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Alzheimer’s Society gives £1.7m to dementia research

Alzheimer’s Society has announced today that it has committed almost £1.7m to Newcastle University, as part of its biggest single inves...

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New international guidelines to identify dementia with Lewy bodies

New guidelines have been published on the clinical and physical indicators to help ensure patients with dementia with Lewy bodies get a...

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Childhood research project set up 70 years ago is still going strong

They have been part of one of the longest ever studies into health, and now the ‘Red Spot’ babies are marking their 70th birthdays. Se...

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Meet the researcher - Dr Susan Scholes

Dr Susan Scholes is Research Associate in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering. Below we learn more about her ageing resear...

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How should technologies be developed for easy engagement?

A project entitled older travellers and technology engagement (OTTE), commissioned by Transport Systems Catapult, funded by Department ...

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The shocking state of oral health in our nursing homes, and how family members can helps

The recent report of a nursing home resident found with maggots in her mouth brings home how devastating neglected oral health can be. ...

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Call for mandatory screening to cut the risk of malnutrition in older people

Old age comes with many challenges, including concerning levels of malnutrition. The issue is particularly worrying among older people ...

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What it's really like to live with dementia

More than 225,000 people develop dementia every year – that’s roughly one person every three minute. At the moment, 850,000 people in t...

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What science tells us about successful ageing

There have been some noteworthy examples of successful human ageing in the press recently. It was announced that Prince Phillip will be...

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Dementia Awareness Week 2017

For Dementia Awareness Week, we look back at the Dementia and Incontinence Matters event held last November as part of Patient Month. ...

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Placebos work even when patients know what they are

Lying to patients is almost always unethical. But, in order for placebos to work, we have to believe they are “real” treatments, which ...

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The Truth About...Stress

On Thursday 4th May the BBC broadcast 'The Truth About...Stress'.  Professor Thomas Von Zglinicki, Scientific Director, Newcastle Univ...

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Meet the researcher - Dr Bruce Davenport

Dr Bruce Davenport is Research Associate in Media, Culture and Heritage, based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Below ...

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Combining daycare for children and elderly people benefits all generations

We live in a society where care of young and old is increasingly segregated, with very limited opportunity for the two age groups to in...

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Why family care isn’t always the best care for the elderly

Care minister David Mowat has a big idea for dealing with the escalating demand for care in the future: we should be looking after our ...

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Stimulating your brain can help you stay mentally healthy in older age

Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education help people stay mentally healthy in later life,...

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“Retirement Living Explained”

Newcastle University launches new “Retirement Living Explained” guide. A groundbreaking new document which gives a fresh perspective o...

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New study reveals huge contribution of carers of terminally ill

A new study has revealed that family carers of people with cancer are providing support beyond the safe working hours recommended to pr...

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Members' Blog: An Interesting Opportunity

These days I find myself hunting for a word and not finding it - especially when trying to do the Guardian quick crossword which used t...

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Arthritis isn’t just a condition affecting older people, it likely starts much earlier

Arthritis is an umbrella term for over 100 conditions affecting the joints. All result in pain and often severely limit the activities ...

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200 years of Parkinson’s

For Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10-16 April), we're publishing a series of blogs throughout the week which will provide unique ins...

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Meet the Clinician – Professor Nicola Pavese

For Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10-16 April), we're publishing a series of blogs throughout the week which will provide unique ins...

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Cutting edge technology in healthcare research: Coming on in leaps and bounds

For Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10-16 April), we're publishing a series of blogs throughout the week which will provide unique ins...

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Parkinson's Research: Keeping the research fires burning

For Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10-16 April), we're publishing a series of blogs throughout the week which will provide unique ins...

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Holding On: My Journey with Parkinson’s

For Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10-16 April), we're publishing a series of blogs throughout the week which will provide unique ins...

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Here’s why some Dutch university students are living in nursing homes

Published on 29th November 2016, by Johanna Harris on The Conversation. In today’s society both young and old increasingly find themse...

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Shaping the future of health innovation

Published on 31st March 2017 Future advances in healthcare will be aided by a new £10 million facility - the National Institute for He...

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Meet the researcher - Dr Sheena Ramsay

Meet Dr Sheena Ramsay, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Institute for Health and Society. She tells us what attracted her to Newcastle from UC...

