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Health - Administration - 16.07.2013
Death rates for emergency surgical admissions vary widely between hospitals
Death rates for emergency surgical admissions vary widely between hospitals
A new study reveals significant variation between hospitals in patient death rates following emergency surgical admissions in England. The study, published in the British Journal of Surgery , also found that survival rates were higher in hospitals with better resources. Patients presenting as emergencies account for the majority of deaths associated with general surgery.

Earth Sciences - Administration - 19.06.2013
New research casts light on adults who choose to go missing
Researchers from a project which aims to deepen understanding of adults who choose to go missing are presenting their results for the first time today (Wednesday 19 June). Around 327,000 incidences of people reported as missing are reported to authorities each year in the UK, but little research exists which could provide practical insights to benefit those with responsibility for and to missing adults.

Life Sciences - Administration - 14.06.2013
Review showcases Sussex research
Review showcases Sussex research
Review showcases Sussex research The University's Research Review for 2013 - Excellence and Impact - has been published, showcasing some of Sussex's latest research findings and applications. The research activity covered this year includes neuroscience, energy policy, DNA replication and genetic stability, digital media and internet policy, consciousness and adoption research and practice.

Administration - Health - 10.06.2013
Home palliative care services double people’s chances of dying at home and reduce symptoms
A new Cochrane review led by King's College London has found that providing home palliative care doubles the odds that someone with a terminal illness can die at home if they want to, and leads to better control of their symptoms. Based on this evidence the researchers are calling for the development of specialist home palliative care services to be included in national healthcare strategies, to ensure people who wish to die at home receive the best possible care.

Health - Administration - 30.05.2013
Small increase in heart risk from common painkillers
Prolonged use of some widely used painkillers increases the risk of heart attacks by a small but significant amount, a large international study led by Oxford University researchers has found. Professor Colin Baigent of Oxford's Clinical Trial Service Unit led the research on a class of painkillers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Health - Administration - 22.05.2013
Hernia surgery offers value for money, finds study
Hernia surgery offers value for money, finds study
Hernia surgery may offer good value for money and improved quality of life for patients, according to a new analysis. The government wants the NHS to make 20 billion worth of efficiency savings by 2015 and it has been suggested that money could be saved by performing fewer hernia operations. In a briefing by the Audit Commission in 2011, inguinal hernia repair surgery was included on a list of “low clinical value? treatments.

Administration - 07.05.2013
High home ownership can seriously damage your labour market, new study shows
Government policies that boost the amount of home ownership in a country are likely to inflict severe damage on the labour market, new research from the University of Warwick suggests. Professor Andrew Oswald from the University of Warwick and Professor David (“Danny?) Blanchflower from Dartmouth College examine a century of unemployment and home-ownership data for the states of the USA from 1900 to 2010.

Health - Administration - 23.04.2013
Mephedrone bolsters illegal drug use
Mephedrone bolsters illegal drug use Experienced clubbers are more likely to add the former 'legal high' mephedrone to their drug repertoires rather than use it to replace popular established club drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine, according to new research involving Durham University. Analysis of a survey from over 300 clubbers conducted just after the UK ban on mephedrone showed that clubbers will take ecstasy pills, cocaine and MDMA powder as well as mephedrone as part of their drug repertoires.

Social Sciences - Administration - 17.04.2013
Social care research in Wales
The School of Social Sciences has secured significant new funding for research in the field of children's social care. This funding (more than 0.5M) comprises three research grants awarded to academics in the School. The first of these is a large, four nation project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Health - Administration - 05.04.2013
Stem cells enable personalised treatment for bleeding disorder
Stem cells enable personalised treatment for bleeding disorder
Cells from patients' blood could be developed as treatments for heart and circulatory diseases. Scientists have shed light on a common bleeding disorder by growing and analysing stem cells from patients' blood to discover the cause of the disease in individual patients. The technique may enable doctors to prescribe more effective treatments according to the defects identified in patients' cells.

