Clinical trial to compare anaesthesia impact on recovery post-surgery

1 month 2 weeks ago

A new clinical trial will compare two types of anaesthetic to determine how soon after surgery they allow patients to return home. The Volatile vs Total intravenous Anaesthesia for major non-cardiac surgery (VITAL) trial is led by Warwick Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Warwick and will compare two methods of delivering anaesthesia to a patient: inhalation and intravenous

Diabetic drug could slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease

1 month 3 weeks ago

· A hallmark of Parkinson's disease is the degeneration of a group of neurons in the brain that release the neurotransmitter dopamine (dopaminergic neurons).  By introducing low concentrations of structurally-defined aggregates of alpha synuclein, a key toxic species in Parkinson’s disease, into single dopaminergic neurons, researchers from the University of Warwick have shown these protein aggregates open a specific channel in the cell membrane, reducing neuronal excitability. Furthermore they’ve shown that this can be partially prevented by pre-application of the commonly used anti-diabetic drug, glibenclamide.

Breakthrough in studying the enzyme that ultimately produces fish odour syndrome

1 month 3 weeks ago

Fish odour syndrome (trimethylaminuria) is a debilitating disease, in which the liver cannot break down the smelly chemical trimethylamine which is produced by enzymes from bacteria residing in the gut leaving people with a fish like odour. Researchers from the University of Warwick are paving the way to prevent the syndrome after a breakthrough in studying the enzyme in the gut which produces trimethylamine.

Age is no barrier to successful weight loss, new study finds

1 month 3 weeks ago

Obese patients over the age of 60 can lose an equivalent amount of weight as younger people using only lifestyle changes, according to a new study from the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust that demonstrates that age is no barrier to losing weight.

Understanding lung infections in patients with cystic fibrosis

1 month 3 weeks ago

For young people with cystic fibrosis, lung infection with Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA, is common and is treated with antibiotics in the hope that this will prevent a decline in lung function. However there has recently been debate over the role S. aureus plays in CF lung disease. Researchers from the University of Warwick have used a new model of CF lungs which could be used to make better decisions about future use of antibiotics.

The ultimate conditions to get the most out of high-nickel batteries

1 month 3 weeks ago

It is common knowledge in battery manufacturing that many cathode materials are moisture sensitive. However, as the popularity of high nickel-based battery components increases, researchers from WMG, University of Warwick have found that the drier the conditions that these cathodes are stored and processed in, then significant improvement in performance of the battery is gained.

Highest magnetic field for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in the UK achieved at University of Warwick

1 month 4 weeks ago

Scientists will soon have access to a powerful 1 GHz magnetic field to analyse the structure and dynamics with atomic resolution for a wide variety of systems across chemistry, and life and materials science in the UK for the first time, as a new high-powered magnet for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) in the UK has been successfully been energized at the University of Warwick.

Coronavirus and people with learning disabilities: a study of the lives of people with learning disabilities through the coronavirus pandemic

1 month 4 weeks ago

A UK-wide coalition including the University of Warwick has today launched an inclusive survey which will ask people with learning disabilities in the UK to answer questions about their wellbeing, health, living circumstances, the support they are getting, and the impact of COVID-19 on their lives. The research team has partners in all 4 UK countries. An Easy Read press release has been issued reflecting the centring of people with learning disabilities in the research.

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