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Research for the RAC Foundation has added weight to the argument that scrapping the oldest cars owned by people living in towns and cities would have negligible effect on air quality.

Older patients who do not see the same GP over a period of time are at higher risk of emergency hospital admission than those who see the same or a small number of GPs, according to new research.

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.

Babies whose mothers had received support to breastfeed exclusively for a sustained period from birth have a 54 per cent lower risk of eczema at the age of 16, a new study shows.

Online GP consultation systems as they currently stand are unlikely to take the pressure off GPs and practices, despite NHS England’s drive to promote them through a £45 million fund.

Researchers from the Bristol Medical School at the University of Bristol have found that there is no evidence that any of the newer hip implant combinations are better than the widely used small head metal-on-plastic cemented hip combination.

Eye injection drugs recommended by NICE cost the NHS up to £447 million annually, but could be replaced by an unlicensed drug, bevacizumab, costing as much as ten times less.

A major international study has pinpointed more than 100 genetic risk factors that explain why some people suffer from asthma, hay fever and eczema.

Around 1,000 children are born with cleft lip and/or palate in the UK each year, with many children requiring long-term multi-disciplinary care.

An additional 20 minutes of commuting each working day is equivalent to a 19% annual pay cut when it comes to measuring how satisfied people say they are with their jobs, a new study has found.

Two recent studies led by the University of Bristol provide significant new hope in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

Kidney failure is associated with lower quality of life in young people and limited employment, independence, and relationships compared with healthy peers.

Seven in every 10 adults in Great Britain support the introduction of 20mph speed limits in busy streets, according to a major new survey.

Teaching on domestic violence and abuse (DVA) should be mandatory in medical education according to a new University of Bristol study that highlights current levels as inadequate.

Cooling babies deprived of oxygen at birth (perinatal asphyxia) can reduce the number of children who develop epilepsy later in childhood, according to a new study published in the journal Epilepsia.

The first global review to quantify the impact of needle syringe programmes (NSP) and opioid substitution treatment (OST) in reducing the risk of becoming infected with the hepatitis C virus is published in Cochrane Library Drug and Alcohol Review Group...

Researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Nottingham and Southampton have been awarded £1.4 million by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme to discover which is the best emollient (moisturiser) for treating childhood eczema.

The first trial of The Lightning Process® has published its results. It looked at the effectiveness of LP in addition to specialist medical care was compared to specialist medical care alone in children with mild or moderate chronic fatigue syndrome.

Dr Danya Bakhbakhi, Academic Clinical Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Bristol and Southmead Hospital, has been awarded £367,000 for an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship to investigate outcomes after stillbirth.

New research from the University of Bristol suggests that consuming even small amounts of alcohol in pregnancy may be linked with higher chances of having a small baby and delivering prematurely, though evidence was surprisingly lacking.

Children with greater access to fast food outlets are more likely to gain weight compared to those living further away, new research suggests. Academics from UWE Bristol tracked the weight of more than 1,500 primary school children in South Gloucestershi...

New research commissioned by British Red Cross and led by Dr Julie Mytton at UWE Bristol shows that over a third of people who attend accident and emergency departments were seeking help because they were 'worried and didn't know what to do'.

Extending the operating hours of the liaison psychiatry service at the Bristol Royal Infirmary’s (BRI) Emergency Department has led to improved care and outcomes for patients who have self-harmed, NIHR-funded research has found.

Oral steroids should not be used for treating acute lower respiratory tract infection (or ‘chest infections’) in adults who don’t have asthma or other chronic lung disease, as they do not reduce the duration or severity of symptoms.

Talking about the highs, and understanding the lows, of being a dad is the theme of a new project led by an inter-disciplinary team of academics from the University of Bristol.

Global policies on access to highly hazardous pesticides – commonly ingested in acts of self-poisoning and suicide in rural Asia – should focus on national bans, rather than safe storage, according to two studies in The Lancet and The Lancet Global Healt...

Alternatives to acute hospital admissions for older people appear safe and could reduce use of acute hospital care and length of time receiving care, a new study from the University of Bristol published in BMJ Open ​has found.

Sexual health professionals feel that it is appropriate and valuable to ask their patients about domestic violence and abuse, NIHR-funded research has found. But time, workload and finding the right moment during consultations can be barriers to doing so...

A research team at the University of Bristol, including researchers from ITHAcA HIT and NIHR CLAHRC West, has won a prestigious international award for a technology that could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

New research from the University of Bristol shows that playing outside, aided by regular road closures, helps to increase children’s physical activity.

Bristol researcher Dr Emma Vincent, whose own family has been affected by diabetes, has been awarded £587,237 from Diabetes UK to find out why people with Type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop some cancers.

A new discovery by University of Bristol scientists helps to explain how cells which surround blood vessels, called pericytes, stimulate new blood vessels to grow with the hormone ‘leptin’ playing a key role.

