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Ethnic differences for heart disease risk

Scots of Indian and Pakistani origin also have much greater levels of hospital admissions for both conditions than people of white Scottish ethnicity.

Scanning strategy could help heart disease

Patients with life-threatening heart valve disease could be helped with alternative scanning techniques that provide greater insight into the condition.

Need for sleep lies in our genes

Why some people need more sleep is in our genes, a new study suggests.

Protein sheds insight into vCJD

A protein linked to the immune system could play a key role in helping scientists understand how vCJD spreads throughout the body.

Chicken virus gives insight into cancers

Fresh discoveries about a disease commonly found in chickens could improve our understanding of some types of cancers in people.

Schizophrenia linked to memory process

Genetic mutations that cause schizophrenia could be linked to systems in the brain responsible for learning and memory.

Study on infant pneumonia deaths

About one in four of all infants who die from flu-related pneumonia live in India, according to a new University study.

J K Rowling marks start for clinic

The author J K Rowling will bury a time capsule to mark the start of building work on a new research clinic.

DNA find sheds light on human brain

Brain cells alter their genetic make-up during a person’s lifetime, scientists have found.

New Head for Vet School

Professor David Argyle has been appointed as the new Head of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Study could help superbug battle

Targeting a toxin released by virtually all strains of MRSA could help scientists develop new drugs that can fight the superbug.

Scientists team up to beat genetic diseases

Scientists from leading medical institutes in Edinburgh are joining forces to further research into a range of genetic diseases.

New vet school in a class of its own

Future vets will benefit from a £42 million teaching facility that forms one of the world’s largest vet school campuses.

Staying slim could be in the genes

Some people carry more weight than others, even with similar diets, because of genes that encourage fat storage.

Study sheds light on origins of UK men

Genetic evidence reveals that most British men are not descended from immigrant farmers contrary to previous research.

Study will aid Parkinson’s research

Scientists have for the first time generated stem cells from one of the most rapidly progressing forms of Parkinson’s disease.

Drug could be used for heart patients

Patients with irregular heart beats could benefit from a drug that is easier to administer than the current standard treatment.

Genetic associations for intelligence

Scientists have provided the first direct biological evidence for a genetic contribution to people’s intelligence.

Diesel particles pose heart risks

Tiny chemical particles emitted by diesel exhaust fumes could raise the risk of heart attacks, research has shown.

Vet Libraries move to New Vet School

Easter Bush Veterinary Centre Library and the Veterinary Library at Summerhall closed at 5pm on Friday 15th July in preparation for the move to the New Veterinary School at Easter Bush.

Study offers clues on memory puzzle

Scientists have shed light on why it is easier to learn about things related to what we know than to learn about unfamiliar things.

Scans capture spider's heart beat

Intricate scans of tarantulas reveal for the first time in detail how their hearts beat.

Pharmatics wins inaugural Bioquarter innovation prize

Pharmatics Limited, creators of novel software intended to reduce the time required for drug development, has won the Edinburgh BioQuarter Innovation Competition 2011.

Medical innovators awarded

Professor David Porteous, the University’s Chair of Human Molecular Genetics & Medicine, has been recognised in the Medical Futures Innovation Awards.

New home for world-leading Institute

Scientists at a new £60 million institute are to tackle challenges such as how to feed the world’s growing population.

Nanotubes pose health risk, study shows

Tiny fibres used to strengthen items such as bike frames and hockey sticks could pose risks to workers who make them.

Protein presence could help diagnose cancer

Cancers of the gut, stomach and pancreas could be detected much sooner with a simple urine test, research suggests.

Two million had swine flu, study shows

The swine flu outbreak of winter 2009-2010 was much more widespread than was realised, University research shows.

Study links wealth to diabetes death risk

Having diabetes has the same effect on someone's risk of death as living in a very deprived community, research shows.

Edinburgh BioQuarter announces first round winners of innovation competition

Edinburgh BioQuarter today announced the shortlisted entries for the BioQuarter Innovation Awards 2011.

Vets take on animal welfare issues

International animal welfare is the focus of a centre that aims to equip the next generation of vets to improve the plight of animals across the world.

Polish School of Medicine 70th anniversary

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Polish School of Medicine at the University.

Virus insight may help avoid farm culls

New insight into foot-and-mouth disease could help develop alternatives to mass culling, following University research.

Polish School of Medicine 70th anniversary

A Polish refugee who became one of the first civilian students to benefit from a unique wartime teaching initiative in Edinburgh has made an emotional return to Scotland.

Medical pioneer Simpson in spotlight

This year marks the bicentenary of James Young Simpson, one of the University's most distinguished alumni.

Heart drugs could cut pregnancy risks

Pregnant women could benefit from a pioneering trial that will test whether heart disease drugs can be used to treat pre-eclampsia.

Royal visit for motor neurone centre

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has toured University laboratories where scientists are committed to defeating motor neurone disease.

Geneticist solves airport baby riddle

A University researcher has helped a man abandoned at birth in Gatwick airport to trace his genetic roots.

Filtering fumes could reduce heart attacks

A simple diesel exhaust trap could reduce the risk of heart attacks in traffic-heavy areas.

Gene find could aid nerve repair

Scientists have pinpointed a gene that controls how quickly a person’s nerves can regenerate after injury or disease.

Study sheds light on memory loss

Scientists have shed new light on how older people may lose their memory.

Blood test identifies more heart attacks

A highly sensitive blood test could help identify heart attacks in thousands of patients who would otherwise have gone undiagnosed,.

Darwin scholarships to aid students

A new scholarships programme has been launched for overseas medical students.

Understanding hunger

Gareth Leng, Professor of Experimental Physiology and Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences, has received a six-figure award for his role in the new EC-funded Full4Health project.

Study on how chickens keep their cool

Its head looks like a turkey’s, its body resembles a chicken’s.

Study sheds light on brain signalling

Research into how the brain transmits messages to other parts of the body could improve understanding of neurological disorders.

Study shapes understanding of body fat

Scientists have shed light on why some people are apple-shaped and others are pear-shaped.

Curbing cholesterol could combat infections

Lowering cholesterol could help the body’s immune system fight viral infections, researchers have found.

Study gives insight into motor neurons

Scientists have discovered a new way to generate human motor nerve cells in a development that will help research into motor neurone disease.

Vet school returns to TV

Television viewers will get another chance to go behind the scenes at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Vet School TV programme

The second series of 'Vet School' TV programme, which was filmed during Autumn 2010, starts on Tuesday 1st March 2011.

Election to International Honorary Membership in the American Dermatological Association

Warm congratulations to Professor Jonathan Rees on his election to International Honorary membership in the American Dermatological Association.

Charles Darwin International Scholarships

These awards are designed to attract high quality overseas research students to the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine within the University of Edinburgh.

Charity backs bone fracture study

Researchers at the University are to study whether drugs used to treat osteoporosis prevent bone fractures from healing.

One Health Science

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is developing a new MSc in One Health, to be launched in 2011.

Volunteers required for medical research

24 healthy cigarette smokers needed to volunteer: Would you like to participate in an outpatient research study to examine the blood flow in your blood vessels?

Study offers hope for tackling bird flu

Bird flu epidemics could be prevented by a new strain of chickens that do not spread avian flu to other birds.

Chlamydia and ectopic pregnancy link

Women who have had chlamydia are at greater risk of an ectopic pregnancy because of a lasting effect of the infection.