Study finds volunteering reduces the risk of dementia

A Swansea University academic is part of a team that has discovered that individuals who decide to retire from the workforce, but start to volunteer instead, report substantially less cognitive complaints and are far less likely to be diagnosed with dementia compared to retired workers who do not volunteer (Swansea University, 2017). Dr Martin Hyde … Continue reading Study finds volunteering reduces the risk of dementia

Moleculomics helps get effective drugs to market quickly and cheaply

Getting better drugs to market faster, and at a fraction of the cost, is a step closer thanks to technology for speeding up the testing process, which is being developed by a Swansea University spin-out Moleculomics (Swansea University, 2017). Moleculomics has been developing comprehensive platforms of computer generated models for protein structures in the human … Continue reading Moleculomics helps get effective drugs to market quickly and cheaply

Farmed chicken’s immune system “too slow” to beat campylobacter

University of Liverpool research has revealed that the immune response of farmed chickens does not develop fast enough to fight off campylobacter during their short lifespan (University of Liverpool, 2017). The findings have important implications in the challenge towards developing a poultry vaccine for the bug, which is the UK’s leading cause of food poisoning. … Continue reading Farmed chicken’s immune system “too slow” to beat campylobacter

New drug proven to reduce your risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke

A pioneering new drug has been clinically proven to reduce the chance of someone dying from a heart attack or stroke (WalesOnline, 2017). Following a worldwide trial involving 27,500 high risk patients, evolocumab, also known as Repatha, was found to radically lower cholesterol levels. The study, which included scientists at Swansea University, found that evolocumab … Continue reading New drug proven to reduce your risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke

Bevan Commission Academy officially opens

The Bevan Commission Academy for Health Leadership and Innovation has been formally opened at Swansea University’s Bay Campus by Dr Andrew Goodall, Director General of NHS Wales (Swansea University, 2017). The Bevan Commission Academy responds to the findings of the Commission for stronger leadership and innovation through a more prudent approach to health and wellbeing … Continue reading Bevan Commission Academy officially opens

No meaningful benefit using antibiotics for mildly infected eczema in children

Estimates suggest that 40% of eczema flares are treated with topical antibiotics, but findings from a study led by Cardiff University suggest there is no meaningful benefit from the use of either oral or topical antibiotics for milder clinically infected eczema in children (Cardiff University, 2017). Eczema affects around one in five children in the … Continue reading No meaningful benefit using antibiotics for mildly infected eczema in children

Swansea University research could predict further heart attacks

Research at Swansea University could help predict further attacks and detect problems in heart attack patients (BBC News, 2017). Scientists have analysed a cell found in heart scar tissue which could cause increased risk of cardiac arrest. Myofibroblasts cells in patients might increase the likelihood of an electrical “short circuit”. Professor Chris George said “Cells … Continue reading Swansea University research could predict further heart attacks

Swansea University scientists take part in largest study into the genetics of common epilepsy

Despite progress in understanding the genetics of rare childhood epilepsies, the common adult forms of epilepsy have proven less amenable to traditional gene-discovery analyses (Swansea University, 2017). The Epi4K consortium of experts, which includes academics from Swansea University, decided to assess the contribution of genome-wide ultra rare genetic variation in the common epilepsies. The results … Continue reading Swansea University scientists take part in largest study into the genetics of common epilepsy

Innovative new Health and Wellbeing Academy opens at Swansea University

A new Health and Wellbeing Academy which aims to give people more support to lead healthier lives is being officially opened today by Wales’ Health Secretary Vaughan Gething (WalesOnline, 2017). The academy offers a range of services, complementing those already being provided by the NHS. It includes an audiology department which provides hearing tests and … Continue reading Innovative new Health and Wellbeing Academy opens at Swansea University

Acerchem International opening new R&D centre at Swansea University

Acerchem International, a leading Chinese health and nutraceutical group, is to establish its European HQ and R&D and manufacturing centre at the Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) at Swansea University (Welsh Government, 2017). The news was announced by Welsh Economy Secretary Ken Skates who is in China on a trade mission and has met with … Continue reading Acerchem International opening new R&D centre at Swansea University

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