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Robotics Could Unleash Yorkshire's Manufacturing Potential Predicts MAS
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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'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

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

photo - laura
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

photo - Victor
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

Charity Funds Special Dietician For Cystic Fibrosis Patients

L-R: Dr Frank Edenborough, Ellie Tidswell, Marie Croft (housekeeper)
L-R: Dr Frank Edenborough, Ellie Tidswell, Marie Croft (housekeeper)
A new charity funded dietician has started work with cystic fibrosis (CF) patients to tailor the food that they eat so that it matches their specific needs.

Ellie Tidswell is working with…

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Tue 23rd Dec, 2014 | 10:06pm

New Food Packaging Has Green Credentials


A revolutionary food packaging material developed through a collaboration between Sheffield Hallam University and Karlstad University in Sweden is soon to be introduced to the market.

CaiLar uses…

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Thu 18th Dec, 2014 | 11:06am

Researchers Review Alternative Antibiotic For 'Untreatable' Gonorrhoea


Experts at the Sexual Health Department at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have begun recruiting patients to a major new study seeking to test safe alternative antibiotics which…

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Tue 9th Dec, 2014 | 3:19pm

Thousands Sign Up To Be Antibiotic Guardians

photo by Sheep purple
photo by Sheep purple
Over 8,100 healthcare professionals and 3,600 members of the public have pledged to do their own part to help reduce antibiotic resistance.

The Antibiotic Guardian was launched in September by…

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Thu 4th Dec, 2014 | 12:25pm

Medical Technology Designers To Face Dragons' Den Judges For £10,000 Innovation Prize


Medical technology designers are to pitch a new contoured support snood helping to improve the quality of lives of motor neurone disease sufferers whose neck muscles have weakened to a panel of…

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Sun 30th Nov, 2014 | 3:59pm

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

photo - e-Magine Art
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

photo - ndboy
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

MP Backs Call To End Delay On Meningitis B Vaccine


David Ward recently attended an event in Parliament with leading charity Meningitis Now, to discuss the impact meningitis has in the UK and meet families affected by the disease.

The UK has one of…

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Tue 23rd Dec, 2014 | 4:58pm

Antibiotic Research Charity Welcomes O'Neill Commission's First Report

Antibiotics - photo - Rob Brewer
Antibiotics - photo - Rob Brewer
Professor Colin Garner, Chief Executive of Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK), the world's first charity to tackle the impending health disaster of antibiotic resistance, welcomed the publication of…

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Thu 11th Dec, 2014 | 11:49am

Students Given Illuminating Insights Into Medical Physics


Magnetic nerve stimulators, an ultrasonic fountain and devices for measuring skin electrical resistance were among the seven demos hospital medical physics specialists highlighted to a group of…

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Tue 9th Dec, 2014 | 3:08pm

Dirt Provides New Insight Into Roman Burials

 Spitalfields woman - photo Museum of London
Spitalfields woman - photo Museum of London
The first scientific evidence of frankincense being used in Roman burial rites in Britain has been uncovered by a team of archaeological scientists led by the University of Bradford. The findings…

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Thu 4th Dec, 2014 | 8:00am

First Monthly Flu Vaccination Figures Released

Getting the flu jab - photo NHSE
Getting the flu jab - photo NHSE
Almost 2 months since the launch of the seasonal flu vaccine campaign, the first monthly uptake figures show an encouraging start, but Public Health England (PHE) is urging all at risk people not…

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Fri 28th Nov, 2014 | 3:56pm