Training clinicians to proactively ask patients about domestic violence is feasible for sexual health clinics to implement and could increase referrals to specialist services, according to a study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the Univers...

To respond to stress optimally, the body needs to produce glucocorticoid hormones, such as cortisol, extremely quickly. New research by scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter has revealed the molecular network that enables rapid glucocort...

A new resource designed to support women experiencing domestic violence and abuse has been launched on the HealthTalk charity website today, developed by researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Oxford.

New research led by the University of Bristol has found clear evidence that school-based sex and relationship education (SRE) and school-linked sexual health services can be effective at improving sexual health.

Neuroscientists at the University of Bristol have been awarded a prestigious £2 million Wellcome Trust Investigator Award for a five-year study to investigate the neuronal circuits that drive our recognition memory.

An NIHR CLAHRC West review has found that heavy drinking homeless people may experience a range of nutrient deficiencies, including vitamin B1, but the amount and quality of research on this issue is low.

Cleft lip and palate are common birth defects and affect around 15 in every 10,000 births in Europe. New research by the University of Bristol from the the Cleft Collective has found epigenetics could help diagnose different types of cleft...

The first ever randomised trial to investigate why some patients develop infections after their hip or knee replacement surgery, and which type of surgical revision treatment is best is being run by the University of Bristol and members of the public are...

A scientific breakthrough has taken an emerging biotechnology a step closer to being used to treat waste water in the developing world.

A group of UK scientists involving researchers from the University of Bristol have demonstrated how aggregating image data from laboratories all around the world has the potential to revolutionise scientific research.

Researchers from the University of Bristol have found regular and occasional cannabis use as a teen is associated with a greater risk of other illicit drug taking in early adulthood.

A diagnosis of autism alone does not increase the risk of violent offending suggests a study published in the June 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP).

Researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care are looking for men who are concerned that they are, or have been, abusive in their relationships with women to take part in a new study that will help improve how we support men...

How parents and clinicians make life or death medical decisions involving very young children is the focus of a new study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. The findings may offer insight into how the ‘best interests’ of a child are decid...

Researchers studying the root cause of cystic fibrosis have made a major advance in our understanding of silent gene changes with implications for the complexity of cystic fibrosis. The findings were published on 16 May in PLoS Biology.

A multi-disciplinary study has shown that the recent substantial increase in prescriptions for two drugs, pregabalin and gabapentin, used widely for a range of neurological disorders is closely correlated with a rise in the number of overdose deaths in E...

Life expectancy of 20-year-olds starting treatment for HIV has increased by around a decade in the EU and North America since the introduction of antiretroviral therapy in the mid-1990s, according to a study published in The Lancet HIV.

The NHS is frequently in the news about its ongoing funding crisis. New research suggests demand for health services is set to continue to grow faster than GDP per head in all developed countries around the world.

A staff engagement app developed by a team at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) has led to improved staff engagement and service delivery at the trust’s central Bristol hospitals.

There is an age-related decline in children’s physical activity levels as they progress through primary school, according to a British Heart Foundation-funded study.

Magnesium could hold the key to preventing one of the most preventable causes of disability in middle-aged to elderly people, according to new research led by academics at the Universities of Bristol and Eastern Finland.

Young people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) have difficulties recognising and distinguishing between different facial expressions, according to research from one of the largest studies to look at emotion recognition in children and adolescents wit...

Targeting dementia in the earlier stages of the condition could be critical for the success of future therapies, say researchers from the University of Bristol, who have found that the very earliest symptoms of dementia might be due to abnormal stability...

New research has found NHS patients admitted to hospital at the weekend with a hip fracture are at no greater risk of death compared to weekdays. In fact, the risk of death during the hospital stay was lower at the weekend than in the week.

Researchers have generated the first immortalised cell lines which allow more efficient manufacture of red blood cells. The team, from the University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant, were able to manufacture red blood cells in a more efficient sc...

Telomeres are regions of repetitive DNA at the end of human chromosomes, which protect the end of the chromosome from damage. Whilst shorter telomeres are hypothesized biological markers of older age and have been linked to many diseases, including cancer...

Researchers have shown stem cells from the umbilical cord may hold the key to a new generation of graft and could reduce the number of surgeries required to treat young children born with certain types of congenital heart disease.

Estimates suggest that 40 per cent of eczema flares are treated with topical antibiotics, but findings from a study involving academics from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care, suggest there is no meaningful benefit from the use...

A team of researchers led by UWE Bristol is to develop a wearable robotic system for minimally invasive surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, that will offer surgeons natural and dexterous movement and the ability to ‘sense’, ‘see’, control and safely...

A study published in the British Journal of General Practice today found that around 1 in 20 people waiting to see their GP in surgeries in Bristol reported having a gambling problem.

Young males and people who use drink or drugs are at greater risk of developing a gambling habit, according to new research published today. Experts say it is an indication of an area that needs more attention if primary care services are to help those i...

