood pressure? Do it yourself
Self-monitoring blood pressure could help reduce stroke risk, says Professor Richard McManus in light of new evidence from the TASMINH4 trial.
New York Times - 7 March 2018

Talk on over-use of antibiotics danger
A short report on a free public talk in Witney, delivered by Professor Carl Heneghan.
Oxford Mail - 3 March 2018

Bad results from drug trials no longer have a place to hide
This report about publishing data from clinical trials features Trials Tracker, a project from Dr Ben Goldacre and the EBM DataLab team.
Wired - 2 March 2018

Home blood pressure monitoring should be 'commonplace in NHS'
Reporting on the Oxford-led TASMINH4 study, which shows the effectiveness of self-monitoring blood pressure compared with usual care, with a comment from Professor Richard McManus.
Nursing Times - 28 February 2018. Also reported in GPOnline, PULSE, Science Daily, Medical Xpress

Calorie counts really take the biscuit
Report on a new Cochrane systematic review looking at nutritional labelling on menus, with comment from author Professor Susan Jebb.
The Times - 27 February 2018. Reported widely, including Daily Mail, Telegraph, The Sun, Express, The Independent

NHS 'overspent £500m" after telling GPs only one type of pain drug was valid
Report mentions a detailed study of the financial cost to the NHS of protracted legal action, which has been co-authored by Dr Ben Goldacre.
Sunday Telegraph - 25 February 2018, Also reported in Chemistry World

Tool 'names and shames' hidden drug trials
A report on the Trials Tracker tool, developed by Dr Ben Goldacre in the EBM DataLab
BBC News Online - 21 February 2018

Professor to deliver talk on antibiotics
The Oxford Mail report on an upcoming public talk from Professor Carl Heneghan.
Oxford Mail - 19 February 2018

BHF funds Oxford researcher to look at health impact of dieting
The Oxford Mail report on a new research project, led by Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce.
Oxford Mail - 15 February 2018

Blood thinners 'increase stroke risk for over-65s with kidney disease'
Commenting on the study, Dr Clare Taylor says the findings are surprising and should be treated with caution.
i - 15 February 2018

Two-thirds put off visiting GP for fear of bad news
Sir Muir Gray comments on research showing many people put off seeing a GP in case they were told they had a serious illness. 
Daily Mail - 15 February 2018

You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs
Report on the ongoing debate over vaginal mesh includes Professor Carl Heneghan's comments to a Parliamentary group.
Cambs Times - 2 February 2018

Webcam consultations leave GPs with LESS time
Research from Bristol, Warwick and Oxford finds alternatives to face-to-face consultations leave patients dissatisfied.
Daily Mail - 30 January 2018

'Damaging' contraceptive implant governed by 'kettle plug' regulations
Professor Carl Heneghan comments on the current rules governing the sale of implantable medical devices in the UK and Europe.
Daily Record - 29 January 2018

One cigarette a day 'increases heart disease and stroke risk'
Professor Paul Aveyard comments on the BMJ study, saying that it was wrong to conclude cutting down smoking was useless.
BBC News Online - 25 January 2018

Study into controversial flu drug recruits 2000 participants
Coverage of the Europe-wide ALIC4E study, led in the UK by the Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit.
Daily Mail - 24 January 2018 (Also reported by BBC Radio Oxford, The Oxford Mail, Belfast Telegraph, The Argus, and The Herald Scotland)

Practices sign up to trials for universal flu vaccine
Professor Chris Butler comments on the news that more than 800 patients have signed up to the INVICTUS Trial.
PULSE - 19 January 2018

GPs are told to give patients Tamiflu pills amid worsening flu outbreak
Professor Carl Heneghan comments on research evidence showing Tamiflu to be an ineffective treatment.
Daily Mail - 12 January 2018

Why do the majority of NHS staff not get the flu vaccine?
Professor Carl Heneghan agrees that take up is low due to uncertainty over the vaccines effectiveness.
BBC News Online - 11 January 2018

Obesity expert Susan Jebb says short-term dieting can bring 'astonishing' benefits
Professor Susan Jebb is interviewed.
Oxford Mail - 10 January 2018. Also appears on BBC Oxford.