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Do you really need to eat ten portions of fruit and veg a day?

Published on 14th March by Geoff Webb on The Conversation. Only a quarter of UK adults manage to eat the officially recommended five p...

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Robot revolution: why technology for older people must be designed with care and respect

Published on 1st February 2017 by Nola Ries and Taro Sugihara on The Conversation. Many countries around the world have ageing populat...

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Killing ‘zombie’ cells to improve health in old age

Published on 17th March 2017 by Dominick Burton on The Conversation. Imagine a world where you could take just a single pill for the t...

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Newcastle residents invited to give their views on city’s parks

Published on 21st March 2017 The future of Newcastle’s parks and allotments is up for discussion, and researchers at Newcastle Univers...

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Why worms and fish are good models for epilepsy

Published on 23rd March 2017 by Alistair Jones on The Conversation. Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder in the UK – abou...

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Epilepsy research at Newcastle University

Newcastle is an exciting place for epilepsy research, with several world-leading laboratories, a strong collaboration between Newcastle...

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How GPS devices can help find people with dementia when they get lost

Published on 10th January 2017 by Ruth Bartlett on The Conversation. Twenty-four satellites circle the Earth twice a day and transmit ...

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Air pollution exposure may increase risk of dementia

Published on 27th February 2017 by Caleb Finch and Jiu-Chiuan Chen on The Conversation. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain dis...

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Some brain training programs are backed by evidence. Here’s how to pick them

Published on 23rd February by Tejal Shah on The Conversation. Brain training has been touted as a way to prevent age-related cognitive...

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Brain Awareness Week 2017

13th-19th March 2017 is Brain Awareness Week. This is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits o...

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A potential drug target in Kidney disease

Thursday 9th March - World Kidney Day Most forms of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) result in renal fibrosis. Renal fibrosis is when the ...

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Members' Blog: NOT Acting Our Age

As part of International Women’s day we would like to celebrate this by featuring a blog written by one of our members, Irene Soulsby. ...

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How vitamin D can improve muscle strength

Published on 16th February 2017 by Zaki Hassan-Smith on The Conversation. One of the most important vitamins for your health is vitami...

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What's happening in our bodies as we age?

Published on 22nd January 2017, by Lisa Lee on The Conversation. As we reach adulthood, we notice changes in our bodies at every stage...

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Free Thinking experts take part in festival

BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking festival is returning to the Sage Gateshead next month and Newcastle University's academics will be playi...

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GP career choice is associated with undergraduate GP exposure

Published on 28th February 2017 Universities urgently need to address the current GP recruitment crisis by giving students more exposu...

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Rising life expectancy and why we need to rethink the meaning of old age

Published on 23rd February 2017 by Jane Falkingham on The Conversation. The life expectancy of human beings will soon exceed 90 years ...

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Do you really want to know what’s lurking in your genome?

Published on 24th February 2017 by Michael Mackley on The Conversation. Would you want to know if you were at a higher risk of getting...

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Smart traffic scheme given the green light

Published on 23rd February Newcastle leading the way on use of digital technology to tackle congestion. A ground-breaking project in ...

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Pioneering neurologist receives knighthood

Published on 14th February A world-leading neurologist who has devoted his career to the treatment and research of mitochondrial disea...

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Osteoarthritis – it’s not just wear and tear of our joints

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a slow, progressive joint disease causing mobility problems resulting in reduced quality of life and a major cau...

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Why medical technology often doesn't make it from drawing board to hospital

Published on 15th February 2017, by Matthew Leming on The Conversation. If there’s something wrong with your brain, how do you spot th...

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Newcastle University Researchers at the "Bones" Exhibition

The “Bones” exhibition gets into full swing this half term at the Great North Museum in Newcastle.  Featuring displays of more than 10...

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Will you feel better after surgery? Now you can find out using this online tool

Published on 10th February 2017 by Andrew Street and Nils Gutacker on The Conversation. The financial crisis facing the NHS is startin...

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Preventative medicine: the argument for and against

Published on 2nd February 2017 by James Brown and Opeolu Ojo on The Conversation. Preventative medicine has long used drugs to prevent...

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Are you getting enough vitamin B1 to help fend off Alzheimer's?