About a quarter of girls in care have low well-being and feel the stigma of care more deeply than do boys according to a new study, announced today, which set out to understand what well-being means to looked after children.

A Bristol team has used a deep brain stimulation technique to dramatically reduce a woman’s high blood pressure – the first time in the world the procedure has been carried out for hypertension. The discovery raises hopes for patients with drug-resistant...

Research funded by Bristol City Council and carried out by UWE Bristol in collaboration with local groups found that black and other minority ethnic community leaders are increasingly aware of how dementia affects many people from BME communities.

The discovery of a new mechanism that controls the way nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other to regulate our learning and long-term memory could have major benefits to understanding how the brain works and what goes wrong in neurodegenerat...

The human mouth can harbour more than 700 different species of bacteria. Under normal circumstances these microbes co-exist with us as part of our resident oral microbiota. But when bacteria spread to other tissues via the blood stream, the results can b...

Researchers from the University of Bristol are part of a major pan European €28.9 million initiative that aims to improve the prevention and management of diabetic kidney disease (DKD), which is the leading cause of kidney failure in the world.

Continuity of care – seeing the same GP – has proven benefits and could be a key line of defence against rising hospital admissions argue leading academics in an editorial published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Guidance is urgently needed to help GPs decide what information to include on electronic records of children and families experiencing domestic violence and abuse (DVA).

How does heightened attention improve our mental capacity? This is the question tackled by new University of Bristol research published today in the journal Cell Reports, which reveals a chemical signal released across the brain in response to attention...

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has published the final report of a five-year research programme on the use of telehealth in primary care settings for patients with long-term conditions.

Neuroscientists at the University of Bristol are a step closer to understanding how the connections in our brain which control our episodic memory work in sync to make some memories stronger than others.

At a time when Social Care in England is at a ‘tipping point’, according to the Care Quality Commission, it is vital that local authorities find ways of working together with people who use social care services.

New guidelines have been developed that it is hoped will help to progress research into vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) following a study led by academics at the University of Bristol that brought together the views of over 150 researchers in 27 coun...

A review of studies examining perceived life expectancy among people with long term health conditions has found patients may overestimate their life expectancy.

The loss of a child can cause intense grief for parents and for many, life is never the same again. Now, for the first time, researchers have built up a comprehensive picture of the devastating social and economic impact that a child’s death can have.

Job clubs seem to be effective in reducing depression in people who lose their jobs, particularly those at high risk of depression, an NIHR-funded study has found. But evidence for other types of support for people during times of financial hardship, inc...

A cultural shift in how patients access care through their GPs is one step closer after a university study highlighted the benefits of an emerging approach known as ‘social prescribing’.

People who have a greater risk of developing schizophrenia are more likely to try cannabis, according to new research, which also found a causal link between trying the drug and an increased risk of the condition.

Services for children who are exposed to domestic violence and abuse are vital, but NIHR-funded researchers have found that there is little evidence for what support works best.

The cultural and societal barriers that Somali families with children with autism experience are explored in a paper published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. The NIHR-funded research team, made up of University of Bristol and...

Improve clinicians’ understanding of the online world, review web-based support services for vulnerable people and safeguard the public against pro-suicide content. Those are some of the recommendations being put to the internet industry, health provider...

Over 700 children and young people are to take part in the largest clinical trial ever undertaken in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which affects up to two per cent of young people, most of whom do not have access to treatment.

Members of the Integrated Pain Management Health Integration Team (IPM HIT) have published a paper looking at 'sensorimotor dysfunction' after limb fracture. Sensorimotor dysfunction is when people feel sensations or movements in a limb that aren't actua...

Bristol is one of six universities to receive a Momentum award from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to develop the UK’s research base in dementia science.

Hospital admission rates are 55 per cent higher in some areas than in others because of a greater prevalence of conditions such as diabetes, alcoholism, dementia and socioeconomic deprivation.

Although doctors and nurses are becoming more aware of patients experiencing domestic violence, the needs of children are often ignored, according to new research published today that reveals a lack of training about how to identify and support children...

Genetic differences could help to explain why some babies are born bigger or smaller than others, according to new research from the Early Growth Genetics (EGG) Consortium, an international collaboration of researchers including experts from the Universit...

Failure to directly and appropriately assess language proficiency when recruiting patients to randomised controlled trials (RCTs) for diabetes treatments may be leading to black and ethnic minority (BAME) patients being underrepresented or excluded, new...

Stress is a major problem in many people’s lives often resulting in poor health and mental disorders. It is thought that disturbances in the action of stress hormones play a key role in causing mental disorders, like major depression and post-traumatic s...

Obesity is responsible for the deaths of over three million people a year worldwide due to its associated diseases such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, a subset of obese individuals seems to be protected from such diseases.

