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Rates of ankle fracture surgery could be reduced with better guidelines

Rates of ankle fracture surgery could be reduced with better guidelines

The percentage of ankle fractures that lead to surgery could be reduced by 20% in the most common type of fracture, according to new...
Researchers begin the development of a new liver disease treatment

Researchers begin the development of a new liver disease treatment 

Researchers have discovered a new mechanism that could help the development of a new alcohol-related liver disease treatment.  Alcohol-related liver disease is one of the...
Higher physical activity levels linked to reduced respiratory tract infections in children 

Higher physical activity levels linked to reduced respiratory tract infections in children 

Higher levels of daily physical activity are associated with reduced susceptibility to upper respiratory tract infections such as the common cold.  Upper respiratory tract infections...
Understanding the gut microbiome and lifestyle medicine

Understanding the gut microbiome and lifestyle medicine

Dr Sheena Fraser and Dr Siobhan McCormack discuss the vast and impactful workings of the gut microbiome and why the Lifestyle Medicine approach is...
Experts call for improved protection against public health crises 

Experts call for improved protection against public health crises 

Researchers have called for greater cooperation between human, animal, and environmental health organisations to improve response to public health crises.   A research team which includes...
Dealing with diabetic foot ulcers

Dealing with diabetic foot ulcers

The Welsh Wound Innovation Centre’s diabetic foot clinic team share some of the challenges in treating and managing diabetes-related foot problems and some recent...
The anti-ageing gene that can rewind the heart’s biological clock

The anti-ageing gene that can rewind the heart’s biological clock  

Researchers have found an anti-ageing gene in a population of centenarians that can rewind the heart’s biological age by ten years.  The discovery may provide...
Patients with private health insurance are likely to receive more treatment

Researchers discover that piperlongumine can be used to treat COVID-19

Researchers have reported that the antiviral compound, piperlongumine, can be used in the treatment of COVID-19. The researchers found that piperlongumine, a compound extracted from...
Scientists explain emotional ‘blunting’ caused by SSRIs

Scientists explain emotional ‘blunting’ caused by SSRIs

The University of Cambridge scientists have discovered why selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) cause emotional ‘blunting’. In a new study, scientists have found out why...
Patients with private health insurance are likely to receive more treatment

Patients with private health insurance are likely to receive more treatment 

Patients in Switzerland with private health insurance are more likely to receive cardiac treatment than patients with basic health insurance, according to the University...
Respiratory viruses and infection control

Respiratory viruses and infection control

Lorna Rothery spoke to Dr Albert Osterhaus, expert virologist and Chairman of the European Scientific Working group on Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses about...
Improving perinatal mental health

Improving perinatal mental health

Dr Fiona Challacombe, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London, describes some of the mental health challenges faced by new and expectant...
Water management for health facilities

Water management for health facilities

State-of-the-art water management solutions for health facilities ensure hygienic water quality while being sustainable, energy-efficient and keeping operating costs to a minimum. Hospitals, research institutes...
Chemotherapy before surgery reduces the risk of colon cancer returning 

Chemotherapy before surgery reduces the risk of colon cancer returning 

Cancer Research UK finds that giving colon cancer patients chemotherapy before surgery cuts their risk of the disease returning. In a new Cancer Research UK-funded...
Researchers identify the mechanism behind muscular atrophy

Researchers identify the mechanism behind muscular atrophy

Muscular atrophy is caused by the fragmentation and elongation of mitochondria, according to researchers from the University of Barcelona.   This fragmentation and elongation lead to...
Understanding malnutrition in adults

Understanding malnutrition in adults

Sarah Coe, Nutrition Scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation shares some of the key risk factors and warning signs for malnutrition in adults. Good nutrition...
500,000 missed out on medication for hypertension during COVID-19 

500,000 missed out on medication for hypertension during COVID-19 

The University of Liverpool researchers have found that nearly 500,000 people missed out on starting medication for hypertension during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The research illuminated...
The effects of gestational diabetes mellitus on children's neurodevelopment

The effects of gestational diabetes mellitus on children’s neurodevelopment 

Gestational diabetes mellitus can have negative effects on the neurodevelopment of two-year-old children, according to the University of Turku.  Despite the negative effects of gestational...
Hospital bacteria not found in babies born by C-section

Hospital bacteria not found in babies born by C-section

Researchers have found a significant difference in intestinal flora present in babies born naturally, compared to those born via C-section. According to researchers from The...
The cost of population health

The cost of population health

We spoke to Dr Tammy Boyce, Senior Research Associate at UCL Institute of Health Equity about how increased levels of poverty are impacting population...

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