Administration - Career - 26.03.2013
Manchester Chief Constable makes diversity pledge
The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police has said he will ensure his staff are treated fairly and that he will build a diverse workforce. Sir Peter Fahy has accepted the recommendations of a University of Manchester report, which found that ethnicity was a factor in internal misconduct and counter-corruption investigations involving police officers and staff.

Health - Administration - 18.03.2013
Links between lifestyle and developing rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease which affects around 0.8% of the population; and its causes are of great interest to the medical world. Research led by Ian Bruce, NIHR Senior Investigator and Professor of Rheumatology at The University of Manchester and consultant at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, looked into the association between lifestyle factors and the risk of developing RA.

Life Sciences - Administration - 14.03.2013
Plants let chloroplasts know the time
Plants let chloroplasts know the time
Plant cells communicate information about the time of day to their chloroplasts, the part of their cells that underpins all agricultural productivity on Earth, researchers at the University of Bristol have demonstrated in a study published today in Science. Plant cells contain an internal clock (the circadian clock), which is able to regulate cellular processes so that they occur at the optimal time of day, causing a big increase in plant productivity. As chloroplasts are the site of photosynthesis, their function is highly dependent on the daily changes in light environment.

Administration - Economics / Business - 11.03.2013
Digital records could expose intimate details and personality traits of millions
Research shows that intimate personal attributes can be predicted with high levels of accuracy from 'traces' left by seemingly innocuous digital behaviour, in this case Facebook Likes. Study raises important questions about personalised marketing and online privacy.

Administration - Life Sciences - 07.03.2013
Discards ban could impact seabirds population
Species of seabirds could successfully return to their natural foraging habits following changes to European fisheries policies, scientists have suggested. The European Parliament recently voted to scrap the controversial discards policy, which has seen fishermen throwing thousands of edible fish and fish waste back into the sea because they have exceeded their quotas.

Health - Administration - 21.02.2013
Predicting liver injury in paracetamol overdose patients
Predicting liver injury in paracetamol overdose patients
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have identified molecules in the blood that could help predict the risk of a patient developing liver injury eight hours after a paracetamol overdose. Paracetamol overdose is one of the most frequent cases of hospital admissions, accounting for approximately 90,000 hospital attendances per year in the UK and almost 47,000 bed days in England alone. Overdose of the drug can result in liver damage, and in severe cases death.

Health - Administration - 14.02.2013
CT scans are the best alternative to colonoscopy to investigate bowel cancer
CT scans are the best alternative to colonoscopy to investigate bowel cancer
Based on a news release by Cancer Research UK A less invasive ‘virtual colonoscopy' using CT scans is more effective for investigating patients with possible bowel cancer than the traditional X-ray test, according to a new study. The researchers say CT colonography (CTC) should now be considered alongside the ‘gold standard' of colonoscopy.

Administration - 21.01.2013
Smoke-free law linked to large fall in child asthma hospital admissions
Smoke-free law linked to large fall in child asthma hospital admissions
The introduction of smoke-free legislation in England was immediately followed by a fall in the number of children admitted to hospital with asthma symptoms, a new study has found. NHS statistics analysed by researchers at Imperial College London show a 12.3 per cent fall in admissions for childhood asthma in the first year after the law on smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces came into effect in July 2007.

Administration - 10.01.2013
First ‘plural’ towns and city outside London revealed
The research by the University's Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) shows the towns of Slough and Luton and the city of Leicester are now 'plural'. Birmingham could join them in the next seven years. The team, who also find that 23 of London's 33 boroughs are plural, say towns and cities labelled by politicians as 'segregated' are in reality the most diverse.

Health - Administration - 09.01.2013
Most effective treatment for common kidney disorder
Most effective treatment for common kidney disorder
The results of a pioneering UK-wide clinical trial that compared treatments for patients with a common type of kidney disease has found one to be significantly more effective. The results of the study, published online in The Lancet today [9 Jan], will be recommended to clinicians worldwide as the most effective approach to treating the condition.

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