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Advice for students and staff concerned about Coronavirus 25 February 2020 The World Health Organisation has declared a public health emergency of international concern over the continuing spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.
  • School admissions: how to make the system fairer for all 27 February 2020 With the highest performing schools accepting around half the rate of disadvantaged pupils as the national average, a new report co-authored by the University of Bristol presents a series of reforms to make the school admissions system fairer.
  • Intervention to help GPs identify, assess and treat patients with hepatitis C found to be effective 27 February 2020 The first UK clinical trial to increase the identification and treatment of hepatitis C (HCV) patients in primary care has been found to be effective, acceptable to staff and highly cost-effective for the NHS. The University of Bristol-led Hepatitis C Assessment to Treatment Trial (HepCATT), published in the British Medical Journal today [27 February], provides robust evidence of effective action GPs should take to increase HCV testing and treatment.
  • Innovative health-coaching app for pregnant women is focus of newly-funded project 26 February 2020 Bump2Baby and Me is a new project awarded funding from the EU's Horizon 2020 research and development programme. Led by researchers from the University College Dublin and the University of Bristol, this five-year project will address weight management during and after pregnancy.
  • Public Statement about Coronavirus from the University of Bristol 26 February 2020 The health, welfare and safety of students and staff is the top priority for University leaders following the Coronavirus (COVID-9) outbreak.
  • Deaf moths evolved noise-cancelling scales to evade predators 26 February 2020 Some species of deaf moths can absorb as much as 85 per cent of the incoming sound energy from predatory bats — who use echolocation to detect them. The findings, published in Royal Society Interface today [26 February], reveal the moths, who are unable to hear the ultrasonic calls of bats, have evolved this clever defensive strategy to help it survive.
  • Advice for students and staff concerned about Coronavirus 25 February 2020 The World Health Organisation has declared a public health emergency of international concern over the continuing spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.
  • Helpful customization or furtive manipulation? How Germans see personalisation of online services 25 February 2020 Whether we are looking for a restaurant tip, researching health information, or scrolling through social media posts, algorithms use the personal data they gather on us to determine what we are shown online. But how aware are people of the impact algorithms have on their digital environments? A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the University of Bristol has conducted a survey of 1,065 people in Germany to address these questions.
  • Research shows how glacier algae creates dark zone at the margins of the Greenland Ice Sheet 24 February 2020 New research led by scientists from the University of Bristol has revealed new insights into how the microscopic algae that thrives along the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet causes widespread darkening.
  • Gene loss more important in animal kingdom evolution than previously thought 24 February 2020 Scientists have shown that some key points of animal evolution — like the ones leading to humans or insects — were associated with a large loss of genes in the genome. The study, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution [today 24 February], compared over 100 genomes to investigate what happened at the gene level during the evolution of animals after their origin.
  • Development of new blood test for GPs could help diagnose brain tumours earlier 24 February 2020 A new simple blood test for brain tumours that could be used by GPs in primary care will be developed thanks to funding of nearly £500,000 by Cancer Research UK. Around 60,000 patients in the UK are living with a brain tumour but only 20 per cent of patients are still alive five years after diagnosis, partly because they present late with large inoperable tumours.
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