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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…

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

UK Trebles Funding To Tackle Zika Virus

Anopheles albimanus mosquito - photo James Gathany
Anopheles albimanus mosquito - photo James Gathany
UK funding for rapid research into tackling the Zika virus is set to increase to £4million, the government has announced today (21 March 2016), as British scientists continue to lead the way…

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Mon 21st Mar, 2016 | 2:03pm

Sheffield Hospital Implants Advanced Device In Patient To Aid Walking


A Sheffield man has become the first patient to have a revolutionary device implanted into his leg in an NHS facility.

Richard Fletcher, 39 from Chapeltown in Sheffield, has struggled to walk…

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Sat 12th Mar, 2016 | 7:00pm

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

photo - steffgrrrl
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

New Improved Prostate Pack For GPs

photo - Prostate Cancer UK
photo - Prostate Cancer UK
The new improved prostate cancer pack contains revised information that GPs and other healthcare professionals can use to discuss the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer with…

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Tue 29th Mar, 2016 | 12:35pm

Tree-mendous Effort!

Landowner Michael Emsley (centre) with Richard Hinson and Philomena Noonan from Open County Harrogate
Landowner Michael Emsley (centre) with Richard Hinson and Philomena Noonan from Open County Harrogate
A major tree planting exercise in the Nidderdale village of Dacre Banks has entered its final phase.

Last November, pupils from Summerbridge Community Primary School, Dacre Braithwaite Church of…

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Wed 16th Mar, 2016 | 7:32pm

Environment Agency Releases 67,000 Fish In Yorkshire Rivers

River Wharfe - photo Yorkshire Dales Flyfishing
River Wharfe - photo Yorkshire Dales Flyfishing
Yorkshire rivers have benefited from a record-breaking year at the Environment Agency's fish farm. Experts stocked more than 67,000 fish across Yorkshire into rivers and small still waters,…

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Tue 1st Mar, 2016 | 7:30am