UK Research

Asthma Inhalers - Why the Life-Saver in Your Pocket Is Not, and Never Will Be, a Fashion Accessory

Sonia Munde | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sonia Munde

Did you know that three people will die today because of asthma attacks? Preventable asthma attacks. We all know someone who has asthma, 1 in 11 people have the condition, but because of this there is a common misconception that as an illness it is sorted; 'you just take a puff on your inhaler and you'll be fine'. But many people are not fine.

Choirs for Cancer Patients and Carers: The Science and the Magic

Rosie Dow | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Dow

As a non-scientist but a lifelong music advocate, it was a hugely exciting adventure for me to be talking to choir members about lab research and finding out whether the obvious power of the choirs that I saw every day could actually be having an impact on their biology, too.

The Misleading Research at the Heart of Disability Cuts

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

In the wake of the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, the UK Government's attack on disability benefits has only just started to receive mainstream cov...

Five Things We Learned About Fitness This Month

Chris Hall | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Hall

While some developments in the health and fitness industry may just be common sense, or knowledge we already have, it's always great when new studies support them, and new training principles come out all the time. How many of these factors will you adopt in your next training regime?

Why the World Needs More Women in Scientific Research

Ulrike Decoene | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Tech
Ulrike Decoene

By supporting our research scientists in popularizing their research and findings through innovative and impactful formats, we want to demonstrate that science is accessible -- not to mention exciting and rewarding! -- as well as useful, if not crucial, for society.

Now Is the Time for Freelancers to Work

Ed Mayo | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Ed Mayo

With more than a quarter of the UK workforce now self-employed, and new evidence showing this is set to grow this year, the rise of freelancing signals a fundamental shift in the nature of work.

Dolphin Watching: The Benefits and the Future

Frontier | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Frontier

Dolphin watching has grown to be one of the most successful types of tourism in the world, offering economic returns as well as educational, research,...

Science Research: Why Stealing Is Okay If You Are Being Robbed

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Tech
Adrienne Macartney

It would take a single mum, working a backshift in Asda for £6.70 an hour before tax, half a day's labour to access just one science article on a topic that interests her. As a researcher with free access, it often takes me 5-6 articles before I manage an informed opinion on a matter.

Five Ways We Can Take Action to End Early Death in Autism

Dr James Cusack | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK
Dr James Cusack

I remember experiencing the shock and devastation when I read and reviewed the existing research on a Saturday morning in November. I thought of every autistic person I knew, every family member. When you do that, it is hard to deal with such a tragic inequality in outcomes.

What Do We Mean By 'Bipolar Disorder'? It's a Life and Death Question

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK
Cynthia Joyce

Over a decade. That's how long someone with bipolar disorder can wait before they get a diagnosis for their condition. And during this time that person will receive an incorrect diagnosis on average four times.

Deception and Decease: Human Shields In Syria Were Never Just A Deterrent

Sophia Hyatt | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Politics
Sophia Hyatt

"How can we stop Bashar al-Assad's air strikes on a Damascus suburb?" he inquired. "I know" said one. "We'll booby trap the area with cages containi...

Six Tips for Cultivating Confidence

Karen Pine | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

I am currently conducting a survey into confidence and one of the things I'm interested in is the way a person's body is when they lack confidence. They tend to slump, they withdraw physically, their head drops and their eyes look away.

Women's Sport: Not Just for Women

Alexandra Kyrke-Smith | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Sport
Alexandra Kyrke-Smith

Whilst other sponsors are beginning to follow suit (Kia Motors made history with a stand-alone sponsorship of England women's cricket in 2014), the potential for growth and investment remains huge. The general public, both male and female, are increasingly seeing the value in women's sport. Now it's for the media, rights holders and sponsors to ensure they are doing the same.

The Economic Impact of Open Data: What Do We Already Know?

Jeni Tennison | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Tech
Jeni Tennison

Open data fuels economic growth. Many believe in the theory and ask for the proof. A new report by Nesta and the ODI adds to the evidence of the impac...

A World Where People Can Live Active Lives, Free From Arthritis Pain

Dr Wendy Holden | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Wendy Holden

This week marks National Arthritis Week, a critical moment in the history of the condition, which, I hope, will help to focus policymakers' attention on the plight of millions lacking mobility and experiencing pain as a result.

Seven Questions We Must Answer to Beat Cancer

Nick Peel | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Peel

Seven months ago Cancer Research UK set about finding the biggest challenges in cancer research. Here's the result.

Workplace Mindfulness: Does the Science Stack Up Yet?

Jutta Tobias | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jutta Tobias

Mindfulness training programmes are en vogue in forward-looking workplaces. Advocates often refer sceptics to the impressive evidence base around mindfulness: literally thousands of scientific papers have been published on mindfulness. However, there are three problems with this...

Love And Loss: I Am Not Okay, But Neuroscience Can Help

Jojo Furnival | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

These were some of the last words I said to my beautiful boyfriend on Thursday afternoon, eyes swollen and soaked with tears, as he seriously debated whether or not to get hit by a car so that he could stay with me in the UK instead of boarding his flight home to Brisbane, Australia.

We Need to Talk About Vaginas

Athena Lamnisos | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Athena Lamnisos

The worst conversation many of us will ever have will relate to deadly diseases such as gynaecological cancers. And one thing is very clear to me - these diseases don't discriminate; they can affect women at any age. Nearly 20,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer and almost 8,000 die within five years.

The Country's Eye Health Picture Is Unclear

Jade Etherington | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Jade Etherington

Skiing for my country during the Sochi Paralympic Games was one of the proudest moments of my life, but it is not an opportunity I would have had were it for experiencing one of the most frightening experiences a person can go through - losing your sight...

Why 'Understanding Women's Lives' Is Key to Getting More Women Playing Sport

Ruth Holdaway | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Sport
Ruth Holdaway

Like so many people around the country, my jaw dropped when I saw Jess Ennis-Hill steam through the finish line of the 800m in her final heptathlon ev...

Universities Are More Concerned About Their Research Reputation Than Teaching Students, Report Warns

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Universities are more concerned about their reputation for research than they are about teaching students, a damning report has found. The Institut...

Why Are We Failing to Fund Mental Health Research?

Sam Crossman | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK Tech
Sam Crossman

Many fantastic mental health charities exist, which influence policy, address public attitudes and provide vital support to people living with mental illnesses. However, such organisations rarely finance research and as a result, charitable funding in the mental health sector is virtually non-existent.

We Must Break Down Barriers to University-Business Collaboration

Dame Ann Dowling | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Dame Ann Dowling

The UK has a world-leading research base, and when businesses and universities work together, every one of us ultimately benefits.

The Global Water Challenge - Science for Diplomacy as Well as Development

Alan Gemmell | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Alan Gemmell

We are asking researchers to work across national boundaries and subject disciplines bringing experimental, natural and social science together for the benefit of some of the world's most water poor societies. Our projects may not save the Gazan aquifer but we hope others will.