Anti-Depressant Drugs Enhance Feelings of Control in Depression

It can take some time before anti-depressant drugs have an effect on people. Yet, the chemical changes that they cause in the brain happen quite rapidly. Understanding this paradox could enable us to create more effective treatments for depression. However, new research from a group of scientists at Oxford, Harvard and Limerick universities has shown [...]

By |2016-06-15T08:24:18+00:00June 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Breast is Best for Premature Babies’ Hearts, Study Confirms

Breastfeeding premature babies improves long-term heart structure and function, an Oxford University study has found. The hearts of babies born early often develop abnormally. Dr Adam Lewandowski and colleagues at the Oxford Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility, directed by Professor Paul Leeson, have previously shown that, in adult life, the hearts of people who were born [...]

By |2016-06-15T08:23:36+00:00June 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Genes that Increase Children’s Risk of Blood Infection Identified

A team led by Oxford University has identified genes that make certain children more susceptible to invasive bacterial infections by performing a large genome-wide association study in African children. Bacteraemia, bacterial infection of the bloodstream, is a major cause of illness and death in sub-Saharan Africa but little is known about whether human genetics play [...]

By |2016-06-01T13:52:30+00:00June 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Method for Faster-Working Anti-Depressants is Being Tested

A new method to find anti-depressant treatments that work for individual patients is about to be tested at GP surgeries across Europe. Researchers at the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry, in collaboration with the Oxfordshire-based company P1vital Products Ltd, are conducting the PReDicT (Predicting Response to Depression Treatment) study. [...]

By |2016-05-23T09:22:43+00:00May 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

‘Weekend Effect’ Actually Down to Flawed Data, Study Suggests

Oxford University research has suggested that the ‘weekend effect’, the suggestion that patients admitted to hospital at the weekend are more likely to die, may in fact be the result of the way medical records are coded for data returns. The study of more than 90,000 stroke patients, by Dr Linxin Li and Professor Peter [...]

By |2016-05-11T23:16:52+00:00May 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Virtual Reality ‘Can Help Treat Severe Paranoia’

Virtual reality can help treat severe paranoia by allowing people to face situations that they fear, an Oxford University study with patients from the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has found. The virtual reality simulations allowed the patients to learn that the situations (such as a crowded lift) they feared were actually safe. The study, [...]

By |2016-05-06T14:01:13+00:00May 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

‘Contagious’ Eating Disorders Attributed to School Choice

The school a girl attends can affect her chance of being diagnosed with an eating disorder. That's the conclusion of research carried out by a joint UK-Swedish team. The results are published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers from Oxford University, UCL, the University of Bristol, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm used routinely [...]

By |2016-04-27T14:54:58+00:00April 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments