9 Sep 2016

New blood test developed to tackle major livestock disease in Africa

The University of Dundee and the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) have partnered to develop a simple and effective device that tests for a cattle disease that is endemic in 40 African countries and accounts for up to a 50 percent loss in milk and meat production in the continent. The device, less than 3 inches long and similar in format to a pregnancy test, can identify within 30 minutes whether or not an animal is infected with the parasite Trypanosoma vivax from a single drop of blood. The simple device does not require electricity or any additional equipment, factors tha...

New blood test developed to tackle major livestock disease in Africa

5 Sep 2016

University of Dundee to lead The GROW Observatory

University of Dundee to lead The GROW Observatory – an EU-wide 'citizen science' project for family farmers, gardeners and growers   Join the GROW team – see job opportunities, deadline 30 September The GROW Observatory (GROW) is a massive, European-wide project aiming to involve tens of thousands of ‘citizen scientists’ to make a vital contribution to global environmental monitoring and to empower family farmers, gardeners and growers with knowledge on sustainable practices. Together they will solve key challenge for environmental monitoring – the ability to measure soi...

University of Dundee to lead The GROW Observatory

4 Sep 2016

Study shows pregnant women may be drinking more than previously thought

The amount of alcohol pregnant women consumed around the time of conception may be significantly higher than previously estimated, according to a new study from the University of Dundee. The research, led by Dr Andrew Symon of the University’s Mother and Infant Research Unit, used a ‘Retrospective Diary’ to record the drinking patterns of women. Researchers conducted one-to-one interviews with women during the mid-pregnancy stage and asked a series of questions about their drinking before they became pregnant, or before they knew they were pregnant, and during pregnancy. Existing alcohol ...

Study shows pregnant women may be drinking more than previously thought

26 Aug 2016

Smokers asked to help measure effects of electronic and tobacco cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes and the habit of vaping are being used by more and more people to help them stop smoking, but are they actually safer or less bad for our health than traditional cigarettes? Smokers in Tayside are being asked to help answer this vital question by taking part in a new study being launched by the University of Dundee which will compare the effects of e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes on blood vessel function, which is a key health indicator. “E-cigarettes are sold on the principle that they are a much safer alternative to traditional cigarettes because they don’t contain h...

Smokers asked to help measure effects of electronic and tobacco cigarettes

25 Aug 2016

Feedback for GPs helps to reduce high-risk prescription rates, study shows

Regular feedback to GP practices reviewing the safety of their prescribing of drugs to patients can help significantly lower the risk of adverse drug reactions, a new study co-led by the University of Dundee and University of Strathclyde, in collaboration with NHS Scotland, has shown. Prescription drugs significantly improve patient outcomes but are also a major cause of harm in both primary and hospital care, with approximately 1 in 20 hospital admissions caused by adverse drug events. At least half of these adverse events are preventable. In a study that involved over 260 GP practices around Scotland, re...

Feedback for GPs helps to reduce high-risk prescription rates, study shows