Risk of blood clots remains for almost a year after COVID-19 infection, study suggests

  • 21 September 2022
COVID-19 infection increases the risk of potentially life-threatening blood clots for at least 49 weeks, according to a new study of health records of 48 million unvaccinated adults from the first wave of the pandemic. The findings suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic may have led to an additional 10,500 cases…

Total knee replacement surgery should not depend solely on body mass index

  • 8 September 2022
Researchers suggest that access to total knee replacements should not be limited solely because of a patient’s body mass index (BMI). A study supported by the Bristol BRC found patients with high BMIs were not significantly more at risk of worse outcomes than those with normal or…

Adverse events terminology covered by library of quality-of-life questionnaires

  • 8 September 2022
Significant overlap exists between questions listed in the Item Library of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) for clinical trials, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Using ribavirin to treat Lassa fever might not be backed up by evidence

  • 1 September 2022
Researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Oxford, funded by the World Health Organization (WHO) and by the NIHR Bristol BRC, found that there was only limited evidence to support using ribavirin, an antiviral medication, to treat patients diagnosed with Lassa fever. Ribavirin has been used to…

“I will use these valuable skills for the rest of my life”

  • 18 August 2022
Nino is a member of our Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG), who’s been involved with a new project looking at gender construction in schools in the UK and Ghana, and its impact on gender-based violence. In this blog, he tells us all about what motivated him to…

Majority of countries see no increase in suicide rates during first months of COVID-19 pandemic

  • 8 August 2022
Overall suicide rates did not increase in the majority of countries during the first 9-15 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. An international team of researchers, including some from the Bristol BRC, looked at data from 33 countries to get a better picture of how the pandemic was impacting the mental…

COVID-19 pandemic reduced number of people using health services after self-harming, systematic review suggests

  • 3 August 2022
The number of people presenting to health services after self-harming reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic in many high-income countries, according to a systematic review of 51 studies carried out by researchers at the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West (ARC West), the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (Bristol BRC), the University…

Landmark study shows consistent approaches to surgical innovation are urgently needed

  • 3 August 2022
A consistent approach to NHS policies on surgical innovation is urgently needed, a landmark study by University of Bristol researchers has shown. The INTRODUCE study, funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Bristol BRC) published in the British Journal…

Improving shared decision making and informed consent for surgical innovation – stakeholder workshop

  • 27 July 2022
National stakeholders got together on 4 July 2022 at a workshop organised by the Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (Bristol BRC) to talk about standards for shared decision making and informed consent in surgical innovation. They also discussed how to implement this into the wider health service. Attendees took part in…