New study aims to reduce the use of oral antibiotics for ear infections in children16 November 2018Middle ear infections, known medically as acute otitis media (AOM), are common painful infections in children, for which there are up to three million treatment episodes in England and Wales each year. They are often treated with antibiotics by mouth. However, these can cause side effects like rashes, diarrhoea and vomiting, and their over-use contributes to the growing global health threat of antibiotic resistance. Researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Southampton, King’s College London and Imperial College London, are collaborating on a new study to investigate alternative treatments, which they hope will reduce unnecessary oral antibiotic use, while relieving painful symptoms and reducing healthcare costs.
University to launch new interdisciplinary antimicrobial resistance research network14 November 2018Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an escalating global health emergency with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimating that 'superbugs' will kill 1.3 million people in Europe by 2050, including more than 90,000 in the UK, unless we can halt the rise in antibiotic-resistant infections. The University of Bristol is committed to tackling this global challenge and today [Wednesday 14 November] a new cross-faculty and interdisciplinary AMR research network will be launched, funded by the University's Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (EBI).
More adults are using complementary and alternative medicine in England but access is unequal, finds survey14 November 2018Use of practitioner-led complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as acupuncture, massage, osteopathy and chiropractic treatment, rose from 12 per cent of the population in 2005 to 16 per cent of the population in 2015, according to a survey led by researchers at the University of Bristol's Centre for Academic Primary Care. However, access to these treatments was unequal, with women, those who are better off and those in the south of England more likely to use CAM.
Resonant mechanism discovery could inspire ultra-thin acoustic absorbers13 November 2018New research led by academics at the University of Bristol has discovered that the scales on moth wings vibrate and can absorb the sound frequencies used by bats for echolocation (biological sonar). The finding could help researchers develop bioinspired thin and lightweight resonant sound absorbers.
New study sheds light on medicines storage practices on UK dairy farms12 November 2018Researchers at the University of Bristol, supported by the British Veterinary Association, the British Cattle Veterinary Association and the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance, are calling for veterinary surgeons in the UK to work together with their farmer clients to remove expired and inappropriate veterinary medicines from farms and dispose of them appropriately.
Great George to ring out for peace to mark Armistice Centenary8 November 2018As the nation marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, Bristol's largest bell, housed in the tower of the University of Bristol's Wills Memorial Building, will ring out in celebration for peace across the city this Sunday [11 November].
Moths survive bat predation through acoustic camouflage fur7 November 2018Moths are a mainstay food source for bats, which use echolocation (biological sonar) to hunt their prey. Scientists from the University of Bristol are studying how moths have evolved passive defences over millions of years to resist their primary predators.
Ballet of the Nations 7 November 2018A thought-provoking film, released to coincide with the centenary of the Armistice in November 1918, in which war is imagined as a diabolical dance choreographed by Satan and Ballet Master Death is currently touring the UK, including several performances in and around Bristol.
Women who are 'larks' have a lower risk of developing breast cancer6 November 2018Women who are 'larks', functioning better at the beginning of the day than the end of the day, have a lower of risk breast cancer, according to new research led by the University of Bristol presented at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference today [Tuesday 6 November].
Vitamica completes initial seed funding round5 November 2018Vitamica, a University of Bristol spin-out company, has closed its initial seed funding round. This is a major milestone for the company which is developing a rapid diagnostic to determine the susceptibility of bacteria to antibiotics.
EU Quantum Flagship Project UNIQORN advances the next generation of quantum communication systems2 November 2018The multidisciplinary project UNIQORN, which begins this month, will develop quantum technology for the mass market. Quantum communication systems, mostly found in research laboratories, will be squeezed into small and reliable photonic integrated circuits. By carefully laying out each element along the development chain from fabrication to application, the Horizon 2020 project will not only reduce size and cost, but will also bring improvements in terms of robustness and reproducibility.
Bristol to join forces with one of the world’s most prestigious research societies
2 November 2018The University of Bristol partners with the Max Planck Society in Germany to establish an innovative new Max Planck Centre for Minimal Biology in Bristol. The Centre will pursue game-changing research in the emerging field of minimal biology to address some of the most complex challenges in fundamental science. This could lead to transformative applications in biotechnology and medicine.