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Polycystic ovary syndrome: losing weight can help but many sufferers are vulnerable to bad advice on social media

Researchers from the Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences write about how weight loss can be one of the best ways to manage Polycystic ovary syndrome but this has led many women to turn to the internet, where diet advice is abundant.

Digital Health through the lens of chess!

Dr Prenika Anand, soon to graduate from our MSc in Applied Digital Health, shares with us her 'journey of affirmative realisations and intense unlearning' and its impact on her approach to Digital Health

Artistry Through Adversity: Amy Izat's journey from critical care to canvas

DPhil student Francesca Dakin reviews 'A Different Kind of Vision', artist Amy Izat's poignant tale of health challenges and artistic transformation.

Bridging the Gap: Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit and Cancer theme join OCTO in CRUK Collaboration

In the UK today 1000 people will be diagnosed with cancer. The earlier a cancer is caught the more treatment options are available. A core strategy within the NHS Long Term Plan is to diagnose 75% of cancers at an early stage by 2028. Primary care plays an essential role in meeting this target with the majority of patients diagnosed with cancer first presenting to their GP with symptoms.

Why Oxford's new Sustainable Health Care short course is vital to mainstreaming sustainability in health care delivery.

Amy Booth, DPhil student and lecturer on the MSc in Translational Health Sciences takes us on her journey towards a future of environmentally sustainable health care

Bridging the gap in menopause care for minority ethnic women

By Sabrina Keating and on behalf of the wider WEAVE team (Sultana Bi, Sharon Dixon, Jennifer MacLellan, Abigail McNiven, Francine Toye)

The Future of Diagnosis: Navigating Uncertainty

Claire Friedemann Smith, Brian Nicholson and Georgia Black reflect on their visit to the first in-person Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) conference since Covid-19 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

From Idea to Impact: Strengthening PPI Through Training and Accreditation

In this blog post, Polly Kerr explores the journey of a project born out of a challenging situation, which led to a call for stronger PPI support systems in health and care research. Discover how a single workshop led to a nationwide initiative to enhance PPI in health and care research.

The Economics of Health Care: Improving health care costs and outcomes for patients

Melanie Golob, currently studying for a DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care, reflects on her experience of our module on the Economics of Health Care.

Introducing the Oxford Global Healthcare Network

A blog by Dr Gurpreet Singh Kalra and Shawn D. Mathis, members of cohort 1 of the MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership

Non-specific symptom pathways: How are they working and where are they going?

When it comes to diagnosing and treating non-specific symptoms (NSS) in cancer patients, a holistic approach is essential. However, the implementation of non-specific symptom pathways and national policies promoting holistic care can vary greatly among healthcare providers. In our workshop presented at the Cancer in Primary Care conference at Worcester College, Oxford, we discussed key challenges and future directions for research in providing comprehensive care to those with NSS.

Gender Bias in the Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disorders

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are a leading cause of death worldwide, and early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for improving patient outcomes. However, recent studies have shown that there is a gender bias in the diagnosis of CVDs, with women being less likely to receive timely and accurate diagnoses than men.

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