App tackling loneliness reaches competition final in Texas

A team of Swansea University students, who have invented an app to tackle loneliness, have made it through to the grand final of a worldwide design competition taking place in Texas this month. The competition, called “Invent for the Planet”, is run by Texas A&M University and is open to students from thirty one universities … Continue reading App tackling loneliness reaches competition final in Texas

E-cigarettes don’t normalise smoking for young people

Young people’s views about smoking have continued to become more negative since the introduction of e-cigarettes, according to a study led by Cardiff University researchers. Cardiff University says the analysis, which was conducted in collaboration with colleagues from Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow and Bristol Universities, focused on three national surveys containing the views of 248,324 people … Continue reading E-cigarettes don’t normalise smoking for young people

Using space science to help prevent food waste

Researchers at Cardiff University are developing new technology which will be able to “smell” when fruit or vegetables are going off, potentially saving tonnes of waste. According to the UK waste advisory body WRAP, 1.2 million tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables are needlessly wasted each year. Cardiff University reports a UK based research team … Continue reading Using space science to help prevent food waste

Namibian Government recognises Phoenix Project work

Cardiff University’s Phoenix Project has been recognised by the Namibian Government after creating more than thirty eight joint projects in the country. Cardiff University reports its Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan met Dr Nangolo Mbumba, the Vice-President of Namibia, and other senior members of the Namibian Government on a recent visit to consolidate the growing partnership. … Continue reading Namibian Government recognises Phoenix Project work

New insight into gestational diabetes

Researchers at Cardiff University have found women taking metformin and/or insulin during gestational diabetes could reduce the risk of long-term complications for their child. Cardiff University reports the team discovered that the placentas of women treated with the drugs didn’t exhibit DNA alterations associated with type 2 diabetes, while those of women not treated with … Continue reading New insight into gestational diabetes

New treatment could restore brain cells in Parkinson’s

Results from a pioneering clinical trials programme that delivered an experimental treatment directly to the brain offer hope it may be possible to restore the cells damaged in Parkinson’s disease. The Journal of Clinical Studies reports a large team of researchers from various institutions across the UK and Canada, including the University of Bristol, Cardiff … Continue reading New treatment could restore brain cells in Parkinson’s

New insights into the causes of Alzheimer’s disease

An international team of researchers has identified some striking new insights into the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease, including five new genes that increase risk for the disease. Cardiff University reports the International Genomic Alzheimer’s Project (IGAP), a collaboration of four consortia, including the Genetic and Environmental Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease (GERAD) consortia led by … Continue reading New insights into the causes of Alzheimer’s disease

Movement impairments in autism could be reversible

Researchers from Cardiff University have established a link between a genetic mutation and developmental movement impairments in autism. Cardiff University says the study, which found the mutation of the CYFIP1 gene leads to changes in the development of brain cells, leading to the motor issues, also suggests that motor learning difficulties occur at a young … Continue reading Movement impairments in autism could be reversible

Leukaemia test could change how cancer is treated

A test that can quickly predict how people with leukaemia will respond to chemotherapy could change how some cancers are treated, according to researchers. The BBC reports scientists at Cardiff University said the accurate test could help guide doctor’s decisions on which drugs to give patients. They said it could also improve the care given … Continue reading Leukaemia test could change how cancer is treated

Oriel Science returns for Super Science Sunday

Oriel Science will be returning to the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea on March 10th to host “Super Science Sunday” during British Science Week. From 11am to 4pm visitors of all ages can enjoy over twenty interactive science exhibits at this free event. Swansea University says this year visitors can find out how insects are helping … Continue reading Oriel Science returns for Super Science Sunday

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