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

Report looks at the health and wellbeing of young people in Wales

Researchers say schools and society as a whole have a role to play in helping young people tackle numerous challenges around their health and wellbeing. The School Health Research Network is led by Professor Simon Murphy at Cardiff University and is the largest network of its type in the world. The network includes every Welsh … Continue reading Report looks at the health and wellbeing of young people in Wales

Study looking at the long-term effects of physical challenges on veterans

David Shearer, Professor in Elite Performance Psychology at the University of South Wales, is providing sport psychology support to the Mind Over Matter team, who are currently training for the 2019 Race Across America (RAAM). He is also advising on a research programme led by Leadership Challenges, which organises RAAM, which is looking into the … Continue reading Study looking at the long-term effects of physical challenges on veterans

New drug prevention programme to be trialled in schools

Researchers at Cardiff and Bristol Universities are running the largest ever trial of a peer led drug prevention programme in schools across South Wales and the west of England. Cardiff University says FRANK Friends will run over three years, across forty eight schools, and involve around five thousand six hundred and fifty five students. It … Continue reading New drug prevention programme to be trialled in schools

Pharmabees to make honey cosmetics

Cardiff University is joining forces with PharmaGroup to produce a new brand of natural cosmetics, Celtic Wellbeing. Cardiff University says honey and medicinal Welsh plants identified by its @Pharmabees project will help Conwy based PharmaGroup make a range of products, including a honey based lip balm. The partnership is the latest in a series of … Continue reading Pharmabees to make honey cosmetics

A healthy diet in pregnancy lowers the risk of a small baby

A healthy diet in pregnancy significantly reduces the risk of giving birth to a small baby, according to a study in South Wales. Professor Ros John, from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences, who led the study, said “Our findings suggest that by focusing support on encouraging healthier eating habits in identified areas of Wales, we … Continue reading A healthy diet in pregnancy lowers the risk of a small baby

People in Wales least aware poor diets can cause cancer

People in Wales are the least aware in the UK that having a poor diet increases the risk of cancer, according to a survey by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). The charity said, after not smoking, eating a healthy diet and being physically active are the most important ways to reduce the risk of … Continue reading People in Wales least aware poor diets can cause cancer

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

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