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My health data internship experience by Maria Johnson

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Maria Johnson has spent the last six weeks working with the BREATHE team at Imperial College London, as part of the 10000 Black Interns programme with Health Data Research UK.

My health data internship experience by Safia Nasuuna

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Safia Nasuuna blogs about the project she’s been working on as part of her summer placement with BREATHE, through the 10000 Black Interns programme. Safia’s internship was based within the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh.

My health data internship experience by Rahma Said

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Rahma Said reflects on her experience as part of the 10000 Black Interns programme, following her summer placement with BREATHE based at the University of Leicester.

My health data internship experience by Wendy Jones

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Wendy Jones details her experience on the 10000 Black Interns programme following her summer placement with BREATHE, based at the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh.

BREATHE and IQVIA announce collaboration to accelerate the early diagnosis and treatment of respiratory conditions

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The collaboration will bring together non-identified health data research and insights expertise to improve patient outcomes.

EAVE II wins HDR UK Impact of the Year award

At this year’s annual HDR UK Scientific Conference, the EAVE II study was announced as joint winner of the Impact of the Year award for the world’s first national study on the success of first dose COVID-19 vaccinations in reducing hospital admissions.

WEBINAR: BREATHE's virtual showcase of the Hub

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Watch BREATHE's virtual showcase to learn more about the Hub and what we offer, as part of Health Data Research UK’s virtual seminar series.

Delta variant increases hospitalisation, but vaccine continues to protect

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is associated with approximately double the risk of hospitalisation compared with the Alpha variant, according to a new nationwide EAVE II study.

NHS Digital GP Dataset - Joint Statement from the Medical and Social Research Community

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GP health data are crucial for the planning and provision of health services and to enable research discoveries that save and improve people’s lives. 

COVID vaccine linked to low platelet count, EAVE II study suggests

A condition that affects the blood, known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), may be associated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in rare cases, research suggests.

BREATHE announces new Curiosity Group

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BREATHE is seeking members of the public with experience of respiratory illness, or an interest in respiratory research, to join its Curiosity Group.

Lockdown associated with the largest drop in COPD attacks ever seen across Scotland and Wales, a new study finds 

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First national level analysis shows hospital admissions for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) across Scotland and Wales fell during the first COVID-19 lockdown. 

BREATHE impact on health data research recognised with Milestone 2 success

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BREATHE – The Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health, has successfully passed its second milestone recognising its significant impact on health data research in the UK.

First dose vaccine effectiveness update: full study now available from The Lancet

A milestone study, which points to the success of first dose mass vaccination in reducing COVID-19 hospitalisations across Scotland, is now available from The Lancet.

Health Data Research UK launches transformational new search functionality

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New “Cohort Discovery” tool allows health researchers to search for and assess data to discover research-specific population cohorts across multiple datasets.

BREATHE welcomes five interns as part of Black Internship Programme

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The programme, coordinated by Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), will commence in the summer of 2021, providing paid work experience to future Black data scientists.

Asthma hospital admissions dropped by more than a third during lockdown, data suggests

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Study finds 36% fewer people were admitted to hospital in Scotland and Wales in the first lockdown due to asthma

New partnership targets effective precision medicine treatments for respiratory patients

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BREATHE – the Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health (BREATHE) partners with PrecisionLife to expand understanding of respiratory disease biology.

BREATHE and Savana partnership set to unlock real world evidence health data

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This new partnership is set to boost research into COVID-19 and respiratory conditions.

Scottish vaccine roll-out working, data suggests

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Vaccination has been linked to a substantial reduction in the risk of Covid-19 admissions to Scotland’s hospitals, landmark research suggests.

Diveplane joins BREATHE as a Supporting Partner

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Diveplane and BREATHE - the Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health have entered into a new partnership.

People with asthma in deprived areas of Wales have worse outcomes and increased risk of death

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Asthma patients living in the most deprived areas of Wales are more likely to suffer from increased asthma attacks, be admitted to hospital and are at a higher risk of death.

