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We always have something new to announce at the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences.

If you're a journalist, you should find the below press releases useful. More news items can be found on our news page.

Most press releases will specify media contacts, but if in doubt, please get in touch with our Media Relations Officer Jamie Brown at or on +44 (0)161 275 8383.

Latest releases

Infants under 12 months most at risk of physical abuse
(24 November 2015)
Infants under the age of 12 months are most at risk of serious physical abuse, reveals a large study of severely injured children published online in Emergency Medicine Journal.

NHS Medical Director to open major new medical training centre
(17 November 2015)
Sir Bruce Keogh, the Medical Director of NHS England is to give the annual Doubleday lecture on Wednesday 18 November as the University announces high-profile health professionals who’ll be helping to train the next generation of doctors.

Schoolgirl cancer vaccination encourages mothers to attend screening
(12 November 2015)
Manchester researchers have shown that the introduction of the HPV vaccination programme for girls has increased uptake for cervical cancer screening by their mothers.

Have a brainwave (and see it on screen) at science of emotion event
(12 November 2015)
University of Manchester psychologists are providing people with an emotional experience this Saturday (14 November) with a fascinating set of activities that explore the science of feelings.

WATCH: Europe in union to make falls prevention flash mob video
(10 November 2015)
A video featuring more than 500 people in ten countries taking part in a flash mob is demonstrating exercises that can help reduce the risk of falls in the over-65s.

When to go? Personalised web advice for those who suspect lung cancer
(9 November 2015)
University of Manchester researchers are trialling a new tool that is designed to get people who may have lung cancer to their doctor earlier.

“Gurgle gaga goo” [Or how The University of Manchester will help you speak ‘baby’]
(5 November 2015)
A baby talk app and how babies’ eyes give clues to what they think are among the ways in which scientists from the University of Manchester will be sharing what they know about how we learn to talk at a free public event on 7 and 8 November.

Study highlights risks of prescribing or monitoring errors in UK general practice
(4 November 2015)
Around one in 100 patients in a study of over 500 UK general practices are at risk of receiving an inappropriate prescription and around one in 250 have no record of monitoring within the recommended time period, finds a study in The BMJ this week.

New scanner for Manchester to help uncover causes of dementia
(3 November 2015)
The University of Manchester has been awarded £5.3m to buy and install a leading-edge scanner for studying the molecular processes in the brain that cause dementia.

Premonitions of psychosis wins science writing prize
(2 November 2015)
PhD student Emily Eisner from The University of Manchester has won this year’s Medical Research Council Max Perutz Science Writing Award.

Heat-activated ‘grenade’ to target cancer
(31 October 2015)
Researchers have developed cancer drug-packed ‘grenades’ armed with heat sensitive triggers, allowing for treatment to be targeted directly at tumours, according to two studies due to be presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool.

Young patients help lead fresh approach to skin conditions
(29 October 2015)
Young people with severe acne, atopic eczema and psoriasis are working with scientists to find out how they can stop these conditions having a major impact on their lives.

World Psoriasis Day: Film celebrates patient poetry
(29 October 2015)
A moving poem written by a person with psoriasis has been turned into a film by Manchester’s Psoriasis Shout Out® initiative, to raise awareness of the inflammatory skin condition on World Psoriasis Day (29 October).

Northern climes make a difference with growth hormone treatment
(28 October 2015)
The rate of growth in children varies with the season while higher latitude and greater summer daylight exposure makes a significant difference in results for children treated with growth hormone, according to new research from The University of Manchester.

One hundred cancer patients a year in Manchester benefit from new scan technology
(27 October 2015)
Researchers in Manchester have used recent advances in PET scanning technology to reduce the radiation dose for both patients and staff by up to 30%, allowing an addition of an annual 100 scans a year at Central Manchester University Hospitals.

People can raise pain threshold by altering brain chemistry, arthritis patient study shows
(26 October 2015)
Scientists at The University of Manchester have shown for the first time that the numbers of opiate receptors in the brain increases to combat severe pain in arthritis sufferers.

Cancer scientist appointed by President Obama visits Manchester
(24 October 2015)
Professor Max Wicha a leading breast cancer specialist from the University of Michigan, has been at The University of Manchester to discuss collaborations and deliver a keynote address to scientists.

Manchester-led team’s research recognised in Scientific Paper Awards
(21 October 2015)
A Manchester-led team of researchers was recently shortlisted in the 2015 Scientific Paper Awards by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) for its work in the area of all-cause mortality among opioid users.

Manchester sets CPR World Record!
(16 October 2015)
More than 800 people have set a new Guinness World Record today (16 October) at a University of Manchester-organised CPR relay, in aid of European Restart a Heart Day.

Disease fight goes global as Manchester professor publishes 15 papers in one day
(15 October 2015)
Working with medical colleagues across the world, Professor David Denning has entered the history books by publishing 15 scientific papers on the same day – providing 15 countries with evidence to combat the burden of fungal disease.