Study to help older people stay in their own homes

Swansea University has reported that a collaborative study led by health data scientists at its Medical School will investigate how home modifications and repairs can help to improve the lives of older home owners. Despite wanting to remain living independently in their own home, as people become older many find it harder due to reduced … Continue reading Study to help older people stay in their own homes

Problems that occur with health data non-use

A recently completed international study involving researchers from Swansea University, the University of Edinburgh and University College London has looked at clinical records, research, and regulatory frameworks to find out why useful health data is often not used, and to explore the implications of this for citizens and society. The Conversation reports that the researchers … Continue reading Problems that occur with health data non-use

Further understanding inherited epilepsy conditions

Researchers from Swansea University Medical School have joined up with five other centres from around the world to compile the biggest recorded collection of families with forms of epilepsy where genetics may play a part in the recurring feature of the condition. Swansea University reports that the aim was to determine if specific clinical epilepsy … Continue reading Further understanding inherited epilepsy conditions

Funding boost for ageing and dementia research centre

The pan-Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research based at Swansea University has secured £1.2m in funding which will enable the project to continue until 2020. Swansea University reports that the funding for Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) has been awarded by Health and Care Research Wales on behalf of the Welsh Government. … Continue reading Funding boost for ageing and dementia research centre

Project to develop exosomes for cancer treatment

A new Welsh Government and industry backed SMARTExpertise project part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund has been announced. Swansea University reports that RISE is a large £1.2m collaborative project focusing on the development of therapeutic exosomes, which brings together world class expertise in clinical exosome therapeutic development from ReNeuron, immuno-characterisation and purification from Ig … Continue reading Project to develop exosomes for cancer treatment

New data platform for young people’s mental health research

Swansea University has reported that mental health research charity MQ has announced a partnership with them to develop a major new young people’s mental health data platform. The MQ Adolescent Data Platform for Mental Health Research, will be hosted at Swansea University Medical School’s SAIL Databank and will anonymously bring together a large range of … Continue reading New data platform for young people’s mental health research

How online activity influences suicide and self-harm in young people

Swansea University has reported that online activity can increase young people’s exposure to self-harm, but it can also provide support to those in crisis or who feel isolated, according to a review of evidence in the field, led by a Swansea University expert in suicide prevention, who is also a doctor. Research on internet use … Continue reading How online activity influences suicide and self-harm in young people

Bowel cancer research at Swansea University receives Worshipful Livery Company of Wales funding

Swansea University has reported that one of its researchers, Rory Kokelaar, who is examining new ways to tackle colorectal cancer has been awarded a travel scholarship by the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales, allowing him to present his research at a major international scientific conference. Rory Kokelaar is a clinical lecturer and researcher at Swansea … Continue reading Bowel cancer research at Swansea University receives Worshipful Livery Company of Wales funding

Dragon’s venom could treat blood disorders in humans

New research carried out at the Department of Biosciences at Swansea University has found that the venom of a charismatic group of lizards, including the Komodo dragon, has evolved to be highly variable between species, highly effective, and could lead to the development of drugs to treat blood-related disorders in humans. The research has been … Continue reading Dragon’s venom could treat blood disorders in humans

Blindness from diabetes halves in Wales

The number of people in Wales diagnosed as blind or living with sight loss as a result of diabetes has almost halved since the introduction of a new national diabetic retinopathy screening programme in 2003, according to new research published in the British Medical Journal (Welsh Government, 2017). The research, conducted by the diabetic research … Continue reading Blindness from diabetes halves in Wales

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