Slashing 'sheer availability' of sugary snacks could curb obesity crisis, says Oxford expert Susan Jebb
Professor Susan Jebb is interviewed for the Oxford Mail ahead of Obesity Awareness Week.
Oxford Mail - 8 January 2018

Waiting times in the NHS
Professor Carl Heneghan comments on increased waiting times for elderly patients being admitted to NHS hospitals.
BBC Radio Oxford, Paul Miller - 4 January 2018

Is the rise of the robosurgeon a revolution or rip-off?
Research by Dr Ben Goldacre, looking at trials funded by robot companies, is mentioned.
Daily Mail - 3 January 2018 

Diet secrets and how to lose weight
Dr David Nunan comments on the evidence around fats and dieting.
Channel 5 - 2 January 2018 (available until 1 February 2018)

Unhealthy food hard to avoid... it's everywhere
Professor Susan Jebb comments on the new Public Health England guidelines for children’s snacks.
The Daily Mirror - 2 January 2018

Drug shortages cost NHS £38m as patients struggle
Dr Ben Goldacre's team produced the estimates which informed this article, and comments on the data.
The Times - 18 December 2017

Men 'much more likely to ask question in seminars' than women
Professor Trish Greenhalgh comments on a study showing men are two and a half times more likely to ask a question in an academic seminar than women.
Times Higher Education - 14 December, 2017

New Zealand bans vaginal mesh implants
Professor Carl Heneghan comments on the controversy surrounding vaginal mesh implants.
The Guardian - 12 December, 2017

Doctors 'not told about the full risk of vaginal mesh implants'
Article on vaginal mesh implants mentions comments from Professor Carl Heneghan
The Guardian - 12 December 2017. Also reported in BBC News Online (Scotland)

Twenty-five minutes to destroy your life
Professor Carl Heneghan interviewed on BBC One's Panorama programme about vaginal mesh implants.
BBC One, Panorama - 11 December 2017

NHS close to blowing entire winter fund on costly drugs
Dr Ben Goldacre, who runs the OpenPrescribing.net project, comments. 
The Times - 8 December 2017

Women harmed because of vaginal mesh regulation 'not fit for purpose'
Professor Carl Heneghan, who led the work, says many women have been subjected to great harm. 
The Guardian - 7 December 2017. Also reported in The Independent, Mail Online UK and Huffington Post UK.

Brexit could have unhealthy consequences
On the issue of staffing our healthcare system in the wake of Brexit, the FT cites research in the Lancet by Nick Fahy. 
FT - 5 December 2017

HEAT study recruits over 1,700 patients locally
Professor Richard Hobbs talks to BBC Radio Oxford about research on aspirin.
BBC Radio Oxford - 30 November 2017

Collaboration and competition: essential for research
Professor Trish Greenhalgh comments on the increasing obsession with metrics in academia
Times Higher Education - 30 November 2017

Newshour
Professor Carl Heneghan discusses the news that NICE is to recommend that vaginal mesh operations should be banned from treating organ prolapse in England.
BBC World Service - 28 November 2017

Watchdog 'recommends vaginal mesh ban'
Professor Carl Heneghan comments.
BBC Online - 27 November 2017

Every step you take counts
Digital health researcher Dr Farzana Dudhwala talks about her research into health ethnography.
BBC World Service, Health Check - 23 November 2017

Health research projects highlighted at Limerick Symposium
Professor Richard McManus contributes to the research showcase at University Hospital Limerick.
Limerick Post - 20 November 2017

Jamie Oliver's sugar levy trial fails to win over experts
Professor Susan Jebb comments on the research.
Food Manufacture - 10 November 2017

Reliable resources for dermatology nurses
Article comments on the SKINS project, a department project led by Abi McNiven.
Nursing in Practice - 8 November 2017

Giving up sugar was the worst thing I ever did
Professor Susan Jebb comments
BBC Three - 1 November 2017

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