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  • New festival exploring grief launches in 2020 9 December 2019 A new festival to help people talk, think and learn about grief will launch in Bristol next May 2020. Good Grief, Bristol is a week-long festival (11-17 May 2020) that brings together speakers, film screenings, exhibitions, workshops, music, spoken word, a pop-up shop and a Memory Kitchen.
  • Study reveals what factors influence young people's gambling habits 5 December 2019 A study has shown that regular weekly gamblers were more likely to be male and had developed habits and patterns of play by age 20. Factors such as the gambling habits of parents and social media use were also found to influence a young person's gambling activity. The in-depth longitudinal study by the University of Bristol's Children of the 90s was commissioned by GambleAware.
  • Being active reduces risk of prostate cancer 5 December 2019 Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK*, yet we still don't know all of its causes. The largest ever study to use genetics as a measurement for physical activity to look at its effect on prostate cancer, reveals that being more active reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Over 140,000 men were included in the study, of which, 80,000 had prostate cancer.
  • Physiotherapy 'postcode lottery' uncovered 27 November 2019 The amount of physiotherapy available following hip and knee replacements comes down to a 'postcode lottery' according to new research led by the University of East Anglia in collaboration with the universities of Bristol and Oxford.
  • Doctors should avoid co-prescribing benzodiazepines to opioid dependent patients due to increase in overdose death 26 November 2019 Doctors should avoid co-prescribing benzodiazepines to opioid dependent patients who are being treated with methadone or buprenorphine, also known as opioid agonist treatment (OAT), due to a three-fold increase in risk of overdose death, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Bristol.
  • Children of abused mothers 50 per cent more likely to have low IQ 26 November 2019 Children of women who reported domestic violence in pregnancy or during the first six years of the child's life are almost 50 per cent more likely to have a low IQ at age eight, research has found.
  • Researchers identify certain gut bacteria that may be involved in causing bowel cancer 4 November 2019 People who have a certain type of bacteria in their guts may be at greater risk of developing bowel cancer. The findings will be presented by University of Bristol researcher, Dr Kaitlin Wade, at the 2019 NCRI Cancer Conference in Glasgow today [Monday 4 November].
  • Study shows heavy smoking can have a damaging effect on facial ageing 1 November 2019 Heavy smoking may have a causal effect on facial ageing, according to new research led by the University of Bristol. The study searched across 18,000 traits from the UK Biobank cohort to identify those that may be affected by how heavily someone smokes. As well as recognising several known adverse effects such as on lung health, the research also found heavy smoking could influence appearance.
  • 20th century views and responses to drug use are no longer fit for purpose 23 October 2019 A report from The Lancet calls for a new international approach to drug use – using evidence-based policies, which adapt faster, and respond more humanely and effectively to new drugs and their changing availability and patterns of use.
  • Hot drinks are the most common cause of burns to young children 16 October 2019 New research has shown that hot drink scalds were the commonest cause of children under five presenting to emergency departments, and that only one in four children received adequate first aid before getting to hospital. These two key findings have led to the design of a national campaign called SafeTea launched today [Wednesday 16 October], National Burns Awareness Day.
  • Bristol medics offer life-saving training for Restart a Heart Day 10 October 2019 The public will be able to pick-up essential life-saving skills alongside their shopping thanks to students from the University of Bristol, who will be holding free CPR training sessions in Cabot Circus, the Galleries and College Green over the next few weeks.
  • NCMD publishes first annual report 10 October 2019 The National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) Programme, which was established on 1 April 2018 with the aim of reducing premature mortality by collecting and analysing data on all deaths in children in England, aged between birth and their 18th birthday, has published its first annual report [10 Oct 2019].
  • Study aims to address suicide prevention in low- and middle-income countries 10 October 2019 Future treatment and prevention of suicidal behaviour in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) should involve a wider range of approaches beyond just the treatment of psychiatric illness, according to a new University of Bristol study published on World Mental Health Day today [Thursday 10 October] in PLOS Medicine.
  • Improving young people’s mental health 10 October 2019 How much does social media help or hinder young people’s efforts to seek support for their emotional wellbeing? What challenges do students face when accessing services and how might they navigate them? Is there sufficient support available for students with autism?
  • Fresh insights could lead to new treatments for liver disease 9 October 2019 The fight against liver disease could be helped by the discovery of cells that cause liver scarring. Scientists have identified new sub-types of cells that, when they interact, accelerate the scarring process in diseased livers. Experts hope that by understanding more how these cells behave, new treatments can be developed more quickly for liver diseases.
  • £420K funding boost for Bristol dementia research 30 September 2019 A University of Bristol researcher has been awarded nearly £420,000 by Alzheimer's Research UK to investigate specific changes to blood flow in the brain in Alzheimer's disease.
  • International recognition for mental health researcher 18 September 2019 A researcher from the University of Bristol Medical School has received a prestigious international award in recognition of her outstanding research into suicide prevention in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Poor diet can lead to blindness 3 September 2019 An extreme case of "fussy" or "picky" eating caused a young patient’s blindness, according to a new case report published today [2 Sep 2019] in Annals of Internal Medicine. The University of Bristol researchers who examined the case recommend clinicians consider nutritional optic neuropathy in any patients with unexplained vision symptoms and poor diet, regardless of BMI, to avoid permanent vision loss.
  • £1.8 million for trial to evaluate treatment for chronic severe low back pain 2 September 2019 Researchers at the University of Bristol, in collaboration with North Bristol NHS Trust, the Universities of Keele and Southampton have been awarded £1.8 million from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to evaluate a treatment for chronic severe low back pain. Led by Dr Vikki Wylde, the RADICAL study will be a randomised controlled trial to find out if radiofrequency denervation, a procedure commonly used in the NHS, can provide pain relief.
  • Scientists reveal how a faulty gene leads to kidney disease 15 August 2019 New insights into why a faulty gene involved in a devastating form of a kidney condition called nephrotic syndrome leads to disease in some patients have been identified in new Kidney Research UK-funded research led by the University of Bristol. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), could pave the way for new ways to prevent or treat the condition, by revealing new targets to intervene in the process. Around 1 in 50,000 children are diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome each year.

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