1 Mar 2017

Improving muscle strength in older people – recruits wanted!

The University of Dundee is looking for older people to help with a clinical trial to improve muscle function in older people. The UK-wide trial is testing whether a commonly used heart pill and a food supplement could improve the health of older people across the UK by improving muscle strength. The research team at the University aims to recruit 30 people aged 70 and over, contributing to a total of 450 participants across the UK. Participants will be given a heart pill (perindopril) or a matching dummy tablet, and also a food supplement powder (leucine) or matching dummy powder. All the participants wil...

Improving muscle strength in older people – recruits wanted!

1 Mar 2017

£1.9million to help children from deprived areas brush up on oral health

A new research project led by the Universities of Dundee and Sheffield has been awarded almost £2million to investigate ways of improving the oral health of young people living in deprived areas. The researchers will work with 48 schools and nearly 6000 young people in Scotland, England and Wales on the four-year Brushing Reminder 4 Good Oral Health (BRIGHT) initiative. BRIGHT, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), will investigate whether a classroom-based lesson about dental health followed by a series of text messages could increase how often and how well children aged 11-16...

£1.9million to help children from deprived areas brush up on oral health

23 Feb 2017

Study reveals children’s favourite books and authors – and literacy challenges

A study of UK children’s reading habits led by the University of Dundee’s Professor Keith Topping has identified a nationwide literacy challenge in the education system. The 2017 What Kids Are Reading Report, compiled by education assessment provider Renaissance UK, analysed the reading habits of 848,219 young people across almost 4,000 schools. It found that Roald Dahl’s classic ‘The Twits’ is the most frequently read book by primary school pupils while Jeff Kinney’s ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School’ is most read in secondary school, closely followed by Dav...

Study reveals children’s favourite books and authors – and literacy challenges

23 Feb 2017

Smoke alarm research may help to save children’s lives

Study shows children respond to different smoke alarm tones and frequencies than adults Boys and girls appear to be woken by different combinations of sounds Families being asked to take part in trial of a new smoke alarm sound Researchers from the University of Dundee are seeking hundreds of families to help them trial a new smoke alarm sound aimed specifically at waking children. The number of lives lost as a result of fires has fallen by half since home usage of smoke alarms became widespread. However, there is evidence to suggest that some children do not wake to commonly used smoke alarms. This has...

Smoke alarm research may help to save children’s lives

22 Feb 2017

Research suggests new model of chronic disease

Genes play a key role in determining whether someone experiences multiple chronic diseases, according to new research led by the University of Dundee. Chronic pain, depression and heart disease are three of the commonest causes of disability, and are becoming more prevalent. People are also increasingly likely to suffer from more than one chronic disease, resulting in greater disability.  While age, gender, social circumstances and lifestyle are known to increase susceptibility to multiple causes of disability the exact reason why some people suffer from several chronic diseases and others don’t...

Research suggests new model of chronic disease