Active monitoring is as effective as surgery and radiotherapy, in terms of survival at 10 years, reports the largest study of its kind, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) and the University of Bristol have been awarded more than £21 million over five years by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), to fund cutting-edge research.

The size of a grain of rice, the carotid body, located between two major arteries that feed the brain with blood, has been found to control your blood pressure. A team of clinical scientists at the University of Bristol have found a new way to treat hi...

Sex and relationship education (SRE) is in need of an overhaul, according to research by the University of Bristol. The wide-ranging study looked at how young people in 10 countries viewed their school-based SRE. It found schools appear reluctant to ackn...

New research, led by academics at the University of Bristol, has outlined the first validated set of pathological criteria for assessing the likelihood that cognitive impairment was caused by vascular disease.

Researchers at the University of Bristol and Afferent Pharmaceuticals have identified a potential new way of treating high blood pressure, or hypertension, by targeting aberrant nerve signals in the carotid bodies, which sit on the common carotid arterie...

Researchers have developed a technique that will help GPs identify which children with coughs and respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are most at risk of future hospitalisation.

Researchers from the University of Bristol have called for the USA Food and Drug Administration’s ‘black box’ warning for smoking cessation drug varenicline to be lifted.

Scientists have taken another step towards understanding the causes of parkinsonism by identifying what’s happening at a cellular level to potentially help develop future treatments.

PolicyBristol, which brings together diverse policy-relevant work from across the University of Bristol, has produced a briefing called Conflicts of interest in healthcare: NHS procurement rules must be clarified. This research takes stock of recent deve...

The Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) have published their first paper as a HIT. The aim of the study was to carry out a survey of public attitudes toward people affected by dementia in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

A Bristol GP and lecturer has been awarded the 2017 John Fry Award by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC).

After a three-year study involving more than 7,000 children, researchers have developed a technique to help GPs and nurses to decide from which children a urine sample should be collected if they suspect a urinary tract infection is present.

A challenge has been launched for people to predict posture and movement within a smart home from video, accelerometer and environmental sensor data. The competition is part of the University of Bristol’s SPHERE project.

People with personality disorder (PD) have enduring relationship difficulties. The condition affects about one in 20 people in the UK and up to 40 per cent of adult mental health service users.

The results of NIHR CLAHRC West's preliminary evaluation of the ‘Health Integration Team’ model have been published in BMC Health Services Research.

When considering admitting patients over the age of 65 for acute hospital care, alternatives such as hospital at home, admission to a local community hospital or extended stays and treatment in A&E are a viable option say NIHR-funded researchers from the...

Young girls reported heightened body dissatisfaction after playing a children’s internet game for just 10 minutes, a study has found. Primary school children expressed a more pronounced desire for a slimmer figure immediately after playing a free game wh...

Researchers at the University of Bristol are looking for pregnant women to take part in a study into preventing babies developing eczema. Barrier Enhancement for Eczema Prevention (BEEP), aims to recruit 1,300 babies.

2015-16 saw the opening of the Bristol Brain Centre, bringing Bristol’s considerable strengths in neurological disorders together under one roof, and a new personalised assisted living facility at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. A Genomic Medicine Cen...

Researchers from the University of Bristol have contributed to the development of a radical new approach to supporting parents with learning disabilities.

A UK research team has discovered that a cell's protective layer acts like a turnstile, allowing proteins to be exported while preventing them from moving back in.

A consortium of nine academics from the University of Bristol has been awarded £1.5 million to carry out research on antibiotic resistance (AMR) in animals and the risks it poses to humans.

A new national centre, unique in the UK and Europe, that will take research out of the laboratory and closer to the bedside to ensure more patients worldwide can access ground-breaking treatments as quickly as possible has opened in Bristol.

There is considerable optimism amongst policy-makers that telehealth could transform health care delivery, but researchers have concluded that while telehealth could provide some benefit to some patients, it is not a simple answer to a complex problem.

Dr Adrian Davis, Director of the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments (SHINE) Health Integration Team, talks about the differences between Bristol and the rest of the country in terms of attitudes to cycling.

Despite policy pressure on GPs to offer consultations by email or internet video programmes such as Skype, few GPs do and most have no plans to introduce them in future, according to a new study.

Scientists at the University of Bristol have identified the trigger for immune cells' inflammatory response – a discovery that may pave the way for new treatments for many human diseases.

An international team of researchers has shed light on the potential impact of new drugs for hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV is an important cause of liver cancer and is transmitted through blood to blood contact.

Two scientists at the University of Bristol have been awarded prestigious research grants to develop novel technologies that will help fight the rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The NHS should increase bariatric surgery rates to 50,000 procedures a year to bring major health benefits to patients and save money in the long run, according to a team of experts.

The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) appears to increase when infants are swaddled while sleeping on their stomachs or sides, new research has found.

New research funded by the British Red Cross and carried out by UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England) and the University of Bristol aims to discover what information will help people know what to do and where to go when a person is unwell.

