News: May 2019

Third of people in Wales use digital technology to self-diagnose – new report

More than a third of people in Wales (34 per cent) use digital technology to self-diagnose health conditions, whilst only 14 per cent make a healthcare appointment online.

These insights are from a novel survey exploring how people in Wales use digital technology to support and monitor their health, by Public Health Wales and Bangor University.

Publication date: 30 May 2019

British Science Association | May News Letter

Publication date: 29 May 2019

Senedd Research publishes new briefing paper by Bangor academic

A new briefing paper on Early Child Education and Care (ECEC) written by Dr David Dallimore of the School of Health Sciences has been published by the National Assembly of Wales’ Senedd Research Service. This briefing is the first in a series of three, providing a quick guide to early childhood education and care (ECEC). It introduces the concept of ECEC, sets out evidence for different approaches to ECEC and relates this to current policy in Wales.

Publication date: 28 May 2019

New innovation receives Meterological Society Award

The Royal Meteorological Society’s Vaisala Award for Weather Observing and Instrumentation for 2018 has been awarded to Professor Tom Rippeth and his research team at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences.

Prof Rippeth is interested in how different water masses mix within our oceans and how the mixing of waters of different temperatures and salinity drives and affects global climate and weather patterns.

Publication date: 24 May 2019

New research at Bangor University helps shed light on the possibility of past life on Venus

Whilst today Venus is a very inhospitable place, with surface temperatures hot enough to melt lead, geological evidence, supported by computer model simulations, indicate it may have been much cooler billions of years ago and had an ocean, and so have been very similar to Earth.

Publication date: 22 May 2019

Mobile app helping chemotherapy patients stay safe during treatment at Ysbyty Gwynedd

Doctors at Ysbyty Gwynedd are testing a smart phone app as part of a clinical trial to help patients stay as safe as possible during their chemotherapy treatment.

Patients who have been invited to take part in the ‘Keep Me Safe’ trial are using the app to help them take the right steps if any complications occur during their treatment.

Publication date: 20 May 2019

Flexible and omnipresent Baboons could be at risk

Despite being so commonplace in some regions of Sub-Saharan Africa that baboons can be considered pests to some communities, new research shows that half the six species of baboons present in the region could be at risk by mid-century.

A recent paper in the Journal of Biogeography reveals that baboons, most of which are in the ‘of Least Concern’ category on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, could struggle for survival under future climate conditions.

Publication date: 16 May 2019

Responding to adverse childhood experiences - An evidence review

Public Health Wales’ Policy, Research and International Development directorate in conjunction with the Public Health Collaborating Unit at Bangor University, has produced a new report ‘Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences’.

The new report, developed by Dr Lisa Di Lemma, examines evidence across a variety of programmes responding to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).  The report looked at programmes and interventions for 11 individual ACE types, and ACEs as a collective term, to identify common approaches across programmes.

Publication date: 16 May 2019

Researching the kingfisher’s iconic hydrodynamic design

Renowned for their noiseless dive, the kingfisher’s iconic beak-shape has inspired the design of high speed bullet trains. Now scientists have tested beak-shape among some of the birds’ 114 species found world-wide, to assess which shape is the most hydrodynamic.

Avian biologist, Dr Kristen Crandell and third year undergraduate student, Rowan Howe, of Bangor University, created 3d printed models of the beak shapes of several of the diving kingfisher species, at the University’s Pontio Innovation Centre.

Publication date: 15 May 2019

Centre’s pioneering research helping to shape future strategy for ageing in Wales

A ground-breaking research centre – the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research - led by Swansea University, with Bangor and Cardiff Universities, is set to play a key role in shaping the future care of older people in Wales.

Publication date: 13 May 2019

Replanting oil palm may be driving a second wave of biodiversity loss

This article  by Simon Willcock, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geography, Bangor University and Adham Ashton-Butt, Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Hull is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

The environmental impact of palm oil production has been well publicised. Found in everything from food to cosmetics, the deforestation, ecosystem decline and biodiversity loss associated with its use is a serious cause for concern.

Publication date: 13 May 2019

Policy action called for to prevent gambling harm

Academics are calling for a radical overhaul of the UK gambling laws including a tax on the industry to prevent gambling harms and support those with gambling problems, in a paper published today (Thursday 9 May 2019).

As gambling is increasingly being recognised as a public health issue, the academies say major investment is needed to alleviate the growing economic burden on society.

Publication date: 9 May 2019

Bangor University Celebrates Europe Day 2019

On 9 May, the University, along with many establishments across the UK and Europe, will mark Europe Day with a number of events and activities. The European Union celebrates this day to mark the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration of 1950, considered to be the first official step in the creation of the European Union as it is today.

Publication date: 8 May 2019

Bangor’s medal winning involvement in Welsh Institute of Performance Science highlighted in annual report

Research from Bangor university features prominently in the Welsh Institute of Performance Science (WIPS) annual report of 2019 (pg18). WIPS was developed to enable necessary and important research to be conducted. 

Publication date: 1 May 2019

British Science Association | April News Letter

Publication date: 1 May 2019