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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 a…

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

Reports Identify Where Wildlife Can Survive In A Changing Climate

Cabbage White Butterfly - photo by catlovers
Cabbage White Butterfly - photo by catlovers
Two reports published recently will help to target future conservation management by identifying climate change 'refugia'. These are localised areas - like hills, valleys, moors and mountains -…

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Mon 24th Nov, 2014 | 8:08am

HIV Infections Continue To Rise

HIV virus
HIV virus
A new report published by Public Health England (PHE) today (18 November 2014), in advance of National HIV Testing Week, shows that there are now nearly 110,000 people living with HIV (Human…

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Tue 18th Nov, 2014 | 10:26am

Hull Surgeon Learns From Heart Masterclass

Prof Malakh Shrestha, Mr Sendhil K Balasubramanian, Mr Jorge Mascaro, Mr Aung Oo
Prof Malakh Shrestha, Mr Sendhil K Balasubramanian, Mr Jorge Mascaro, Mr Aung Oo
A Hull cardiac surgeon has taken part in a national Masterclass to learn a new surgical technique that could save the lives of his patients who need heart surgery.

Senior Registrar CT Surgery,…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 9:54pm

Scouts Dig In For Conservation Award

First Marston Moor Scout group at Carlton Bank
First Marston Moor Scout group at Carlton Bank
Young people from the 1st Marston Moor Scout troop have been lending a helping hand in the North York Moors National Park. The scouts, from Tockwith in North Yorkshire, are carrying out a variety…

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Thu 13th Nov, 2014 | 7:29pm

Research To Improve Dementia Care Recruits First Care Homes


A national study led by the University of Bradford aimed at improving care for people living with dementia in care homes has successfully recruited its first care homes to take part in the…

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Mon 10th Nov, 2014 | 10:20pm

Medical Physicists Mark International Day Of Medical Physics


The use of X-rays for both the diagnosis and treatment of disease including cancer is commonplace, but the central role medical physicists play - in calibrating the equipment accurately,…

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Fri 7th Nov, 2014 | 3:13pm

New Technology On The Way To Aid Cancer Sufferers Who Lose Their Hair After Chemotherapy

Omar Hussain and Richard Paxman
Omar Hussain and Richard Paxman
Cancer sufferers who lose their hair as a consequence of chemotherapy will benefit from a major research project that will improve the scalp cooling technology that prevents hair loss.

The…

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Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 | 9:35am

Three Male Zebra Sharks Hatch At The Deep


The Deep have hatched three baby zebra sharks from eggs which were received from Shedd Aquarium, in Chicago as part of a world breeding programme.

The eggs were sent to The Deep by Shedd Aquarium…

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Fri 31st Oct, 2014 | 7:52pm

NHS Trust Is First In Europe To Trial Road Safety Technology


A new 'smart road studs' temperature-sensitive alerting system, exclusively by Wakefield-based wholesaler, YESSS Electrical, has been installed by Northern General Hospital as part of a winter…

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Sat 25th Oct, 2014 | 11:49am

Sheffield To Lead Way In Cervical Cancer Diagnosis

The Zedscan device
The Zedscan device
Patients at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals are to benefit from the introduction of a pioneering new system that improves the detection of pre-cancerous abnormalities of the cervix.

Sheffield…

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Tue 21st Oct, 2014 | 12:45pm

Viva Grass!

Study group explore Ingleborough NNR
Study group explore Ingleborough NNR
Wildflower experts and farmers from Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria played host to a Baltic study tour group, showcasing some of the pioneering work taking place locally to help protect and…

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Sat 11th Oct, 2014 | 8:00pm

Compassion Raises Awareness In Countries At Risk Of Ebola

where will Ebola strike next? photo AJ Cann
where will Ebola strike next? photo AJ Cann
Compassion is keeping a watchful eye on the latest outbreak of the Ebola virus which has already killed nearly 1000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, with two cases confirmed in Nigeria…

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Fri 3rd Oct, 2014 | 8:44pm

Yorkshire Cancer Research Announces 5M Investment


Yorkshire Cancer Research will invest £5 million in research that will have a direct impact on cancer patients in Yorkshire, it has been announced today.

The investment, which coincides with…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 8:00pm

Sheffield Cancer Patients Praise Hospital Experience


Almost all cancer patients treated at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have given top marks to the care they received in a national survey.

The Trust was one of 153 that took part in the 2014 National…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 10:06am

David Mackie
Fall of the Wild
By David Mackie
Features Writer
photo by zaphod1
photo by zaphod1
Autumn, and the greenbelts around the waists of English cities aren't particularly green. Rather, they have become brownbelts; a flat horizon full of fields turned over by the plough. Aside from…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 6:02pm

Small Decrease, But TB Rates Remain Unacceptably High


A total of 7,892 cases of TB were notified in the UK in 2013, a decrease on the 8,729 cases reported in 2012. The figures are published today (September 25) in the Public Health England (PHE)…

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Thu 25th Sep, 2014 | 10:01pm

The Second Spurn Migration Festival Is A Great Success!