How can we green our cities to make them healthier and more sustainable places to live? A substantial grant awarded to a European collaboration, including researchers at the University of Bristol, will help to develop the best, most cost effective polici...

New research has showed substantial differences in the way human heart cells respond to e-cigarette smoke and conventional cigarette smoke.

A larger placenta during pregnancy could lead to larger bones in the children, a new study has shown. Researchers from the University of Southampton, studied 518 children in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.

A novel way of synthesising a promising new antibiotic has been identified by scientists at the University of Bristol. By expressing the genes involved in the production of pleuromutilin in a different type of fungus, the researchers were able to increas...

New training developed by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) could help the next generation of health workers support millions of patients across Europe burdened by ‘visible differences’ and body image fears. Academics from UWE Bri...

A University of Bristol spin-out company working to advance the treatment and prevention of bacterial infection by developing a solution to improve the efficacy of chlorhexidine-based products has received major investment to progress the technology.

Researchers from the University of Bristol have begun a trial to find out how well a training and support package for teachers works in recognising and combatting mental health problems.

Researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Keele and University College London have fed back early research findings to help shape the development of a NHS England commissioned service for GPs with mental health problems.

A domestic violence training and support programme developed by Professor Gene Feder and his colleagues at the University of Bristol's Centre for Academic Primary Care has been shortlisted for the BMJ Awards in the category Innovation into Practice.

In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers have confirmed that high levels of family stress in early life can cause children to wet the bed for prolonged and persistent periods of time.

A collaborative research team has found humanoid robotics and computer avatars could help rehabilitate people suffering from social disorders such as schizophrenia or social phobia. It is thanks to the theory of similarity, which suggests that it is easie...

A team of researchers at the University of Bristol is embarking on a study to investigate the link between high blood pressure and dementia thanks to a £388,000 funding boost from the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Stress is a major burden in many people’s lives affecting their health and wellbeing. New research led by the University of Bristol has found that genes in the brain that play a crucial role in behavioural adaptation to stressful challenges are controlle...

Factors that influence when boys go through puberty could affect a man’s future risk of developing prostate cancer, a large study funded by World Cancer Research Fund has found.

The largest analysis of GP and nurse consultations to date shows workloads in general practice have increased by 16 per cent over the past seven years, with more frequent and longer consultations.

Researchers from the University of Bristol and Public Health England have found that, although the rates of hospital deaths in England are declining, nearly two-thirds of people aged 85 and over, and more than half of people aged 95 and over, still die i...

Researchers at the University of Bristol have received more than £2.5 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to carry out research that aims to increase the safety and well-being of victims of domestic violence and abuse (DVA).

New light has been shed on the genetic relationship between autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and ASD-related traits in the wider population, by a team of international researchers including academics from the University of Bristol, the Broad Institute o...

Railway suicide rates in England and Wales have risen since the year 2000 despite measures aimed at reducing them, researchers from the University of Bristol have warned.

Antibiotic resistance in children with urinary infections is high and could render some antibiotics ineffective as first-line treatments, warns a study published by The BMJ.

Being overweight or obese in pregnancy causes babies to be born larger, according to new research, led by the universities of Bristol and Exeter. The study also found that having higher blood glucose (sugar) during pregnancy causes babies to be born larg...

Videos and other resources to help GPs and parents manage coughs and respiratory tract infections (RTIs) have been launched by the University of Bristol's Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) at an antimicrobial stewardship event on 26 February in Lon...

Research has found pre-school children whose parents considered them to be ‘picky eaters’ ate less dietary fibre, and were 30 per cent more likely to be constipated than those who were ‘never choosy’.

A University of Bristol professor is one of three neuroscientists who have won the world’s most valuable prize for brain research, for their outstanding work on the mechanisms of memory.

University of Bristol researchers led by Professor Alastair Hay are inviting Bristol families to take part in a new study to find out more about how parents manage children’s coughs, colds, sore throats and ear infections in the community.

Scientists at the University of Bristol are to investigate a potential new way of treating diabetes, following funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

New research led by Bristol NHS CCG and the University of Bristol, aimed at improving the quality of primary care for children with respiratory tract infections (RTIs) has been presented in London.

GPs find making decisions about prescribing antibiotics in children with respiratory tract infections (RTIs) difficult - on the one hand, the over-prescription of antibiotics is recognised as a serious concern but, on the other, treating a significant in...

The University of Bristol has won two awards from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to support translational research – work that turns fundamental scientific discoveries into improvements in human health and economic benefit.

Patients could be spared the unpleasant ordeal of having blood taken in future thanks to the work of a University of the West of England academic who has devised a new breath testing device.

While the sexual abuse of children is currently an issue at the forefront of public life, concern has focused on the protection of children and the identification of perpetrators. However, a new study by the Universities of Bristol and Durham for the NSP...

