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Newcastle researcher dedicates his work to childhood cancer after suffering from leukaemia as a teenager

Posted: 6 December 2010 14:06 pm
 A specialist Newcastle-based doctor is undertaking a pioneering study into what causes life-threatening brain tumours in children under-three – after being awarded a Research Training Fellowship (RTF) from children’s health charity Action Medical Research.  Dr Chris Howell, who will be carrying out his research over three years...

Cooling therapy helps prevent brain damage in newborn babies

Posted: 4 October 2010 11:35 am
One of the three leading causes of death in newborn babies is a condition called hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE), or perinatal asphyxia. This occurs when a baby suffers a shortage of oxygen or blood supply to the brain around the time of birth, leading to brain injury. In severe cases, 25–50 per cent of babies may die, and those who survive are...

Helping children with severe skin disease

Posted: 4 October 2010 11:30 am
Skin is the largest human organ with massive responsibilities: regulating temperature and fluid loss and protecting against infection. It is only when something goes wrong with it that you understand its significance. Harlequin ichthyosis is an extremely severe skin disorder that affects babies, who are born with a thick, hard shell covering their...

Ironing out the unpleasant side effects of major health supplement

Posted: 4 October 2010 11:25 am
Worldwide, iron deficiency is responsible for almost a million deaths a year. Recognised as one of greatest risks to human health, it is a particular concern for babies, children and pregnant women. A lack of iron is a cause of anaemia, which can lead to infection, fatigue and concentration difficulties; evidence suggests it also affects young...

Fetal surveillance system could alert doctors to high-risk pregnancies

Posted: 4 October 2010 11:20 am
One in every 200 babies is stillborn in the UK – that’s 11 every day. Losing an infant is heartbreaking for its grieving parents who struggle to accept why their child died. Babies of women with conditions such as pre-eclampsia and diabetes, and babies who grow slowly in the womb, are known to be at risk, but the causes of stillbirth are largely...

Leading researchers develop novel vaccine

Posted: 4 October 2010 11:13 am
It is estimated that worldwide over 1.5 million people die from diseases caused by the bacterium pneumococcus every year. Meningitis, pneumonia and septicaemia are among the serious infections that contribute to these deaths – up to one million are children under five.Antibiotics can kill the pneumococcus – although the bacteria are becoming...

Proteins identified to help prevent preterm delivery

Posted: 4 October 2010 11:08 am
A lack of understanding about what starts labour and which proteins are involved in controlling contractions have hindered efforts to stop premature births. But doctors now understand more about what causes preterm delivery thanks to a project funded by Action Medical Research.Dr Joanne Lymn and her team have identified two proteins, phospholipase...

Pioneering ADHD and learning disabilities study uncovers genetic link

Posted: 4 October 2010 11:04 am
Three in 100 children have a learning disability and 30–50 per cent of these have a psychiatric disorder, usually attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Not much was known about the cause of ADHD in children with a learning disability as they were almost always excluded from research. But the first study of its kind, funded by Action Medical...

The impact of investing over £1m in meningitis research

Posted: 4 October 2010 10:48 am
Meningitis can be a life-threatening illness and babies and children are particularly at risk. Children who survive meningitis may face long-term problems, such as vision and hearing troubles, and learning difficulties.But research, funded by Action Medical Research, has found out more about this serious condition. Projects have looked at...

Could a hormone which causes contractions offer answers to help prevent early labour?

Posted: 24 March 2010 17:40 pm
More than 50,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK. More than 25 of these babies die each week because of complications that arise from their early birth. Premature birth is also a major cause of disability.Dr Vasso Terzidou of Imperial College, London, and her team are focusing on the role of a hormone called oxytocin which is...

Stem cells may provide hope for brittle bones

Posted: 24 March 2010 17:30 pm
Currently there is no cure for osteogenesis imperfecta, commonly known as brittle bone disease, yet there are around 4,000 diagnosed cases in the UK of this devastating condition.Children with brittle bone disease can suffer fracture after fracture, often with little or no apparent cause. The disease can cause other problems too, such as hearing loss...

Research suggests new ways to prevent blindness

Posted: 24 March 2010 16:41 pm
Mucous membrane pemphigoid, or MMP, causes the body’s moist skin linings (mucous membranes) to blister. When it affects the eyes, up to 30 per cent of patients become blind due to the formation of scar tissue.Although MMP most commonly affects elderly people, children can also suffer and its effects are irreversible. Thanks to work by Dr Valerie Saw...

Action Medical Research announces new grant awards

Posted: 25 February 2010 12:00 pm
Action Medical Research has announced the following medical research grants: 1. Epilepsy – using light therapy as a possible treatmentDr S Baxendale, Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, Institute of Neurology, National hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College London. Award £43,725. Eighteen months....

Anti-cancer agent could be used to prevent premature birth

Posted: 26 October 2009 16:38 pm
Trichostatin A, an agent initially investigated in the laboratory as a possible cancer therapy, has been shown to inhibit contractions in muscle from the uterus and could have a role in preventing premature labour[i],[ii]. The research, carried out by a team at Newcastle University, was funded by leading children’s charity, Action Medical Research....

Robot therapy lends a helping hand to children with dyspraxia

Posted: 12 October 2009 00:00 am
 A high-tech robotic arm that can be used at home by children with dyspraxia to improve hand coordination is being developed by researchers at the University of Leeds. The work, which is showing very promising early results, has been funded by children’s health charity Action Medical Research. At least five per cent of children –...

New discovery could lead to prevention of premature labour

Posted: 3 August 2009 14:03 pm
Researchers at Imperial College London have identified pathways that lead to premature birth, and discovered that blocking two of the pathways may delay premature birth. The research was funded by leading children’s charity Action Medical Research. Around 50,000 babies are born too early in the UK each year, around 7% of all births , yet very little is...
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