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Supporting the detection of cardiovascular disease

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We have produced an overview of rapid tests for cholesterol.

Heart and circulatory disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, causes 1 in 4 deaths in the UK. The

Assessing the accuracy and cost of using near patient tests for influenza

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Faster diagnosis of flu in hospitals, using tests like the Alere i Influenza A & B NPT, could save the NHS money.

Background

Influenza (Flu) is a respiratory illness caused by…

Examining a blood test for detecting severe infection

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The MR-proADM test could help to identify patients with an infection who are deteriorating and at risk of sepsis.

Patients admitted to hospital with an infection have their National Early…

Evaluating a test for improving treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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We are supporting the UK based company AlphaBiomics with their test to personalise treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects around 1 in 100 people across the…

Appraising a new device for diagnosing pneumonia in the Intensive Care Unit

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We have helped an international team, led by the University of Edinburgh, obtain £3 million funding and explored the need for their new diagnostic.

Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) affects 20%…

Supporting the development of a new blood test for prostate cancer

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We are helping GlycoScoreDx Ltd. to commercialise their diagnostic test for improved detection of prostate cancer.

Every 45 minutes one man dies of prostate cancer in the UK. Developing better…

Evaluating diagnostics to help with the emergency care of patients with a suspected stroke

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We are collaborating with the Newcastle University Stroke Research Group to examine diagnostics that may improve the emergency care of patients with a suspected stroke.

There are around 100,000 strokes…

Evaluating a rapid test for diagnosing a childhood respiratory virus

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Speeding up the diagnosis of respiratory syncytial virus, using tests like the Roche Cobas Liat system, could reduce the spread of infection and produce cost savings for NHS hospitals.

It…

Examining the potential benefits of a near bedside test for Clostridium difficile infection

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Faster diagnosis of Clostridium difficile should reduce the spread of infection and improve use of NHS resources in hospitals.

Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is a bacterium that can infect the bowel…

Examining the unmet clinical needs for COVID-19 testing

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Working with collaborators across the CONDOR partnership we have analysed the views of health and social care professionals and policy makers on COVID-19 tests.

There has been a concerted effort…

Informing the optimal sampling strategies for COVID-19 testing

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Samples for COVID-19 testing by RT-PCR should be taken as soon as symptoms start and from different sites of the body to have the best chance of correct diagnosis.

Accurate…

Evidence reviews to support frontline medical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic

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We have written seven rapid evidence reviews to assist healthcare professionals with their decision-making.

At the start of the UK response to the pandemic, there were many uncertainties regarding how…