Published on 27th January 2017 by Richard Hoffman on The Conversation. A feeling of apathy or being a little forgetful from time to ti...

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Members' Blog: NU-AGE

NU-AGE is a Newcastle University course for undergraduates and aims to introduce students to the importance of ageing in the 21st centu...

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How research can lead to some extraordinary (and very unlikely) discoveries

Published on 8th February 2017 by Philip Cohen on The Conversation. When it comes to research, you never really know in which fantasti...

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How old is old, and what to wear: the value of PPI

Before I started my PhD, I had no idea about patient and public involvement and how important it is for research projects. This quickly...

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Love in later life

What factors affect our experiences of our intimate relationships as we grow older? This report examines the sexual and intimate lives ...

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International Epilepsy Day: CANDO Epilepsy Event

On International Epilepsy Day we look back on the CANDO Epilepsy Event held as part of the Newcastle Academic Health Partners Patient M...

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Managing Change in Future Cities

Finding new ways to help cities adapt to the increasing demands of their population is the focus of a pioneering project led by Newcast...

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Public member opportunities at the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) is currently looking for patients and members of...

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Cancer Research UK: Right Now campaign

Cancer Research UK’s Right Now campaign features a series of powerful and emotive TV adverts as well as radio, billboard and digital ...

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World Cancer Day 2017 "An Act of Unity"

Professor Ruth Plummer - Clinical Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine Newcastle is an exciting and vibrant place to do cancer re...

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The Small Circle of Life - Festive Lecture 2016

Over 300 Year 10 students from Schools across the North East and members of the public were riveted by the demonstration of how impor...

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Scientists have unlocked the secret of making tomatoes taste of something again

If you shop in a supermarket you may well have asked why the fruit and veg you buy there is so tasteless, especially if you’ve also tri...

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Members' Blog: What does Voice North do for me?

Adds years to my life - according to the 5 ways to stay well in later life. Stay connected - I get out of the house and make new frien...

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Dental Problems at A&E: why it matters

Charlotte Currie, Clinical Fellow in Oral Surgery at the Centre for Oral Health Research, School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle Univer...

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Five common myths about the ageing brain and body

The world’s population, and Australia’s, is ageing. The number of adults aged 65 and over is increasing, as is the proportion of the po...

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MiLAN Film Festival 2017: From Medicine With Love

An exploration of the role of love in health and mental wellbeing is being explored during a week-long film festival. The MiLAN (Medic...

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Year-long commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. starts

A year-long programme to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr King receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University gets underway toda...

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"Oral and Dental” Patient, Carer, Public Involvement (PCPI) group

The “Oral and Dental” Patient, Carer, Public Involvement (PCPI)  group meets every 3 months at Newcastle Dental Hospital. We always try...

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£35m blood disorder project aims for faster, better patient care

A new project involving Newcastle University experts aims to create better outcomes for patients with blood disorders. The £35 million...

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Festive Lecture 2015: QuantuMDx

QuantuMDx: tackling the world’s deadliest diseases... Twelve months after Professor Sir John Burn introduced QuantuMDx to a captivated...

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Always forget to keep your New Year's resolutions? Smoking and drinking could be why

Given that the New Year is just around the corner, now might be a good time to come up with a resolution to reduce your drinking, or st...

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Why we become more forgetful with age - and what you can do about it

How is it that we are able to remember some events in great detail whereas other memories seem to fade away over time? Our memory chang...

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Assessing Dementia Risk

I am a GP trainee with a special interest in dementia research - passionate about supporting people living with dementia to be diagnose...

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Scientists set to get £7.9m boost for cancer research

Newcastle scientists and clinicians are set to receive a major cash injection from Cancer Research UK. The charity plans to invest aro...

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Newcastle applies for world's first mitochondrial license

Newcastle experts behind pioneering IVF-based technique confirm that they have applied for a licence to help patients who risk transmit...

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How bucket lists help the terminally ill - and those around them

Buckets lists – inventories of things to do before you die – are often developed by people who know they have little time left. It seem...

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Emotions and Parkinson’s Disease – SPiEs study.

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder affecting 1 in every 500 people in the UK. The most noticeable symptoms of t...

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How do Universities support the public good in challenging times?

The role universities play in the community comes under the spotlight in a new book edited by Newcastle University experts. The Civic ...

