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Santa’s Digital Dilemmas

General Research

Earlier this month, Department of Experimental Psychology’s Amy Orben talked to Santa as he comes to terms with the digital world. In Santa’s WWW (Wired Winter Wonderland), where the elves are glued to their screens, Mrs. Claus’s cooking inspires emojis and Rudolf is trolling Comet, Amy offers some useful advice.

New medical simulation suite at Horton General Hospital

New medical simulation suite at Horton General Hospital

General Research

The new suite is a joint venture between Oxford Simulation, Training and Research (OxSTaR), which is part of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, and the Horton Education Centre.

New vaccines centre to protect UK from pandemic threats

New vaccines centre to protect UK from pandemic threats

Innovation Research

The UK’s first dedicated Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (VMIC), announced by Business Secretary Greg Clark MP, represents a major commercial opportunity and also a new front line in the nation’s defence against global pandemic threats.

Global map of HIV reveals challenge to vaccine development

Global map of HIV reveals challenge to vaccine development

Research

A study to be published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on World AIDS Day shows the extraordinary global genetic diversity of HIV and highlights just how big the challenge is to develop a vaccine to combat the global spread of HIV.

Experimental cancer drug shows promise for Parkinson’s

Experimental cancer drug shows promise for Parkinson’s

Research

A drug originally developed for prostate cancer may have exciting potential for treating Parkinson’s.

Over half of former intensive care patients in the UK report symptoms of psychological disorders

Over half of former intensive care patients in the UK report symptoms of psychological disorders

Research

Patients in the UK who have survived critical illnesses requiring care in an intensive care unit (ICU) frequently report symptoms of anxiety, PTSD and/or depression, according to a study published in open access journal Critical Care. Those reporting symptoms of depression after critical illness appear to be at a greater risk of death.

Modified virus used to kill cancer cells

Modified virus used to kill cancer cells

Research

Scientists have equipped a virus that kills carcinoma cells with a protein so it can also target and kill adjacent cells that are tricked into shielding the cancer from the immune system.

Machine learning can be used to predict which patients require emergency admission

Machine learning can be used to predict which patients require emergency admission

Research

Machine learning can help healthcare workers predict whether patients may require emergency hospital admission, new study has shown.

Structural study of antibiotic opens the way for new TB treatments

Structural study of antibiotic opens the way for new TB treatments

Research

New analysis of the structure and function of the naturally-occurring antimicrobial agent tunicamycin has revealed ways to produce new, safe antibiotics for Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other disease-causing bacteria.

Uncovering the whole story in diabetes

Uncovering the whole story in diabetes

General Research

Insulin is only half the story in what goes awry in diabetes...

Smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure put women at higher heart attack risk than men

Smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure put women at higher heart attack risk than men

Research

Smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure increase the risk of a heart attack more in women than in men, new research from The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford has found.

New paper shows how transcription terminates with the help of a phosphatase

New paper shows how transcription terminates with the help of a phosphatase

Research

New research from Lidia Vasilieva's lab in the Department of Biochemistry sheds light on how transcription termination in eukaryotes is controlled.

More action needed to prevent maternal deaths across the UK

More action needed to prevent maternal deaths across the UK

Research

There has been an increase in the number of women dying during pregnancy or in the six weeks after the end of pregnancy in the UK, according to a new report produced by researchers from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford.

Group therapy most effective treatment for anxiety in young people

Group therapy most effective treatment for anxiety in young people

Research

Group-based talking therapies shown to be most effective treatment for young people with anxiety disorders.

Treatment for moderately high blood pressure may be best saved for those at high risk

Treatment for moderately high blood pressure may be best saved for those at high risk

Research

The largest study of people with mild hypertension shows that medical treatment may not be worthwhile in those who are at low risk of heart attack and stroke.

Provide basic health services in villages to eliminate malaria, say researchers in Myanmar

Provide basic health services in villages to eliminate malaria, say researchers in Myanmar

Research

The incidence of malaria cases continued to drop dramatically in rural and remote Myanmar villages after community workers trained only to detect and treat malaria began providing basic health care as well as malaria services, say University of Oxford affiliated researchers. Adding the health services to malaria control benefitted the villagers access to health and improved malaria services – paving the way for malaria elimination.

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