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Bangor University Healthcare students spread Christmas cheer to patients

Student nurses across both of The School of Healthcare Sciences sites will be bringing some additional Christmas cheer to patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Ysbyty Gwynedd and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd again this year.

Publication date: 12 December 2017

Why PrEP takers should still use condoms with HIV+ partners

Condoms have been the mainstay of safer sex messages for 30 years as the best way of reducing HIV transmission. In 2012, however, the US food and drug administration licensed a drug to prevent people from contracting HIV, which had previously only been used to treat the infection. This small blue pill was called Truvada, and so pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) was born. By this stage, evidence of the safety and effectiveness of Truvada in reducing HIV transmission was already strong, especially among men who have sex with men. The US decision to licence the drug was quickly followed by World Health Organisation guidelines also supporting the use of Truvada for PrEP, not as an alternative to condom use, but rather as part of a broader HIV prevention approach that included condoms.

This article by Simon Bishop, Lecturer in Public Health and Primary Care, School of Healthcare Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 12 December 2017

Snow update- Wrexham Campus

Our Wrexham Campus, including the Library will be closed tomorrow due to the snow, but will re-open on Tuesday. The Bangor campus remains open as normal.

Publication date: 10 December 2017

Yoga in the workplace can reduce back pain and sickness absence

Back pain is the single leading cause of disability in the world. In the US, four out of every five people experience back pain at some point in their life. In the UK, back pain is one of the most common reasons for visits to the doctor, and missed work. In fact, absence from work due to back problems costs British employers more than £3 billion every year.

But there is a potentially easy way to prevent this problem: yoga. Our new research has found that exercises from the ancient Indian practice can have very positive benefits for back problems. Our findings suggest that yoga programmes consisting of stretching, breathing, and relaxation methods can reduce sickness absence due to back pain and musculoskeletal conditions.

Publication date: 8 December 2017

Research partnership projects under the spotlight

Some exciting projects involving Bangor University academics working in partnership with communities, charities, government bodies, and businesses – both local and international – are being highlighted at Bangor University this Friday (8 December).

In all, seventeen of 52 projects funded through an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Impact Acceleration Account at Bangor University are featured at the event.

Publication date: 7 December 2017

Tears and laughter as young and old share experiences

Over recent months, in care centres across Wales, an innovative social experiment has been taking place - and the results are astonishing.

In a new series of three emotional programmes on S4C, starting Sunday, 10 December, Hen Blant Bach shows what can happen when six children share their day care with a group of pensioners - and the potential transformational effects it can have.

Publication date: 7 December 2017

De-implementation in health and care services -what works? An important new research study starts this month

For Implement@Bangor (Implementation Research Programme) Research Group, December 2017 marks the start of an important new research study.

Publication date: 4 December 2017

Generous nursing students prepare to spread festive cheer for Wrexham patients

Student nurses from Bangor University will be bringing some additional Christmas cheer to patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital again this year.

Publication date: 1 December 2017

The School of Healthcare Sciences would like to congratulate Sophie Burgess, who was nominated for the Student Nurse of the Year Award 2017 and awarded runners up.

Sophie, who is now in her 3rd year, has made a significant impact to how to the school welcomes its student groups. She is a genuine advocate for the Welsh language and is fully bilingual herself, Sophie has helped to develop the Welsh Champions Project led by the Coleg Cymraeg Students to raise awareness of the Active Offer within healthcare in Wales.

Publication date: 28 November 2017

The School of Healthcare Sciences has released its November 2017-April 2018 Short course booklet!

We are offering a wide range of short courses/events/CPD session

Publication date: 28 November 2017

Exploring the economics of sight-saving technology

Over two million people in the UK are living with sight loss. This will double to nearly four million people by 2050 as the population ages and underlying causes like obesity and diabetes increase. This places huge pressure on NHS eye care services. 

The 2016 Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) report highlighted that sight loss is estimated to cost over £28 billion to the UK economy.

Research into new sight-saving technology could improve the lives of people at risk of sight loss and provide saving to the NHS and wider economy.

Two researchers from Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation CHEME,  are co-investigators on the optical coherence tomography (OCT) study, which has been awarded £1.3 million of funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme. 

Publication date: 23 November 2017

Different types of alcohol elicit different emotional responses

Different types of alcohol elicit different emotional responses,  but spirits are most frequently associated with feelings of aggression, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Publication date: 22 November 2017

Betsi Quthing International Health Partnership: Adventure of a Betsi Midwife in Lesotho

Julie Roberts, Lecturer in Midwifery for the School of Healthcare Sciences Bangor Univerity-

It seemed such an innocuous question at the time, “Who fancies going to Lesotho to teach obstetric emergency skills?” I took a deep breath and heard the words emanating from my mouth “That’s something I might be interested in!”

Publication date: 21 November 2017

Poster award for CHEME at International Society for Pharmaco Economic and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) conference

Members of the pharmacoeconomics and medicines evaluation section of the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) attended the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Annual European Congress at Glasgow on the 6th-8th November.

Publication date: 15 November 2017

Career change leads to First Class Honours and a ‘job in the profession that I love’!

Adult Nursing graduate Natasha Rowe from Llansantffraid, Powys, obtained a Law Degree and then went on to work as a legal assistant.  She soon discovered that her passion was helping others and enrolled on the Adult Nursing degree course.  This week she will be graduating with a First Class Honours degree.

Publication date: 19 July 2017