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New study shows higher rate of fractures in people with intellectual disability

In the most comprehensive study of its kind, researchers at the University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust found a substantially higher rate of fractures in people with intellectual disability compared with people of the same age and gender without an intellectual disability

Night-time blood pressure assessment is important in diagnosing hypertension and preventing cardiovascular disease, study reveals

Cardiovascular & metabolic Health Services Research

Around 15% of people aged 40-75 may have a form of undiagnosed high blood pressure (hypertension) that occurs only at night-time. Because they do not know about this, and therefore are not being treated for it, they are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease such as stroke, heart failure, and even death, suggests new research from the University of Oxford.

Largest Hindu temple in Europe opens new health hub whilst providing continued support for PANORAMIC and PRINCIPLE trials

Europe’s BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, with the Neasden Temple, one of the largest Hindu temples outside of India, has opened a new community health hub in west London. Following their continued support of the PANORAMIC and PRINCIPLE trials, the temple’s interactive health hub will engage visitors around health awareness and wellbeing.

Study reveals environmental impact of 57,000 multi-ingredient processed foods for first time

Health behaviours

New research, led by researchers at the universities of Oxford and Aberdeen, highlights a new way of assessing the environmental impacts of supermarket food. It finds that plant-based foods have the lowest environmental impacts and that more nutritious foods are often more sustainable.

Research from Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences contributes to new guidelines on faecal immunochemical testing (FIT) in patients with signs or symptoms of suspected colorectal cancer

Cancer Health behaviours

The joint guideline from the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI) and the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) provides a clear strategy for the use of FIT in the colorectal cancer diagnostic pathway.

Measured weight loss associates with an increased risk of a cancer diagnosis

Cancer Health behaviours

Weight loss is a sign of undiagnosed cancer regardless of the interval over which it occurs.

COVID-19 vaccine protects people of all body weights from hospitalisation and death, a study of 9 million adults in England finds

COVID-19 Health behaviours QResearch

Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are effective against severe disease for people who are underweight, overweight, or who have obesity, finds new research published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, led by researchers at the University of Oxford.

Time-varying nature of clinical risk factors for pancreatic cancer may aid earlier diagnosis, finds new study

Cancer QResearch

Body mass index, blood tests, comorbidities and medication use are temporally associated with cancer risk in the three years before a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Congratulations to Oliver Van Hecke and Hettie Davies on receiving 2022 SAPC/RCGP awards

Awards & appointments Infection & acute care Patient experience

The Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) and the RCGP Scientific Foundation Board (SFB) award two departmental members for their contribution: Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Dr. Oliver van Hecke, receives SAPC/RCGP award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher 2022, and undergraduate medical student, Hettie Davies, receives the SAPC Medical Student Essay Prize 2022.

New health visiting study seeks to learn lessons from pandemic

A new £265,000 study by researchers at the Universities of Stirling, Kent and Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, is seeking to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected health visiting services across the UK, with a view to improving them in the future.

World No Tobacco Day 2022, 'Protect the environment'

Research methods & EBM

Today, Tuesday 31 May, is World No Tobacco Day – an annual event aimed to raise awareness of the harms caused by tobacco products to people, public health, communities and the environment; claiming the lives of over 8 million people every year. This years’ theme is 'Protect the environment'.

Clinical Trials Day 20 May 2022 - “We couldn’t do it without you.”

Clinical trials

Clinical Trials Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on, and appreciate, recent achievements and the people who have made these achievements possible. So, this year we want to say a big thank you to everyone involved, “we couldn’t do it without you”.

The PRINCIPLE Trial - two years on

COVID-19 Clinical trials

The PRINCIPLE Trial has led the way in evaluating treatments for COVID-19 in the community over the last two years.

Self-monitoring of blood pressure does not result in the earlier detection of high blood pressure in pregnancy nor does it improve blood pressure control in those with pregnancy hypertension

Clinical trials Patient experience

Self-monitoring of blood pressure during pregnancy neither results in earlier detection of high blood pressure, nor helps with blood pressure control in those who are pregnant, suggest the results of two new papers based on research from the University of Oxford and King’s College London (funded by the National Institute of Health and Care Research).

Tribute to Godfrey Fowler

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Godfrey Fowler, our founding Head of Department at Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, passed away on 29 March aged 90.

Congratulations to FHS student, Harrison France, on receiving 1st place in IUPHAR Student Research Poster Competition 2022

Awards & appointments COVID-19 Research methods & EBM Students

Final Honours student, Harrison France, from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Science and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, has recently been awarded 1st place in the the IUPHAR (International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology) Student Research Poster Competition 2022 by the British Pharmacological Society, for his research on preventable deaths involving medicines.

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