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Health - Psychology - 19.08.2021

Health - Career - 18.08.2021
Worsening GP shortages in disadvantaged areas likely to widen health inequalities
Worsening GP shortages in disadvantaged areas likely to widen health inequalities
Areas of high socioeconomic disadvantaged are being worst hit by shortages of GPs, a trend that is only worsening with time and is likely to widen pre-existing health inequalities, say researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Health - Social Sciences - 17.08.2021
Over one in 10 COVID-19 patients caught the virus while in hospital during first wave
The research into UK hospital-acquired infections was conducted as part of the world's largest study of severe COVID-19 and is published as a research letter in The Lancet.

Health - 13.08.2021
New clinical risk management tools are needed to prevent COVID-19 deaths, say experts
New clinical risk management tools are needed to prevent COVID-19 deaths, say experts
A new study exposes the dire need for new clinical risk management tools to help hospital healthcare workers prevent the deaths and intensive care admissions of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) COVID-19 patients with pneumonia, say researchers.

Health - 09.08.2021
Patients who isolate before surgery are 20% more likely to develop post-operative lung complications, finds study
Patients isolating before surgery - mainly to avoid COVID-19 and its complications - are actually at a 20% increased risk of developing post-operative lung complications compared with patients who do not isolate, unexpected study findings show. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded study was carried out by the University of Birmingham-led GlobalSurg-COVIDSurg Collaborative - a global collaboration of over 15,000 surgeons working together to collect a range of data on the COVID-19 pandemic - and published today in Anaesthesia , a journal of the Association of Anaesthetists.

Health - Pharmacology - 09.08.2021
Interview: Prof Francois Balloux - ’The pandemic has created a market for gloom and doom’
Francois Balloux (UCL Genetics Institute) discusses the risk of new variants, psychosomatic long Covid and when he expects the crisis to end.

Health - Campus - 09.08.2021

Health - Pharmacology - 06.08.2021
Licensed drug could reduce SARS-CoV-2 infection by up to 70 per cent, reveals study
A licensed drug normally used to treat abnormal levels of fatty substances in the blood could reduce infection caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus by up to 70 per cent, reveals a study in the laboratory by an international collaboration of researchers. The research team, led by the University of Birmingham and Keele University in the UK and the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Italy, has demonstrated that fenofibrate and its active form (fenofibric acid) can significantly reduce SARS-COV-2 infection in human cells in the laboratory.

Health - Social Sciences - 05.08.2021
Government guidance held schools back as Covid hit
Headteachers and school leaders have described how an 'avalanche' of confused and shifting Government guidance severely impeded schools during the critical first months of Covid lockdown, in a new study by researchers from UCL and the University of Cambridge.

Health - Pedagogy - 05.08.2021
Heads reveal how 'overwhelming' Government guidance held schools back as COVID hit
Heads reveal how ’overwhelming’ Government guidance held schools back as COVID hit
Headteachers and school leaders have described how an 'avalanche' of confused and shifting Government guidance severely impeded schools during the critical first months of COVID lockdown in a new study.

Health - Mathematics - 05.08.2021
Opinion: Embracing uncertainty is the only path out of the pandemic
Sajid Javid's statement that no one will really know how many Covid cases there are over summer is more scientific than any epidemiological model, says Visiting Professor Paul Ormerod (UCL Computer Science).

Health - Pharmacology - 05.08.2021
Medicines Discovery Catapult relaunches Wolfson Radiochemistry facility in Manchester
Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) today announces the relaunch of radiochemistry at the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre (WMIC) in Manchester.

Health - Pharmacology - 05.08.2021
Lab-grown beating heart cells identify potential drug to prevent COVID-19-related heart damage
Lab-grown beating heart cells identify potential drug to prevent COVID-19-related heart damage
Cambridge scientists have grown beating heart cells in the lab and shown how they are vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 infection. In a study published in , they used this system to show that an experimental peptide drug called DX600 can prevent the virus entering the heart cells. Using stem cells, we've managed to create a model which, in many ways, behaves just like a heart does, beating in rhythm.

Health - Pharmacology - 05.08.2021
RECOVERY-RS trial finds continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) reduces need for invasive ventilation in hospitalised COVID-19 patients
Landmark UK trial compared three commonly used respiratory interventions to establish which works best for COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory failure.

Health - 05.08.2021
Harnessing the Sun to tackle period poverty
A re-usable sanitary towel that could potentially kill up to 99.9% of bacteria when exposed to sunlight is being developed by scientists at Cardiff University. The team is developing a special type of fabric that is infused with non-toxic metals acting as a catalyst, harnessing energy from the Sun and producing compounds capable of killing bacteria, removing stains and neutralizing odours.

Health - Pharmacology - 04.08.2021
Artificial pancreas trialled for outpatients with type 2 diabetes for first time
Artificial pancreas trialled for outpatients with type 2 diabetes for first time
An artificial pancreas could soon help those people living with type 2 diabetes who also require kidney dialysis.

