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‘BREAKTHROUGH’ HEART PROCEDURE GIVES HOPE FOR PATIENTS IN UK FIRST

A new procedure to treat patients with severe heart valve disease has been carried out in a UK first at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH).  Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Replacement (TTVR) procedures took place at the Oxford Heart Centre, based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, in December 2023 to treat two patients with severe tricuspid regurgitation. […]

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GROUNDBREAKING RADIOTHERAPY TRIAL FOR UK BRAIN CANCER PATIENTS

A cancer treatment that is currently available to only a limited number of UK patients is to be tested in a countrywide clinical trial to see if it causes fewer long-term side effects than standard radiotherapy. The APPROACH brain cancer trial, which is now recruiting patients at Oxford University Hospitals, as well as in Leeds, […]

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Study reveals high number of persistent COVID-19

A new study led by the University of Oxford has found that a high proportion of SARS-CoV-2 infections in the general population lead to persistent infections lasting a month or more. The findings have been published today in the journal Nature. It has long been thought that prolonged COVID-19 infections in immunocompromised individuals may have […]

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OUH TO RUN NEW RADIOTHERAPY CENTRE IN MILTON KEYNES

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) and Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH) have reached a formal agreement on the provision of radiotherapy services at Milton Keynes University Hospital. The new Oxford University Hospitals Radiotherapy Centre @ Milton Keynes will be run by expert clinicians from Oxford University Hospitals. The new centre will be linked to the […]

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Oxford spinout Brainomix is revolutionising stroke care through AI

This year, around 100,000 people in the UK will have a stroke. AI algorithms developed by a University of Oxford spinout company are ensuring that more stroke patients will receive better care and outcomes. It’s no coincidence that the best-known acronym for spotting signs of a stroke urges FAST action. Every second counts, not least for […]

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BRC INTERNS TAKE FIRST STEP ON THEIR RESEARCH PATHWAY

Eight Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) healthcare professionals have taken their first steps on the clinical academic pathway after presenting the results of their six-month NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) internship research projects. The internships are aimed at Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Pharmacists and Healthcare Scientists (NMAHPPS) who have little or no research experience. The BRC […]

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Online tool that empowers parents to treat child anxiety

New research from the University of Oxford has revealed that an online program that empowers parents to apply Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles in their child’s day to day lives is just as effective as traditional talking therapies for child anxiety problems, while substantially reducing the amount of therapist time required and making support more […]

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Patients concerned about developing dependence or withdrawal symptoms from some prescribed drugs

General practice patients say that they are not sufficiently warned about the possibility of developing dependence or withdrawal symptoms from some prescribed drugs, according to a recent study. Oxford Brookes University expert Dr Jennifer Seddon, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, led a two-year study that explored how to improve the experience of patients who are prescribed […]

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CQC NATIONAL MATERNITY SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED

Women giving birth at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) in 2023 have had their say on the care they received. The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) Maternity Survey, published on Wednesday 31 January, reported that OUH’s results were ‘much better’ or ‘better’ than most trusts on four questions. No results were ranked ‘much worse’, […]

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New research improves accuracy of molecular quantification in high throughput sequencing

A team at Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) has developed a new approach to significantly improve the accuracy of Ribonucleic acid (RNA) sequencing. They pinpoint the primary source of inaccurate quantification in both short and long-read RNA sequencing, and have introduced the concept of “majority vote” error correction leading to a […]

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