News in 2021

  • Patient reporting of possible cancer symptoms to GPs fell during first wave of pandemic 25 May 2021 The number of patients aged over 50 reporting possible cancer symptoms to their GPs fell during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a study at the University of Bristol published in BMJ Open today [25 May] has found. The reduction in reporting was most pronounced for common symptoms, which rarely indicate cancer. It was also significant for 'alarm' symptoms, which are more likely to indicate cancer in older age groups, though most of the time they don’t.
  • Study reveals huge pressures on anaesthesia and critical care workforce and hospitals during winter wave of COVID-19 pandemic, and devastating drop in surgical activity 19 May 2021 New research published in Anaesthesia, a journal of the Association of Anaesthetists, shows the huge pressure anaesthesia and critical care staff in the UK have been under throughout the winter wave of COVID-19, as the number of newly admitted infected patients surged and most planned surgeries, including a substantial number of critical cancer operations, were cancelled.
  • University professors join Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship 12 May 2021 Professor Jane Blazeby and Professor Jonathan Sterne have been elected to The Academy of Medical Sciences’ respected and influential Fellowship.
  • Leading cancer scientist to open new charity superstore in Bristol 15 April 2021 A leading cancer scientist whose work helps towards beating cancer in the city, will officially open the first Cancer Research UK superstore in Bristol today [Thursday 15 April].
  • Cancer patients set to benefit from £3.5m funding for cell therapies 16 March 2021 University of Bristol biotech start-up CytoSeek has raised £3.5 million to develop new cell therapies to treat solid tumours in cancer patients.
  • Accurate aging of wild animals thanks to first epigenetic clock for bats 12 March 2021 New research by the University of Bristol as part of a team led by the University of Maryland (UMD) identifies age-related changes to DNA, revealing longevity-related differences among bat species.
  • Dog’s body size and shape could indicate a greater bone tumour risk 10 March 2021 Osteosarcoma is a painful and aggressive bone tumour in dogs that is known to be more common in certain breeds than others. New research has now confirmed that larger breeds, such as Rottweiler, Great Dane and Rhodesian Ridgeback, have a greater risk of osteosarcoma than smaller breeds, as well as showing that breeds with shorter skulls and legs have lower osteosarcoma risk. The findings could inform future breed health reforms as well as studies into the way tumours develop from normal bone.
  • How GPs coped with the rapid shift to remote consultations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 9 February 2021 One of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the rapid move to telephone, video and online GP consultations. In a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded study, researchers from the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol and NIHR ARC West found that while the rapid shift to remote GP consulting was successful and maintained a focus on vulnerable patients, it was driven by necessity and may have risks.
  • Cancer risk from obesity differs for men and women 5 January 2021 A new study, led by researchers at the University of Bristol and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), has revealed that where fat is on our body may lead to different health outcomes for men and women. The research, co-funded by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK, found that having more body fat around your waist is more dangerous for women than it is for men when it comes to risk of developing colorectal cancer (also known as bowel cancer).
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