Wales aims to build a world leading lab to fight cancer

Major new plans to make Wales a global centre of excellence and the leading location for medical radioisotope production in the UK, which would help address a fast approaching supply crisis for nuclear medicine around the world, have been unveiled by the Welsh Government. In the UK, across Europe, and further afield, the equipment in … Continue reading Wales aims to build a world leading lab to fight cancer

New Alzheimer’s genes discovered in world’s largest study

Two new genes that raise a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease have been discovered by researchers. Cardiff University reports an international team, involving its Dementia Research Institute, compared thirty two thousand genetic codes from patients with Alzheimer’s disease and healthy individuals. The researchers uncovered several new genes and specific mutations in those genes that … Continue reading New Alzheimer’s genes discovered in world’s largest study

Cutting edge eDNA research to help maintain high quality drinking water

The latest techniques in environmental DNA (eDNA) research are being used by United Utilities and Cardiff University to help maintain high quality drinking water for North West England and understand the causes of taste and odour issues. Water Magazine reports the water company and the university’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and School of … Continue reading Cutting edge eDNA research to help maintain high quality drinking water

AI that mimics the human gaze could be used to detect cancer

A cutting edge artificial intelligence system that can accurately predict the areas of an image where a person is most likely to look has been created by scientists at Cardiff University. Based on the mechanics of the human brain and its ability to distinguish between different parts of an image, Cardiff University says the novel … Continue reading AI that mimics the human gaze could be used to detect cancer

The biggest study of its kind implicates specific genes in schizophrenia

The largest ever genetic study of schizophrenia has identified large numbers of specific genes that could play important roles in the psychiatric disorder. The Psychiatric Genomics Consortium study, led by scientists at Cardiff University, found a much larger number of genetic links to schizophrenia than ever before, in two hundred and eighty seven different regions … Continue reading The biggest study of its kind implicates specific genes in schizophrenia

Alzheimer’s study finds 42 more genes linked to a higher risk of disease

More than forty genes have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease for the first time in a “landmark” study offering hope for better diagnosis and treatment. The BBC reports scientists in eight countries, including specialists at Cardiff University, looked at genetic material of one hundred and eleven thousand people with Alzheimer’s. Findings suggest it is caused … Continue reading Alzheimer’s study finds 42 more genes linked to a higher risk of disease

Vaccination used to successfully treat Covid-19 for the first time

Doctors have successfully used vaccination to treat a man with Covid-19 in what is thought to be the first instance of the vaccine being used for therapy instead of prevention. Cardiff University reports the virus was finally cleared Ian Lester’s body after clinicians from the Immunodeficiency Centre for Wales, at University Hospital of Wales in … Continue reading Vaccination used to successfully treat Covid-19 for the first time

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

Men wearing face masks deemed “more attractive”, study finds

A Cardiff University study suggests that men wearing face masks “look more attractive”. The study, published in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, measured how different types of face masks changed the attractiveness of forty male faces. They discovered the type of covering matters. WalesOnline reports blue medical masks were found to increase facial attractiveness more … Continue reading Men wearing face masks deemed “more attractive”, study finds

Study finds pregnant women with higher BMIs feel stigmatised

Joint research by Cardiff University and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) found women with higher BMIs felt stigmatised by risk messaging in maternity care. The BBC reports the Wrisk Project, which surveyed more than seven thousand women, looked at how risk is communicated in pregnancy following concerns it didn’t always “reflect the evidence base”. … Continue reading Study finds pregnant women with higher BMIs feel stigmatised

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