17 Apr 2019

Diabetic drug shown to reduce the risk of heart disease in non-diabetic patients

The commonly used diabetes drug metformin could reverse the harmful thickening of heart muscle that leads to cardiovascular disease, according to a study at the University of Dundee. Scientists, led by Professor Chim Lang, Head of the Division of Molecular and Clinical Medicine at Dundee, discovered that metformin has the potential to be repurposed as a heart disease treatment in non-diabetic patients. The MET-REMODEL Trial, published today in the prestigious European Heart Journal, showed that metformin, used to treat type 2 diabetes safely for the last six decades, reduced left ventricular hypertrophy (L...

Diabetic drug shown to reduce the risk of heart disease in non-diabetic 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. Each year, 320...

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. SHARE ...

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

29 Mar 2019

Changing the relationship between disability and technology

The University of Dundee is one of the international partners in a major new research project examining how technologists can learn from people with disabilities – and support them in the future. Led by the University of Leeds, Imagining Technologies for Disability Futures will bring together expertise in arts and humanities, design, engineering and robotics to increase understanding of how disability is currently represented, and ways in which technology can enhance lives in years to come. Funded with a flagship Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award in Humanities and Social Sciences, the £1.5 mil...

Changing the relationship between disability and technology

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?