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BLOG: Natriuretic peptide testing and heart failure survival

NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer and GP Dr Clare Taylor gives a breakdown of the findings and their importance of a recent publication on heart failure and natriuretic peptide testing by herself and colleagues.

New way to measure complexity in primary care

A new measure of complexity in primary care, which could help with allocating resources based on the practice population’s level of need, has been developed by NIHR Community Healthcare MedTech and In Vitro Diagnostics Cooperative supported researchers.

Comparing infrared thermometers with more traditional methods for measuring children's body temperature

General practitioners commonly measure children’s temperature using a thermometer placed in the armpit or ear canal. New ’non-contact’ thermometers use infrared light to measure temperature without touching the child. They are easy to use and there is no risk of passing on infections. However, we do not know how well they measure temperature compared with thermometers that use the armpit or the ear.

COVID-19: Online Medical Device Regulation Tool Goes Live

A digital tool to make it easier to understand how medical device regulations apply to your product in the current climate.

The NIHR's Response to COVID-19

The NIHR has established a single, national prioritisation process for COVID-19 research to prevent duplication of effort and ensure that the resources and capacity of the healthcare system are not exceeded.

Determining the clinical course in patients with viral or bacterial infection for acute cough

Are there differences in symptoms between viral and bacterial respiratory tract infections that doctors could use to distinguish between the two types of infection and thus reduce antibiotic over prescribing?

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How can the NHS be made more attractive for hosting commercial medical device studies? Insights from an NIHR industry engagement workshop

Alex is a post-doctoral researcher in the Interdisciplinary Research in Health Sciences (IRIHS) group in Oxford University's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. He has a broad social science interest in medical innovation and health research policy. He tweets as @rushforthad