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Supporting mental health after flooding

Researchers from three NIHR Health Protection Research Units have found that flooding can have a significant negative impact on the mental health of people whose homes are flooded, as well as those whose lives are disrupted by flooding events. Their research has informed guidance for local authorities, policy makers and public health practitioners on planning for and dealing with the aftermath of a flood.

  • Published: 29 September 2022
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Tracking global antimicrobial resistance with genomic sequencing

Bacterial antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious and growing threat to global public health. In 2019, AMR was associated with nearly five million deaths globally. The rise in AMR threatens healthcare at all levels in every country, with infectious diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, soil and food-borne diseases becoming more difficult to treat.

  • Published: 21 September 2022

Experiences of those who self-fund care

Explore this story of how social care researchers investigated different people’s experiences of finding and funding their own care.

  • Published: 20 July 2022
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Shorter radiotherapy treatment benefits women with early-stage breast cancer

Breast cancer patients in the UK can now receive fewer radiotherapy sessions following surgery after the FAST-Forward trial confirmed that a one-week course was as safe and effective as the standard three-week course. The new treatment schedule is now being adopted internationally.

  • Published: 14 July 2022
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Improving outcomes after trauma and blood loss

NIHR researchers have developed new ways of diagnosing and treating severe bleeding after traumatic injury. Their revised protocol has been adopted by almost all major trauma centres in the UK and incorporated into clinical guidelines around the world, saving hundreds of lives and making significant cost savings for the NHS.

  • Published: 28 June 2022
Optimal care homes

Relational working key in delivering high-quality healthcare in care homes

The NIHR-funded Optimal study showed how care home and NHS services can work together to improve residents’ care. Its results have informed national policy and shaped changes to service delivery to improve the quality of life, health care and health planning for people living in care homes.

  • Published: 23 June 2022

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
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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