Press Releases

National Day shows that spinal cord injury needn’t stop you getting the most out of life.

May 10, 2013 14:52 BST Aspire On Friday 17th May, Spinal Injuries Together, a grouping of the UK’s five major spinal cord injury charities, will be raising awareness of the life-changing effects of spinal cord injury through national Spinal Cord Injuries Day. In the UK alone, someone is told they may never walk again Every Eight Hours.

May 09, 2013 22:00 BST Uppsala University A novel gene associated with canine atopic dermatitis has been identified by a team of researchers led by professors at Uppsala University and SLU, Sweden. The gene encodes a protein called plakophilin 2, which is crucial for the formation and proper functioning of the skin structure, suggesting an aberrant skin barrier as a potential risk factor for atopic dermatitis.

Shortfalls in care system deny spinal cord injured people their independence

Apr 21, 2013 14:30 BST Aspire Nearly 40% of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) feel that their care needs are not being met by relevant UK authorities, according to a research report by the spinal cord injury charity, Aspire. Survey participants reported that only their very basic needs are fulfilled and that care packages do not allow people to live independently.

Apr 08, 2013 05:45 BST Uppsala University An international research team has identified seven new gene loci linked to obesity. Researchers were also able to show that the genetic mechanisms that cause extreme obesity are similar to those that cause milder forms of overweight and obesity.

Grandmother, 62, recovers from broken arm to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for the  Wellbeing of Women Charity.

Mar 15, 2013 16:41 GMT Healthspan Supported by the Healthspan Customer Heroes Scheme, Desna from Worcestershire will spend the next week completing a trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania- the peak of which is 5,800 metres above sea level. Only 9 weeks ago, she had a fall in the snow and broke her arm but undeterred by this setback she kept her fitness up on the exercise bike and treadmill at her gym.

World premiere of muscle and nerve controlled arm prosthesis

Feb 22, 2013 07:09 GMT Chalmers University of Technology For the first time an operation has been conducted, at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, where electrodes have been permanently implanted in nerves and muscles of an amputee to directly control an arm prosthesis. The result allows natural control of an advanced robotic prosthesis, similarly to the motions of a natural limb.

New implant replaces impaired middle ear

Jan 14, 2013 12:22 GMT Chalmers University of Technology Functionally deaf patients can gain normal hearing with a new implant that replaces the middle ear. The unique invention from the Chalmers University of Technology has been approved for a clinical study. The first operation was performed on a patient in December 2012.

Jan 10, 2013 12:21 GMT National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network New report shows 91% of NHS Trusts surveyed are not providing information to support patient choice

Jan 02, 2013 16:41 GMT Healthspan People taking glucosamine for their joints may live longer, according to a recent US study, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, from the Cancer Prevention Program, The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. This study found that people taking glucosamine have significantly lower mortality rates as it appears to protect against a number of common causes of death.

Advanced brain investigations can become better and cheaper

Dec 12, 2012 08:00 GMT Chalmers University of Technology An important method for brain research and diagnosis is magnetoencephalography (MEG). But the MEG systems are so expensive that not all EU countries have one today. A group of Swedish researchers are now showing that MEG can be performed with technology that is significantly cheaper than that which is used today – technology that can furthermore provide new knowledge about the brain.