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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…

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

Can You Spare An Hour To Help Save The Tansy Beetle?

Tansy beetle - photo Stephen Falk
Tansy beetle - photo Stephen Falk
The Tansy beetle is to receive another boost in its conservation with a new area of habitat being created in Barlby, and the public are invited to come along and help out. Buglife are working…

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Mon 15th Feb, 2016 | 3:11pm

Zika Virus Disease

Anopheles albimanus mosquito - photo James Gathany
Anopheles albimanus mosquito - photo James Gathany
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), as a member of the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA), has pledged its support to the World Health…

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Wed 10th Feb, 2016 | 2:12pm

Women In Yorkshire Fail To Take Part In Cervical Screening

photo - Sascha Kohlmann
photo - Sascha Kohlmann
A quarter of women in Yorkshire eligible to take part in screening for cervical cancer are failing to attend appointments.

Figures provided by Yorkshire Cancer Research show that during 2013/14,…

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Mon 25th Jan, 2016 | 3:17pm

Pioneering Bradford Nurse Consultant Is Honoured By Queen

Kathryn Vowden
Kathryn Vowden
A dedicated Bradford Nurse Consultant has been honoured in the 2016 Queen's New Year's Honours for her pioneering work in wound care.

Kathryn Vowden, Nurse Consultant for Acute and Chronic Wound…

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Sat 2nd Jan, 2016 | 10:00am

Researchers Uncover The Key To The Rise Of The Animal Kingdom

Fictional Snowball Earth - courtesty of Neethis
Fictional Snowball Earth - courtesty of Neethis
A new study may have resolved a fundamental question concerning the development of Earth as a planet on which animals could flourish: what came first, increasing levels of oxygen or complex…

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Fri 18th Dec, 2015 | 4:42pm

40 Trees For 40th Anniversary

Dave Tayler, YDMT Deputy Director, planting trees
Dave Tayler, YDMT Deputy Director, planting trees
It is National Tree Week - the UK's largest celebration of trees which launches the start of the winter tree planting season - and this year marks the 40th anniversary of this annual festival.

To…

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Thu 3rd Dec, 2015 | 8:30pm

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

Campaign To Highlight 16 Cancers Linked To Smoking


Every month 64 people from Leeds discover they have cancer caused by smoking. While most smokers know about the link between smoking and lung cancer, many people do not realise smoking is linked…

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Tue 23rd Feb, 2016 | 2:00pm

Researchers To Use Supercomputer To "hack" Ebola

photo - UNMIL/Emmanuel Tobey
photo - UNMIL/Emmanuel Tobey
Scientists at the University of Leeds will run the equivalent of password cracking software to find the chemical keys to defeating the Ebola virus.

A team from the University's schools of…

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Thu 11th Feb, 2016 | 6:05pm

Government To Fast Track Funding For Research Into Zika

Aedes aegypti mosquito - photo Marcos Freitas
Aedes aegypti mosquito - photo Marcos Freitas
Initially, up to £1 million from the government's Global Challenges Research Fund will be made available through the UK Medical Research Council (UK MRC) to researchers applying for grants…

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Thu 4th Feb, 2016 | 4:16pm

Big Numbers For The Tiny Tansy

photo - Steven Falk
photo - Steven Falk
The number of Tansy beetles found along the banks of the River Ouse has grown again in 2015, taking the estimated number of beetles to just over 24,000.

Geoff Oxford, who co-ordinates the annual…

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Wed 6th Jan, 2016 | 8:10am

Heavy Horse Goes With The Flow In Driffield

Heavy Horse 'Blue' at Skerne - photo Tom Marshall
Heavy Horse 'Blue' at Skerne - photo Tom Marshall
A conservation charity has called in some four-legged hired help to make a difference for rare river wildlife near Driffield.

For nearly a decade Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been working hard in…

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Mon 21st Dec, 2015 | 10:15am

Plants Help To Treat Cerebral Malaria

Foleshade Ogunrinade and Olumayokun Olijade
Foleshade Ogunrinade and Olumayokun Olijade
A doctoral project that aims to combat some of the worst effects of malaria in Africa has earned researcher Folashade Ogunrinade valuable funding from a global foundation. The award also bolsters…

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Mon 7th Dec, 2015 | 3:24pm

New Code Aims To Restore Peatlands Such As Yorkshire Dales

Professor Mark Reed with peat
Professor Mark Reed with peat
A new Government backed code which could slash UK CO2 emissions by 220 million tonnes and protect rare wildlife by restoring moors, bogs and mires is set to be launched.

The Peatland Code was…

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Sun 29th Nov, 2015 | 8:13am