Study looks at why some patients remain cancer free

Eminent philanthropist and three times cancer survivor Dr James Hull has joined forces with six universities to investigate why cancer returns in some people and not others. Focusing on people who have had successful treatment of advanced cancer and in whom the cancer has not reoccurred for at least five years, Swansea University says its … Continue reading Study looks at why some patients remain cancer free

Discovery of new T-cell raises prospect of “universal” cancer therapy

Researchers at Cardiff University have discovered a new type of killer T-cell that offers hope of a “one-size-fits-all” cancer therapy. T-cell therapies for cancer, where immune cells are removed, modified and returned to the patient’s blood to seek and destroy cancer cells, are the latest paradigm in cancer treatments. The most widely used therapy, known … Continue reading Discovery of new T-cell raises prospect of “universal” cancer therapy

Study looks at ways to prevent suicide in young Welsh people

Reducing adverse childhood experiences, preventing alcohol and substance misuse, and improving education and training opportunities are some key ways to help prevent suicide in Welsh children and young people. A new review published by Public Health Wales and Swansea University, examines the deaths of all children and young people in Wales who died by suicide … Continue reading Study looks at ways to prevent suicide in young Welsh people

Depression in pregnancy alters male babies’ behaviour, but mothers don’t notice

Women who have symptoms of depression and anxiety during pregnancy do not report concerns with their infant sons’ behaviour, but do with their daughters, according to a Cardiff University study. As many as one in four women experience depression and/or anxiety in pregnancy and evidence suggests it can increase the risk of emotional and behavioural … Continue reading Depression in pregnancy alters male babies’ behaviour, but mothers don’t notice

Space travel could make astronaut’s brains “leaky”

Human brains could become ‘leaky’ during space travel, according to research by the University of South Wales. ITV reports Professor Damian Bailey found changes in gravity and long-term space flights could weaken the blood-brain barrier that helps protect the brain. This can then lead to swelling and increased pressure in the brain which, according to … Continue reading Space travel could make astronaut’s brains “leaky”

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

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