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Foods associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death in middle-age identified

Cardiovascular & metabolic Health behaviours

Two common dietary patterns identified in British adults, which include high intakes of chocolate and confectionary, may be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death in middle-age, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine by Oxford University researchers.

Favipiravir to be investigated as a possible COVID-19 treatment for at-home recovery in the PRINCIPLE trial

COVID-19 Clinical trials Infection & acute care

Could the antiviral favipiravir help transform COVID-19 into an illness that can be successfully treated by general practitioners?

Risk of severe COVID-19 from asthma and other respiratory diseases may be only modestly increased, new analysis suggests

Big data COVID-19 Cardiovascular & metabolic

People with asthma have only a modestly increased risk of developing severe Covid-19 and requiring admission to hospital from the illness, finds an analysis of 8.3 million electronic health care records in England led by University of Oxford researchers.

Five simple steps to effective opportunistic weight loss conversations in family practice

Health behaviours Policy & health systems

Five simple communication changes could enable doctors to have more equitable and effective conversations about weight loss, finds new research from the University of Oxford and Loughborough University. With obesity as one of the few modifiable risk factors for developing severe COVID, the findings are especially important during the current pandemic.

NIHR School for Primary Care Research relaunches with new focus to strengthen whole primary care research sector

Awards & appointments

Oxford University continues its membership of the national school, while the directorate transfers to Keele University.

Adults living with children faced small increased COVID-related risks during UK’s second wave

Big data COVID-19 Infection & acute care

Close monitoring and evaluation as schools reopen crucial to inform ongoing policy

Oxford-led research makes BJGP Open's top ten most read open research articles of 2020

Awards & appointments Policy & health systems Research methods & EBM

Three articles, led by Oxford researchers in the department, including three DPhil students, make the top 10 list for the most read open research articles in the BJGP Open for 2020 - including number one.

PRINCIPLE Covid-19 treatments trial widens to under 50s and adds colchicine

COVID-19 Clinical trials Infection & acute care

From today, the UK’s national priority platform trial of Covid-19 treatments for recovery at home launches its investigation of the gout drug colchicine, and expands for the first time to include adults of any age.

New NIHR Senior Investigators appointed

Awards & appointments Digital health & innovation Patient experience

Professors Catherine Pope and John Powell join the NIHR college of senior research leaders.

Oxford Social Prescribing Research Network launches website

Policy & health systems Research methods & EBM

The Oxford Social Prescribing Research Network from the University of Oxford have today launched a new website, bringing together world-class evidence-based research and expertise from the cultural and heritage sector to support people's health and well-being through social prescribing.

Celebrating 100 years of women in Oxford Medical Sciences

Internal

Meet five incredible women from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

No link between blood pressure drugs and falls, finds study

Cardiovascular & metabolic

While treatment for high blood pressure is not associated with falls, there is some evidence to suggest patients who take blood pressure lowering medications may be more likely to faint or suffer kidney problems which lead to hospital admission, finds a study led by University of Oxford researchers.

Ben Goldacre to lead national review into use of health data for research and analysis

Awards & appointments Big data

A new review, launched by the Department for Health and Social Care, will focus on the more efficient and safe use of health data for research and analysis for the benefit of patients and the healthcare sector.

Oxford-led research makes BJGP's top ten most read research articles of 2020

Awards & appointments Health Services Research Research methods & EBM

Five articles, led by Oxford researchers in the department, make the top 10 list for the most read articles in the British Journal of General Practice in 2020 - including number one.

Azithromycin and doxycycline are not generally effective against COVID-19 in patients treated at home, shows PRINCIPLE trial

Big data COVID-19 Clinical trials Infection & acute care

Update from the Chief Investigators of the Platform Randomised trial of INterventions against COVID-19 In older peoPLE (PRINCIPLE), 25 January 2021

Remote, online support for blood pressure management at home is effective and low-cost

Cardiovascular & metabolic Digital health & innovation

At-home blood pressure monitoring using a web-based system offering personalised support and linked to a remote healthcare professional can result in better hypertension management than face-to-face consultations, finds a study led by University of Oxford, Bristol and Southampton researchers.

Thousands of patients may have undiagnosed and untreated bowel cancer due to COVID-19 disruption

COVID-19 Cancer Policy & health systems

A new study led by the University of Oxford has found that since the first coronavirus lockdown the number of people diagnosed with bowel cancer in England has fallen sharply, with a deficit persisting up to October 2020.

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