Girls more likely than boys to be admitted to hospital after self-harming

A study, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, reveals a gender disparity that is particularly evident among ten to fifteen year olds who have self-harmed. Most analyses of self-harm among young people have been restricted to hospital admissions or primary care data. But Swansea University say this research, led by Professor Ann John, … Continue reading Girls more likely than boys to be admitted to hospital after self-harming

£2m trial looking at better use of antibiotics in sepsis

Cardiff University’s Centre for Trials Research is to coordinate a trial looking at use of antibiotics in sepsis. Sepsis is a potentially life threatening complication of an infection and it is estimated that fifty two thousand people in the UK die every year as a result of it. Optimal treatment includes early recognition, prompt antibiotics … Continue reading £2m trial looking at better use of antibiotics in sepsis

Zebrafish discovery gives an insight into human hearing disorders

A study of the genetic make up of zebrafish has provided brand new insights into the cause of congenital hearing disorders in humans. Cardiff University reports its scientists were part of a team that identified how specific genes can dictate the patterns of the tiny cells, called hair cells, within our ears that allow us … Continue reading Zebrafish discovery gives an insight into human hearing disorders

Device with a heartbeat for people with advanced dementia

HUG, which looks like a soft toy on the outside, has been specially designed to help people with advanced dementia. The BBC reports designers at Cardiff Metropolitan University hope it can help to ease anxiety and depression. Designer Prof Cathy Treadaway said “HUG was developed out of a research project designing playful objects for people … Continue reading Device with a heartbeat for people with advanced dementia

Genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease linked to highly active brains

A growing body of evidence supports the theory that neural hyperactivity and hyperconnectivity precede the pathological changes that lead to neurodegeneration. There are approximately 5.6 million people over the age of sixty five living with Alzheimer’s disease in the US. With an ageing population, this number is projected to rise to 7.1 million by 2025. … Continue reading Genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease linked to highly active brains

Research finds psychotic experiences are quite common

Psychosis, also called a psychotic experience or episode, is when someone perceives or interprets reality differently to the people around them. This could involve seeing or hearing something that turned out not to exist or thinking something was happening that no one else noticed. It’s estimated that around 5-10% of people will have a psychotic … Continue reading Research finds psychotic experiences are quite common

Almost half of 11 to 16 year olds in Wales say they’ve gambled recently

The study, carried out by academics from Cardiff University, found 41% of eleven to sixteen year olds had taken part in some sort of gambling within the previous twelve months. The Guardian reports fruit machines were the most popular form of gambling, followed by playing cards for money with friends and buying scratch cards. The … Continue reading Almost half of 11 to 16 year olds in Wales say they’ve gambled recently

Deleted gene linked to autism and schizophrenia

Scientists have identified a specific gene they believe could be a key player in the changes in brain structure seen in several conditions, such as schizophrenia and autism. Cardiff University says the team from its Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute found that the deletion of the gene CYFIP1 leads to thinning of the insulation … Continue reading Deleted gene linked to autism and schizophrenia

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

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