Why does sleeping on it help? This is the question tackled by new research at the University of Bristol, which reveals how brain activity during sleep sorts through the huge number of experiences we encounter every day, filing only the important informat...

A type of study commonly used to pinpoint genetic variants associated with diseases can also be used to identify the lifestyle predictors that increase the risk of a disease – something that is often overlooked in genetic studies.

A research team from UWE Bristol and University of Liverpool has reached an important milestone towards creating a urine diagnostic test for prostate cancer that could mean invasive diagnostic procedures that men undergo become a thing of the past.

Researchers have provided new evidence that developing asthma can be linked to pregnant women and infants being exposed to paracetamol; by testing that the association was not simply due to the medical complaint for which the person is taking paracetamol...

Scientists at the University of the West of England have discovered a new way of making titanium implants bond better with bones. Successful implant surgery is dependent on this bonding process working so that the implant integrates into the skeleton.

Researchers from the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol have created a unique dataset of 300 GP / patient consultations that will soon be made available for research and educational purposes.

New mothers with learning difficulties have benefitted from a pilot programme that helped them learn to care for and interact with their babies, an evaluation by University of Bristol experts has found.

Medical researchers at the University of Bristol have uncovered a fundamental mechanism that explains the interaction between brain state and the neural triggers responsible for learning.

Scientists in Bristol have discovered that a commonly prescribed dementia drug could hold the key to helping prevent debilitating falls for people with Parkinson’s.

A major study, led by researchers from the Active Older People Health Integration Team (APPHLE HIT), has launched aiming to help older people stay fitter and live independently for longer.

NHS reorganisation, coupled with increased GP workload and reduced time for patient care, are combining to force many doctors to leave general practice early, according to a significant new study.

People with depression that has not responded fully to treatment with antidepressants benefit long-term from receiving cognitive behavioural therapy, given in addition to their usual treatment that includes antidepressant medication.

People have evolved to have subconscious urges to over-eat, and limited ability to avoid becoming obese, especially in winter, a study by the Universities of Bristol and Exeter has found.

Couples seeking fertility treatment should view IVF as a multiple cycle process rather than a “single shot”, according to new research. The study has found that around two thirds of patients will be successful after six or more cycles of IVF.

Reducing toddlers’ portion sizes or number of eating occasions could potentially help to target weight gain in later life, according to new research from the University of Bristol and University College London (UCL).

A consortium of leading researchers, care providers and robotics experts have received a major award of over £2m from Innovate UK to develop a modular robotic solution for the home to revolutionise long-term care by giving people the choice to stay indep...

New research by academics from the University of Bristol has found women exposed to passive smoking, on average, deliver their babies earlier and with lower birth weights compared to unexposed women.

A free self-help app for anxiety (SAM app) conceived and co-designed by experts at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has been downloaded by over 500,000 users in more than 100 countries since its launch in July 2013.

Researchers at the University of Bristol have received £1.5 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for a trial looking at easing the pain of ear infections. This is part of a larger investment of over £15.8 million into research t...

New research from Children of the 90s shows that the weight gain of infants given cow’s milk as a main drink in place of breast or formula milk before 12 months of age may be greater than that of breastfed infants.

Use of low energy sweeteners in place of sugar, in children and adults, leads to reduced calorie intake and body weight – and possibly also when comparing these beverages to water – according to a review led by researchers at the University of Bristo...

The economic recession of 2008 – 2013 was followed by increases in rates of suicide, suicide attempts, and mental illness, a PolicyBristol report from a team led by academics at the University of Bristol has found.

More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which commonly causes ‘cold sores’ and can also cause genital herpes, according to new research by the University of Bristol and WHO.

A major new £4.1 million cancer research programme that will focus on new ways to prevent and predict cancer development and progression is announced by Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the University of Bristol.

A research paper published in 2014 by researchers from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care and colleagues from the universities of Cambridge and Exeter has won Research Paper of the Year Award 2014 from the Royal College of Gener...

Patients who start treatment for dependence on opioids are five times as likely to die in the first four weeks when they are prescribed the most commonly used treatment, methadone, than with an alternative treatment, buprenorphine, a study by researchers...

Singing in a choir can improve the feelings of social isolation and low mood experienced by stroke survivors with aphasia (communication difficulties) according to new research from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the University o...

A new £3 million NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit to advance pioneering research on the manufacture of red blood cells from stem cells and their translation from the lab to human trials has been announced.

Bristol Robotics Laboratory's new Anchor Robotics Personalised Assisted Living (ARPAL) facility enables robotics researchers, elderly people with assistive needs and those supporting them, to work together to devise and test new robotic solutions in a ho...

Mothers who took part in a study about preschool children’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour do not feel that the government targets are relevant to their preschooler.

Couples who have successfully conceived following fertility treatment need additional antenatal care and support, new research from the University of Bristol has found.

