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Science Media Center

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Science Media Centre

an independent press office helping to ensure that the public have access to the best scientific evidence and expertise through the news media when science hits the headlines

For Journalists

The Science Media Centre provides journalists with what they need in the timeframe they need it, from interviews with leading experts to timely press briefings on topical issues.

for scientists

As well as providing advice and support to scientists already engaging with the media, the Science Media Centre runs events to introduce experts to what that involves.

for press officers

Primarily a press office, the Science Media Centre works closely with press officers from universities, industry, research funders and leading science and engineering institutions.

expert reaction to study investigating dietary fibre and type 2 diabetes risk

An association between dietary fibre and reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes has previously been suggested, and this is the subject of a paper published in the journal Diabetologia. The authors report the results of a study in which increased total dietary fibre intake, especially cereal fibre, was associated with a lower risk of diabetes, and suggest that this might be mediated by a reduction in BMI. read more

expert reaction to phase 3 trial of viral immunotherapy for skin cancer

The use of the body’s immune system to treat cancer has been suggested for some time, and a clinical trial of an immunotherapy against skin cancer is the subject of a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The authors report that the treatment was well tolerated by patients, and that in 16% of patients it produced a good response against the tumour for more than six months. read more

expert reaction to a study investigating a drug to promote weight loss in mice via formation of brown and beige fat

Different types of fat have different functions in the body and roles in metabolism, and drug which stimulates a specific enzyme involved in metabolism has been reported to protect against weight gain in mice. Publishing in the journal Nature Communications, the authors also report that the drug was able to promote weight loss in obese mice, and to improve aspects of diabetes. read more

expert reaction to study investigating traffic noise and midriff bulge

A link between noise generated by road traffic and other forms of transport, and obesity markers has been explored in a study published in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine. The authors report that traffic noise was associated with an increase in obesity, and that combined exposure to more than one type of transport noise increased the risk further. read more

treating dyslexia – have we been getting it wrong?

Dyslexia affects around 375,000 children in the UK and can have a lifelong impact on learning. Patients and parents naturally want the best treatments possible and many turn to coloured cards and lenses which are thought to reduce visual stress. Many practitioners offer specialist eye treatments and therapies. However, there is growing evidence that this entire industry is founded on unsupported research. Experts have now used comprehensive eye tests with thousands of children to test the role of vision in dyslexia. Based on these results and those of previous work, the researchers want charities, practitioners and support groups to reflect the latest evidence. read more

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