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Saving lives with new treatments for anorexia nervosa

A team at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre has developed a series of new approaches to improve treatment and support for patients with anorexia nervosa and their caregivers at all stages of the illness. Their evidence-based interventions and models of care have been integrated into NICE guidelines and widely adopted within the NHS.

  • Published: 24 May 2022
Children eating a school dinner

School-based intervention to tackle childhood obesity informs UK policy

A study of 6 to 7 year-old children carried out by NIHR-funded researchers found that school-based interventions alone are unlikely to improve childhood obesity. The results have informed the NHS and other public agencies about the most appropriate methods to prevent and manage childhood obesity.

  • Published: 17 May 2022

Using patients’ electronic health records to improve health and care

NIHR-funded researchers developed a data platform called CALIBER for more than 30 studies on the onset and progression of cardiovascular diseases. CALIBER has now expanded to provide access to linked data on more than 50 million patients and has supported over 100 research projects across a range of conditions, including COVID-19.

  • Published: 27 April 2022

Changing behaviour to combat tooth decay

A low-cost talking intervention has been shown to prevent tooth decay in children. NHS dental nurses are now offered training in the technique, and commissioners in the North West have committed to introducing the intervention into dental services.

  • Published: 18 April 2022

Working together for better lung health

Our RESPIRE network has successfully engaged with communities and health workers across Asia to prevent and treat respiratory diseases. Photo courtesy Vadu Rural Health Program, King Edward Memorial Hospital Research Centre (KEMHRC) Pune, India

  • Published: 04 April 2022

Preventing cancer by extending vaccination to boys

Evidence from NIHR-funded research contributed to a change in immunisation policy that made the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine available to boys as well as girls, potentially preventing more than 100,000 cancers over 50 years.

  • Published: 23 March 2022

Helping people stay warm at home in later life

NIHR researchers used interviews with older people in South Yorkshire to develop a website and other resources to help health and social care providers and organisations support vulnerable older people to keep warm and well during cold weather. Their resources have informed national and local support aimed at improving older people’s living conditions.

  • Published: 07 March 2022

Improving global surgical outcomes through collaborative research

The NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery is improving surgical outcomes in low and middle income countries through collaborative research and training, providing evidence to change surgical practice and improve patient care.

  • Published: 17 February 2022
On the bus with masks

Free bus travel keeps young Londoners socially connected

Free bus travel in London is a socially inclusive way for young people to access education, services and social activities without reducing their physical activity levels or displacing other age groups from bus travel.

  • Published: 10 February 2022

Taking part in the PANORAMIC trial - Glyn’s story

After Glyn Talling tested positive for COVID-19, he was called by his GP surgery and offered the chance to join a national priority study called PANORAMIC - investigating potentially ground-breaking antiviral treatments that can be safely taken at home.

  • Published: 02 February 2022

Taking part in PANORAMIC - Sonia's story

Sonia Bryan, a nurse from Worcestershire, was one of the first people to take part in PANORAMIC - a pivotol UK study investigating new antiviral Covid pills that can be safely taken at home.

  • Published: 14 January 2022
Sexual health promotion

Digital media for sexual health promotion

Interactive digital interventions (IDIs) are effective for sexual health promotion and HIV prevention. They could be rolled out much more widely to complement school sex and relationships education and sexual health services.

  • Published: 11 January 2022