14 Apr 2019

Statins safe for rheumatoid arthritis patients

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are likely to experience the same level of cardiovascular benefits from statins as other individuals without incurring additional risks, according to new research. The findings of a large clinical trial carried out by researchers at institutions including the University of Dundee appear in Arthritis & Rheumatology. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have an approximately 50% higher risk of experiencing cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. By lowering cholesterol, statins are known to help prevent cardiovascular events in certain high-risk indivi...

Statins safe for rheumatoid arthritis patients

12 Apr 2019

Inappropriate pain management after surgery a major cause of opioid crisis

Targets to eliminate pain after surgery are a major cause of the opioid crisis in several countries, according to a new report co-authored by Professor Lesley Colvin of the University of Dundee. Published in The Lancet, the report brings together global evidence detailing the role of surgery in the opioid crisis. The authors conclude that pain management has been a substantial contributor to the crisis due to inappropriate prescribing of opioids. Chronic post-surgical pain is a growing problem as the population ages and more operations are carried out. It can occur after any type of surgery....

Inappropriate pain management after surgery a major cause of opioid crisis

5 Apr 2019

Craig Levein becomes 250,000th volunteer to join SHARE medical research project

Football manager Craig Levein has become the 250,000th volunteer to join a Scotland-wide effort to help shape the medicines of the future. Mr Levein, manager of Heart of Midlothian and former boss of the Scotland national team, signed up for SHARE (The Scottish Health Research Register) ahead of the Edinburgh derby match with Hibernian on April 6. He was immediately followed by Paul Heckingbottom, his opposite number at rivals Hibernian. SHARE is a unique initiative which aims to make it easier for researchers to identify suitable recruits from Scotland to carry out ground breaking medical research. S...

Craig Levein becomes 250,000th volunteer to join SHARE medical research project

25 Mar 2019

Dundee expert to feature in CBBC documentary

A University of Dundee researcher will star in a new CBBC documentary tonight. Dr Paul O’Mahoney, a Postdoctoral Research Assistant from Dundee’s School of Medicine, will feature on ‘My Life: Into the Sun’. The programme shares the highs and lows of two young children, Alice Tyson from the UK and Thapelo Mothibe from South Africa, who both have the same rare skin disease. During the programme, the girls who are afflicted with Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), a rare condition which means they are extremely sensitive to sunlight, travel to northern Norway to experience life ...

Dundee expert to feature in CBBC documentary

22 Mar 2019

Could heart drug help lung disease patients?

Drugs traditionally used to treat blood pressure and heart disease are to be given to lung disease patients to see if they can be beneficial, in a trial involving the Universities of Aberdeen and Dundee. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long term lung disease due to smoking that slowly gets worse and affects 1.2 million people in the UK. It is the fifth leading cause of death in the UK, resulting in 30,000 fatalities a year. The condition causes narrowing of the airways, which in turn causes breathing problems, and often a persistent cough and chest infections. There is no cure for COPD - ...

Could heart drug help lung disease patients?