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  • £1.6 million study will determine how bone size, shape and structure contributes towards arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases 12 February 2018 How the size, shape and structure of bones and joints contribute towards the development of common age-related diseases such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis will be investigated by an international research team thanks to a £1.6 million Wellcome Trust award.
  • New £1.5M study will investigate what the ‘best interests’ are of patients who lack mental capacity 9 February 2018 A new study that will explore the healthcare decisions made in the “best interests” of patients who are unable to make decisions for themselves because they lack mental capacity or competence has been awarded £1.5 million by the Wellcome Trust.
  • Antibiotic resistance in children’s E. coli is high when commonly prescribed antibiotics are used 2 February 2018 Antibiotic resistance in children’s E. coli, a bacteria that is the most common cause of urinary tract infection, is high against many antibiotics commonly prescribed in primary care and could make them ineffective as first-line treatments, warns a study led by researchers at the University of Bristol and Imperial College London.
  • UK’s leading surgeons mark official launch of £21m NIHR Biomedical Research Centre 1 February 2018 Almost a third of hospital admissions involve a surgical procedure and with 4.7 million operations carried out in the UK each year and numbers rising year on year, surgery is one of the most important life-saving treatments offered to patients. Innovative surgical procedures are continually being developed but how are they tested to ensure they are safe? Two of the UK’s leading academic surgeons will answer these questions at a public lecture and debate on Thursday 1 February 2018 to mark the official launch of the £21 million National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).
  • Postnatal depression has greater impact on children’s development when it is persistent and severe. 31 January 2018 Postnatal depression which persists beyond 6 months after birth and is severe, increases the risk of children exhibiting behavioural problems, achieving lower GCSE mathematics grades at 16 years and having depression at 18 years of age. Postnatal depression which is persistent (whether moderate or severe) increases mothers’ risk of continuing to experience depressive symptoms beyond the postnatal year, with high levels found up until 11 years after childbirth.
  • Excess winter deaths: routine data won’t help GPs identify patients who are most at risk 30 January 2018 Expecting GPs to use medical records to identify individual patients who are most vulnerable to cold weather is unrealistic, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol, UCL and the University of Birmingham.
  • Alternatives to face-to-face GP consultations unlikely to deliver hoped-for benefits in practice 30 January 2018 The realities of implementing alternatives to face-to-face GP consultations, such as telephone, email, online and video consultations, mean that hoped-for reductions in GP workload and increases in available appointments for patients might not be realised. This is the finding of a study by led by researchers at the University of Bristol, published in the British Journal of General Practice today.
  • Study of 3,000 drinkers' attempts to cut down produces sobering results 25 January 2018 January is a popular month for people trying to reduce their alcohol intake but how successful are they in doing so? A new study by the University of Bristol that assessed data on the drinking patterns of nearly 3,000 drinkers who reported that they were planning to reduce their alcohol consumption found that very few managed it when followed up six months later.
  • Immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy does not delay start of chemotherapy or radiotherapy – but may increase risk of complications and readmission 19 January 2018 Having immediate reconstruction following a mastectomy does not delay the start of a patient’s adjuvant breast cancer therapy but may increase the likelihood of complications requiring hospital readmission in the first six weeks after surgery, according to new research led by researchers at the University of Bristol and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital presented at the UK Interdisciplinary Breast Cancer Symposium (UKIBCS) in Manchester – hosted by leading charity Breast Cancer Now.
  • The "ship of the desert" 18 December 2017 Academics at the University of Bristol will investigate how the one-humped Arabian camel can thrive in the hot and dry environment of the desert, where water is scarce, thanks to a grant from the Leverhulme Trust. Working with scientists in North Africa and the Middle East they hope to better understand how animals can adapt to deserts and climate change.
  • Screening could catch a quarter of hip fractures before they happen 15 December 2017 Community screening for osteoporosis could prevent more than a quarter of hip fractures in older women – according to new research involving researchers from the Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol and local hospitals, and led by the University of East Anglia (UEA).
  • Teenagers with incontinence are at risk of underachieving at secondary school 12 December 2017 Continence problems are among the most common paediatric health problems. It's commonly believed that continence problems resolve with age in all children. However, severe incontinence in childhood can persist into adolescence. New research has found teenagers with incontinence are at greater risk of underachieving academically, and need more support to remove barriers so they can reach their academic potential.
  • Scientists successfully demonstrate a new way to help nerve regeneration in spinal cord injury 11 December 2017 A new way of triggering nerve regeneration to help repair spinal cord injury and in the longer-term potentially paralysis has successfully been demonstrated by University of Bristol scientists. The work is published in PLOS ONE today [Monday 11 December].
  • Twitter can reveal our shared mood 11 December 2017 In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the University of Bristol have analysed mood indicators in text from 800 million anonymous messages posted on Twitter. These tweets were found to reflect strong patterns of positive and negative moods over the 24-hour day.
  • New app to help prevent people who are considering self-harm or having suicidal thoughts launched 7 December 2017 A new app to help people who are considering self-harm or having suicidal thoughts is now available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. The distrACT app which has been designed by doctors with young adults and University of Bristol researchers to provide easy, quick and discreet access to general health information and advice about self-harm.
  • Pippa Middleton supports BHF Christmas Appeal to help fight congenital heart disease 6 December 2017 British Heart Foundation (BHF) Ambassador Pippa Middleton paid young heart patients a surprise visit after pledging her support for the charity's Christmas Appeal, spending yesterday morning [Tuesday 4 December] at the paediatric cardiac ward at Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital to cheer up patients and listen to the many inspirational stories of young people living with a heart condition
  • Harmful effects of being overweight underestimated 30 November 2017 The harmful effects of being overweight have been underestimated, according to a new study that analysed body mass index (BMI), health and mortality data in around 60,000 parents and their children, to establish how obesity actually influences risk of death. The University of Bristol study is published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology today [Friday 1 December].
  • Atopic eczema: one size does not fit all 21 November 2017 Researchers from the UK and Netherlands have identified five distinct subgroups of eczema, a finding that helps explain how the condition can affect people at different stages of their lives.
  • ‘Best practice’ domestic violence programme announces ambitious plans to expand 21 November 2017 A highly successful, evidence-based domestic violence and abuse identification and referral programme (IRIS – Identification and Referral to Improve Safety) developed by researchers at the University of Bristol has launched as a social enterprise today, with plans to scale up its activity and grow the programme across the UK and internationally.
  • Primary care is key to optimising value in healthcare 14 November 2017 Balancing improvements in health against the cost of such improvements in primary care is vital to achieve a cost-effective and efficient healthcare system, finds a new report by University of Bristol researchers and published in the BMJ.
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