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Health - Pharmacology - 26.04.2019
Imperial launches world's first Centre for Psychedelics Research
Imperial launches world’s first Centre for Psychedelics Research
The first formal centre for psychedelic research in the world will launch at Imperial College London today. Funded by more than £3 million from five founding donors, the new Imperial Centre for Psychedelic Research will build on over a decade of pioneering work in this area carried out at Imperial, including a clinical trial that has kick-started global efforts to develop psilocybin therapy into a licensed treatment for depression.

Pharmacology - Health - 25.04.2019
Researchers in international drive to develop safer drugs
Medical researchers at the University of Nottingham and NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre are part of a major new international research project to improve the safety and regulation in the development of drugs. The team of experts in drug-induced liver injury will be members of the Translational Safety Biomarker Pipeline (TransBioLine) - a pioneering project which will generate data to support the development of novel safety biomarkers for five target organ systems (kidney, liver, pancreas, vascular and central nervous system) for use in drug development.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.04.2019
Chemical probes pave the way for a better understanding of disease development
Chemical probes pave the way for a better understanding of disease development
Researchers can now tag proteins in live cells that have modifications associated with disease. Proteins produced in cells often undergo modifications by enzymes after they are formed. One type of modification, called prenylation, adds ‘tags' to proteins that tells them where to go in the cell and how to interact with other proteins.

Health - 25.04.2019
How to keep your bones strong
Think you should slow down as you get older? Think again! Weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercises are important for building bone strength and preventing osteoporosis, however, new research shows that even just getting your 10,000 steps a day can be important for keeping your bones strong.

Health - Life Sciences - 24.04.2019
Evidence of heart injury in ’healthy’ people may lead to more effective treatment
New evidence of heart injury found in apparently healthy people could help pave the way for better long-term monitoring of cardiac health and personalised approaches to treatment, scientists say. Their findings appear today in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation, based on research conducted at the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Oxford, New South Wales and Johns Hopkins University.

Health - 17.04.2019
Risk factors identified for patients undergoing knee replacements
Risk factors identified for patients undergoing knee replacements
In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the Musculoskeletal Research Unit at the University of Bristol have identified the most important risk factors for developing severe infection after knee replacement. Patients who are under 60 years of age, males, those with chronic pulmonary disease, diabetes, liver disease, and a higher body mass index are at increased risk of having the joint replacement redone (known as revision) due to infection.

Health - 17.04.2019
Breast cancer blood test could help to spot relapse earlier
Breast cancer blood test could help to spot relapse earlier
A simple blood test could help to detect breast cancer relapse up to two years earlier than imaging in patients with early-stage breast cancer. In a small study, carried out by the University of Leicester and Imperial College London and funded by Cancer Research UK, researchers showed that the blood test was able to detect 89 per cent of all relapses, on average 8.9 months quicker than imaging.

Life Sciences - Health - 17.04.2019
Mystery arthritis-linked knee bone three times more common than 100 years ago
Mystery arthritis-linked knee bone three times more common than 100 years ago
The fabella, a small bone in the knee once lost to human evolution, has made a surprising resurgence over the last century. We are taught the human skeleton contains 206 bones, but our study challenges this. Dr Michael Berthaume Department of Bioengineering The new findings could help clinicians treating patients with knee issues and provide insight into human evolution over the past 100 years.

Health - Innovation / Technology - 16.04.2019
£20m centre to enable people with dementia to live in own homes for longer
£20m centre to enable people with dementia to live in own homes for longer
A ground-breaking £20m centre will develop technologies to create dementia-friendly 'Healthy Homes' and provide insights into how dementia develops. The new Care Research & Technology Centre at Imperial College London joins six national discovery science centres that collectively make up the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) .

Pharmacology - Health - 15.04.2019
Statins fail to lower cholesterol in over half of all patients
Experts have warned a more tailored approach is needed to the prescribing of statins, following a new study suggesting they are ineffective at lowering cholesterol to target levels in more than half of patients. The research by primary care experts at The University of Nottingham, which is published in Heart , found that 51.2 per cent of patients prescribed statins saw little benefit to their cholesterol levels within two years, leading to a significant risk of developing cardiovascular disease in the future.

