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Student Gets To Grips With Ergonomic Cutlery
A student from Sheffield Hallam University has turned what some may consider a disability to her advantage by producing a set of stylish, ergonomic cutlery for people with arthritis. Charlotte…
Charlotte with her cutlery

Ovarian Cancer Drug Discovered In Yorkshire Granted Approval


Ovarian cancer patients throughout Europe and the United States could soon be treated with a pioneering drug discovered at the University of Sheffield with funding from Yorkshire Cancer Research.

L…

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Tue 17th Feb, 2015 | 10:00am

Students Reap Rewards Of Hallam And UTC's Shared Vision

Sheffield Hallam University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Philip Jones, (centre) and Nick Crew, Principal, UTC Sheffield (right) with UTC students demonstrating the prosthetics design project
Sheffield Hallam University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Philip Jones, (centre) and Nick Crew, Principal, UTC Sheffield (right) with UTC students demonstrating the prosthetics design project
Sheffield Hallam University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Philip Jones, has visited Sheffield University Technical College (UTC) to highlight how their shared vision and successful partnership…

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Fri 13th Feb, 2015 | 9:55am

Grant To Test And Develop New Motivational Cystic Fibrosis Treatments

Cystic fibrosis therapist and patient Jason Stanley at the Northern General Hospital's cystic fibrosis unit in Sheffield
Cystic fibrosis therapist and patient Jason Stanley at the Northern General Hospital's cystic fibrosis unit in Sheffield
A team of UK researchers, led by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have been awarded a £2 million National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grant to develop…

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Sat 7th Feb, 2015 | 11:34am

Sheffield Playing Leading Role In The Fight Against Tinnitus


Patients suffering with tinnitus, a common condition that causes continuously buzzing, ringing or humming sounds will be able to access a pioneering treatment thanks to a new clinical trial in…

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Tue 3rd Feb, 2015 | 9:45am

Collaboration Helps Increase Kidney Disease Research


A dedicated research nurse, with an in-depth understanding of peritoneal dialysis, has helped the Sheffield Kidney Institute and the Sheffield NIHR Clinical Research Facility increase the number…

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Sat 31st Jan, 2015 | 10:55am

Robotics Could Unleash Yorkshire's Manufacturing Potential Predicts MAS

All about robotics
All about robotics
Yorkshire manufacturers were urged to embrace robotics and autonomous systems if they are going to make the most of new global opportunities and bring innovations to market.

The rallying call was…

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Sat 24th Jan, 2015 | 8:45am

Scientist To Test New MRI Method To Predict Who Will Benefit From Chemotherapy


Leading scientists and clinicians from Leeds have been awarded a grant worth around £200,000 by medical research charity Breast Cancer Campaign to test a new method using magnetic resonance…

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Thu 22nd Jan, 2015 | 12:39pm

Stuck On Repeat: Hallam Expert's Ground-Breaking Report On Deja Vu

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photo - laura
A psychology expert from Sheffield Hallam University has reported what could be the first case of a person experiencing persistent déjà vu stemming from anxiety.

Dr Christine Wells, a Psychology…

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Mon 19th Jan, 2015 | 7:43pm

More Than A Third Of People With Abnormal Results Drop Out Of Bowel Cancer Screening


Almost 40 per cent of people who have abnormal results from bowel cancer screening tests and are referred for further investigation ignore their next screening invitation two years later,…

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Wed 7th Jan, 2015 | 4:13pm

Taking A Common Antibiotic Alongside A Statin

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photo - Victor
Researchers compared the effects of one of two types of antibiotics - clarithromycin and azithromycin - on older patients already taking one of three cholesterol-lowering drugs, rosuvastatin,…

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Sat 3rd Jan, 2015 | 7:00pm

HRT And The Risk Of Ovarian Cancer


Dr Sarah Branch, Deputy Director of MHRA's Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines (VRMM) Division said:

"Our advice has always been that the lowest effective dose of HRT should be used for the…

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Fri 13th Feb, 2015 | 1:30pm

New High-Tech Scanner Brings World-Leading Technology To St James's

The new SPECT-CT scanner
The new SPECT-CT scanner
Patients at St James's University Hospital are now benefitting from an extremely advanced new £650,000 SPECT-CT scanner which can improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis for a range of…

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Mon 9th Feb, 2015 | 11:02am

Flu Vaccine Shows Low Effectiveness Against The Main Circulating Strain Seen So Far This Season

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photo - NHS employers
New research from Public Health England (PHE) has found that the seasonal influenza vaccine has provided low protection this winter against flu infection caused by one particular subtype, H3N2.…

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Thu 5th Feb, 2015 | 5:40pm

Scientists And Analysts Recognised For Work In Afghanistan

Sue Haines with her medal
Sue Haines with her medal
Staff from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) have been awarded Operational Service Medals in recognition of their contributions whilst deployed in support of UK armed forces on…

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Mon 2nd Feb, 2015 | 3:56pm

'Be Clear On Cancer' Campaign Highlights Links Between Heartburn And Cancer


A national 'Be Clear on Cancer' campaign is launched today (26 January 2015) urging people to visit their doctor if they have heartburn most days for 3 weeks or more, as this can be a sign of…

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Mon 26th Jan, 2015 | 6:42pm

University Of Leeds Researcher Wins National Competition


A researcher from the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds has been announced as the winner of Reflections of Research, the annual researcher image competition from the British Heart…

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Sat 24th Jan, 2015 | 12:01am

School Pupils Help Rotherham MP Launch College Wind Turbines


A group of local school pupils helped local Labour MP and Chair of the Dearne Valley Eco-vision board, John Healey to officially launch two brand new wind turbines at Dearne Valley College's…

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Tue 20th Jan, 2015 | 3:02pm

Diclofenac Tablets Now Only Available As A Prescription Medicine

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photo - e-Magine Art
People will no longer be able to purchase diclofenac tablets, used to treat pain and inflammation, from pharmacies without a prescription from their doctor due to the small risk of heart problems…

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Wed 14th Jan, 2015 | 3:36pm

Nano Scale Electronics At Huddersfield

Dr Nathan Patmore from the University of Huddersfield
Dr Nathan Patmore from the University of Huddersfield
As he continues to carry out scientific research at the molecular level - holding out the prospect of nano-scale electronics that offer massive increases in processing power - the University of…

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Mon 5th Jan, 2015 | 4:39pm

Government Funded Spider Venom Project To Provide Lifeline For Bees

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photo - ndboy
Businesses and universities across the UK will benefit from £16 million of funding from government and industry to solve some of the world's greatest agricultural challenges.

This £16…

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Fri 26th Dec, 2014 | 6:03pm