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

Social media isn’t causing more eating disorders in young people

There is ongoing debate about whether eating disorders are more common in modern society. Some people say, because they are exposed to and sharing images of themselves in an unprecedented way, social media is affecting young people’s body image and may have an impact on their eating. According to a large survey conducted in 2017, … Continue reading Social media isn’t causing more eating disorders in young people

Gut changes in polar bears linked to retreat of Arctic sea ice

Retreating sea ice in the Arctic is altering the gut bacteria of polar bears, potentially holding negative implications for the long-term health of the species, according to research by Cardiff University and the United States Geological Survey. Polar bears are one of the most ice dependent marine mammals in the Arctic and are key indicators … Continue reading Gut changes in polar bears linked to retreat of Arctic sea ice

Why winter babies are more at risk of developing mental health disorders

Levels of the stress hormone cortisol are higher in women who give birth in the autumn and winter than those who give birth in the spring or summer, according to a new study by researchers at Cardiff University. Cardiff University say the new findings could explain why mental health disorders are more common in people … Continue reading Why winter babies are more at risk of developing mental health disorders

Music bringing comfort to Welsh speakers with dementia

Welsh speakers living with dementia can now enjoy songs from their past in Welsh, thanks to a Bangor University and Merched y Wawr initiative supported by the Welsh Government to help caregivers across Wales improve their quality of life. Music is said to help soothe, stimulate and bring to mind long forgotten memories. As part … Continue reading Music bringing comfort to Welsh speakers with dementia

Eating disorder early warning signs revealed in study

Early warning signs that someone may have an eating disorder have been revealed in a large scale data study conducted by Swansea University researchers. The results, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, showed that people diagnosed with a disorder had higher rates of other conditions and of prescriptions … Continue reading Eating disorder early warning signs revealed in study

Problem gamblers more likely to think about and attempt suicide

New findings from analysis of the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (2007) show that problem gamblers are more likely than rest of the population to have thought about suicide and to have made a suicide attempt. They are also more likely to feel lonely and isolated from other people compared with non-gamblers or gamblers with no … Continue reading Problem gamblers more likely to think about and attempt suicide

How people with Parkinson’s disease are being helped by a Welsh university

The Centre for Advanced Batch Manufacture (CBM), at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), is working to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease. WalesOnline reports Walk With Path, a London based company, approached CBM to help develop a device to aid the mobility of people with freezing of gait (FOG), a … Continue reading How people with Parkinson’s disease are being helped by a Welsh university

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