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Innovative treatment for depression in older people is effective

22 February 2017

An innovative psychological treatment can help older people who are suffering from lower-severity depression, say NIHR-funded researchers at the University of York. It can also prevent more severe depression from developing. Depression is common amongst...

One-off bowel scope cuts cancer risk for at least 17 years

22 February 2017

A one-off bowel screening test reduces the risk of developing bowel cancer by more than one third and could save thousands of lives, according to a study published in The Lancet.The researchers, funded by an...

Vitamin D protects against colds and flu, finds major global study

16 February 2017

Vitamin D supplements have been found to protect against acute respiratory infections including colds, flu and pneumonia, according to a study funded by the NIHR.The study provides the most robust evidence yet that vitamin D...

Major increase in midwifery unit births since 2010

15 February 2017

Births in midwifery units in England have trebled, up from five per cent to 14 per cent over the last six years, a new study by researchers at The University of Nottingham has shown.The research,...

New #twosides campaign promotes public involvement in research

14 February 2017

The NIHR is launching a striking new campaign urging patients and the public to get actively involved in health and social care research which affects the lives of millions of people. Featuring an iconic split...

Support for health professionals reduces unnecessary use of antibiotics in hospitals

09 February 2017

An updated Cochrane Review published today has identified effective and safe ways to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics in hospitals. Guidelines and policies that promote better targeting of antibiotics in patients who need them have...

Call for UK Clinical Research Collaboration Clinical Trials Unit Registration

07 February 2017

The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Registered Clinical Trials Units (CTU) Network invites new applications from previously unregistered Clinical Trials Units to undergo the registration process, which is designed to help improve the quality of...

Dying at home or in hospital dependent on wealth, location and number of diseases

01 February 2017

Where people die is often important to them and their families, as well as being important for planning health care services. Most people want to die at home, but most die in hospital.While the trends...

Landmark trial looking at test to predict who needs chemotherapy for breast cancer begins

26 January 2017

A landmark trial, funded by the NIHR HTA Programme, is looking at a test to predict who needs chemotherapy for breast cancer. The OPTIMA (Optimal Personalised Treatment of breast cancer using Multi-parameter Analysis) trial aims...

Offering a ‘stop smoking’ taster session and personalised letter doubles likelihood smokers will seek help to quit

25 January 2017

Smokers underestimate their personal risk of illness, and an NIHR-funded study aimed to try and persuade them that these risks are personally relevant. Offering smokers a taster session at an NHS Stop Smoking Service and...


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