Study finds Covid-19 in pregnancy is not linked with stillbirth or baby death

Covid-19 infection in pregnancy is not associated with stillbirth or early neonatal death, according to a new study. However, Cardiff University says the research, from more than four thousand pregnant women with suspected or confirmed Covid-19, also found women who had a positive test had a higher risk of premature birth. The research, led by … Continue reading Study finds Covid-19 in pregnancy is not linked with stillbirth or baby death

Sixfold rise in a brain pressure disorder linked with obesity and deprivation

A brain pressure disorder that especially affects women, causing severe headaches and sometimes permanent sight loss, has risen sixfold in fifteen years, and is linked to obesity and deprivation, according to a new study by Swansea University researchers. Rates of emergency hospital admissions in Wales for people with the disorder were also five times higher … Continue reading Sixfold rise in a brain pressure disorder linked with obesity and deprivation

Spitting cobras evolved painful venom for defence, possibly from early humans

The ability of some cobras to spit their venom, unique amongst snakes, evolved as a defence mechanism to inflict pain rather than to catch prey, according to new research. The research was led by the Centre for Snakebite Research at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), and Swansea University says it also involved Dr … Continue reading Spitting cobras evolved painful venom for defence, possibly from early humans

Call for study participants who have been contacted by Test, Trace and Protect in Wales

Researchers from Swansea University have been commissioned by the Senedd to explore people’s experiences of being contacted by Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) and told to self-isolate. The project aims to explore some of the main challenges and barriers that people encounter, as well as some of the supports that help people cope with and comply … Continue reading Call for study participants who have been contacted by Test, Trace and Protect in Wales

Covid-19 genome sequencing project gets a major upgrade

Supercomputing facilities set up to track the spread and evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic have received £1.2m in government funding to expand globally. Cardiff University says the new funding will enable the CLIMB COVID-19 project, which it leads with the University of Birmingham, to carry out significant upgrades to computational equipment to process and store … Continue reading Covid-19 genome sequencing project gets a major upgrade

Swansea University develops “world’s first” Covid-19 vaccine smart patch

Researchers at Swansea University are developing the world’s first smart vaccine device that will deliver the Covid-19 vaccine and measure its efficacy through monitoring the body’s associated response. Swansea University says the research, from its Institute for Innovative Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies (IMPACT), will produce the vaccine through the use of microneedles (MNs) to … Continue reading Swansea University develops “world’s first” Covid-19 vaccine smart patch

Clinical criteria for diagnosing autism is inadequate for people with genetic conditions

A study has concluded that people with certain genetic conditions are likely to have significant symptoms of autism, even if they do not meet all diagnostic criteria. Cardiff University says their findings show clinical services need to adapt so that people diagnosed with autism-linked genetic conditions are not denied access to vital support and interventions. … Continue reading Clinical criteria for diagnosing autism is inadequate for people with genetic conditions

Researchers to develop a test for children most at risk of severe short sightedness

Researchers are developing a genetic test to identify people with severe short sightedness (high myopia) who are most at risk of permanent damage to their eyesight and would therefore benefit from more frequent monitoring. The test may also help to identify children who are most at risk of developing severe short sightedness. Researchers at Cardiff … Continue reading Researchers to develop a test for children most at risk of severe short sightedness

Wrexham factory to produce millions of doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine

Up to a hundred million Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine doses will be produced for use in the UK at a Welsh facility in the coming months. Now that the UK”s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has authorised the vaccine, WalesOnline reports the production line at the CP Pharmaceuticals factory in Wrexham will go into action. The … Continue reading Wrexham factory to produce millions of doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine

Funding boost for research looking at the provision of eyecare in the community

A new project set up to study the best way to care for patients with long standing eye conditions in the community has secured a major research grant. Swansea University reports Dr Pippa Anderson and Dr Mari Jones, from their Centre for Health Economics (SCHE), are part of a multidisciplinary team which has just been … Continue reading Funding boost for research looking at the provision of eyecare in the community

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