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A study by Oxford researchers outlines the valuable role primary care plays in supporting women's health needs

Health experiences Patient experience

The researchers from the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust interviewed primary care practitioners about their experiences of supporting women's healthcare needs.

Study shows detrimental impact of Long Covid on the education and lives of children and young people

COVID-19 Health experiences Patient experience

New research from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, and the universities of Stirling and Aberdeen, funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), highlights the profound effect Long Covid can have on children and young people’s school experience and wider lives.

E-cigarettes, varenicline and cytisine are the most effective stop-smoking aids, analysis of over 150,000 smokers reveals

Health behaviours Policy & health systems Research methods & EBM

Oxford-led study identifies nicotine e-cigarettes, varenicline, and cytisine as top aids for stopping smoking long-term. Comprehensive analysis offers clear insights for effective quit strategies.

New model predicts risk of developing and dying from breast cancer within 10 years to aid personalised screening

Cancer QResearch

A team of researchers at the University of Oxford, led by the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, have developed a new model that reliably predicts a woman's likelihood of developing and then dying of breast cancer within a decade.

Oxford GPs lead nationwide launch of AI-driven assessment technology for COPD

Digital health & innovation Infection & acute care

People at risk of severe respiratory illnesses will have access to the to the newest and fastest technology currently available to assess them for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), an incurable medical condition affecting over 1.2 million people in the UK.

NDPCHS Joins Major NIHR Policy Research Programme on Cancer Research

Cancer Policy & health systems

The NIHR unveils a significant investment in its Policy Research Units, with a spotlight on early cancer detection. Led by experts from Oxford and UCL, this initiative aims to transform research into actionable policies, targeting the NHS's ambitious goal of early diagnosis for 3 out of 4 cancer patients by 2028.

New study finds environmental harm from low meat diets is much lower than high meat diets

A groundbreaking research study conducted by the Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) project at the University of Oxford has revealed that adopting low meat diets can significantly decrease the environmental impact of food production.

NHS at 75: Highlighting the Pivotal Role of Primary Care in Tackling Health Challenges

Celebrating the NHS's 75th anniversary, Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences underscores its pivotal role in combating health inequalities and antimicrobial resistance, from penicillin to the forefront of healthcare innovation.

Rapid weight loss found to be safe and helpful for people with liver disease, Oxford trial reveals

Cardiovascular & metabolic Clinical trials Health behaviours

A clinical trial, led by a team at NDPCHS, has shown that a three-month rapid weight loss programme was not only safe but also effective in reducing the severity of a liver disease called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) with liver fibrosis.

LEAP's 'Meat Your Persona' showcased at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition

Health behaviours Public engagement & involvement

Researchers from the University of Oxford's Livestock Environment and People (LEAP) programme look forward to engaging thousands of members of the public with leading research on the health and environmental impacts of meat consumption.

Professor Michael Kidd, AO, to start a new role at NDPCHS from July 2023

Awards & appointments Global perspective

Through a strategic partnership with UNSW and the University of Oxford, Prof Michael Kidd, will start in a new joint position in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (NDPCHS), focusing upon Global Primary Care and Future Health Systems.

CTU members attend annual UK Trial Managers’ Network Conference

On Tuesday, members from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences Clinical Trials Unit attended the UK Trial Managers' Network (UKTMN) Annual Conference 2023.

Seminar provides platform for constructive dialogue on racialised health inequalities

In a thought-provoking seminar held on Wednesday 31 May, experts and academics gathered to delve into the complex relationship between racism, colonialism, and health inequities. The ‘Race and Health: Reckoning with the past and present to secure better futures’ seminar was held at Green Templeton College and provided a platform for deep introspection and constructive dialogue on the impact of historical legacies and contemporary geopolitical events on health disparities.

Double milestone for equity in health research for NDPCHS: CfRE's launch and a prestigious Incubator Award

Digital health & innovation Policy & health systems

The Centre for Research Equity (CfRE) and the ‘Race Equity and Diversity in Careers Incubator’, both hosted by the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Science, University of Oxford, have recently celebrated significant milestones in their respective missions of promoting inclusivity and equity in health research.

Dr Oliver Van Hecke wins ESCMID Young Investigator Award

Dr Oliver Van Hecke, Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, has been awarded the Young Investigator Award by ESCMID (European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases).

Multi-cancer blood test showed ‘real promise’ in NHS trial

Cancer Clinical trials

An NHS trial of a new blood test for more than 50 types of cancer, led by the University of Oxford, correctly revealed two out of every three cancers among over 5,000 people who had visited their GP with suspected symptoms, in England or Wales. The test also correctly identified the original site of cancer in 85% of those cases.

Professor Peter Scarborough co-leads new £5.4 million national consortium to transform the food system and encourage healthier diets

Diet, Data and Interventions Health behaviours

SALIENT will co-design and evaluate interventions that support healthier diets and reduce the environmental impacts of our food system, working with partners in local government, food charities, community support teams and the food industry.

New study shows quitting smoking can improve mental health, providing reassurance to smokers and clinicians

Health behaviours Research methods & EBM

A new cohort study led by Oxford University has provided compelling evidence that quitting smoking can lead to improved mental health outcomes among people with and without mental health disorders, alleviating concerns raised by both clinicians and smokers.

Clinical Trials Day 2023

Tomorrow, Saturday 20 May, is Clinical Trials Day, an excellent opportunity to reflect on the immense value that trials hold in advancing medical knowledge and improving healthcare outcomes. Trials such as those run out of the PC-CTU are the cornerstone of scientific progress, enabling researchers to test new treatments, therapies, and interventions in a controlled environment.

The safety of GP prescribing in England was not adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, finds new study using OpenSAFELY

Researchers from the universities of Oxford and Nottingham have found that despite substantial disruption to primary care services, the safety of GP prescribing in England was largely unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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