Young people who identify with the goth subculture might be at increased risk of depression and self-harm, according to new research led by academics at the Universities of Oxford and Bristol, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.

Ambition to find a cure for dementia has been boosted by the surge of people volunteering to take part in dementia research.

Heavy smoking may result in a relative increase in waist circumference, according to a new study led by the University of Bristol.

New research has identified the mechanisms that trigger disruption in the brain’s communication channels linked to symptoms in psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia. The University of Bristol study, published on 17 August in the Proceedings of Na...

Patients often complain that they can't see the same doctor, but does this matter? A new study from Samuel Merriel and colleagues from the University of Bristol suggests that it may where a relationship between patient and doctor has been built.

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust's clinical trials centre, the Kingshill Research Centre, has been involved in trialling a new drug which may cut the rate of progression in a third of people with early onset Alzheimer's disease.

Findings, published on 15 July in Nature Communications, reveal the extent a mutation associated with autism and epilepsy plays in impairing a biochemical process in the brain.

Healing times for skin ulcers and bedsores can be reduced by a third with the use of low-intensity ultrasound, scientists from the Universities of Sheffield and Bristol have found.

Scientists have developed a new tissue ‘scaffold’ technology that could one day enable the engineering of large organs. Research led by the Universities of Bristol and Liverpool has shown that it is possible to combine cells with a special scaffold to pr...

Advances in stem cell transplantation and gene therapy have been pioneered in vision research. An international team of researchers from Bristol, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Montreal have identified a gene that could be responsible for some cases of...

After five years of research involving cancer diagnosis experts from six UK universities, including University of Bristol, researchers have made a number of recommendations on how the UK can improve the early diagnosis of cancer.

What if handheld tools know what needs to be done and were even able to guide and help inexperienced users to complete jobs that require skill? Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed and started studying a novel concept in robotics - int...

As calls to emergency services increase, there is an urgent need for a reliable and consistent method of measuring whether or not these calls are appropriate. These are the findings from a University of Bristol study, published in BMJ Open, which explore...

A new study published in the Journal of Public Health examining changes in BMI in children aged 4-11 years, found that that the number of obese children doubles between the first and last years of primary school and that children who are obese when they...

Men visiting their GP with symptoms of anxiety or depression are more likely to have experienced or carried out some form of behaviour linked to domestic violence and abuse, according to a new University of Bristol study.

Measuring the size of a child's head is done routinely worldwide to screen for possible learning or developmental problems but new research suggests that differences within the normal range of measurements are common - and mainly due to human error - and...

Whether or not patients see the same GP could affect how quickly bowel and lung cancers are diagnosed, according to a Cancer Research UK study led by University of Bristol researchers, published in the British Journal of General Practice on 27 April.

Drivers' attitudes to 20mph speed limits don't necessarily reflect their actual behaviour, with some supporters speeding, while some opponents comply, a study finds.

It’s a common dilemma faced by many working parents: your child has a cough or a cold, do you send them to nursery? Researchers from the University of Bristol have, for the first time, investigated the process of decision-making that parents go through w...

Deaf people who sign have poorer health than the general population, according to a study led by researchers from the School for Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol.

Accurately predicting the probability of a live birth after in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment is important for both those undergoing the treatment and their clinicians. Findings from a comparison study that analysed the accuracy of the two most wide...

The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (NIHR CLAHRC West) has produced a thematic analysis of the five year plans of the Clinical Commissioning Groups in its patch.

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research at the University of Bristol has launched its ‘Research for Health’ funding scheme. Inviting doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to tell them about specific issues that they face whilst tr...

New research led by the University of Bristol has shown that patients having heart surgery do not benefit if doctors wait until a patient has become substantially anaemic before giving a transfusion.

The development of new drugs to treat the most common cause of cystic fibrosis, a genetic defect (or mutation) carried by around 90 per cent of people living with the disease in the UK, will be helped by the creation of a new virtual Strategic Research C...

Everyone Included, the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust's (AWP) approach to recruiting participants in research, was launched on 17 March 2014. AWP are the first trust in the UK to adopt this approach to letting service users know a...

Patients being treated for intestinal failure at the Bristol Royal Infirmary could benefit from a simple test used to measure how salty their urine is. Clinicians at University Hospitals Bristol have come up with the idea of using a test that is routinel...

The incidence of prostate cancer among men of Afro-Caribbean origin is higher than in white men, they are more likely to be diagnosed as emergencies and their mortality rates are higher. Researchers studied the preferences and choice of more than 500 men...

Management consultants are "only partly successful" in improving the quality of commissioning, according to a study from the Universities of Bristol and Southampton.

Hair is an integral part of identity and for breast cancer patients its loss can have a significant impact on their quality of life. Researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) are exploring a new way of helping women manage the di...

A unique research project to identify the effects of exercise on young hearts will see Manchester United’s Academy players' hearts monitored by the newest imaging technology, to give invaluable insights into how young people’s hearts work while doing exe...

