Genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease linked to highly active brains

A growing body of evidence supports the theory that neural hyperactivity and hyperconnectivity precede the pathological changes that lead to neurodegeneration. There are approximately 5.6 million people over the age of sixty five living with Alzheimer’s disease in the US. With an ageing population, this number is projected to rise to 7.1 million by 2025. … Continue reading Genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease linked to highly active brains

Research finds psychotic experiences are quite common

Psychosis, also called a psychotic experience or episode, is when someone perceives or interprets reality differently to the people around them. This could involve seeing or hearing something that turned out not to exist or thinking something was happening that no one else noticed. It’s estimated that around 5-10% of people will have a psychotic … Continue reading Research finds psychotic experiences are quite common

Almost half of 11 to 16 year olds in Wales say they’ve gambled recently

The study, carried out by academics from Cardiff University, found 41% of eleven to sixteen year olds had taken part in some sort of gambling within the previous twelve months. The Guardian reports fruit machines were the most popular form of gambling, followed by playing cards for money with friends and buying scratch cards. The … Continue reading Almost half of 11 to 16 year olds in Wales say they’ve gambled recently

Deleted gene linked to autism and schizophrenia

Scientists have identified a specific gene they believe could be a key player in the changes in brain structure seen in several conditions, such as schizophrenia and autism. Cardiff University says the team from its Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute found that the deletion of the gene CYFIP1 leads to thinning of the insulation … Continue reading Deleted gene linked to autism and schizophrenia

Welsh scientists awarded funding for earlier bowel cancer screening

Cancer Research UK has awarded more than £500,000 to scientists in Wales to develop a new test which aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage. ITV reports Prof Paul Dyson at Swansea University, Dr Lee Parry at Cardiff University and Dr Sunil Dolwani at Bowel Screening Wales are looking at how a strain … Continue reading Welsh scientists awarded funding for earlier bowel cancer screening

Social media isn’t causing more eating disorders in young people

There is ongoing debate about whether eating disorders are more common in modern society. Some people say, because they are exposed to and sharing images of themselves in an unprecedented way, social media is affecting young people’s body image and may have an impact on their eating. According to a large survey conducted in 2017, … Continue reading Social media isn’t causing more eating disorders in young people

Gut changes in polar bears linked to retreat of Arctic sea ice

Retreating sea ice in the Arctic is altering the gut bacteria of polar bears, potentially holding negative implications for the long-term health of the species, according to research by Cardiff University and the United States Geological Survey. Polar bears are one of the most ice dependent marine mammals in the Arctic and are key indicators … Continue reading Gut changes in polar bears linked to retreat of Arctic sea ice

Why winter babies are more at risk of developing mental health disorders

Levels of the stress hormone cortisol are higher in women who give birth in the autumn and winter than those who give birth in the spring or summer, according to a new study by researchers at Cardiff University. Cardiff University say the new findings could explain why mental health disorders are more common in people … Continue reading Why winter babies are more at risk of developing mental health disorders

Chemotherapy backpack allows cancer patients to have treatment outside hospital

When cancer patients need chemotherapy they can spend hours, days, or even weeks undergoing the treatment in hospital. But WalesOnline reports this could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new ambulatory chemotherapy service at the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) in Cardiff. The innovative project will allow eligible patients with certain … Continue reading Chemotherapy backpack allows cancer patients to have treatment outside hospital

Omega-6 fatty acid could help prevent heart disease

An omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid has the potential to help fight heart disease, according to a new study by researchers at Cardiff University in collaboration with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. With funding from the British Heart Foundation, Cardiff University says the team found that dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA), an omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid, could halt … Continue reading Omega-6 fatty acid could help prevent heart disease

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