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Care pathway offers dignity for patients News

18th February, 2013

A pioneering study in Tayside working with community nurses and terminally ill patients has produced a standardised care package which researchers say could be a valuable aid for the NHS and other health systems. The Dignity Care Pathway allows community nurses to better understand the needs of patients, and for the patients themselves to express their own concerns. It has been developed through...

BioCity Scotland announced as UK hub for major European drug discovery project News

18th February, 2013

Scottish First Minister Rt. Hon Alex Salmond MSP has welcomed today's news that a major new pharmaceutical drug discovery initiative is to be centred at BioCity Scotland in Lanarkshire, in partnership with the University of Dundee. The project will bring at least 19 million Euros (£16.3 million) of research funding to Scotland following today's announcement by the Innovative Medicines Initia...

UK\'s largest study into the quality of nursing care to be launched News

18th February, 2013

The University of Stirling is to lead the UK's largest ever study into patient experience and the delivery of frontline health care. Improving Patient Experience of Care (IPEC) will involve around 6000 patients and almost 1000 nurses and other health professionals over a two year period. IPEC will draw on the collective expertise of academics at Stirling, Dundee and Glasgow Caledonian universiti...

Tuberculosis and neglected diseases targeted by new centre News

18th February, 2013

A major new centre to boost the development of drugs to tackle the foremost diseases of the developing world is to be created at the University of Dundee. There is an urgent need for new drugs to treat infectious diseases of the developing world, such as tuberculosis (TB), malaria and African sleeping sickness. However, despite significant efforts in early stage drug discovery, there is a bottlen...

TASCFORCE study identifies early heart and stroke risk News

18th February, 2013

A HEART FELT THANKS ... More than 1 in 10 healthy volunteers who contributed to a major research project looking at preventing Scotland's biggest killers - heart disease and stroke - have been found to have previously undetected or untreated health problems including high levels of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. Early results from the TASCFORCE study, led by the University of Dunde...

Gene testing asthmatic children could lead to better treatment News

28th January, 2013

Testing asthmatic children for a specific gene could prevent their condition worsening, according to new research by scientists in Dundee and Brighton. The arginine-16 genotype of the beta-2 receptor is carried by one in seven sufferers and the research found their condition could be aggravated by the use of the long-term controller medicine, Salmeterol, a long acting beta-receptor stimulant, w...

Sunbed skin cancer risk double that of Mediterranean midday summer sun News

28th January, 2013

The average skin cancer risk from UK sunbeds is more than double that of spending the same length of time in the Mediterranean midday summer sun - according to new research* from the University of Dundee and published today in the British Journal of Dermatology. The study tested levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from 400 sunbeds in the UK and found that nine in ten of the sunbeds tested emit...

Lung cancer: Will early detection save lives? News

15th January, 2013

The Tayside & Fife Branch of the British Science Association has organised a FREE Public Lecture about early lung cancer detection to be given by Dr Tom Fardon from Ninewells Hospital and Medical School on Wednesday 23 January. The lecture will be held in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, University of Dundee, Tower Building, Nethergate at 7.00 pm.   Lung cancer: Will early de...

Tayside volunteers boost international search for genes linked to heart disease News

11th January, 2013

Fifteen new genes linked to coronary artery disease have been discovered by an international study, which included thousands of participants from Tayside. In the largest genetic study of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) to date, researchers from the CARDIoGRAMplusC4D Consortium report the identification of 15 genetic regions newly associated with the disease, bringing to 46 the number of regions ass...

Research identifies a genetic cause of hypertension News

11th January, 2013

Research identifies a genetic cause of hypertensionA multinational research project led by the Universities of Dundee and Glasgow has identified a genetic determinant of hypertension (or high blood pressure), which could inform treatment of the condition for thousands of patients. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a commonly inherited condition arising from the interplay between genetic facto...