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5 discoveries from UoM this summer

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While many students are away from the campus during the summer months (don’t worry, we see you hard at work postgrads), research at the University has not stopped and discoveries, news stories and announcements have been consistently making the headlines throughout the summer months.

Turtle study shows hearts can be programmed to survive without Oxygen

Try holding you breath. Now imagine doing that for 6 MONTHS…

Manchester scientists were the first to show that an embryonic living heart can be programmed to survive the effects of a low oxygen environment in later life. A study of juvenile Common Snapping Turtles for the first time explained the heart’s biological mechanisms which help Turtles to uniquely survive up to 6 months without oxygen.

India’s childhood leukaemia survival rate leaps to 80%, thanks to Manchester scheme

Work led by Professor Vaskar Saha, a paediatrician from The University of Manchester, means that around 80% of children with the most common childhood cancer are now likely to survive following treatment at major centres across India, thanks to his revolutionary approach. Incredible work and a fantastic story.

Domestic UK corruption is going unnoticed, say experts

Make sure you keep your eyes peeled 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀

A report, with input from Manchester academics, has found that corruption in the UK is being overlooked, despite the risk of corruption being fuelled by self-regulation, conflicts of interest and austerity. “To say the domestic picture is neglected and poorly understood would be an understatement,” the FAP said in the report, while highlighting a lack of available data on the subject.

Smartphones could transform patient care, finds study

“There’s an app for that”

Remote monitoring using smartphone apps could transform the medical care of patients with long-term health conditions, according to new research led by University of Manchester scientists. A study has provided the strongest evidence yet that smartphone technology could make best use of doctors’ and patients’ time when the data are integrated into the NHS.

Red wine may hold the key to next-gen wearable technology

Another reason to drink red wine (well… maybe don’t drink it). A team of scientists from Manchester have developed much more durable and flexible wearable devices thanks to tannic acid extracted from red wine, coffee and black tea. Not only has this discovery resulted in better wearable devices, but it has also had a positive effect on the lifespan of these devices.

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