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Benefits of low-salt diet for heart failure uncertain

Benefits of low-salt diet for heart failure uncertain

Cardiovascular & metabolic Research methods & EBM

A new systematic review from researchers at the University of Oxford has found limited evidence of any benefit for heart failure patients who follow a low-salt diet, despite many international guidelines recommending this.

Dialogue sets the research agenda for tobacco control

Dialogue sets the research agenda for tobacco control

Health behaviours Public engagement & involvement

A Cochrane stakeholder engagement project led from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences informs national call funding for tobacco research.

Point-of-care flu tests don't lower antibiotic prescribing, study finds

Point-of-care flu tests don't lower antibiotic prescribing, study finds

Infection & acute care

Tests also have no effect on admission or return visits, finds research published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Treatment for moderately high blood pressure may be best saved for those at high risk

Treatment for moderately high blood pressure may be best saved for those at high risk

Big data Cardiovascular & metabolic

The largest study of people with mild hypertension shows that medical treatment may not be worthwhile in those who are at low risk of heart attack and stroke.

EBM DataLab team win award for Trials Tracker Initiative

EBM DataLab team win award for Trials Tracker Initiative

Awards & appointments Research methods & EBM

Cochrane-REWARD prize recognises efforts to reduce research waste

Department researchers scoop medical book awards

Department researchers scoop medical book awards

Awards & appointments Policy & health systems Teaching

Professor Trish Greenhalgh and Dr Andrew Papanikitas receive British Medical Association Medical Book Awards.

Department researcher appointed chair of government’s new health technology advisory board

Department researcher appointed chair of government’s new health technology advisory board

Awards & appointments Research methods & EBM

Oxford academic Dr Ben Goldacre has been appointed chair of the UK government’s new HealthTech Advisory Board.

Study of urine collection devices closes with 1264 patients recruited

Study of urine collection devices closes with 1264 patients recruited

Clinical trials Infection & acute care

Congratulations to the CONDUCT study team for completing recruitment.

Oral steroids are not effective for most children with glue ear

Oral steroids are not effective for most children with glue ear

Clinical trials Infection & acute care

Study finds no evidence of important benefits in 2-8 year olds with prolonged glue ear.

Rare cancer could be caught early using simple blood tests

Rare cancer could be caught early using simple blood tests

Infection & acute care Research methods & EBM

A pioneering study into myeloma, a rare cancer, could lead to GPs using simple blood tests to improve early diagnosis.

Five staff recognised for research and teaching achievements

Five staff recognised for research and teaching achievements

Awards & appointments

The University’s recent Recognition of Distinction Exercise has awarded new titles to five staff in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

COPD patients' quality of life improved by socialising and regular exercise

COPD patients' quality of life improved by socialising and regular exercise

Patient experience Research methods & EBM

Regular contact with healthcare professionals, support from peers and engaging in organised exercise could help people with chronic lung conditions to lead more active - and generally better lives, according to new research.

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