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NIHR Signal Drug reduces deaths from bleeding after childbirth

Tranexamic acid, given to women who bleed heavily after giving birth, reduced the risk of death by 31% when given within three hours.

This trial included 20,060 women with postpartum haemorrhage who were randomly assigned to receive tranexamic acid or placebo. This is the first large study to indicate that it is safe and implies it should be... Read More

  • 22 August 2017
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NIHR Signal Silk clothing for children does not reduce objective measures of eczema severity

Six months of wearing special silk clothing had no effect on objective measures of child eczema severity, infection rates or medication use. Children and carers reported some small improvements in eczema severity on two scales but their awareness of the clothing worn by their child may have slightly influenced their judgment. Overall quality of... Read More

  • 22 August 2017
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Carers of stroke survivors voice an unmet need for practical and emotional support

NIHR Signal Carers of stroke survivors voice an unmet need for practical and emotional support

The carers of stroke survivors express a need to be recognised by hospital rehabilitation teams as partners in care. Carers emphasised that their deep knowledge can contribute to joint decision making about the care of their spouse or family member. This research suggests that considering carers’ needs for support, information and training... Read More

  • 22 August 2017
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NIHR Signal Humidified oxygen linked to increased chest infections

More respiratory infections in adults followed the use of humidified oxygen compared with non-humidified low-flow oxygen therapy. Bacterial contamination was common in the humidified oxygen bottles across various hospital departments including respiratory wards.

UK guidelines currently recommend using non-humidified oxygen for adults requiring... Read More

  • 22 August 2017
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NIHR Highlight My Signals - Patient Collection

In My Signals, health and social care staff and service users tell us what research is important to them and why they feel others need to know about it. In this collection, we asked four members of the public who have experience of health research to tell us which NIHR Signals have most interested them, or even prompted them to rethink their ca... Read More
  • 18 August 2017
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