New partnership with Oxford Royal College of General Practitioners Research and Surveillance Centre

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BREATHE – The Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health welcomes the Oxford Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) as a supporting partner.

Lockdown linked to drop in asthma exacerbations, GP data suggests

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A study suggests there was a 20% drop in asthma exacerbations seen at GP clinics during the first lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic

Real-world evidence data from landmark trial to catalyse future respiratory research

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BREATHE – the Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health (‘BREATHE’) has partnered with GSK to enable access to data from the ground-breaking Salford Lung Study, paving the way for new research.

Cystic Fibrosis Trust joins BREATHE as a Supporting Partner

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BREATHE – the Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust form new partnership to expand use of the UK Cystic Fibrosis Registry.

New study to accelerate use of data for vital COVID-19 vaccine research

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Led by BREATHE Director, Professor Aziz Sheikh, the study is one of 12 urgent research projects to receive new funding following a rapid call for COVID-19 data research initiatives by Health Data Research UK, Office for National Statistics and UK Research and Innovation.

Tiny Medical Apps secures Innovate UK funding to develop Patient Cloud

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Tiny Medical Apps, a founding partner of BREATHE – the Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health, has secured funding from Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund.

Standardised respiratory phenotypes to support research using Electronic Health Record data

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BREATHE – the Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health, is collating a publicly available set of respiratory phenotypes for use in health research.

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Respiratory Health Report: Improving Asthma Outcomes In The UK

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BREATHE members contribute key evidence for APPG report on asthma in the UK

How Artificial Intelligence is enabling public opinion to shape the pandemic response in Scotland

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Professor Amir Hussain, Edinburgh Napier University, explains how he is harnessing Artificial Intelligence (AI) to better understand the impact of COVID-19.

COVID-19 immunity research boosted by data platform

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Members of BREATHE – the Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health have joined forces with researchers from across the UK to boost vital studies into coronavirus antibodies and immunity.

New study highlights disruptive impact of pandemic on non-COVID NHS care in Scotland

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A new study highlights significant drops in A&E attendances, and emergency and planned hospital admissions across Scotland during the first few months of the pandemic.

Celebrating one year of BREATHE – The Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health

As we reach the one year milestone, Katie Kissick, BREATHE Chief Operating Officer, celebrates some of our key achievements.

Clinical trial testing ancient cold remedy for COVID-19 now open across the UK

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh and BREATHE, the Health Data Research Hub for respiratory health, are seeking volunteers across the UK to take part in a clinical trial testing whether gargling and nasal washing with salt water can reduce the early symptoms and progression of COVID-19.

12 things we've learned about COVID-19 from health data research

Six months on from the start of the first UK lockdown, Health Data Research UK is highlighting the vital role that the UK’s health data research community has played in responding to COVID-19, and the importance of including all groups in society as the pandemic continues.

Respiratory data in the time of COVID-19: Things that took years before now take weeks

A blog from Professor Jenni Quint, BREATHE Deputy Director, about our work with the Taskforce for Lung Health

BREATHE part of new global collaborative to enable secure COVID-19 data research at scale

The COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator has announced a grant to Health Data Research UK to establish a new International COVID-19 Data Research Alliance and Workbench to support the rapid development of insights and treatments to fight the pandemic.

Salt water solution could treat COVID-19 symptoms

A study involving a simple salt water solution which may help to reduce the early symptoms and progression of COVID-19 has launched today (25 June 2020).

App data analysis providing vital insights to support COVID-19 response across the four UK nations

Deidentified data from the COVID-19 Symptom Study app is being used to inform national responses to the pandemic across the UK, led by BREATHE – the Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health.

BREATHE Director appointed to COVID-19 advisory group

Professor Aziz Sheikh has joined a group providing expert advice to the Scottish Government on its response to COVID-19.

Statement on COVID-19 Symptom Study app

Statement on BREATHE’s involvement in the COVID-19 Symptom Study app, developed by King’s College London and ZOE