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VC's public engagement award presented to Professor Trish Greenhalgh and IRIHS team

A project developed by the IRIHS group to develop assisted-living technologies for older people with complex needs is one of five recognised from the Medical Sciences Division.

Other news

Reduction in UK red and processed meat intake, but more needed to meet our climate targets

Daily meat consumption in the UK has decreased by approximately 17.4g per person per day – just under a 17% reduction – in the last decade finds new research from the University of Oxford. Between 2008/09 and 2018/19 people in the UK reduced both the amount of red and processed meat they eat, while slightly increasing their white meat consumption. Yet, this reduction is significantly less than the 30% reduction the National Food Strategy has recently called for within the next ten years.

Hormone therapy not linked to increased risk of developing dementia

Use of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT), also known as hormone replacement therapy, HRT) is not associated with an increased risk of developing dementia, regardless of hormone type, dose, or duration, conclude a team of researchers from across the UK.

Department cancer-risk research featured in special edition of PLOS Medicine focussed on advances in early cancer detection

The research, led by researchers at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, is highlighted in a special collection of studies that focus on early cancer detection, hailed by the Editors as “cutting edge, and potentially scalable, innovations that have the potential to inform research, policy, and clinical cancer management.”

Five simple steps to effective opportunistic weight loss conversations in family practice

Five simple communication changes could enable doctors to have more equitable and effective conversations about weight loss, finds new research from the University of Oxford and Loughborough University. With obesity as one of the few modifiable risk factors for developing severe COVID, the findings are especially important during the current pandemic.

Blog posts

E-cigarettes: misconceptions about their dangers may be preventing people from quitting smoking

When electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) first emerged, they became a popular way for people to quit smoking. But in 2019, a mysterious lung condition emerged that primarily affected young people, particularly those who vaped. This left many questioning the safety of e-cigarettes.

Virtual Presence: loneliness and technology

Dr Gemma Hughes, Health Services Researcher at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, blogs about Virtual Presence, an international research collaboration.

Why remote consultation with a doctor is difficult – and how it can be improved

Before the pandemic, billboards in London, England, advertised a doctor-in-your-pocket service. Targeted at busy commuters, it consisted of a smartphone app and a promise of a video link-up to a real doctor within 45 minutes. What’s not to like?

COVID: Seven reasons mask wearing in the west was unnecessarily delayed

Masks help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, yet masking policies in the west have featured some spectacular policy wrong turns, says Professor Trish Greenhalgh.