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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, Michael Addelman, at michael.addelman@manchester.ac.uk or on +44 (0)161 275 2111.

Latest news

Stillbirths more likely if diabetes in pregnancy not diagnosed
(20 March 2019)

Women who develop diabetes in pregnancy but are not diagnosed are much more likely to experience stillbirth than women without the condition, according to new research.

New class of drugs could treat ovarian cancer
(19 March 2019)

A team of researchers across The University of Manchester have shown that a new class of drugs are able to stop ovarian cancer cells growing.

TB discovery could save tens thousands of lives
(19 March 2019)

Around 1 in 15 people affected by tuberculosis are likely get the treatable fungal infection aspergillosis according to new research by experts at The University of Manchester and Gulu Referral Hospital, Uganda.

Pharmacists have wider clinical role in casualty, concludes study
(18 March 2019)

The first evaluation of pharmacists based in accident and emergency departments has concluded that with additional clinical skills, they are able to take on overall clinical responsibility for patients.

IVF birthweights increased over 25 years
(13 March 2019)

A new study led by University of Manchester scientists has revealed that babies born by In Vitro Fertilisation at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester have increased in birthweight by nearly 200g over the past 25 years.

Theories underpinning psychological practice ‘wrong’
(27 February 2019)

A computer game devised by University of Manchester psychologists has called into question the theories which have been the basis of psychology for over a century.

Skype hypnotherapy is effective treatment for IBS
(26 February 2019)

Skype hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for people with severe irritable bowel syndrome, a new study has found.

Insomnia genes regions discovered suggesting insomnia could cause heart disease
(26 February 2019)

An international research team led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the University of Exeter Medical School, including the Universities of Bristol and Manchester, has identified 57 gene regions associated with symptoms of insomnia. Their report, which also indicates a causal link between insomnia and coronary artery disease, is receiving advance online publication in Nature Genetics.

Patients’ own cells could be the key to treating Crohn’s disease
(15 February 2019)

A new technique using patients’ own modified cells to treat Crohn’s disease has been proven to be effective in experiments using human cells, with a clinical trial of the treatment expected to start in the next six months.

Report highlights postcode lottery in strength and balance programmes which help people at risk of falls
(12 February 2019)

Exercise programmes designed to boost the muscle strength and balance of people at risk of falls and injury – such as resistance training, aerobics classes and yoga groups – are not being prioritised by the NHS and local authority commissioners.

Masterswitch discovered in body’s immune system
(12 February 2019)

Scientists have discovered a critical part of the body’s immune system with potentially major implications for the treatment of some of the most devastating diseases affecting humans.

Annual screening detects breast cancers earlier for women aged 35-39 with a family history
(11 February 2019)

Annual screening for younger women aged 35-39 who have a family history of breast cancer would be highly effective in detecting tumours earlier, a major UK trial has found.

Sun damages people with black skin, finds research
(6 February 2019)

Premature ageing in the skin of white people caused by repeated exposure to the sun also occurs in black skin - though about 50 years later, according to new research.

Healthy diet can ease symptoms of depression
(5 February 2019)

An analysis of data from almost 46,000 people has found that weight loss, nutrient boosting and fat reduction diets can all reduce the symptoms of depression.

Biggest ever map of human Alzheimer’s brain published
(4 February 2019)

A study of the differences between healthy brains and those with Alzheimer’s Disease has produced largest dataset of its type ever.

Experts assess benefits and harms of exercise for preventing falls in older people
(1 February 2019)

Falls are a leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide. Older adults suffer the greatest number of fatal falls and over 37 million falls are severe enough to require medical attention each year.

New digitally-enhanced service for people with heart failure to be trialled in Greater Manchester
(31 January 2019)

Around 1,000 patients with heart failure across Greater Manchester will be monitored by a new digitally-enhanced service that will use data from existing implantable devices to transform care and better meet their needs.

Oldham scientist rallies residents to unite for World Cancer Day
(30 January 2019)

An Oldham  scientist is backing Cancer Research UK’s campaign for World Cancer Day and is urging everyone to join her. Habiba Begum, from the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, part of The University of Manchester, is encouraging local people to wear one of the charity’s brightly coloured Unity Bands with pride on Monday, February 4.

Newborn babies have inbuilt ability to pick out words, finds study
(28 January 2019)

A research study of newborn babies has revealed that humans are born with the innate skills needed to pick out words from language.

Scientists bring new insight into how animals see
(25 January 2019)

Scientists from The University of Manchester have found a way to trick the eye into thinking the world is brighter than it actually is.

Growing social fragmentation driven by rising single people and private renters
(25 January 2019)

A University of Manchester study into social fragmentation in England using data from the last two censuses has revealed an increase from 2001 to 2011, especially for the North of England.

Dr Amanda Lamb named on the prestigious Northern Power Women list for champions of equality and diversity
(23 January 2019)

Dr Amanda Lamb, Chief Operating Officer of Connected Health Cities (CHC) at The University of Manchester, has been named by Northern Power Women as one of 100 women who contribute to making a difference in their communities and raise awareness of gender equality across the North of England.

Manchester scientists set to take on cancer's 'grand challenge'
(23 January 2019)

Manchester scientists are set to benefit from one of the biggest funding grants ever awarded by Cancer Research UK.

Fears over life-saving drug unfounded, finds review
(15 January 2019)

Fears over a drug that can be used to treat alcohol addiction are unfounded, according to its first ever systematic review, led by academics at The University of Manchester.

Researchers discover common markers of tumour hypoxia across 19 cancer types
(14 January 2019)

Unlike healthy tissues, tumours thrive in low-oxygen environments, often acquiring the ability to resist treatment and spread to other sites in the body. Despite being a well-known cause of therapy resistance and metastasis, the impact of low oxygen, known as hypoxia, on tumour cells is poorly understood. As reported today in Nature Genetics, researchers have discovered molecular hallmarks of hypoxia in the first-ever pan-cancer analysis of low oxygen in human tumours, with a special focus on prostate cancer.

GPs prescribe more opioids for pain in poor Northern areas, study reveals
(14 January 2019)

English patients living in poorer areas are likely to be prescribed more opioids by their GPs, according to a study led by University of Manchester and University of Nottingham researchers.

Child abuse linked to risk of suicide in later life
(9 January 2019)

Children who experience physical, sexual, and emotional abuse or neglect are at least two to three times more likely to attempt suicide in later life, according to the largest research review carried out of the topic.

New Year Honours for University people
(28 December 2018)

Professor Fiona Devine has been made a CBE in the New Year Honours as has honorary lecturer in dentistry, Dr Claire Stevens.

Want to stick to your News Year’s exercise regime? This research can help
(21 December 2018)

Our New Year’s Resolution to visit the gym or do more exercise need not be a stab in the dark with the help of some clever psychology, according to a team of researchers.

Volunteering abroad is good for NHS, finds study
(20 December 2018)

Health professionals who volunteer in the developing world are providing substantial benefits to the NHS when they return, according to the Universities of Manchester, Nottingham and Health Education England researchers.