A group of researchers led by the University of Bristol have received funding for a project that aims to improve the management and treatment of childhood eczema, a common condition that can have a significant impact on quality of life.

Babies who gain weight rapidly in the first three months of life are more likely to develop asthma and for it to persist into adolescence.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 has ranked the University of Bristol among the UK’s top research universities. Their research is shown to have top quality and major impact on society and the economy, according to this assessment of research...

Low doses of fluoxetine – better known as the anti-depressant Prozac – could hold the key to preventing PMS symptoms, an international team of researchers has found.

Researchers based in Bristol and London have uncovered a link between Lewy body diseases like Parkinson’s and the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s. The findings could help to explain the close relationship between Parkinson’s, more commonly know...

The volume of world-leading research at UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England, Bristol) has gone up by 170 per cent, according to the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 out today.

A study investigating the extent to which suspected cancer patients feel involved and informed during the referral process was conducted by researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Durham and Exeter.

A new report by the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England and AnyBody reveals low body confidence is thwarting girls' and women's confidence and aspirations in education and the workplace. 'Costing the Invisible' report...

A cohort study conducted in Bristol has reported that selective lumbar nerve root block, an injection targeting one specific spinal nerve, offered good, long lasting pain relief to many patients.

A group of researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Oxford, Edinburgh and Exeter have received funding to investigate whether there are alternatives to face-to-face consultations that will not only reduce GP workload but also benefit patients.

NIHR CLAHRC West's new report on the West of England population's health and wellbeing looks at the priorities of the health organisations in the region.

Dr Sam Creavin from the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol has been named Junior Champion in Research 2014 for excellence in the field of Primary Care Research by the Vasco De Gama Movement, which promotes junior GPs and family...

A new study, published in The Lancet on 4 August, investigating the potential value of telephone triage for patients and the NHS, has concluded that it does not save money or reduce practice workloads.

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) has increased its number of studies by more than 20 per cent in the last year.

Scientists at the University of Bristol, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic are a step closer to understanding the causes of Parkinson’s disease, identifying what’s happening at a cellular level to potentially hel...

Pacemaker research from the Universities of Bath and Bristol could revolutionise the lives of over 750,000 people who live with heart failure in the UK.

The University of Bristol is one of 13 academic and NHS organisations working together to form the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research.

A new study from the Universities of Bristol and Melbourne, La Trobe and Columbia Universities and Queen Mary University in London, and published by the BMJ, has found no evidence to support domestic violence screening.

Attendances at emergency departments can be reduced by enabling patients to see the same GP every time they visit their doctor’s surgery. This is just one of several recommendations made in a report led by researchers at the University of Bristol.

A powerful new drug which could relieve the symptoms of devastating childhood disease Rett syndrome is on the horizon thanks to a funding injection of £180,000 for University of Bristol scientists.

All Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust service users now have the chance to decide for themselves about receiving information about relevant research opportunities through the Everyone Included scheme.

One of the world’s largest population studies, which collects vast amounts of data from 32,000 participants to give new insights into our health, is today celebrating an important landmark in its acclaimed research history. Children of the 90s is based a...

The Department of Health has announced that it is working towards introducing a life-saving vaccine for Meningitis B into the childhood immunisation programme.

Patients are more likely to raise a health problem with a doctor they’ve seen over time and have built-up a relationship with, new research has revealed.

Working parents are often caught between the needs of their sick child and their job, which can lead to continued day care use even when their child is ill.

Patients suffering from cancer in England are up to seven times more likely to be prescribed expensive cancer drugs than fellow sufferers in Wales, a new study assessing the impact of the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) has revealed.

A nationwide £1.78 million study to improve the quality of life for patients suffering with multiple long-term health conditions began on 3 March. The study is a collaboration between the Universities of Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and Dundee.

Researchers at the University of Bristol are joining forces with Samaritans to carry out groundbreaking research into the role the internet plays for those with suicidal thoughts.

Debilitating side effects associated with prescription medication for some of today’s most common conditions could be eradicated if they mimicked the body’s natural hormone secretion cycles, a new report from the universities of Bristol and Exeter has sa...

The number of people using insulin to treat diabetes trebled between 1991 and 2010, researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff have found. In a study published in the Journal of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, a team reviewed Clinical P...

Two Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust teams have had their work on dementia published in national health journals. Members of the Bristol Care Home Liaison Team have written an article titled ‘Promoting positive practice in mental he...

Bristol Health Partners’ Health Integration Teams (HITs) are to benefit from a £9 million investment into the West Country’s health research. The money, a share of £124 million from the government, has been awarded over five years to 13 pioneering resear...

Researchers from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), the University of Liverpool and the Bristol Urological Institute have developed a device using sensor technology that may help diagnose patients with early signs of bladder cancer. The...

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