New option for how people with Covid-19 are cared for on NHS wards30 August 2021A new protocol for prone positioning — a technique commonly used to treat COVID-19 patients in respiratory distress by turning them on to their front to increase oxygen flow to the lungs, is published in the Journal of Frailty and Aging. Researchers from the University of Bristol in collaboration with clinicians at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, conducted a literature review of the manoeuvre to develop a standard protocol for the adjuvant treatment that can be used for COVID-19 patients at high risk of dying being treated in normal hospital wards.
Emeritus Professor Sir John E. Enderby FRS, 1931-202127 August 2021Emeritus Professor John Enderby, died on 3 August 2021. His colleagues Bob Evans and George Neilson offer this remembrance to a pioneer in liquid state physics who served as Head of Bristol Physics from 1981 to 1994.
Bristol to benefit from new ‘SafePod’ enabling scientists to access secure data on site23 August 2021Bristol is one of the first universities to benefit from a ‘SafePod’ as part of a new national network of ‘secure data access’ pods set to launch this week. The small, prefabricated pods will enable scientists to access data for research purposes on site avoiding the need for them to travel to the handful of existing safe setting locations.
Hundreds of millions of Africans lack basic means of preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission, finds global study20 August 2021Millions of people across the African continent are at risk of contracting COVID-19 because of a lack of the most basic public health tools to protect themselves - including the essentials of soap and water, finds a new University of Bristol-led study published in Epidemiology & Infection. The global research collaborative finds almost 900 million Africans live without on-site water, while 700 million people lack in-home soap/washing facilities.
Understanding enzyme evolution paves the way for green chemistry19 August 2021Researchers at the University of Bristol have shown how laboratory evolution can give rise to highly efficient enzymes for new-to-nature reactions, opening the door for novel and more environmentally friendly ways to make drugs and other chemicals.
Increased snowfall will offset sea level rise from melting Antarctic ice sheet, new study finds19 August 2021A new study predicts that any sea level rise in the world’s most southern continent will be countered by an increase in snowfall, associated with a warmer Polar atmosphere. Using modern methods to calculate projected changes to sea levels, researchers discovered that the two ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica respond differently, reflecting their very distinct local climates.
Teens who use cannabis frequently more likely to have premature baby, study suggests
19 August 2021Teenagers who use cannabis frequently may be more likely to have children born preterm, when they become parents up to twenty years later, finds a new University of Bristol-led study. The research, published in Scientific Reports, repeatedly assessed 665 participants in a general population cohort on their tobacco and cannabis use between ages 14 to 29 years, before pregnancy.
University of Bristol admissions 2021 10 August 2021Today, thousands of offer holders are finding out whether they have secured a place to join our university this autumn. Congratulations to everyone who has had their place confirmed at Bristol.
New research lifts the lid on cardiac microvascular dysfunction9 August 2021New research has shown abnormalities in the tiny blood vessels of human hearts in regions well beyond the large arteries with atherosclerotic blockages that trigger the need for stents or bypass surgery. The findings could lead to the development of new treatments for patients with angina-like symptoms without blockages or those recovering from a heart attack or unexplained heart failure.
Novel research identifies gene targets of stress hormones in the brain6 August 2021Chronic stress is a well-known cause for mental health disorders. New research has moved a step forward in understanding how glucocorticoid hormones ('stress hormones') act upon the brain and what their function is. The findings could lead to more effective strategies in the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders.
Decline in CO2 cooled earth’s climate over 30 million years ago, scientists find2 August 2021New research led by the University of Bristol demonstrates that a decline in the concentration of atmospheric CO2 played a major role in driving Earth’s climate from a warm greenhouse into a cold icehouse world around 34 million years ago. This transition could be partly reversed in the next centuries due to the anthropogenic rise in CO2.