Manuka honey could kill drug resistant bacteria in cystic fibrosis infections

Manuka honey could provide the key to a breakthrough treatment for cystic fibrosis following preliminary work by researchers at Swansea University. Dr Rowena Jenkins and Dr Aled Roberts have found that using Manuka honey could offer an antibiotic alternative to treat antimicrobial resistant respiratory infections, particularly deadly bacteria found in cystic fibrosis infections. Swansea University … Continue reading Manuka honey could kill drug resistant bacteria in cystic fibrosis infections

Trial of potential new treatment for type 1 diabetes

Researchers at Cardiff University and Swansea University are running a new trial to investigate whether a medicine currently used for the skin condition psoriasis could also be used to help people with type 1 diabetes produce some of their own insulin. Over three hundred thousand people in the UK have Type 1 diabetes and the … Continue reading Trial of potential new treatment for type 1 diabetes

Breakthrough in tackling anti-fungal resistance

Groundbreaking research is helping develop a better understanding of the growing threat posed by anti-fungal drug resistance. Invasive aspergillosis is a devastating disease caused by breathing in small airborne spores of the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus and it is a condition where drug resistance has been encountered. In a healthy person these spores are destroyed by … Continue reading Breakthrough in tackling anti-fungal resistance

Call to make healthcare more accessible for refugees

Refugees and asylum seekers are struggling to access health and wellbeing services in Wales, according to new research. A report by Public Health Wales and Swansea University has revealed people seeking sanctuary felt their needs were not recognised and that they had experienced language difficulties and a lack of appropriate interpretation when accessing services. Swansea … Continue reading Call to make healthcare more accessible for refugees

App tackling loneliness reaches competition final in Texas

A team of Swansea University students, who have invented an app to tackle loneliness, have made it through to the grand final of a worldwide design competition taking place in Texas this month. The competition, called “Invent for the Planet”, is run by Texas A&M University and is open to students from thirty one universities … Continue reading App tackling loneliness reaches competition final in Texas

PulmonIR take major step in tackling lung disease

Swansea-based start-up PulmonIR Ltd has developed a first generation of products that will predict whether a person has or is likely to develop a serious lung condition. Business News Wales reports PulmonIR are the first in the world to have developed a commercial instrument of this type specifically designed for respiratory applications. The company’s founders … Continue reading PulmonIR take major step in tackling lung disease

Vaughan Gething launches emergency medicine centre

Health Minister Vaughan Gething has officially launched the Welsh Centre for Emergency Medicine Research at Morriston Hospital. Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board say the centre, located in Morriston Hospital’s Emergency Department, is a hugely successful partnership between them and Swansea University. The launch builds on years of cutting edge work in emergency, biomedical, epidemiological … Continue reading Vaughan Gething launches emergency medicine centre

Oriel Science returns for Super Science Sunday

Oriel Science will be returning to the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea on March 10th to host “Super Science Sunday” during British Science Week. From 11am to 4pm visitors of all ages can enjoy over twenty interactive science exhibits at this free event. Swansea University says this year visitors can find out how insects are helping … Continue reading Oriel Science returns for Super Science Sunday

Swansea University maggots appear on Casualty

The plot of last Saturday’s episode of Casualty was developed with assistance from Professor Yamni Nigam, who heads the research team behind the Love a Maggot campaign. Swansea University reports she has been working with the production team of the BBC hospital drama for more than six months, advising them on medicinal maggots. In the … Continue reading Swansea University maggots appear on Casualty

Swansea University helping improve heart attack treatment

The Welsh Ambulance Service will work with researchers from Swansea University Medical School, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London and University of Leeds to identify when ambulance crews should perform a simple ECG test. The project has received a £197,000 grant from the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Currently when someone has a suspected … Continue reading Swansea University helping improve heart attack treatment

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