Researcher gets £35,000 funding to improve lung cancer detection

Dr Charles Brilliant, a researcher based at Swansea University, has received £35,000 from Innovate UK’s ICURe Awards. Business News Wales reports Charles Brilliant will use the funding to further his research using infrared light to determine the molecular structure of sputum to detect lung cancer. It means that patients could get an initial diagnosis in … Continue reading Researcher gets £35,000 funding to improve lung cancer detection

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

Eating disorder early warning signs revealed in study

Early warning signs that someone may have an eating disorder have been revealed in a large scale data study conducted by Swansea University researchers. The results, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, showed that people diagnosed with a disorder had higher rates of other conditions and of prescriptions … Continue reading Eating disorder early warning signs revealed in study

Problem gamblers more likely to think about and attempt suicide

New findings from analysis of the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (2007) show that problem gamblers are more likely than rest of the population to have thought about suicide and to have made a suicide attempt. They are also more likely to feel lonely and isolated from other people compared with non-gamblers or gamblers with no … Continue reading Problem gamblers more likely to think about and attempt suicide

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

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