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

Volunteers wanted for Covid-19 vaccine trial in Wrexham

Volunteers are needed to take part in a clinical trial of a vaccine against coronavirus in North Wales. The BBC reports preliminary testing has been completed and showed promising initial results on antibody levels in healthy volunteers. It will now be tested on nine thousand volunteers across eighteen regions around the UK including Wrexham. Betsi … Continue reading Volunteers wanted for Covid-19 vaccine trial in Wrexham

Genomic analysis of Covid-19 lineages in Wales

Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething has issued a written statement on the genomic analysis of Covid-19 lineages. He writes “Through SAGE and the Technical Advisory Group, the Welsh Government receives updates on the genetic makeup of the virus that causes Covid-19. The insights that come from studying the very building blocks … Continue reading Genomic analysis of Covid-19 lineages in Wales

Fewer young people in Wales vaping but no drop in smoking

E-cigarette use among young people has fallen for the first time in Wales but declines in youth smoking have stalled, according to analysis from Cardiff University. The report is based on responses from 119,388 eleven to sixteen year olds who took part in the School Health Research Network’s (SHRN) 2019 Student Health and Wellbeing survey, … Continue reading Fewer young people in Wales vaping but no drop in smoking

Wales’ first Lighthouse Lab is now open

A specialist laboratory in Newport which will help boost the UK’s Covid-19 testing capacity has officially opened. WalesOnline reports the lighthouse lab, based at Imperial Park, aims to process twenty thousand tests per day by the end of this month. The facility began processing its first samples on October 5th and has created two hundred … Continue reading Wales’ first Lighthouse Lab is now open

New coronavirus testing lab creating 200 jobs in Newport

A new Covid-19 lab testing facility is being set up in Newport in an investment creating two hundred jobs. WalesOnline reports the UK Government’s Lighthouse Lab, at Imperial Park, is a partnership with global diagnostics company PerkinElmer. The project is being supported by the Welsh Government and Life Sciences Hub Wales. Led by the Department … Continue reading New coronavirus testing lab creating 200 jobs in Newport

Welsh scientists helping crack coronavirus genetic code

Scientists in Cardiff are leading global efforts to decipher and track changes to the genetic code of coronavirus. Little variations in the code could have a big impact on whether the virus becomes more or less infectious, and could determine how effective any future vaccine might be. The BBC reports that samples from six thousand … Continue reading Welsh scientists helping crack coronavirus genetic code

Wales’ lead role in antibody transfusion treatment for coronavirus

Covid-19 convalescent plasma is a blood donation extract taken from people who have recovered from coronavirus. For accurate and up to date information on coronavirus please go to gov.uk/coronavirus. If you’re outside the UK please see the information on coronavirus from your national and local authorities. Wales is playing a leading role in a UK … Continue reading Wales’ lead role in antibody transfusion treatment for coronavirus

Welsh scientists helping track the spread of coronavirus

The COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK) brings together experts from across the NHS, academia and public health agencies for large scale, rapid sequencing and analysis of the disease. This information can then be quickly shared with hospitals, the NHS and the government to help inform their response to the pandemic. For accurate and up to … Continue reading Welsh scientists helping track the spread of coronavirus

Study looks at ways to prevent suicide in young Welsh people

Reducing adverse childhood experiences, preventing alcohol and substance misuse, and improving education and training opportunities are some key ways to help prevent suicide in Welsh children and young people. A new review published by Public Health Wales and Swansea University, examines the deaths of all children and young people in Wales who died by suicide … Continue reading Study looks at ways to prevent suicide in young Welsh people

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