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There's always something new to read about the Faculty, whether it's a new discovery by one of our academics, an award won by one of our students, or an upcoming event.

Most press releases will specify media contacts, but if in doubt, please get in touch with our Media Relations Officer Jamie Brown at jamie.brown@manchester.ac.uk or on +44 (0)161 275 8383.

Latest news

New initiative calls for far-reaching changes to UK’s mental health services
(23 November 2017)

A new national initiative backed by David Lammy MP has called for collaboration and far-reaching changes in the use of mental health science and real-life experiences of service users.

Nanobots pass first stage in ‘fantastic voyage’ from fiction to fact
(23 November 2017)

A team of scientists have created a new generation of tiny remote controlled nanorobots which could one day allow doctors to diagnose disease and deliver drugs from within the human body.

Fifth of GPs are foreign and work in poorest communities, research shows
(16 November 2017)

New figures compiled by University of Manchester researchers have revealed that one fifth of practising GPs in England trained abroad and typically work in the country’s most deprived communities.

How robots could solve the antibiotics production crisis
(14 November 2017)

According to the World Health Organisation, there are nowhere near enough new antibiotics in development. But cutting-edge technology gives us a chink of hope in what could otherwise be seen as an intractable problem says Eriko Takano, Professor of Synthetic Biology at The University of Manchester, for World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

Our body clocks cause wounds sustained at night to heal more slowly
(9 November 2017)

A new study has discovered how our body clocks cause wounds, such as cuts and burns, to heal approximately 60% faster if the injury happens during the day rather than at night. This could have implications for medical procedures such as surgery and provides targets for developing drugs that improve wound healing, according to the study led by scientists from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

Seven-day hospital policy has not reduced weekend mortality, reveals study
(9 November 2017)

The first study to test whether access to consultants and diagnostics at weekends reduces mortality has found no association with weekend death rates.

Time to tackle antibiotic resistance in agriculture
(8 November 2017)

In the run up to the World Health Organisation’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week, Dr Roger Harrison, a Public Health expert from The University of Manchester, explains why antibiotic resistance is not just a cause of concern for doctors

Study shows therapeutic impact of neighbourliness on dementia
(8 November 2017)

New research is showing how being connected with their local community has reaped enormous benefits for people with dementia.

Unretirement - one in four Britons return to work
(1 November 2017)

Around one in four retirees in the UK return to work or ‘unretire’, mostly within five years of retiring, according to research by The University of Manchester and King’s College London.

‘Steep rise’ in self-harm among teenage girls
(19 October 2017)

University of Manchester researchers have found that reports of self-harm in girls aged between 13 and 16 rose by 68% between 2011 and 2014. Overall, girls had much higher rates than boys.

Andy Burnham awarded for his leadership after terror attack
(18 October 2017)

Andy Burnham is this year’s recipient of The University of Manchester’s Doubleday award for his work in the aftermath of May’s Manchester Arena bombing where Twenty-three people were killed and 250 injured.

Found: factor which delays wound healing
(17 October 2017)

New research carried out at The University of Manchester has identified a bacterium - normally present on the skin- which causes poor wound healing in certain conditions.

New research reveals impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis in the workplace
(12 October 2017)

The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society has announced findings from a study conducted in partnership with The University of Manchester that investigates the impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis and adult Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis  in the workplace.

New test set to transform breast cancer prevention
(9 October 2017)

Women who have a family history of breast cancer are set to benefit from a new genetic test at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) that assesses breast cancer risk, with plans for it to enter clinical practice within the next six months. Developed by researchers at MFT and The University of Manchester, the test will accurately predict breast cancer risk in women who do not test positive for BRCA1/2 gene mutations.

Lancet Commission: experimental therapies need new momentum
(5 October 2017)

A Lancet commission of senior scientists has demanded root and branch reform of the way experimental therapies associated with Regenerative Medicine are carried out.

Parents of newborn babies not aware of consequences of screening
(3 October 2017)

A team of University of Manchester researchers have found that changes are urgently needed in how parents are informed about newborn bloodspot screening to ensure they understand it and its consequences for them and their baby.

Student’s life-changing medical charity earns recognition from Prime Minister
(2 October 2017)

A University of Manchester student has been honoured by the Prime Minster for setting up his own charity which delivers life-saving medical equipment to developing nations.

Over 60s not using public transport, despite health benefits
(29 September 2017)

Two thirds of adults over 60 rarely or never use public transport, even though it is free and brings health benefits, according to a new study published in journal BMJ Open.

Sexuality is vital to older people’s health, happiness and wellbeing
(28 September 2017)

Politicians and academics in Greater Manchester are calling for conversations around older people and sex to be normalised with the launch of a new research film for International Older People’s Day.

Universities to create world’s largest inflammatory disease biobank
(25 September 2017)

The University of Manchester is part of a national consortium which has been awarded a £1.7 million grant to create the world’s largest Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Disease (IMID) Biobank, in excess of 40,000 patients.

Lung cancer treatment could be having negative health effect on hearts
(25 September 2017)

Radiotherapy treatment for lung cancer could have a negative effect on the health of your heart new research has found.

New compound discovered in fight against inflammatory disease
(22 September 2017)

A ten year study by University of Manchester scientists for a new chemical compound that is able to block a key component in inflammatory illness has ended in success.

Academics end 200-year confusion on diagnosis of ‘hidden’ child condition
(21 September 2017)

New terminology, developed following a five year campaign by academics across the UK, is set to end 200 years of confusion in diagnosing a distressing disorder affecting two children in every classroom.

Study suggests epilepsy drug can be used to treat form of dwarfism
(19 September 2017)

A drug used to treat conditions such as epilepsy has been shown in lab tests at The University of Manchester to significantly improve bone growth impaired by a form of dwarfism.

University of Manchester to mark the NHS’s 70th Birthday with films and exhibition
(18 September 2017)

 

Thanks to a National Lottery grant, the 70 year heritage of the National Health Service is to be preserved for future generations

Low-level radiation health risks smaller than obesity, researchers say.
(13 September 2017)

The health risks from modern day life such as obesity, smoking and air pollution are higher than low-level radiation exposure a new study has found.

New hope to end Black schizophrenia care crisis
(8 September 2017)

A groundbreaking talking treatment has been developed and successfully trialled with a group of Black and minority ethnic (BME) schizophrenia service users, carers, community members and health professionals.

Devastating disease which changes brain size discovered
(7 September 2017)

An international collaboration led by scientists and doctors from the UK, Netherlands and United States has identified a new genetic disease that affects the size of our brains and causes severe developmental problems.

Mayor of Greater Manchester to speak at International Festival of Public Health
(5 September 2017)

The Mayor, Andy Burnham, will be outlining Greater Manchester’s approach for early years and improving levels of school readiness at the sixth International Festival of Public Health, held at The University of Manchester today (Sept 5)http://http://www.festivalofpublichealth.co.uk/

Computers able to mimic unique movements, finds study
(1 September 2017)

A team of researchers has published the first study to show that each one of us has a unique 'control profile' that can be extracted by computer.