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Where do antibiotic resistant microbes come from?

The increasing threat from antibiotic resistant microbes is sufficient to cast the world back into the dark-ages of medicine according to Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking at the launch of an inquiry last year.

It is estimated that microbial strains that are resistant to drugs are responsible for 5,000 deaths a year in the UK and as many as 25,000 in Europe.

One academic from Bangor University is contributing to the battle against antibiotic resistance, and is researching on several ‘fronts’, including developing a quick and efficient test that would identify bacterial strains that carry antibiotic resistant genes.

Publication date: 29 January 2015

Food Dudes interactive stories help toddlers get active for life

Bangor University’s research on behaviour change led by the late Professor Fergus Lowe and Professor Pauline Horne has led to the creation of very successful and widely adopted programmes designed to improve children’s health and wellbeing. These award-winning programmes use the key behavioural principles of role modelling, rewards and repeated tasting to help children aged 2 – 11 years to enjoy eating fruit and vegetables and change their diets for life. These programmes have been trialled internationally and in 2012 their success led to creation of a successful spin-out social enterprise company called Food Dudes Health.

Publication date: 29 January 2015

Facial cosmetics have little effect on attractiveness judgments compared with identity

The idea that cosmetics make you more attractive is all around us. The internet features thousands of tutorials on how to apply makeup, fashion magazines comment on different makeup styles of celebrities, and many women feel they wouldn’t leave the house without it. This simple, day-to-day behaviour has also been the subject of scientific inquiry, with many studies finding that not only are women rated as more attractive with makeup, but also as healthier, more competent, and more likeable.

Publication date: 28 January 2015

Society Honours Founder

Bangor University’s Professor Michael Rees has been made an Honorary Member of a Society he helped establish.

Publication date: 22 January 2015

New game to help people cut back on drinking

New Year is a time when our thoughts often turn to making changes to our lifestyle. After the excesses of the festive season, reducing the amount of alcohol we drink is often high on this list, but our willpower can always benefit from a little boost to help us make these changes. Research shows that a new mobile game from Bangor University spin-out company Attention Retraining Technologies (ART) can do just that.

Publication date: 5 January 2015

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