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New haemoglobin test helps prevent anaemia in blood donors

A new approach to pre-donation screening was introduced across the whole national blood service as a result of NIHR research, saving around 30,000 people from avoidable anaemia and potential iron deficiency every year.

  • Published: 29 April 2021

Implementing improved maternity care on the front line

Midwife-led models of continuity of care improve outcomes for pregnant women. Working with hospital trusts, managers and frontline staff has enabled the development of a new care pathway and guidelines to implement it in a sustainable way.

  • Published: 06 April 2021

Fighting diabetes with information

An online diabetes education tool has been shown to help patients control blood sugar levels and is now being considered for roll out across the country by NHS England.

  • Published: 20 March 2021

Smart glasses for vision loss

NIHR-funded research has developed ‘smart glasses’ that have been developed to improve sight using real-time image enhancement software.

  • Published: 09 March 2021

Hope for children with rare neurodegenerative disorder

A treatment for children with a rare form of childhood dementia has made a dramatic difference to their outcomes. The UK arm of the drug trial took place at the NIHR Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre where today 19 patients receive regular therapy.

  • Published: 28 February 2021

Putting public engagement at the heart of research

Public engagement from the outset of research helped NIHR researchers develop a website to explain complex and sensitive children’s heart surgery data to the public. The lessons learned led to a best practice guide for researchers involving patients and the public in research.

  • Published: 26 January 2021

Identifying liver disease earlier and in the community

Faced with a growing burden of liver disease, researchers at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre reimagined the way that patients could be diagnosed in community settings. Their pathway has been tested and is being taken up by the NHS to the benefit of patients.

  • Published: 22 January 2021

The beautiful game

NIHR-funded researchers from the University of Glasgow evaluated the effectiveness of Football Fans in Training (FFIT) - a programme to help football fans lose weight, feel better and live a healthier lifestyle.

  • Published: 26 November 2020

Is it time for lights out?

NIHR research finds no evidence of an association between reduced street lighting and night-time road casualties or crime across England and Wales.

  • Published: 20 November 2020

Reducing patient harm through medication errors

A set of safety indicators to identify patients at risk of harm from prescribing errors, along with a pharmacist-led IT-based intervention, are reducing clinically important medication errors.

  • Published: 02 November 2020