Science in Practice Articles

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A Novel Way to Tackle Cancer?

Posted on 24 February 2016 by Cerys Hickinbottom

An international team of scientists have found an innovative way to tackle cancer using a “broad spectrum” approach. Current treatment options for cancer include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Recently, many anti-cancer treatments have been discovered. However these are usually specific for particular mutations found in certain types of cancer and so are not appropriate when
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TUBEROUS SCLEROSIS: A New Drug Treatment

Posted on 24 February 2016 by Cerys Hickinbottom

Professor Julian Sampson and other researchers at Cardiff University have pioneered a drug treatment for Tuberous Sclerosis.  Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a rare genetic disorder where patients develop tumours in many organs, including the brain, kidneys and skin.  Those affected can develop epilepsy, autism, often have impaired renal function and the many skin lesions
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Sexual recovery after prostate cancer – Joe Amissah Arthur

Posted on 22 February 2016 by Ilaria Pignatelli

Co-constructing sexual recovery after prostate cancer: a qualitative study with couples Prostate cancer is  prevalent in men in the UK. With improved treatment, men are living longer. However, treatment comes at a cost with many suffering from erectile dysfunction, greatly affecting their sex life. A recent qualitative study evaluated the effect of prostate cancer treatment on the
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Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder: Two Disorders, One Mechanism?

Posted on 20 February 2016 by Emma Barlow

It is known that patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder share clinical features such as cognitive dysfunction and psychotic symptoms. Cardiff University’s Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences investigated further into the biological features of these diseases. They recently published research into the pathophysiological similarities between schizophrenia (SZ) and bipolar disorder (BD), looking specifically at
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Neurology Research at Cardiff University Provides Hope for People with Huntington’s Disease

Posted on 20 February 2016 by Emma Barlow

Scientists at Cardiff University’s School of Medicine are working to develop an innovative     treatment for Huntington’s disease. This rare but devastating neurological condition runs very strongly in families and impacts memory, movement and even personality with no treatment currently available. The disease has been shown to affect an area of the brain known as the
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