Could a person’s finger length be a clue to how ill they might get with Covid-19?

Fingers could point to a link between low testosterone and Covid hospitalisations. It is widely recognised that a longer ring finger is a marker of higher levels of testosterone prenatally, whereas a longer index finger is a marker of higher levels of oestrogen. Generally, men have longer ring fingers, whereas women have longer index fingers. … Continue reading Could a person’s finger length be a clue to how ill they might get with Covid-19?

Breast milk shown to protect newborn babies against Covid-19

Newborn babies could have extra protection against Covid-19 by drinking their mother’s breast milk, according to a new study. WalesOnline reports researchers at Swansea University and the University of Aberdeen found the ACE2 protein, which is commonly found in breast milk, acts as a “decoy” for the virus, trapping it in biological fluids and preventing … Continue reading Breast milk shown to protect newborn babies against Covid-19

The high-tech sports and medical projects which could bring over 1,000 jobs to Swansea

Major plans for a new £132m life science, wellbeing and sports campuses project in Swansea are gathering pace. The project is one of nine forming part of the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal investment across the Swansea Bay City Region. Estimated to be worth more than £150m to the regional economy, Swansea Council says the … Continue reading The high-tech sports and medical projects which could bring over 1,000 jobs to Swansea

Investment in students is the next step to a North Wales medical school

The Welsh Government has announced more medical students will spend all of their training in North Wales as part of moves towards establishing a medical school there. In a written statement, Eluned Morgan, Minister for Health and Social Services, said “I would like to thank Professor Elizabeth Treasure, chair of the North Wales Medical School … Continue reading Investment in students is the next step to a North Wales medical school

The Swansea University modelling which suggests Wales’ third wave will peak and start to decline soon

The latest Swansea University modelling suggests we will reach the peak of the current wave of coronavirus in Wales “very soon”. For more than a month Covid infection rates have been soaring in Wales, with the BBC reporting on Friday that the case rate has risen to 522.7 cases per 100,000 people. This week the … Continue reading The Swansea University modelling which suggests Wales’ third wave will peak and start to decline soon

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

Children living with someone who has mental health issues are 63% more likely to experience similar difficulties

The risk of children developing mental ill health increases significantly when they have lived with someone who also has a common mental health disorder, according to new research from Cardiff University. The study showed children who had grown up living with someone with mental health difficulties were 63% more likely to experience any mental health … Continue reading Children living with someone who has mental health issues are 63% more likely to experience similar difficulties

Researchers reveal the best methods for cutting Covid risk in the car

Researchers at Swansea University have laid out a step by step guide to reduce exposure to coronavirus when travelling by car, including some important and surprising advice on opening windows. The research team, supported by the Institute for Innovative Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies (IMPACT), identified key Covid-19 safety measures for car journeys through their … Continue reading Researchers reveal the best methods for cutting Covid risk in the car

3D printed ear will “transform” a girl’s life

The father of a ten year old girl set to get a new lab built ear has said the science will transform her life. The BBC reports Radiyah, from Milford Haven, has a condition known as microtia and was born without a properly formed left ear. Now she is set to get a new ear … Continue reading 3D printed ear will “transform” a girl’s life

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

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