Electronic Health Records

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Their cancer journeys: artistic expressions of living with cancer

“We wanted to connect with people”. As researchers we work with data; millions of lines of code, statistics and figures, tables and graphs, funnel plots indicating patterns and outliers. But we always need to remind ourselves that every line of data, every entry in a medical record or hospital database, relates to an...

Thursday, 17 January 2019
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Herpesvirus and risk of stroke

Herpes zoster, caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus, is linked to an increased risk of stroke, according to a recent systematic review by Harriet Forbes and colleagues. In the review, the risk of stroke approximately doubled in the week after herpes zoster and gradually returned to baseline over the next six months.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018
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Long-term outcomes for breast cancer survivors

Two systematic reviews assessing long-term outcomes in survivors of breast cancer have recently been published by members of the EHR research group. Anthony Matthews and colleagues collated substantial randomised controlled trial and observational evidence on the effect of endocrine therapies on several specific cardiovascular...

Tuesday, 20 November 2018
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Use of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitor or Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB) after Actute Kidney Injury

ACE Inhibitors and ARBs are drugs that have transformed clinical care. There is strong randomised trial evidence for improved clinical outcomes from these drugs for patients with heart failure with reduced left ventricular function, and for proteinuric kidney disease. They are also recommended for use for the treatment of...

Thursday, 15 November 2018
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Association of BMI with mortality

Body Mass Index (BMI), a measure of body fat, is linked to risk of death from every major cause except transport accidents, according to new research by the LSHTM Electronic Health Records Research Group. The study is one of the largest of its kind to look at how BMI is associated with the risk of death both overall, and from a...

Wednesday, 31 October 2018
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Podcast on respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease

Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash from the Electronic Heatlh Records Research group at LSHTM recently contributed to an episode of the BMJ Heart podcast, speaking with Dr James Rudd about the links between respiratory infections and subsequent heart attacks and strokes. The podcast can be found here.

Monday, 1 October 2018
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Eczema and increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Adults with eczema could face an increased risk of experiencing non-fatal cardiovascular disease, according to a recent study carried out by members of the Electronic Health Records Research Group at LSHTM. The observational study involving almost 2 million people found that patients with eczema were 10-20% more likely to...

Friday, 3 August 2018
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Paris bike ride for Adrian

Some of the EHR group have just completed a London to Paris bike ride in memory of Adrian Root, a member of the group who sadly died at the end of 2017. We raised over £20,000 to set up a new prize for the MSc epidemiology in Adrian’s name. The trip included a gruelling (=hilly, & lots of angry motorists!) first 65 mile...

Tuesday, 24 July 2018
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Asthma and COPD – how often do patients have both conditions?

Asthma and COPD share many characteristics and symptoms, and the differential diagnosis between the two diseases can be difficult in primary care. Francis Nissen and colleagues have recently done a study to quantify how commonly patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a concomitant diagnosis of asthma,...

Monday, 4 June 2018
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Quality of life, depression and anxiety in breast cancer survivors

We know that some women may experience both physical and psychological changes after a diagnosis of breast cancer. In order to learn more about this, researchers in the EHR group, in collaboration with researchers at the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, are inviting women both with a previous diagnosis of breast cancer and...

Thursday, 3 May 2018
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Trimethoprim and adverse outcomes in older patients

Members of our group have recently published a paper investigating adverse effects of trimethoprim for the treatment of urinary tract infection. We show that compared to other antibiotics used for the same reason, trimethoprim is associated with an increased risk of acute kidney injury  (a sudden reduction in kidney function)

Wednesday, 21 March 2018
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Health Data Research UK

We are delighted to report that LSHTM was part of a successful pan-London bid to be a founding substantive partner in Health Data Research UK, a...

Monday, 12 February 2018