Life Sciences - Health - 15.04.2019
Gut bacteria work to keep us healthy
An international team of scientists, led by the University of Glasgow, have announced a new advance in our understanding of how bacteria in our gut can provide positive health benefits. The breakthrough findings, published today , provide evidence that it may be possible to design drugs that will mimic these positive health benefits in a way that might be used to treat diseases such as type II diabetes.

Health - Pharmacology - 11.04.2019
Bristol part of §20.8M study to drive drug discovery for atopic dermatitis and psoriasis
Bristol part of §20.8M study to drive drug discovery for atopic dermatitis and psoriasis
The lives of patients affected by atopic dermatitis and psoriasis could be improved thanks to the start of an EU-funded research project BIOMAP (Biomarkers in Atopic Dermatitis and Psoriasis). The five-year project will address key unmet needs in treating these common inflammatory skin conditions by analysing data from more than 50 000 patients to improve disease understanding, patient care and future therapies.

Health - 11.04.2019
Healthy diet in pregnancy significantly reduces risk of having a small baby
A healthy diet in pregnancy significantly lowers the risk of giving birth to a small baby, finds a new study carried out in South Wales.

Health - Life Sciences - 11.04.2019
Investigating police decision making under stress using EEG in virtual reality
An investigation into how authorised firearms police officers (AFOs) make decisions in high stress situations is being carried out by researchers from the University of Nottingham and Aston University in partnership with Durham Constabulary and Cleveland Police. The investigation is using EEG equipment and high stress scenarios in Virtual Reality to test the brain activity of police officers when having to make decisions around using tasers and firearms.

Health - 10.04.2019
Middle-aged men with multimorbidity at greatest risk of death
Multimorbidity - the presence of two or more long-term health conditions - has a greater impact on risk of all causes of death in middle aged men, as opposed to older populations, according to new research. The study, led by the University of Glasgow and published today in BMC Medicine , also found that multimorbidity is associated with a higher risk of death from cancer, vascular conditions and all causes of death - even after accounting for lifestyle or demographic factors.

Health - 09.04.2019
Hepatitis C could be prevented worldwide by reducing transmission in people who inject drugs
Stepping up efforts to prevent transmission of hepatitis C among people who inject drugs, could reduce future infections by 43 per cent globally, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol published in the Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology today [Tuesday 9 April 2019]. Hepatitis C is a virus that is passed on through blood exposure and results in liver disease.

Health - 08.04.2019
People under 40 diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes face excess risk of heart disease
People under age 40 diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are more likely to have or die from cardiovascular disease than people of a similar age who do not have Type 2 diabetes. In new research led by the University of Glasgow, the excess cardiovascular risks were more pronounced in younger women with Type 2 diabetes and excess risk significantly decreased in those who develop diabetes much later in life.

Social Sciences - Health - 08.04.2019
Bristol families continue to give the world unique health information
Bristol families continue to give the world unique health information
Bristol's world-renowned Children of the 90s generational health study reached a landmark this week with a first look at new mums and their children in its 2000th published paper. Children of the 90s has been collecting health data from families since the early 1990s, including for the last six years, recruiting the next generation - the Children of the Children of the 90s (COCO90s).

Health - 05.04.2019
Finds screen time - even before bed - has little impact on teen wellbeing
Research by Oxford University academics has found little evidence of a relationship between screen time and wellbeing in adolescents. Based on data from more than 17,000 teenagers, the study casts doubt on the widely accepted notion that spending time online, gaming or watching TV, especially before bedtime, can damage young people's mental health.

Pharmacology - Health - 05.04.2019
New target for development of drugs to fight viruses
Researchers at Cardiff University have discovered that a molecule responsible for guiding virus-killing T-cells to the site of infection is also responsible for rapidly increasing T-cell numbers to fight infection, making it an important new target for the development of more effective drugs to treat both viruses and cancers.
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