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No evidence of a significant increase in risk of suicide in first months of the pandemic, but continued monitoring needed

  • 20 April 2021
A new observational study is the first to examine suicides occurring during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in multiple countries and finds that suicide numbers largely remained unchanged or declined in the pandemic’s early months. The study, led by an international team including University of Bristol researchers, is…

Young people co-create COVID school study animation with researchers

  • 30 March 2021
As most pupils have now returned to school following lockdown, the COVID-19 school study, run by University of Bristol researchers, has also resumed fully. The study (also known as CoMMinS) aims to test thousands of pupils and staff for infection, in participating primary and secondary schools across Bristol. The…

Warning over effects of pandemic on young people’s mental health

  • 11 March 2021
A warning about the effects of the pandemic on children’s and young people’s mental health is published today (11 March) in The BMJ. Professor David Gunnell, co-lead of Bristol BRC’s Mental Health theme, has co-authored an editorial ‘Mental health of children and young people during pandemic’, which argues that…

People in Health West of England launches trailblazing involvement platform

  • 25 February 2021
People in Health West of England (PHWE) has launched Discourse, an online platform to enable public involvement in health research in a more modern and inclusive way. PHWE is the West of England’s regional public involvement network, supporting NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre and others in the region…

Bristol researchers to collaborate on national study to understand long COVID

  • 25 February 2021
What is long COVID and how can diagnosis be improved? Using data from electronic health records at a national scale alongside information from thousands of participants in the UK’s population-based cohort studies, these and other questions will be tackled following an announcement on 18 February of a nationwide long COVID…

GPs need training to spot patients at risk of psychosis

  • 21 January 2021
GPs are in a good position to identify patients who are at risk of developing psychosis. However, it is not always easy for them to do so. In a recent study of the possible barriers, researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care and Centre…

How coronavirus made 2020 the year of the electric bike

  • 7 January 2021
By Professor Ashley Cooper, Professor Angie Page and Jessica Bourne at the University of Bristol and the NIHR Bristol BRC. Their article was originally published in The Conversation, 29 December 2020. Walking and cycling gained a higher profile than ever in 2020 as a result of the pandemic. Governments…

Study highlights stark inequality in survival after cardiac surgery between paying and NHS patients

  • 16 December 2020
A new study has revealed paying patients are 20 per cent less likely to die or develop major complications, such as reintervention or stroke, after cardiac surgery than NHS patients – findings researchers say cannot be explained by socioeconomic factors alone. The study, led by academics at the University of…

Analysis finds four repurposed antiviral drugs have little or no effect on patients hospitalised for COVID-19

  • 4 December 2020
Repurposed antiviral drugs – remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir and interferon – to treat COVID-19 appear to have little or no effect on patients hospitalised for the disease, in terms of overall mortality, initiation of ventilation and duration of hospital stay. The interim findings from the WHO Solidarity trial, published in the…