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Wellcome invests £6.3m in its Centre for Mitochondrial Research

Wellcome has today announced £6.3m of funding for its Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University over the next five year...

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Voice North Members’ Involvement in Older Driver Study

Older drivers, as a group, are suffering from age-related functional deteriorations and a higher fatality rate than the average driver....

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Review welcomed as “a step closer to reproductive choice"

A ground-breaking IVF technique developed by experts at Newcastle University, to reduce the risk that babies born will have mitochondri...

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Influencing design: Voice North Osteoarthritis Workshops

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design is an inclusive design and co-design organisation, which is based at the Royal College of Art in Lon...

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Biological vs chronological age: how old are you really?

Researchers are developing tests to calculate your true biological age. They claim that such tests can measure how well your body is co...

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Institute for Ageing event Starts Patient Month

November’s Patient Month got off to a fantastic start with the Ageing Well in Newcastle event. Patient Month is a series of events thr...

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Director's Blog: What is Voice North?

The ‘VOICE’ of Voice North stands for Valuing our Intellectual Capital and Experience. The ‘North’ is because as an organisation we are...

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Members' Blog: Joining Voice North & becoming a lay representative

I first became involved with Voice North in September 2013 via the British Science Festival held in Newcastle. I went to a presentation...

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Inside Skin: Conversations between Art & Science

Professor Muzlifah Haniffa, is a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Clinical Science at Newcastle University and her research was recently...

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How even our brains get ‘slacker’ as we age

Losing the youthful firmness and elasticity in our skin is one of the first outward signs of ageing. Now it seems it’s not just our ski...

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Members' Blog: A chance meeting can lead to a variety of fascinating opportunities!

A few chance meetings finally led me to VOICENorth... I took part in a LiveWell project in Gateshead. It was all about healthy eating,...

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New hope for recovery of hand movement for stroke patients

Stroke patients are starting a trial of a new electronic device to recover movement and control of their hand. Neuroscientists at Newc...

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Members' Blog: Research outside academic walls

It was a moment of jubilation when I learned that my idea for a research project, submitted to the Research in the Third Age competitio...

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Exhibition launch makes a mark on care

We welcomed artists, care home residents, carers and the public to kick off the beginning of the ‘Making a Mark’ exhibition at the Biom...

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Help Shape Metro's Grand Design

Newcastle University is leading a major project to help design the next generation of Metrocars for the Tyne and Wear Metro. People of...

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Creating the cities of tomorrow

The University is working with global energy company, ENGIE, to explore joint projects that address challenges around ageing, smart dat...

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115 might be as old as we can get thanks to our bodies’ limits

Maximum lifespan is not rising in step with average lifespan. It could be that the human body has innate limits that prevent most getti...

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Newcastle Academic Health Partners: Patient Month 2016

Newcastle Academic Health Partners (NAHP) harnesses clinical and academic expertise to make sure patients benefit sooner from new treat...

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Improved vitamin test could help millions

A new technique that gives quicker and more accurate information about a person's levels of vitamin A could help improve the health of ...

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Bacterial cell walls, antibiotics and the origins of life

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, the 17th-century Dutch scientist, was the first person to see single-celled organisms through a microscope and...

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Spice of life

Trust Me, I'm a Doctor study shows how cooking with turmeric might reduce cancer risk. Newcastle University has taken part in an ambit...

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Voice North's Involvement in Clinical Skills Training

I'm Emma McAllister, Clinical Skills lead for the Phase 1 Medical Students at Newcastle University. Members of voice north are involved...

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The Dentists of Tomorrow: Involving the public in the interview process

The School of Dental Sciences runs two undergraduate courses, a five year Bachelor of Dental Surgery course (71 places) and a three yea...

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The Enterprise Challenge: Addressing the demands and opportunities posed by an ageing population

The role of Rise Up, Newcastle Careers Service, is to support students in enhancing enterprise skills and developing business ideas. It...

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NU-AGE: An innovative module to learn more about ageing

Newcastle University is internationally renowned for its research about ageing. However, much of this pioneering activity is focussed a...

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Ageing in harmony: why the third act of life should be musical

It’s never too late to pick up a musical instrument. In fact there are many reasons why it’s a great idea, particularly in old age. We...

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