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Prioritising patients with unexpected weight loss for cancer investigation

Big data Digital health & innovation Policy & health systems

New research will help GPs to identify the signs, symptoms, and blood test results they should look for to swiftly diagnose cancer in people with unexpected weight loss. The findings have implications for existing health policy and guidelines.

PRINCIPLE and ZOE partner to widen access to trial

COVID-19

Oxford University and the COVID Symptom Study app are joining forces to widen access to the PRINCIPLE trial of potential treatments for COVID-19.

Home tests for colorectal cancer could prioritise patients for referral

Big data

Non-invasive home-based tests that detect blood in patient stool samples offer an accurate and appropriate triaging method for GPs, finds research led by University of Oxford researchers.

Probiotics do not reduce antibiotic prescribing in care home residents, shows study

Clinical trials Infection & acute care

There is no evidence to suggest a daily combination of probiotics reduces the need for antibiotics to treat acute infections in care home residents, finds a study led by Oxford University researchers published in JAMA.

QResearch database researchers collaborate on two major cancer projects

Big data

Researchers in the Primary Care Epidemiology Group are joining two landmark projects to combine healthcare data and artificial intelligence to improve cancer diagnosis

CEBM launches Open Evidence Reviews

Providing timely updates of the evidence on particular aspects of COVID-19 in real-time.

Professor Kamal R. Mahtani awarded John Fry Award

Awards & appointments Research methods & EBM

The RCGP’s award for promoting the discipline of general practice through research and publishing goes to the CEBM’s Deputy Director

National guidelines on methotrexate prescribing continue to be breached

Big data

In only a minority of cases, national guidelines on tablet strength designed to avoid accidental methotrexate overdose are breached.

Communication skills teaching innovation praised in national award scheme

Teaching

The new teaching package aims to give students greater confidence and experience when consulting with patients who live with psychiatric illness.

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