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  • The "ship of the desert" 18 December 2017 Academics at the University of Bristol will investigate how the one-humped Arabian camel can thrive in the hot and dry environment of the desert, where water is scarce, thanks to a grant from the Leverhulme Trust. Working with scientists in North Africa and the Middle East they hope to better understand how animals can adapt to deserts and climate change.
  • Screening could catch a quarter of hip fractures before they happen 15 December 2017 Community screening for osteoporosis could prevent more than a quarter of hip fractures in older women – according to new research involving researchers from the Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol and local hospitals, and led by the University of East Anglia (UEA).
  • Teenagers with incontinence are at risk of underachieving at secondary school 12 December 2017 Continence problems are among the most common paediatric health problems. It's commonly believed that continence problems resolve with age in all children. However, severe incontinence in childhood can persist into adolescence. New research has found teenagers with incontinence are at greater risk of underachieving academically, and need more support to remove barriers so they can reach their academic potential.
  • Scientists successfully demonstrate a new way to help nerve regeneration in spinal cord injury 11 December 2017 A new way of triggering nerve regeneration to help repair spinal cord injury and in the longer-term potentially paralysis has successfully been demonstrated by University of Bristol scientists. The work is published in PLOS ONE today [Monday 11 December].
  • Twitter can reveal our shared mood 11 December 2017 In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the University of Bristol have analysed mood indicators in text from 800 million anonymous messages posted on Twitter. These tweets were found to reflect strong patterns of positive and negative moods over the 24-hour day.
  • New app to help prevent people who are considering self-harm or having suicidal thoughts launched 7 December 2017 A new app to help people who are considering self-harm or having suicidal thoughts is now available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. The distrACT app which has been designed by doctors with young adults and University of Bristol researchers to provide easy, quick and discreet access to general health information and advice about self-harm.
  • Pippa Middleton supports BHF Christmas Appeal to help fight congenital heart disease 6 December 2017 British Heart Foundation (BHF) Ambassador Pippa Middleton paid young heart patients a surprise visit after pledging her support for the charity's Christmas Appeal, spending yesterday morning [Tuesday 4 December] at the paediatric cardiac ward at Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital to cheer up patients and listen to the many inspirational stories of young people living with a heart condition
  • Harmful effects of being overweight underestimated 30 November 2017 The harmful effects of being overweight have been underestimated, according to a new study that analysed body mass index (BMI), health and mortality data in around 60,000 parents and their children, to establish how obesity actually influences risk of death. The University of Bristol study is published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology today [Friday 1 December].
  • Atopic eczema: one size does not fit all 21 November 2017 Researchers from the UK and Netherlands have identified five distinct subgroups of eczema, a finding that helps explain how the condition can affect people at different stages of their lives.
  • ‘Best practice’ domestic violence programme announces ambitious plans to expand 21 November 2017 A highly successful, evidence-based domestic violence and abuse identification and referral programme (IRIS – Identification and Referral to Improve Safety) developed by researchers at the University of Bristol has launched as a social enterprise today, with plans to scale up its activity and grow the programme across the UK and internationally.
  • Primary care is key to optimising value in healthcare 14 November 2017 Balancing improvements in health against the cost of such improvements in primary care is vital to achieve a cost-effective and efficient healthcare system, finds a new report by University of Bristol researchers and published in the BMJ.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to have eczema as teenagers, study shows 13 November 2017 Babies whose mothers had received support to breastfeed exclusively for a sustained period from birth have a 54 per cent lower risk of eczema at the age of 16, a new study led by researchers from King's College London, Harvard University, University of Bristol and McGill University shows.
  • Group B Streptococcus infection causes an estimated 150,000 preventable stillbirths and infant deaths every year 6 November 2017 An estimated one in five pregnant women around the world carry Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria which is a major, yet preventable, cause of maternal and infant ill health globally.
  • New international consortium to accelerate drug discovery in kidney diseases 6 November 2017 A new consortium to accelerate the discovery of novel drugs to treat kidney diseases is announced today [Monday 6 November]. The NEPLEX (nephron on a chip with cellular and extracellular matrix complexity) consortium, comprising leading academic institutions including the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge, and Evotec AG, will combine key technologies to develop and build a novel drug discovery device ("Nephron-on-a-Chip").
  • What is the most effective type of hip implant combination for patients undergoing a hip replacement? 2 November 2017 Researchers from the Bristol Medical School have found that there is no evidence that any of the newer hip implant combinations, such as ceramic or uncemented, are better than the widely used small head metal-on-plastic cemented hip combination, which has been commonly used since the 1960s.
  • Policy and regulation stand in the way of NHS use of unlicensed eye injection drug with potential to save millions of pounds 1 November 2017 Eye injection drugs recommended by NICE cost the NHS up to £447 million annually, but could be replaced by an unlicensed drug, bevacizumab, costing as much as ten times less. Use of the two licensed drugs, ranibizumab and aflibercept, has increased three-fold over the last five years, with some parts of England treating five times as many patients as others.
  • Downing Street recognition for Parkinson's researcher 31 October 2017 Dr Emily Henderson, a University of Bristol Honorary Consultant Senior Lecturer, and Consultant at the Royal United Hospitals in Bath, met the Prime Minister Theresa May at a Downing Street reception yesterday [30 October] in recognition of her research into Parkinson's, and to mark the 200-year anniversary since James Parkinson first described the condition.
  • Scientists pinpoint genetic risk factors for asthma, hay fever and eczema 30 October 2017 A major international study has pinpointed more than 100 genetic risk factors that explain why some people suffer from asthma, hay fever and eczema.
  • Centralised care needs to be improved to ensure children with cleft lip and palate have best outcomes 30 October 2017 Around 1,000 children are born with cleft lip and/or palate in the UK each year, with many children requiring long-term multi-disciplinary care. A University of Bristol study, which assessed whether the centralisation of cleft lip and palate care services improved child outcomes, 15 years after centralisation took place, is published. The study found centralisation has improved patient outcomes but highlights more work is needed in some areas.
  • Kidney failure's effects on the psychosocial health and lifestyle of young adults 19 October 2017 Kidney failure is associated with lower quality of life in young people and limited employment, independence, and relationships compared with healthy peers, according to an analysis led by the University of Bristol and published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN).
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