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Fracking Frustration Versus Community Renewables
A recently formed local group, Community Energy in Gargrave and Malhamdale (CEGAM) is planning a drop-in event in Gargrave village hall on Tuesday September 8th between 4pm and 9pm. CEGAM intends to…
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New Hearing Device Is First For Leeds Teaching Hospitals


A Leeds man has become the first in the city to be fitted with a new type of implanted hearing aid (the Cochlear Attract) which includes a magnet placed under the patient's skin, greatly improving…

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Sat 29th Aug, 2015 | 10:49am

Campaign To Make Malaria No More

 Stuart visiting the National Assembly of Zambia
Stuart visiting the National Assembly of Zambia
Marking World Mosquito Day on 20th August, Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough, has joined the campaign to make malaria no more within a generation.

Malaria has claimed more…

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Tue 11th Aug, 2015 | 12:16pm

Sheffield Researchers Receive Awards For Work On Coeliac Disease And Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dr Imran Aziz and Dr Peter Mooney
Dr Imran Aziz and Dr Peter Mooney
Researchers at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have received awards for their work investigating coeliac disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), two common gastrointestinal conditions.

Clinical…

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Fri 7th Aug, 2015 | 3:16pm

Eligible Groups For Shingles Vaccine Announced


Public Health England (PHE) has announced the groups eligible to receive the shingles vaccine from the start of September for the 2015 to 2016 vaccination programme.

From 1 September 2015, the…

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Tue 4th Aug, 2015 | 1:10pm

Cochlear Implant Service Celebrates 25 Years Of Pioneering Work

Cochlear implant research - photo Penn State
Cochlear implant research - photo Penn State
Patients young and old who have received the gift of hearing after life-changing surgery at Bradford Royal Infirmary will gather on 19 August to celebrate the service's 25th anniversary.

The…

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Thu 30th Jul, 2015 | 12:32pm

Rare Fish Returns To South Yorkshire

Sea Lamprey - photo USFWS - Pacific Region
Sea Lamprey - photo USFWS - Pacific Region
A rare and protected fish has been caught in the River Don for the first time in recent history as water quality in the region's rivers continues to improve.

Two sea lamprey were caught during an…

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Sat 18th Jul, 2015 | 8:00am

Knowledge Transfer Brings Healthy Returns For Edible Oils Giant

Oiling the way
Oiling the way
The University of Hull is helping one of the world's leading edible oils manufacturers to develop lower fat products - and creating a healthier local economy in the process.

AAK UK Ltd, a…

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Mon 13th Jul, 2015 | 12:08pm

Tiny Hearts Appeal Gets A Boost

Lead nurse, Ben Dockerill, Steve Wragg, Graham Moore and new mum Helen Dixon with her baby, Thomas, who weighs just 2 lbs 5 oz
Lead nurse, Ben Dockerill, Steve Wragg, Graham Moore and new mum Helen Dixon with her baby, Thomas, who weighs just 2 lbs 5 oz
A fundraising campaign to support the development of a £1million state of the art special care baby unit in Barnsley has been boosted by Westfield Health.

The Tiny Hearts Appeal, led by…

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Thu 9th Jul, 2015 | 8:46pm

Research Could Help Point The Finger At Drug Dealers

Dr Simona Francese
Dr Simona Francese
An innovative technology pioneered by Sheffield Hallam University academics can detect the presence of a range of illegal and designer drugs from a single fingerprint, which could be a valuable…

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Wed 1st Jul, 2015 | 8:00am

Climate Change Committee Report Welcomed

Cray Moss, a National Trust peatland site in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Cray Moss, a National Trust peatland site in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Calls to government for early action to avoid spiralling costs and impacts of climate change have been welcomed by the Moorland Association.

Following today's publication of the progress report…

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Tue 30th Jun, 2015 | 9:35am

Five Million People At High Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

photo - Oskar Annermarken
photo - Oskar Annermarken
Five million people in England have blood sugar levels indicating a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new report published by Public Health England (PHE).

The report,…

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Thu 27th Aug, 2015 | 2:06pm

Medical Innovations Backed By 18 Million Fund

photo - CJ Isherwood
photo - CJ Isherwood
The next generation of medical advances have moved a step closer thanks to £18 million of government support announced today (8 August 2015) by Minister for Life Sciences, George Freeman.

Twe…

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Sat 8th Aug, 2015 | 10:01am

York Lady Runs To Raise Money For Skin Cancer Research

Charlotte and her Dad
Charlotte and her Dad
Charlotte Lee, 23, from York is taking on the Great North Run to raise money for skin cancer research. She will tackle the famous half marathon from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields on Sunday…

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Tue 4th Aug, 2015 | 3:19pm

Phil Takes On Ride 100 To Raise Money For Skin Disease Research

Phil Laws out on a bike ride
Phil Laws out on a bike ride
Meanwood-based Consultant Dermatologist, Phil Laws is taking on the Ride 100 London to Surrey challenge to raise money for skin disease research. The 38 year old will take on the 100 mile cycling…

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Thu 30th Jul, 2015 | 3:28pm

Yorkshire Cancer Research Welcomes 'One Nation Science' Strategy


Yorkshire Cancer Research has welcomed the possibility of a new 'one nation science' strategy.

Universities and science minister Jo Johnson has signalled a new approach to the way research funding…

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Sat 25th Jul, 2015 | 7:19pm

Additional Funding Secured For Critically Endangered Species

River Esk near Glaisdale
River Esk near Glaisdale
Work to safeguard Yorkshire's last remaining population of freshwater pearl mussels (FPM) has been given a helping hand in the shape of a £300,000 grant from Biffa Award. The grant forms…

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Thu 16th Jul, 2015 | 5:06pm

Otley Dad Turns BBQ Hero

Andrew with son Toby
Andrew with son Toby
Andrew, Sales and Services Manager at Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in April 1997 when he was just 18. He was home for Easter from Derby University and had…

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Fri 10th Jul, 2015 | 3:35pm

Environment Agency Reveals 'Secret Seven' Fish

A Brook lamprey found in Kex Beck, Yorkshire
A Brook lamprey found in Kex Beck, Yorkshire
A 400-million-year-old rare blood-sucking creature once eaten by Vikings and a relic from the Ice Age top the Environment Agency's 'secret seven' list of England's rarest fish, which it unveiled…

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Thu 2nd Jul, 2015 | 3:35pm

University Of Huddersfield Is Planning Europe's Future Particle Accelerators


Particle accelerators hold the key to breakthroughs in fields that range from healthcare to electronic technology and biofuels.

Now, a professor at the University of Huddersfield - which is home…

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Tue 30th Jun, 2015 | 5:06pm

Ulcer Study Calls For Participants


A Sheffield Hallam University study into the use of exercise as a supportive tool to help healing of venous ulcers has opened a new recruitment and training site in Lincoln.

A research team led by…

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Sat 20th Jun, 2015 | 7:13pm