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  • 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.
  • MRI assisted biopsies more effective at detecting prostate cancers 13 August 2019 Using MRI scans to target biopsies is more effective at detecting prostate cancers that are likely to need treatment than standard ultrasound guided biopsies alone, according to research published in JAMA Network Open. The research, led by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Universities of Bristol, Ottawa, Exeter and Oxford, combined the results from seven studies covering 2,582 patients.
  • Genetic analyses indicate that the effect of being overweight and obesity on cancer risk is at least double than previously thought 9 August 2019 The effect of being overweight and obesity on risk of cancer is at least twice as large as previously thought according to new findings by an international research team which included University of Bristol academics.
  • Student-led hub for nutrition in medical education wins BBC Food and Farming Award 16 July 2019 A student-led organisation that aims to promote the need for greater nutrition and lifestyle medicine training within medical education has won a prestigious award at this year's BBC Food and Farming Awards. Bristol Medical School students, Iain Broadley and Ally Jaffee, co-founders of Nutritank won the Pat Llewellyn New Talent Award.
  • Vet nurse teacher named as ‘inspiring leader’ by Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons 12 July 2019 A teaching fellow at the University of Bristol Vet School has been named as one of 12 inspiring veterinary leaders by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) – the UK’s regulatory body for veterinary surgeons.
  • £9 million boost for health research in the west country 11 July 2019 Health researchers in the west country have been given a £9 million award from the Government's Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to enable them to tackle the area's most pressing health problems. The funding will enable new research projects including forecasting demand in hospitals, increasing people's physical activity levels, supporting people who self-harm and improving outcomes for children in care.
  • New study aims to improve acne in women 4 July 2019 A new study is looking for women with acne in Bristol to take part in a new clinical trial. Led by researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Southampton the study will investigate whether a drug called spironolactone can help improve acne in women.

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