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MP Encourages Take Up Of Meningitis Vaccination
Local MP Greg Mulholland has backed calls by the Meningitis Now charity encouraging young people to get vaccinated against meningitis. August 2015 saw government launch a vaccination programme to…
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UK Set To Protect Four Million Square Kilometres Of Ocean

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photo - Zaytsev Artem
Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan today announced plans to double the area of ocean under marine protection around the UK Overseas Territories to around four million square kilometres -…

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Thu 15th Sep, 2016 | 6:28pm

Microbead Ban Announced To Protect Sealife

Microbeads - MPCA Photos
Microbeads - MPCA Photos
Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has announced plans to ban the sale and manufacture of cosmetics and personal care products containing tiny pieces of plastic, commonly known as 'microbeads'.

E…

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Mon 5th Sep, 2016 | 12:35pm

Pin-Prick Meningitis Test Could Be Available Within Five Years


A test has been developed that could help to diagnose bacterial infections, including meningitis in minutes.

If made available through the NHS, this test would significantly reduce the time taken…

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Thu 25th Aug, 2016 | 10:28am

Preparing Athletes For Rio Success


With just a week to go until the start of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Sheffield Hallam is supplying performance data analysis software to British athletes and coaches across multiple…

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Thu 28th Jul, 2016 | 8:15pm

Bradford's History-Making Cochlear Team's Starring TV Role


Bradford Teaching Hospitals' history-making audiology team and patients are set to star in a television documentary.

The documentary, 'Cochlear Live' is being put together by Channel 4 and will be…

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Fri 15th Jul, 2016 | 12:44pm

Changes To Cervical Cancer Screening

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photo - steffgrrrl
The process of cervical screening is to be changed to allow women to benefit from more accurate tests. After a successful pilot programme and a recommendation by the UK National Screening…

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Thu 7th Jul, 2016 | 3:49pm

32 Months Prison Sentence For "Bluetooth Fraudster"

Bluetooth fraud involves an individual wearing a Bluetooth device on their person linked to a hidden mobile phone. This allows a connection with an individual outside of the test station who will…

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Wed 22nd Jun, 2016 | 9:43am

Pupils' Rocket Seed Science Project Blasts Off!

Eco Warriors Pupils together with teachers Debbie Baker and Conor Davies and the seeds
Eco Warriors Pupils together with teachers Debbie Baker and Conor Davies and the seeds
Pupils from Harrogate's Ashville Junior School are helping to take part in a nationwide scientific experiment that is simply out of this world!

The youngsters are participating in the Rocket…

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Fri 3rd Jun, 2016 | 6:14pm

MRI Scans Are Best And Safest Way To Identify High Risk Heart Disease Patients

MRI scanner - photo inyucho
MRI scanner - photo inyucho
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are the safest and most effective way to identify high risk patients with cardiac chest pain, according to evidence from a clinical study at the University…

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Mon 30th May, 2016 | 6:00pm

Britain 'Stronger In' Campaign Visits Sheffield Hallam


Lord William Wallace, Rachel Reeves MP and Paul Blomfield MP from 'Stronger In' visited the University (Friday 8 April) as part of a tour of the country campaigning for the UK to remain in the…

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Sat 9th Apr, 2016 | 1:16pm

Statement On Statins

photo - Victor
photo - Victor
Dr June Raine, Director of MHRA's Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines (VRMM) Division said:

"The benefits of statins are well established and are considered to outweigh the risk of…

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Fri 9th Sep, 2016 | 4:31pm

Yorkshire Launches Dedicated Organ Donation Day

Mascot on Briggate
Mascot on Briggate
Be A Hero Day, Yorkshire's first dedicated awareness day for organ donation, will launch this month to raise awareness of the 700 people in Yorkshire and 96 people in Leeds currently on the…

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Sat 3rd Sep, 2016 | 12:33pm

Koi Herpesvirus Disease Outbreaks Confirmed In Yorkshire


Outbreaks of KHV disease have been confirmed at Bierley Woods Waters, Rockhill Lane, Bierley, Bradford, Albert Park Lake, Linthorpe Road, Middlesborough and Aston Park Fisheries, Aston Way,…

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Sat 6th Aug, 2016 | 8:43am

Bradford Neonatal Unit Receives Prestigious Funding Boost

L-R: Janette Westman, Anne Seekins, Roopali Soni, Amanda Musk, Chloe Dawson
L-R: Janette Westman, Anne Seekins, Roopali Soni, Amanda Musk, Chloe Dawson
Bradford Hospitals' neonatal unit has received prestigious Burdett Trust funding to support its work in attaining 'Baby Friendly' accreditation from UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund.)

The…

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Tue 26th Jul, 2016 | 6:19pm

Report Highlights Urgent Risks For The UK From Climate Change

The eroded cliffs at Easington. Photo by Peter Church
The eroded cliffs at Easington. Photo by Peter Church
The impacts of climate change are already being felt in the UK and urgent action is needed, concludes a report published today.

In an independent report to Government, 'UK Climate Change Risk…

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Tue 12th Jul, 2016 | 7:00am

Crimewatch Highlights Halo Effect In Fight Against Crime


Pioneering crime-fighting technology being jointly developed by a Leeds-based company and the University of Bradford has been showcased on live national television.

Halo is a revolutionary…

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Wed 22nd Jun, 2016 | 4:28pm

New Bowel Cancer Screening Test


A new bowel cancer home testing kit will be rolled out across England. The Faecal Immonochemical Test (FIT) tests for hidden blood in stool samples, which can be an early sign of bowel cancer.

Foll…

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Thu 9th Jun, 2016 | 4:09pm

Critically Endangered Mussels Moved To Ark Facility

River Esk freshwater mussel - 40 years old
River Esk freshwater mussel - 40 years old
Vital work to safeguard Yorkshire's last remaining population of freshwater pearl mussels (FPM) was carried out last week on the River Esk.

Twenty adult mussels were taken from the River Esk to a…

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Mon 30th May, 2016 | 7:00pm

Sheffield Hallam Receives New 1m Engineering Equipment Which Could Help Eye-transplant Recipients


Sheffield Hallam University has taken delivery of engineering equipment worth £1million allowing the University to develop coatings which can be used on eye-transplants or during spinal-cord…

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Sat 7th May, 2016 | 11:32am

Scheme To Improve Bowel Cancer In Yorkshire

photo - Mark Newell
photo - Mark Newell
Yorkshire Cancer Research has launched a £1.5m five-year scheme aimed at significantly improving standards of treatment and care for bowel cancer in Yorkshire.

The charity is using Bowel…

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Wed 6th Apr, 2016 | 1:05pm