Wheatear at Spurn MigrationFestival. Photo by Joanna Richards
Wheatear at Spurn MigrationFestival. Photo by Joanna Richards
Birdwatchers from across the UK and beyond gathered at Spurn National Nature Reserve for this year's Spurn Migration Festival.

Spurn is renowned by birdwatchers as one of the best places in the…

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Sun 21st Sep, 2014 | 4:46pm

UK To Increase Support To Sierra Leone To Combat Ebola

Ebola in West Africa - photo European Commission DG ECHO
Ebola in West Africa - photo European Commission DG ECHO
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond chaired a meeting this afternoon of the Government's COBR emergency committee, on the UK's response to the Ebola crisis. After the meeting the Foreign Secretary…

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Wed 17th Sep, 2014 | 8:34pm

Scientists Develop New Synthetic Skin

Laboratory testing using the synthetic skin
Laboratory testing using the synthetic skin
Ministry of Defence (MOD) scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), supported by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), have developed a new synthetic 'skin' that could be…

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Sat 13th Sep, 2014 | 10:08am

Catterick Mum Shares Her Experience Of Meningitis


A Catterick meningitis ambassador is sharing her first-hand experience of meningitis and septicaemia with the local community during national Meningitis Awareness Week (15 -21 September 2014) to…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 3:51pm

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Lead Fight-Back Against Sepsis

The A&E team at St James's help treat cases of Sepsis every week
The A&E team at St James's help treat cases of Sepsis every week
NHS hospitals across Leeds are redoubling their efforts against Sepsis to coincide with World Sepsis Day, this Saturday.

Sepsis is a common and potentially life-threatening condition, triggered by…

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Wed 10th Sep, 2014 | 10:01pm

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

Almost 500 Men Have Potentially Lifesaving Surgery Through Screening


New figures from Public Health England's (PHE's) NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening programme show that 487 men received potentially lifesaving surgery during 2013 to 2014.

In England, around…

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Wed 26th Nov, 2014 | 4:09pm

Entrenched Misconceptions About Antibiotics Revealed In New Survey

photo by mcfarlandmo
photo by mcfarlandmo
Four in ten people take antibiotics for a cough or runny nose despite both conditions normally clearing up without treatment, according to new research out today (18 November 2014) by Public…

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Tue 18th Nov, 2014 | 3:38pm

Fingerprint Technology One Step Away From National Implementation


Sheffield Hallam University's pioneering fingerprint technology has been awarded further Home Office funding, meaning it is now just one step away from being incorporated into standard forensic…

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Sat 15th Nov, 2014 | 11:54am

Profs Play Key Role In Tsunami Warning And Mitigation System

Japan's tsunami wave hits Miyako
Japan's tsunami wave hits Miyako
The University's Global Disaster Resilience Centre formally involved with Risk Assessment and Management Team of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Co-ordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning…

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Thu 13th Nov, 2014 | 8:00pm

Sheffield Hallam Experts Help Guy Martin Shatter Speed Record


A team of experts from Sheffield Hallam University have once again been helping daredevil speed fanatic and TV star Guy Martin in his quest to break another world speed record.

The team from the…

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Wed 12th Nov, 2014 | 2:13pm

Future Looks Promising For Moorland Wading Birds

Golden Plover photo by Shockthesenses
Golden Plover photo by Shockthesenses
The number of golden plover recorded on the moorland of the North York Moors could be at its highest level for 18 years. The picture looks promising for other wading birds too with no further…

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Sat 8th Nov, 2014 | 6:36pm

Decision Aid For Kidney Patients


A kidney dialysis decision aid, enabling patients with decreasing kidney function to better assess which treatment is right for them, has been developed by Kidney Research UK as part of a study in…

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Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 | 2:43pm

75K For New Woodlands

Smithy Wood in Garsdale, planted in 2007
Smithy Wood in Garsdale, planted in 2007
Local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is celebrating news of a £75,000 funding boost from SITA Trust to support woodland restoration work.

This vital funding will help the…

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Sat 1st Nov, 2014 | 10:00pm

Local Paralysed Girl Leads The Way At Charity Race Day

L-R: Stuart Dunne and Robert Shelton, Trustee of Spinal Research and Organiser of the event
L-R: Stuart Dunne and Robert Shelton, Trustee of Spinal Research and Organiser of the event
Spinal Research celebrated their biggest turn out in the 24 year history of their annual race day at Wetherby Race Course on Wednesday 15th October.

