22 Oct 2015

Blood pressure tablets offer radiotherapy protection for prostate cancer patients

Blood pressure medication could help protect men from complications arising from radiotherapy for prostate cancer, a new study by researchers at the University of Dundee has found. Radiotherapy is an established treatment for cancer which has been confined to the prostate gland. However, the treatment can cause collateral damage to other parts of the colorectal region. This can result in bleeding and increased toilet visits and has also been observed to be a risk factor for other colorectal cancers. Ghulam Nabi and colleagues in the School of Medicine at Dundee analysed outcomes for over 300 patients who h...

20 Oct 2015

Research highlights the role of genes in eczema

Researchers including Dr Sara Brown and Professor Irwin McLean from the University of Dundee have discovered 10 new genetic variants that help determine which people will develop eczema, highlighting potential new targets for therapeutic research. In the largest genetic study of eczema in the world to date, a group of international researchers led by Dr Lavinia Paternoster from the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol, has combined data on 377,000 participants involved in 40 research studies worldwide, including Bristol-based Children of the 90s (ALSPAC). The team used a technique...

16 Oct 2015

‘Talking Textiles’ launches Dundee Oral History Project

Dundee’s rich history as a world-leading centre for textiles production will be explored through songs, stories and conversation at an event next week to launch the University of Dundee Archives Oral History Project. The Oral History Project is gathering testimonies from people throughout the city to form a rich tapestry of stories which will be used to supplement the already rich collections held by the University. “The project is a way of working with the community and ensuring the lives of people from Dundee are not forgotten. Our archive is not  just a static vault, it is there to insp...

‘Talking Textiles’ launches Dundee Oral History Project

14 Oct 2015

Research leads to change in medicine labelling for salt content

University of Dundee research that showed high salt levels in common medicines put patients at increased risk of cardiovascular events has led to a recommendation for a Europe-wide change in labelling legislation for medication. The 2013 study, led by Dr Jacob George from the University’s School of Medicine alongside collaborators from University College London, showed that millions of patients were exceeding the recommended daily limits for sodium, without any additional dietary intake. Many commonly prescribed medicines have sodium added to improve their absorption into the body but excess salt is ...

6 Oct 2015

Group identifications are the strongest indicator of mental and physical health

Individuals who fail to derive value from their interactions with family, friends, colleagues, and other groups are much more likely to be depressed, drink heavily, eat unhealthily, smoke, and fail to exercise, according to a new study from the University of Dundee. Professor Fabio Sani, from the University’s School of Psychology, led a team looking at the interplay between group identification, the extent to which one has a sense of belonging to a social group, coupled with a sense of commonality with in-group members, and lifestyle choices and mental health. The sample of almost 2000 Scottish peopl...