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  • Bristol lecturer appointed Clinical Director of NIHR regional research network 8 November 2018 Dr Kyla Thomas, a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Public Health Medicine, has been appointed as the Clinical Director of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) West of England Clinical Research Network (CRN).
  • Women who are 'larks' have a lower risk of developing breast cancer 6 November 2018 Women who are 'larks', functioning better at the beginning of the day than the end of the day, have a lower of risk breast cancer, according to new research led by the University of Bristol presented at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference today [Tuesday 6 November].
  • Fluorescent marker can help guide surgeons to remove dangerous brain tumour cells more accurately 5 November 2018 A chemical that highlights tumour cells has been used by surgeons to help spot and safely remove brain cancer in a trial presented by a University of Bristol academic at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference.
  • University of Bristol academics announced as Fellows of The Alan Turing Institute 1 November 2018 Thirty academics from engineering, health sciences, mathematics, veterinary science, geographical sciences, computer science, arts and other disciplines join the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.
  • Popular drug combination for treatment resistant depression is not more effective than a single antidepressant in primary care 1 November 2018 Psychiatrists and GPs increasingly combine mirtazapine with an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) or SNRI (serotonin-noradenaline reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant for patients whose depression does not respond to a single antidepressant. A large clinical trial led by researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Exeter, Keele, Manchester and Hull York Medical School, and published in the British Medical Journal today, looked at the effectiveness of adding mirtazapine to an SSRI or SNRI in patients who remain depressed after at least six weeks of conventional (SSRI or SNRI) antidepressant treatment. They found that this combination was no more effective in improving depression than placebo and call on doctors to rethink its use.
  • Domestic violence is widely accepted in most developing countries, new study reveals 1 November 2018 Societal acceptance of domestic violence against women is widespread in developing countries, with 36 per cent of people believing it is justified in certain situations.
  • New drug formulation could help people undergoing heart surgery 31 October 2018 Scientists at the University of Bristol are to develop and test a new drug combination that could protect the hearts of patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Professor Raimondo Ascione, and Professor Saadeh Suleiman, from the Bristol Heart Institute, will explore whether treatment with two drugs, which are already used in other ways in people with heart conditions, could benefit patients undergoing open-heart surgery. They have been awarded a grant of nearly £300,000 by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to carry out this work.
  • Incarceration is likely to increase HIV and HCV transmission among people who inject drugs, new study finds 29 October 2018 Injecting drug use, through the sharing of needles, syringes and other injecting equipment, is a primary route of transmission for both HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV), blood-borne infections that cause considerable morbidity and mortality worldwide. New research led by the University of Bristol has found among people who inject drugs, that recent incarceration was associated with an 81 per cent and 62 per cent increase in HIV and HCV acquisition risk, respectively.
  • Study of 500,000 people clarifies the risks of obesity 25 October 2018 Elevated body mass index (BMI) – a measure of weight accounting for a person's height - has been shown to be a likely causal contributor to population patterns in mortality, according to a new study led by the University of Bristol using measurements and mortality data from 500,000 people.
  • Experts call for health system change to tackle the challenge of multimorbidity in the NHS 25 October 2018 The number of people with multiple long-term conditions, known as multimorbidity, is rising internationally, putting increased pressure on health care systems, including the NHS. Researchers from the 3D Study – the largest ever trial of a person-centred approach to caring for patients with multimorbidity in primary care - at the Universities of Bristol, Dundee, Manchester and Glasgow, are hosting a conference today [Thursday 25 October] with the Royal College of General Practitioners to discuss the challenges facing general practice and how the health care system needs to respond.
  • People needed to share their experience of dementia or memory problems 24 October 2018 Do you have experience of dementia or memory problems? Researchers from the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust are looking for patients or carers over the age of 45 to join a memory patient group to help further research into the disease.
  • Experts raise safety concerns about cardboard baby boxes 18 October 2018 Cardboard baby boxes are being promoted for infant sleep as a safe alternative to more traditional cots, bassinets, or Moses baskets, without any evidence in place, warn experts from the Universities of Bristol and Durham and published in The BMJ.
  • Which factors are linked with wellbeing and medication adherence in young adults with kidney failure 16 October 2018 A new study led by the University of Bristol has evaluated important aspects of psychological health in young adults with kidney failure. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), point to the need for additional efforts to address the wellbeing of these patients.
  • University of Bristol and RUH Bath to partner with Radboud University and the Gatsby Foundation to carry out a new €10 million Parkinson’s study 7 September 2018 A new €10 million international trial to evaluate a new model of care that aims to improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s disease will be conducted with the University of Bristol and the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust Bristol thanks to funding from The Gatsby Foundation.
  • Paramedic techniques used during cardiac arrest similarly effective, study shows 29 August 2018 The two most widely used techniques used by paramedics to support a patient's breathing during cardiac arrest are similarly effective, a major new clinical trial has revealed.
  • Climate change increasing the prevalence of harmful parasite, warn scientists 29 August 2018 A rise in a parasite called liver fluke, which can significantly impact livestock production in farms in the UK and across the world, could now be helped by a new predictive model of the disease aimed at farmers. The tool, developed by University of Bristol scientists, aims to help reduce prevalence of the disease.
  • Anti-cancer drug offers potential alternative to transplant for patients with liver failure, study finds 16 August 2018 Patients suffering sudden liver failure could in the future benefit from a new treatment that could reduce the need for transplants, research published today shows. The study by scientists at University of Edinburgh MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow, and the University of Bristol, is published in Science Translational Medicine.
  • Older adults who get physical can lower their heart disease risk 8 August 2018 Adults in their early 60s, who spend less time sitting and more time engaged in light to vigorous physical activity, benefit with healthier levels of heart and vessel disease markers, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, and the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
  • Women with polycystic ovary syndrome are more likely to have a child with autism 2 August 2018 Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more likely than other women to have an autistic child, according to an analysis of NHS data carried out by a team at Cambridge University's Autism Research Centre. The research is published today in the journal Translational Psychiatry. The team stressed that the likelihood of having an autistic child is still very low, even among women with PCOS – but finding this link provides an important clue in understanding one of the multiple causal factors in autism.
  • Bans on gluten-free prescribing save the NHS money in the short-term but the impact on patients is unclear 2 August 2018 Full or partial bans on GPs prescribing gluten-free (GF) foods to people with coeliac disease save the NHS money in the short-term. But the impact on patients, especially those from deprived areas, is unknown, NIHR-funded researchers at the University of Bristol have warned.

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