Global research into how vulnerable people have been hit by official responses to Covid-19

Academics from Swansea University are part of an international study exploring the impact of Covid-19 governmental responses on vulnerable groups. COVINFORM is one of twenty three new research projects receiving €128m in total funding from the European Commission to address the coronavirus pandemic and its effects. Swansea University reports Professor Sergei Shubin, director of its … Continue reading Global research into how vulnerable people have been hit by official responses to Covid-19

Your chance to be part of research into how a nasal spray could help combat Covid-19

Swansea University is looking for volunteers from South Wales to be part of vital research into how an over the counter nasal spray could help protect against Covid-19. Swansea University says its scientists are investigating if Carragelose, which contains a form of seaweed, could prevent Covid-19 or reduce the severity of its symptoms. They are … Continue reading Your chance to be part of research into how a nasal spray could help combat Covid-19

Sixfold rise in a brain pressure disorder linked with obesity and deprivation

A brain pressure disorder that especially affects women, causing severe headaches and sometimes permanent sight loss, has risen sixfold in fifteen years, and is linked to obesity and deprivation, according to a new study by Swansea University researchers. Rates of emergency hospital admissions in Wales for people with the disorder were also five times higher … Continue reading Sixfold rise in a brain pressure disorder linked with obesity and deprivation

Spitting cobras evolved painful venom for defence, possibly from early humans

The ability of some cobras to spit their venom, unique amongst snakes, evolved as a defence mechanism to inflict pain rather than to catch prey, according to new research. The research was led by the Centre for Snakebite Research at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), and Swansea University says it also involved Dr … Continue reading Spitting cobras evolved painful venom for defence, possibly from early humans

Call for study participants who have been contacted by Test, Trace and Protect in Wales

Researchers from Swansea University have been commissioned by the Senedd to explore people’s experiences of being contacted by Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) and told to self-isolate. The project aims to explore some of the main challenges and barriers that people encounter, as well as some of the supports that help people cope with and comply … Continue reading Call for study participants who have been contacted by Test, Trace and Protect in Wales

Covid-19 genome sequencing project gets a major upgrade

Supercomputing facilities set up to track the spread and evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic have received £1.2m in government funding to expand globally. Cardiff University says the new funding will enable the CLIMB COVID-19 project, which it leads with the University of Birmingham, to carry out significant upgrades to computational equipment to process and store … Continue reading Covid-19 genome sequencing project gets a major upgrade

Swansea University develops “world’s first” Covid-19 vaccine smart patch

Researchers at Swansea University are developing the world’s first smart vaccine device that will deliver the Covid-19 vaccine and measure its efficacy through monitoring the body’s associated response. Swansea University says the research, from its Institute for Innovative Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies (IMPACT), will produce the vaccine through the use of microneedles (MNs) to … Continue reading Swansea University develops “world’s first” Covid-19 vaccine smart patch

Funding boost for research looking at the provision of eyecare in the community

A new project set up to study the best way to care for patients with long standing eye conditions in the community has secured a major research grant. Swansea University reports Dr Pippa Anderson and Dr Mari Jones, from their Centre for Health Economics (SCHE), are part of a multidisciplinary team which has just been … Continue reading Funding boost for research looking at the provision of eyecare in the community

New international research looks at a way of fighting back against Covid-19

Researchers at Swansea University Medical School are helping to drive forward understanding of the virus that causes Covid-19 and how it can be tackled. The novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), the etiological agent of Covid-19, has swept across the world with unprecedented speed. Since it was initially identified there have been more than … Continue reading New international research looks at a way of fighting back against Covid-19

Stopping asthma medication while pregnant risks preterm birth

A new study from Swansea University suggests women who stop taking their asthma medication during pregnancy are at risk of giving birth prematurely and are less likely to breastfeed their babies. Many women in the UK are prescribed medicines for asthma before or during pregnancy, at around 11.8% of the population. However, prescription records show … Continue reading Stopping asthma medication while pregnant risks preterm birth

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