Wastewater research programme expanded across Wales

A Welsh Government led programme to test wastewater for Covid-19, first piloted by Bangor University, has been expanded to cover all Welsh health boards and local authorities across forty eight sites. Bangor University says the programme provides vital data on the prevalence of coronavirus in the community and was key to the early detection of … Continue reading Wastewater research programme expanded across Wales

What adverse childhood experiences are costing European economies

New research shows the estimated costs of adverse childhood experiences to the affected adults and to society across twenty eight European countries. Adverse childhood experiences or ACEs include suffering maltreatment, witnessing violence in the home or community, and living with family difficulties such as parental substance abuse. Exposure to such stressors is linked to poorer … Continue reading What adverse childhood experiences are costing European economies

Anglesey start-up developing a novel therapy to target a rare bone cancer

A start-up company is to develop a novel cancer therapy, targeting a rare bone cancer and other cancers, more common in Wales, such as lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers. WalesOnline reports Ceridwen Oncology, based at M-SParc, Bangor University’s science park on Anglesey, is to develop and transform medical discoveries by Bangor and Cardiff Universities … Continue reading Anglesey start-up developing a novel therapy to target a rare bone cancer

Improving the recognition and treatment of sepsis in hospital

Early recognition and treatment of sepsis, a life threatening reaction to infection, can save lives. Bangor University reports new research by Eirian Edwards and Lorelei Jones, from its School of Medical and Health Sciences, looked at sepsis knowledge, skills and attitudes of ward nurses and whether sepsis training for ward nurses can improve care. While … Continue reading Improving the recognition and treatment of sepsis in hospital

Investment in students is the next step to a North Wales medical school

The Welsh Government has announced more medical students will spend all of their training in North Wales as part of moves towards establishing a medical school there. In a written statement, Eluned Morgan, Minister for Health and Social Services, said “I would like to thank Professor Elizabeth Treasure, chair of the North Wales Medical School … Continue reading Investment in students is the next step to a North Wales medical school

New regional health economics network for North Wales

A new regional health economics network is being launched by Professor Rhiannon Tudor Edwards of Bangor University. The Public Health and Prevention Economics Research Group network will link researchers working in the economics of public health and preventative interventions across Bangor University and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB). As the UK emerges from the … Continue reading New regional health economics network for North Wales

Children living with someone who has mental health issues are 63% more likely to experience similar difficulties

The risk of children developing mental ill health increases significantly when they have lived with someone who also has a common mental health disorder, according to new research from Cardiff University. The study showed children who had grown up living with someone with mental health difficulties were 63% more likely to experience any mental health … Continue reading Children living with someone who has mental health issues are 63% more likely to experience similar difficulties

Waste water signals local Covid-19 spikes

A pilot programme monitoring coronavirus in Wales’ sewage systems is finding that virus spikes in the community can be detected in local waste water. The Welsh Government says the programme, launched in June, is now monitoring twenty sites across Wales and covers 80% of the Welsh population. Researchers from Welsh universities were the first to … Continue reading Waste water signals local Covid-19 spikes

Crab shells could protect NHS staff from coronavirus

A material derived from waste crab shells is being tested for use as a virucide for use on PPE and other medical devices. Bangor University reports its experts are working Pwllheli based Pennotec (Pennog Limited) to develop a unique coating which has long lasting virus destroying properties. The BBC reports the crab shells providing the … Continue reading Crab shells could protect NHS staff from coronavirus

Snake venom did not evolve for self-defence

It’s estimated that every year, over one hundred thousand human deaths can be attributed to snakebite from the world’s seven hundred venomous snake species, all inflicted in self-defence when the snakes feel threatened by encroaching humans. However, Swansea University reports new research by its experts and colleagues from Bangor University has concluded snake venom didn’t … Continue reading Snake venom did not evolve for self-defence

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