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The Department of Health’s interim evaluation of an alcohol industry pledge to remove one billion units of alcohol from the market is flawed, argue researchers from the University of Sheffield. Experts from the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG) have raised concerns over the interim evaluation and question claims that the…
Blindly following recommendations for drug prescriptions in national clinical guidelines for conditions including diabetes, depression and heart failure will often result in potentially serious drug interactions, according to a new study. The research, led by Professor Bruce Guthrie at the University of Dundee in collaboration with the Universities of Aberdeen,…
Is there a link between vitamin B12 deficiency and dementia? Are the increasing incidences of dementia associated with the digital revolution? These and other questions were posed to a panel of experts by the public during a dementia Question Time event at the University of Reading last week. University researchers…
‌Minister for Finance and Government Business, Jane Hutt AM, officially launched a new social research centre at an event at Swansea University yesterday. The Administrative Data Research Centre Wales, led by Swansea University’s College of Medicine is one of four centres forming the Administrative Data Research Network – a UK…
A global figure in the field of dementia study has joined the University of Exeter to lead a new Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH). Professor Linda Clare, who is particularly known for her pioneering research on the application of cognitive rehabilitation approaches for people with early-stage…
Research findings on memory, identity and wellbeing in ageing have been published online in the psychology journal Consciousness and Cognition. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded research, led by Dr Clare Rathbone, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Oxford Brookes aimed to examine the relationships between memory, identity,…
A series of short and easily accessible films that highlight key messages from research and learning on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) have been released by the University of Bedfordshire. They are for all those concerned with safeguarding children and young people at risk of and affected by CSE. The films…
Two leading academics in the field of spiritual abuse are proposing to create national guidelines that could help reduce child abuse linked to faith and belief. Dr Lisa Oakley, from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), met with the Victoria Climbié Foundation, the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service and Chanon Consulting to…
Autism is almost entirely genetic in origin, according to new research which suggests the condition is more heritable than previously thought. Genetic influence on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) was estimated at between 74% and 98%, the study of 258 twins found. Genetic risk factors for ASD were also found to…
A nationwide online and telephone service that helps people to take part in dementia research studies has been launched this week. ‘Join Dementia Research’ promises to accelerate the pace of dementia research by allowing people with and without dementia to register their interest in studies, helping researchers find the right…
More than £300 million is to be spent by the Government on research into dementia while all NHS staff will have to undergo training in the condition, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. Outlining new plans to tackle what he described as "one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime",…
A network of dementia research centres is being launched with £30 million in funding to find a cure for the disease. Alzheimer's Research UK, the world's largest dedicated dementia research charity, said the move would help to address the "desperate lack of effective treatments for those with the condition". The…