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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.


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A milestone in brain tumour research: the UK’s first national networked brain tumour tissue archive

7 October 2014

A new collaboration announced today gives unprecedented access to brain tumour tissue for research.


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Stem cell discovery could lead to better treatments for blindness

30 September 2014

Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered that a region on the front surface of the eye harbours special stem cells that could treat blinding eye conditions.


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Saints legend set to kick off Hospital's Annual Open Day

24 September 2014

Saints legend Francis Benali will kick off Southampton General Hospital’s annual open day on Saturday (27 September) before touring the site to meet staff, patients and visitors.


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Southampton researchers receive dementia funding boost

19 September 2014

Three researchers at the University of Southampton will benefit from close to £200,000 of extra funding from Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. The important boost will enable dementia researchers based at the University to continue with their pioneering studies. This funding comes ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day on Sunday 21 September, which aims to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.


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Lung experts in South set to launch new patient support group

18 September 2014

Respiratory experts based in Southampton and Portsmouth will mark the launch of a new support group for patients with lung disease at an event on Tuesday (23 September).


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South Coast dementia researchers united by charity funding boost

3 September 2014

Dementia researchers along the South Coast, from Brighton to Bournemouth, will be unified in their goal to defeat dementia.