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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

Pioneering Salford Lung Study achieves world first
(25 May 2016)
COPD patients treated with Relvar® Ellipta® achieve superior reduction in exacerbations compared with ‘usual care’.

NSPCC partnership event: Deaf children: are we keeping them safe?
(24 May 2016)
Research shows deaf and disabled children are three times more at risk of abuse than non-disabled children.

Dental researchers get over £5 million to look into timing of infant’s cleft palate surgery and speech development
(20 May 2016)
Researchers at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and The University of Manchester have been awarded more than £5 million to evaluate the timing of surgery for infants with cleft palate.

New research shows that financially incentivising GPs does not extend life for patients
(19 May 2016)
By comparing UK mortality data with that of other high-income countries, researchers from The University of Manchester’s Health eResearch Centre have shown that a £10 billion incentive programme has no direct impact on reducing mortality.

Universities in Salford and Manchester join forces to fight dementia
(18 May 2016)
Manchester, Salford and Manchester Metropolitan Universities are teaming up in a new initiative to combat dementia in the region and beyond.

If the drug fits: For the first time experts meet to address barriers to personalised drug dosing
(17 May 2016)
Your shoe fits the size of your foot, so why is your drug dose not tailored to your own personal characteristics in the same way? To answer this question, some of the world’s leading experts in health care and pharmaceutical science are coming to Manchester this week.

Can a smartphone application help treat anxiety and depression?
(13 May 2016)
In a joint project between the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, researchers have examined the initial trial of a smartphone application designed to help people manage their problems.

Thai princess visits Manchester to find out about health research
(12 May 2016)
Professor Dr Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol, a royal princess of Thailand, visited The University of Manchester yesterday to speak to researchers working at the cutting-edge of health sciences and explore new links between the UK and her home country.

Stem cell gene therapy for fatal childhood disease ready for human trial
(11 May 2016)
Scientists in Manchester, who have developed a stem cell gene therapy to reverse a fatal childhood illness, have agreed to work with a new therapeutics company to test it in a human trial.

Silver Athena SWAN award for School of Medicine
(9 May 2016)
The University's School of Medicine has been granted a Silver Athena SWAN award in formal recognition for its commitment to the progression of women in the field of medicine in Charter's April 2016 round.

National study casts doubt on higher weekend death rate and proposals for seven-day hospital services
(6 May 2016)
A University of Manchester analysis of all patients across England receiving emergency hospital care has shown that, contrary to popular belief, fewer patients die after being admitted to hospital at the weekend compared to during the week.

One in five rheumatoid arthritis patients missing recommended flu jab
(4 May 2016)
Research from The University of Manchester has found a shortfall in the uptake of influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations among those diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), potentially increasing their infection risk.

Diabetes risk of common arthritis medicine quantified for first time
(4 May 2016)
Glucocorticoid (or steroid) therapy, prescribed to around half of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, is a known risk factor for developing diabetes. A study from The University of Manchester has found how the risk of diabetes increases in relation to the dosage, duration and timing of steroids.

Health system fails to prepare patients for reality of psoriatic arthritis
(29 April 2016)
In a new University of Manchester study, people with psoriatic arthritis have told researchers about the condition’s deeply damaging mental effects and how healthcare services failed to prepare them for its reality.

Manchester scientists recognised with Academy Fellowship
(28 April 2016)
Two scientists from The University of Manchester have been elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

‘Grand vision’ to regulate allergies in food
(27 April 2016)
A Manchester scientist has contributed to a review of allergen analysis that aims to improve the situation for those living with food allergies – preventing food fraud and protecting consumers.

Potential cause of dementia to be investigated with £1m grant
(22 April 2016)
Stuart Pickering-Brown, Professor of Neurogenetics at The University of Manchester, has been awarded £1million from the Medical Research Council to study a common cause of dementia.

Improvements in NHS mental health care in England may have helped to reduce suicide rates
(21 April 2016)
Increasing specialist community services like crisis resolution, helping make the transition to adult services smoother for young people, and implementing clinical guidelines are just some of the service changes that are linked to significantly reduced suicide rates in mental health services in England over the last 16 years, according to new research from The University of Manchester.

Natural births after caesarean more likely if you call the midwife
(20 April 2016)
Women who had a caesarean section in a previous pregnancy are much more likely to have a safer vaginal birth if their antenatal care is led by a midwife, according to a new study from The University of Manchester.

Out of this world research to find new medicines welcomed by Manchester scientists
(19 April 2016)
Expert researchers in Manchester have welcomed the decision by NASA to send fungus into space in order to try and create new drugs to help treat diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.