Health - 03.08.2021
Handwashing robot makes a splash at Glasgow primary schools
A robot which encourages children to wash their hands is helping Glasgow primary school pupils do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. WallBo, a 'social robot' with a friendly smile and a Scottish accent, developed by researchers at the University of Glasgow, has helped boost hand hygiene awareness in two local primary schools.

Pharmacology - Health - 03.08.2021
World-first UK trial to assess whether cannabis-based drug could extend life for thousands with aggressive brain tumours
The University of Birmingham will co-ordinate a major UK trial to analyse the efficacy of cannabis-based drug Sativex in treating the most aggressive form of brain tumours.

Health - Pharmacology - 03.08.2021
Patients who miss multiple GP appointments stay missing from healthcare
Patients who miss multiple GP appointments stay missing from healthcare
Research tracking people across the health service shows that patients who miss multiple GP appointments are not seeking help from Emergency Departments.    Last updated on Wednesday 11 August 2021 R

Health - Pharmacology - 30.07.2021
New data show rise in hospital admissions for unvaccinated pregnant women
The Chief Midwifery Officer for England will urge expectant mums to have their COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible.

Health - 30.07.2021
New Human-AI Research Teams could be the future of research, meeting future societal challenges
The University of Manchester is developing unique research teams to help cure humanity's increasingly complex future health and societal problems by partnering researchers with Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Health - History / Archeology - 30.07.2021

Health - Career - 29.07.2021
Scientists awarded £230k to help unlock immunotherapy for men with prostate cancer
Researchers from Cardiff University will investigate how prostate cancer affects the immune system, thanks to funding from Prostate Cancer UK.

Pharmacology - Health - 28.07.2021
Expansion of MR and CT imaging at Salford Royal
Three new, state of the art MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanners and a new CT (Computed Tomography) scanner have been installed at Salford Royal, part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA).

Health - Pharmacology - 27.07.2021
Opinion: We cannot escape the threat of Covid-19 until we vaccinate the world
G7 countries are guilty of both hoarding Covid-19 vaccines and blocking others from producing them at scale, says Professor Anthony Costello (UCL Institute for Global Health).

Health - Pharmacology - 22.07.2021
UCLH begins clinical trial of Alzheimer’s drug developed at UCL
A clinical trial of a new drug candidate for Alzheimer's disease which has been developed at UCL in partnership with the pharmaceutical company Eisai has begun at UCLH with participants now being screened. Participants in the trial, conducted at the UCLH Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre (NIHR UCLH Clinical Research Facility), will have the rare inherited form of Alzheimer's disease.

Health - Social Sciences - 22.07.2021
1.5 million children worldwide have lost a parent, grandparent, or caregiver due to COVID-19
An estimated 1.5 million children worldwide have experienced the death of a parent, custodial grandparent, or other relative who cared for them, as a result of COVID-19, according to a new global study involving UCL researchers, published today in The Lancet. Of the 1.5 million children, more than 1 million experienced the death of one or both parents during the first 14 months of the pandemic, and another half a million experienced the death of a grandparent caregiver living in their own home, the study estimates.

Health - Social Sciences - 22.07.2021
New campaign highlights need to seek help for ’vague but concerning’ cancer symptoms
"Cancer champions" will encourage people to seek help for "vague" symptoms as part of a new campaign led by Cardiff University and funded by Cancer Research Wales.

Health - Pharmacology - 22.07.2021
Vaccine antibody levels start to wane at around 2-3 months
Total antibody levels appear to start declining from as early as six weeks after complete vaccination and can reduce by more than 50% over 10 weeks, according to new data from UCL's Virus Watch study.

Health - Social Sciences - 20.07.2021
New study aims to improve healthcare for pregnant women with multiple health conditions
The University of Birmingham is leading a new three-year UK-wide study aimed at improving healthcare and outcomes for pregnant women who have two or more active long-term health conditions.

Health - Pharmacology - 20.07.2021
Study launched to investigate diet treatment for long COVID
Researchers from the University of Glasgow have been awarded £1 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to investigate weight loss treatment for long COVID.

Health - Social Sciences - 19.07.2021
Pandemic had greater impact on younger age group mortality in deprived areas
In the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, deprived areas suffered more excess deaths than affluent areas , with a disproportionate impact on their younger age groups according to the early draft of a new study.

Health - Pharmacology - 19.07.2021
New research studies to help diagnose and treat Long COVID funded by NIHR
New research studies to help diagnose and treat Long COVID funded by NIHR
Three projects at Oxford have received funding from NIHR to assess breathlessness in Long COVID patients, investigate the impact of Long COVID on families, and examine the role of vaccines in Long COVID.

Pharmacology - Health - 19.07.2021
New Zealand drug agency provides model to help insulate NICE from impacts of post-Brexit trade deals
An investigation by CASP researchers suggests safeguards put in place in New Zealand to protect drug policy offer important lessons for UK trade deals.