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  • Older adults who get physical can lower their heart disease risk 8 August 2018 Adults in their early 60s, who spend less time sitting and more time engaged in light to vigorous physical activity, benefit with healthier levels of heart and vessel disease markers, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, and the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
  • Women with polycystic ovary syndrome are more likely to have a child with autism 2 August 2018 Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more likely than other women to have an autistic child, according to an analysis of NHS data carried out by a team at Cambridge University's Autism Research Centre. The research is published today in the journal Translational Psychiatry. The team stressed that the likelihood of having an autistic child is still very low, even among women with PCOS – but finding this link provides an important clue in understanding one of the multiple causal factors in autism.
  • Bans on gluten-free prescribing save the NHS money in the short-term but the impact on patients is unclear 2 August 2018 Full or partial bans on GPs prescribing gluten-free (GF) foods to people with coeliac disease save the NHS money in the short-term. But the impact on patients, especially those from deprived areas, is unknown, NIHR-funded researchers at the University of Bristol have warned.
  • Bristol Veterinary School’s AMR Force wins Antibiotic Guardian Award 4 July 2018 Bristol Veterinary School’s AMR Force research group has won a prestigious award at this year’s Antibiotic Guardian Awards in recognition of the group’s achievement in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
  • Results of the largest ever multimorbidity trial in primary care challenge current thinking 28 June 2018 In the largest ever trial of an intervention to treat people with multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity) in primary care, researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Manchester, Dundee and Glasgow found that the patient-centred approach taken improved patients’ experience of their care but did not improve their health-related quality of life. This is a challenge to current thinking on which UK and international guidelines are based.
  • Bristol Professor elected to Academy of Medical Sciences 27 June 2018 A Professor in the Bristol Medical School has been recognised for their contribution to research in orthopaedic surgery with their election to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Study of 800-million tweets finds distinct daily cycles in our thinking patterns 20 June 2018 Our mode of thinking changes at different times of the day and follows a 24-hour pattern, according to new findings published in PLOS ONE. University of Bristol researchers were able to study our thinking behaviour by analysing seven-billion words used in 800-million tweets.
  • UK public shows strong preference for vaccines that prevent severe illness, particularly for children 13 June 2018 The UK public has a clear preference for funding vaccination programmes which protect young children against severe diseases, finds a new study that considered the public’s preferences on vaccines available on the NHS. The study suggests that the public’s preferences about which vaccines are made available on the NHS, particularly children, are not reflected by the current approach. The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF)-funded study, led by University of Bristol researchers, is published today [13 June] in PLOS ONE.
  • Patients to set agenda for heart failure research 13 June 2018 People with advanced heart failure, their carers, families and friends are being asked to help set the priorities for future research into the condition. Researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge are working with the James Lind Alliance - a non-profit organisation which looks for unanswered health research questions by reaching out to those most affected - to identify research questions that will focus on improving advanced heart failure care.
  • Study finds spending more time in education causes myopia (short-sight) 6 June 2018 Myopia, or short-sight, is one of leading causes of visual disability in the world. The global prevalence is rising rapidly and has reached epidemic levels in the developed countries of East and Southeast Asia. Now a new study, led by the University of Bristol, has shed some light on why the length of time spent in education is a causal risk factor for myopia.
  • New National Child Mortality Database to reduce premature mortality announced 1 June 2018 A new National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) is being developed at the University of Bristol that aims to reduce premature mortality by analysing data on all deaths in children in England, aged between birth and their 18th birthday.
  • Genetic variations in DNA could help improve efficacy of clinical trials 25 May 2018 The evolution of medicine relies heavily on the results of clinical trials, which while essential, are extremely costly and carry the potential of unintended adverse consequences. Now researchers from the University of Bristol have devised a new DNA-based method that could better predict whether clinical trials will be effective, potentially saving millions of pounds and ultimately improving the lives of patients.
  • Bath geriatrician leads £2.1m trial into Parkinson’s disease at the University of Bristol 24 May 2018 A UK-wide trial into Parkinson’s disease led by Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol is set to go ahead, thanks to a £2.1 million grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
  • New evidence on link between obesity and smoking behaviour from genetic data: obese people at higher risk of smoking 17 May 2018 A study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) provides new evidence that increased weight and obesity may result in increased smoking. The Cancer Research UK (CRUK)-funded study, involving University of Bristol researchers and published today in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), found that increased body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage, and waist circumference were associated both with a higher risk of being a smoker and with greater smoking intensity, measured by the number of cigarettes smoked per day. These results were consistent in both men and women.
  • University schools win Silver Athena SWAN Awards 8 May 2018 Three of the University’s schools have successfully gained Silver Athena SWAN Awards in the November 2017 submission round, recognising their ongoing commitment to gender equality.
  • City's local artists pair up with Bristol researchers for new science-inspired art exhibition 7 May 2018 A cathedral trained stone carver, illustrator and stained glass artist are just some of the local artisans who have been paired with Bristol researchers to create a stunning array of science-inspired art works as part of Creative Reactions Bristol [11 to 22 May].
  • Frequent sauna bathing reduces risk of stroke 3 May 2018 Frequent sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of stroke, according to a new international study. In a 15-year follow-up study, people taking a sauna four to seven times a week were 61 per cent less likely to suffer a stroke than those taking a sauna once a week. This is the first prospective large-scale study on this topic, and the findings were reported in Neurology.
  • Buprenorphine may be a safer opioid substitute than methadone but only if treatment duration is longer, study suggests 20 April 2018 The less commonly prescribed opioid substitute buprenorphine may be safer than methadone for problem opioid users, especially if used during the first month of treatment, according to a study by researchers from the University of Bristol, King’s College London, University of Manchester and Bristol Drugs Project, with implications for guidance on GP prescribing.
  • Novel hormone replacement therapy trial demonstrates improved memory function in adrenal patients 9 April 2018 Better timing for cortisol replacement therapies, to more closely replicate the secretion patterns of people with normal levels of the hormone, has shown a significant improvement in patients' cognitive function. This is the striking finding from a new trial led by University of Bristol scientists including Professor Stafford Lightman and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). The findings are potentially important and underline the case for novel therapeutic approaches, as patients on cortisol replacement therapy often have side effects that make it difficult for them to lead normal lives.
  • Three-quarters of COPD cases are linked to childhood risk factors that are exacerbated in adulthood 5 April 2018 Three-quarters of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cases have their origins in poor lung function pathways beginning in childhood. These pathways are associated with exposures in childhood, and amplified by factors in adulthood, according to a cohort study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal.

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