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Bath Uni research shows knowledge gap with chronic pain medication

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New research from the University of Bath shows there is a lack of knowledge about how to treat children in chronic pain.

While around 300,000 adults have been studied as part of trials for the effectiveness of painkilling drugs, only 393 children have been studied.

Children are regularly prescribed drugs to treat chronic pain, despite a lack of evidence they work.

The team behind the study say more research is needed to make sure children get the best treatment.

“Overall, there is no high-quality evidence to help us understand the efficacy or safety of the common drugs used to help children with chronic pain. The lack of data means that we are uncertain about how to optimally manage pain...children and their families all deserve better

Professor Christopher EcclestonUniversity of Bath

Bath Uni experts comments on social mobility

A Bath University expert, who resigned from a government commission about education chances for all, saying the government were too distracted by Brexit to make a difference, has again called for urgent action.

The State of the Nation report by the new Social Mobilty Commission has said the situation has remained "virtually stagnant" since 2014.

Paul Gregg is a Professor of Economic and Social Policy, and Director of the Centre for Analysis and Social Policy at the University of Bath.

He has said nothing is changing and nothing will change if more is not done.

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Uni runs 'employment school' to boost prospects for autistic graduates

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The University of Bath is running an employment school to boost job prospects for its autistic graduates.

Fewer than one in six autistic adults are employed full-time, with many often under-employed in jobs below their abilities.

The partnership between the university's Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR) and JP Morgan Chase offers 30 students and recent graduates tailored support in preparing for work and hunting for jobs.

Dr Chris Ashwin, Deputy Director for Research at CAAR, said: “We know that graduates with autism have a unique set of highly-attuned skills that can make them incredibly valuable to a whole range of organisations.

"Yet all too often, barriers are put in their way that prevent them from applying for the right kind of jobs, being successful at interview or transitioning into organisations."

The sessions are running in Bath today and at JP Morgan Chase’s Bournemouth campus tomorrow.

Bath academics research prison rehab

The University of Bath is launching a study into rehabilitation in prisons - with the UK's reoffending rate described by the Justice Minister as far too high.

Government figures show nearly 70% of people who serve short term custodial sentences end up committing crime again.

Professor of Criminology Yvonne Jewkes, leading the study, says: "we have a duty to focus more on helping prisoners otherwise we are the future victims".

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Scrum research could make rugby safer

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Research done by the University of Bath to make the rugby scrum safer for players is being praised in a national list.

The "crouch, bind, set" technique has been hailed as one of the most significant university breakthroughs in a list put together by Universities UK.

The technique makes sure front row players bind to the opposition before pushing, which reduces the impact forces by about a quarter.

It comes after figures showed that, even though they weren't common, scrum-related injuries made up around 40 per cent of catastrophic injuries.

The research team has also been praised for its warm-up routine, which has reduced the number of concussions in youth and adult community rugby by up to 60 per cent when done three times a week.