Welsh Research Round-Up: Medicine and Medical Sciences – January 2022

We take a look at some of the research to emerge in recent weeks from medicine, psychology and health studies departments in Wales’ universities.

The pupils answered questions on their ability to concentrate, how motivated and engaged they felt, and if they felt confident in their ability to learn. Analysis of their responses showed pupils’ learning experiences were significantly lower for online learning compared to classroom learning.

Experts say pupils’ wellbeing affected by online learning during lockdown

As well as reducing the chance of getting a common cold, our recent research shows that vitamin D supplementation reduces the severity and duration of common colds.

Vitamin D supplements may reduce the duration of the common cold

Treatments used to help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) manage their condition can reduce the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.

New insights into impact of immune-suppressing treatments on COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness

“Our study suggests faces are considered most attractive when covered by medical face masks. This may be because we’re used to healthcare workers wearing blue masks and now we associate these with people in caring or medical professions.”

Face masks ‘make wearers look more attractive’, study suggests