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  • Risk factors identified for patients undergoing knee replacements 17 April 2019 In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the Musculoskeletal Research Unit at the University of Bristol have identified the most important risk factors for developing severe infection after knee replacement. Patients who are under 60 years of age, males, those with chronic pulmonary disease, diabetes, liver disease, and a higher body mass index are at increased risk of having the joint replacement redone (known as revision) due to infection.
  • Two academics honoured with Royal Society Fellows 17 April 2019 Two University of Bristol academics, Professors George Davey Smith and Michael Kendall, have achieved the rare distinction of being elected Fellows of the world's most eminent scientific academy, the Royal Society, for their exceptional contributions to science.
  • Senior Researcher wins Hind Rattan award, 2019 8 March 2019 Celebrating International Women's day we spoke to Dr Narinder Bansal who explained the work that led her to win the prestigious Indian award.
  • Domestic violence against women: giving friends and relatives the keys to help 8 March 2019 Today [Friday 8 March] International Women's Day [IWD 2019] is celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women but worldwide, domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is still experienced by almost one in three women. It has become a major public health issue, with profound physical and mental health impact. A research project by the University of Bristol, funded by AXA Research Fund, aims to develop resources that will help informal groups, such as friends and family, support women who experience domestic violence.
  • Could genetic breakthrough finally help take the sting out of mouth ulcers? 5 March 2019 A large breakthrough has been made in the genetic understanding of mouth ulcers which could provide potential for a new drug to prevent or heal the painful lesions. Mouth ulcers affect up to 25 per cent of young adults and a higher proportion of children. Previous research has shown that mouth ulcers are partially heritable, but until now there has been little evidence linking specific genes or genomic regions to mouth ulcers.
  • Drinking in pregnancy could affect children’s mental health 1 March 2019 New research led by the University of Bristol has found children whose mothers drink during pregnancy could be at greater risk of mental health problems, particularly anxiety, depression and conduct disorder.
  • Getting to the heart of the matter this Valentine’s Day 8 February 2019 What are the heart strings? Where is the hole in your heart? How does the blood circulate? See it all before your eyes when a team of anatomists from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Applied Anatomy discuss one of the most important organs in the body - the heart - next week on Valentine’s Day [Thursday 14 February].
  • New kidney research sheds light on harms of certain drugs 24 January 2019 Scientists have identified an enzyme that is a “master regulator” of kidney function that if excessively suppressed, can trigger renal failure. Their findings have implications for the use of existing drugs and the development of new pharmaceuticals.
  • Study finds elevated levels of stress hormone linked to housing type and tenure 17 January 2019 A new study examining UK housing data and health outcomes has indicated a link between people living in the private rental sector having higher levels of a stress hormone. The findings, led by researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Essex, are published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
  • Bristol scientist honoured in Queen’s New Year list 29 December 2018 A scientist from the University of Bristol has been honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, which recognises the achievements and service of people across the UK. Along with the Birthday honours, they are the most significant announcement of civilian and military gallantry awards.
  • Diabetes-inducing blood vessel damage could be prevented by a growth factor, study finds 20 December 2018 Scientists have identified a growth factor found in the kidneys that could minimise the diabetes-inducing effects of blood vessel damage.
  • Study could benefit eye disease patients whilst saving NHS both time and money 20 December 2018 Researchers from the University of Bristol, in collaboration with Queen's University Belfast, are leading a cutting-edge project, named the "MONARCH" study, that could benefit eye disease patients whilst saving both time and money within the NHS.
  • Bristol Medical School researcher awarded prestigious Diabetes UK fellowship 14 December 2018 A Bristol Medical School researcher has been awarded a prestigious Diabetes UK fellowship to understand more about adult onset type 1 diabetes. It is estimated that more than 300,000 people in the UK are living with the disease which develops when the immune system makes a mistake and destroys the cells that make insulin.
  • Bristol academics named among the most highly cited in global list 27 November 2018 Eighteen researchers at the University of Bristol have been named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List, which recognises influential researchers around the world.
  • 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.

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