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NIHR Signal Structured training improves skills of wheelchair users

Structured wheelchair skills training increases wheelchair users’ skills when compared with no training, standard care or education controls. The training, as developed in Canada, is more effective for new wheelchair users than experienced users. It includes difficult everyday challenges from wheeling through gravel to negotiating high... Read More

  • 18 July 2018
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Doctor examines the leg old female patient for varicose veins

NIHR Signal Varicose vein injections help new venous leg ulcers heal

For patients with leg ulcers caused by varicose veins, early intervention to treat the veins results in faster healing of ulcers than standard compression therapy alone.

Researchers studied 450 people with open venous leg ulcers of 6 weeks to 6 months duration and varicose veins. Those assigned to have their veins treated within two weeks had... Read More

  • 18 July 2018
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NIHR Signal Enhanced recovery programmes after stomach cancer surgery reduce hospital stay without increasing complications

Enhanced recovery programmes reduce length of hospital stay and associated healthcare costs after stomach cancer surgery, with no impact on short-term mortality or post-operative complications. They also improved post-operative quality of life.

The enhanced recovery approach includes a range of components designed to help people to recover more ... Read More

  • 18 July 2018
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NIHR Signal Lamotrigine is not effective for the treatment of borderline personality disorder

Lamotrigine, a mood-stabilising drug, is not clinically effective for the treatment of borderline personality disorder. Over one year follow up, this NIHR-funded trial did not find a difference between lamotrigine and placebo for borderline personality disorder-related symptoms and behavioural problems, depressive symptoms, self-harm, social... Read More

  • 17 July 2018
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NIHR Signal Testing oxygen levels of newborn babies helps find serious heart defects

Measuring oxygen levels in newborn babies as part of routine care can identify cases of critical congenital heart defects sooner than waiting until symptoms appear. If 10,000 babies were screened, pulse oximetry could correctly identify about 5 of the 6 expected asymptomatic cases and might miss one. This international research suggests there... Read More

  • 17 July 2018
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