The latest edition of New Boundaries is now available

26 November 2014

Welcome to Medicine New Boundaries, the University of Southampton’s research magazine that showcases the ways our researchers are changing the medical world and impacting on patient care.

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Southampton experts find glaucoma drug can boost eyelash growth

5 November 2014

Eye experts at Southampton’s university hospitals have discovered a drug used to treat glaucoma can boost the growth and prominence of eyelashes.

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Sunshine may slow weight gain and diabetes onset, study suggests

23 October 2014

Exposure to moderate amounts of sunshine may slow the development of obesity and diabetes, a study suggests.

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Southampton team head to Great British Bioscience Festival

23 October 2014

A team of researchers from Southampton University will be heading to east London to bring you the best of British Bioscience. The Great British Bioscience Festival is the culmination of a yearlong tour, enabling visitors to explore the fascinating world of biology through interactive science exhibits from real scientists.

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Doctors boost fitness of cancer patients using novel 'prehab' programme

22 October 2014

Doctors in Southampton can return cancer patients to pre-treatment fitness levels within six weeks using a novel ‘prehabilitation’ programme.

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Work to improve children’s health should start before mother becomes pregnant

20 October 2014

Researchers from the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, believe the key to making future generations healthier could lie before the mother becomes pregnant.

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How do we live to 100 and enjoy it?

13 October 2014

What does it take for us to get to 100 years old? What are our chances of living beyond a century? How do our early years, lifestyle, work and where we live affect our lifespan? These are just some of the questions raised in a new exhibition being taken around the UK by population experts at the University of Southampton.

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British company racing to contain Ebola

10 October 2014

High-tech British company Primerdesign Ltd, a spin-off company from the University of Southampton, has developed a fast and simple diagnostic test solution specific to the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

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Nanoparticle research could enhance drug delivery through skin

9 October 2014

Scientists at the University of Southampton have identified key characteristics that enhance a nanoparticle’s ability to penetrate skin, in a milestone study which could have major implications for the delivery of drugs.

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Results of the World’s Largest Medical Study of the Human Mind and Consciousness at the Time of Death published

7 October 2014

The results of a four-year international study of 2060 cardiac arrest cases across 15 hospitals published and available now on ScienceDirect. The study concludes:

• The themes relating to the experience of death appear far broader than what has been understood so far, or what has been described as so called near-death experiences.

• In some cases of cardiac arrest, memories of visual awareness compatible with so called out-of-body experiences may correspond with actual events.

• A higher proportion of people may have vivid death experiences, but do not recall them due to the effects of brain injury or sedative drugs on memory circuits.

• Widely used yet scientifically imprecise terms such as near-death and out-of-body experiences may not be sufficient to describe the actual experience of death. Future studies should focus on cardiac arrest, which is biologically synonymous with death, rather than ill-defined medical states sometimes referred to as ‘near-death’.

• The recalled experience surrounding death merits a genuine investigation without prejudice.