Three hundred people enjoyed a champagne…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 12:26pm

Ex-hurricane Gonzalo Delivers Record Windfall For UK 'Energy Farmers'

One of Earthmill's 200 farm-scale turbines
One of Earthmill's 200 farm-scale turbines
The stormy tail end of ex-hurricane Gonzalo might have dampened the start of the week across the UK, but for many diversifying farmers the weather brought a power generation windfall. Farm-scale…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 4:52pm

"Go Viral" at St James's

Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1
Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1
St James's University Hospital is taking part in the national campaign 'Going Viral', which started this Monday.

The hospital will be offering all patients attending A&E a free test for HIV and…

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Tue 14th Oct, 2014 | 4:46pm

Scientists In The Running For Innovation Award

Jonathan Taylor with the new scanner
Jonathan Taylor with the new scanner
Scientists at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals are in the running for a sought after innovation award after they developed a new system for diagnosing a debilitating digestive disorder that frees up…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 5:44pm

Chemistry Researcher Receives Top Award For "Outstanding" PhD

Ahmed Elmekawy
Ahmed Elmekawy
Examiners approved Ahmed Elmekawy's PhD thesis with no corrections - a rare distinction

Based at the University of Huddersfield, Egyptian-born scientist Ahmed Elmekawy is making big strides in…

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Fri 3rd Oct, 2014 | 4:31pm

Celebrating 10 Years Of Wetland Work

Grand opening of the bird hide at Wigglesworth Hall
Grand opening of the bird hide at Wigglesworth Hall
Celebrations have been underway to mark a decade of conservation and education working in harmony with farming, on the River Ribble floodplain at Long Preston.

More than fifty people attended an…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 3:18pm

Charity Receives Boost to Reach Target

Luey Sharp in hospital following his birth
Luey Sharp in hospital following his birth
A charity fighting for research into the cause, cure and prevention of gastroschisis is a step closer to reaching its target thanks to a generous donation.

The LJS Foundation has received a…

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Sat 27th Sep, 2014 | 12:12pm

The UK Is Leading The International Drive Against Ebola In Sierra Leone

Construction begins on the UK medical facility in Sierra Leone. Picture: Rob Holden/Save the Children/DFID
Construction begins on the UK medical facility in Sierra Leone. Picture: Rob Holden/Save the Children/DFID
More than 40 military personnel and humanitarian staff have arrived to oversee the construction of the UK's medical facility and assist with the UK's response.

The latest update follows a recent…

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Thu 25th Sep, 2014 | 10:08pm

Volunteers Get Buzzy

Bombus Hortorum feeding on Betony
Bombus Hortorum feeding on Betony
The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) has embarked on a new initiative to build up a picture of bumblebee populations within hay meadows in the Dales.

As part of YDMT's Buzz in the Meadows,…

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Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 | 8:10am

Yorkshire Benefits From 255,000 Biodiversity Fund

Water vole. Photo by Elliott Neep, NeepImages.com
Water vole. Photo by Elliott Neep, NeepImages.com
Yorkshire's rare and biodiversity-rich chalk stream habitat is to be protected with the help of £255,000 from a new national land purchase fund.

Thanks to the grant from WREN's Biodiversity…

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Sun 21st Sep, 2014 | 4:23pm

New Fish Passes Open In Leeds

The new fish pass at St Ann's Mills
The new fish pass at St Ann's Mills
Helping fish populations of brown trout and coarse fish to move freely past two weirs

Two new fish passes have been opened at Burley Mills Weir and St Ann's Mills Weir on the River Aire alongside…

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Wed 17th Sep, 2014 | 4:52pm

Doctors And Nurses Gather At The Bradford Royal Infirmary To Hear About Organ Donation

Jayne Fisher
Jayne Fisher
Seventy five doctors and nurses from across the region will gather at the Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) this Friday (September 12) to hear about the benefits of organ donation.

The event, which…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 9:57am

EU Mobilises To Curb Spread Of Ebola

Linda voting
Linda voting
Yorkshire MEP and Chair of the European Parliament's International Development Committee Linda McAvan has welcomed the decision to commit EUR11.9 million in EU funding to stopping the spread of…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 12:54pm

Surgeons Gather In Bradford To Watch Live Robotic Surgery

Bradford Teaching Hospitals' consultant urological surgeon, Mr Sanjai Addla, with the Foundation Trust's 2million Da Vinci robot
Bradford Teaching Hospitals' consultant urological surgeon, Mr Sanjai Addla, with the Foundation Trust's 2million Da Vinci robot
Surgeons from across northern England will gather at the Bradford Royal Infirmary tomorrow (9.9.14) to watch live and innovative robotic surgery being performed by internationally-renowned Belgium…

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Mon 8th Sep, 2014 | 6:44pm