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New research shows explaining things to 'normal' people can help scientists be better at their jobs

In times when fake news and alternative facts circulate in society, spreading scientifically based findings is more important than ever...

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We built a robot care assistant for elderly people – here’s how it works

Not all robots will take over human jobs. My colleagues and I have just unveiled a prototype care robot that we hope could take on some...

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How our new technology will help blind people ‘see’ at the cinema

Sight loss affects around two million people in the UK, a number that is likely to increase to four million by 2050. Losing sight can ...

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New £50m national innovation centre given go-ahead

Permission has been granted for a major new development which will link up university academic talent with industry and the public sect...

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Why we need to talk about incontinence

We rarely hear or speak about incontinence. But the condition – the involuntary loss of urine or faecal matter – is frighteningly commo...

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Medication nation: new research shows nearly half of all older people now taking at least five medicines

More and more people are relying on their daily dose of medication for long-term health conditions. Recent figures show that prescripti...

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Newcastle named as a top UK smart city

Newcastle is the fastest growing region outside of London for digital and technology employment, according to the second UK Smart Citie...

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Eight simple changes to our neighbourhoods can help us age well

Where we live can play a big part in ageing well, largely because of the links between physical activity and wellbeing. Research shows ...

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New approach to ageing: older people lead project to improve later years

By the time the NHS celebrates its 100th birthday in 2048, there will be more than 100,000 centenarians in the UK. This age shift is bo...

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It's time to treat aging as an asset, not a burden

By now, you may be aware that Canada’s seniors recently crossed a significant threshold. Statistics Canada announced for the first time...

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Why are we so afraid of dementia?

Dementia used to be called “the silent epidemic”, but it is no longer silent. It has become the subject of seemingly endless discussion...

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Extra-care housing offers older people independence and reassurance

Raymond Knotts took the decision to move into a “care village” in Crewe two years ago. He’d had a fall at home, where he had lived alon...

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Why our brain needs sleep, and what happens if we don’t get enough of it

Many of us have experienced the effects of sleep deprivation: feeling tired and cranky, or finding it hard to concentrate. Sleep is mor...

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Pioneering research centre celebrates 40th anniversary

A research centre whose pioneering work paved the way for Local Enterprise Partnerships and Metro Mayors is celebrating four decades of...

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When it comes to keeping our brains young, we need to rise to new challenges

As we get older, our thinking skills often deteriorate: we get slower, more forgetful, less good at learning new things. Yet not everyo...

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Voice North's Involvement in Hoarding Disorder Questionnaire

Hoarding Disorder (HD) was defined by Frost and Hartl (1996) as the excessive acquisition of and difficulty discarding large quantities...

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Friends of North Tyneside Project

Friends of North Tyneside is a new project bringing together teams of volunteers aged 50+ to help improve the lives of children, young ...

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Researchers investigate heart attack treatments in the elderly

Newcastle researchers have been awarded £1.7m to investigate heart attack treatments for patients over 75. A clinical trial supported ...

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BBC How to Stay Young

The BBC programme ‘How to stay young’ was carried out with scientists at Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing. I am a researcher...

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How to Stay Young

Experts from Newcastle University will be revealing the shocking differences between people’s body age and their actual age in the BBC ...

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Lessons from Adelaide in how a smart city can work to benefit everyone

By the time you’ve finished reading this article, roughly 20 people will have moved from the country into a citysomewhere around the wo...

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Bored reading science? Let’s change how scientists write

As research scientists, we read a lot of scientific papers. But it may surprise you to learn that a lot of the time we – yes, we scien...

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Soapbox Science Newcastle 2017 Highlights Video

On Saturday 17 June 2017 Newcastle city centre was transformed into a hub for science and discovery as top female scientists from Newca...

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Tracing the links between basic research and real-world applications

What does hailing a ride with Uber have to do with 19th-century geometry and Einstein’s theory of relativity? Quite a bit, it turns out...

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Importance of health research recognised for NHS Trusts

Figures published show how the North East has maintained its leading position in driving health research. The figures have been publis...

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Scientists and patient volunteers reunite after 12 years for new study

Patients who took part in research into bowel health more than a decade ago have reunited for a follow-up study to help experts gain a ...

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A prescription of activities shown to improve health and well-being

Gyms, walking groups, gardening, cooking clubs and volunteering have all been shown to work in improving the health and well-being repo...

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Millions awarded for Global Health Research into dementia

Experts in ageing have been awarded £2 million from the Department of Health to focus on dementia care and prevention on a global scale...

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Energy-recycling stairs could add a spring to your step

“Take the stairs!” we’ve all been implored, to help maintain our health. But what if taking the stairs is painful, difficult or, worse,...

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Gerontologist receives national recognition

Leading Newcastle University researcher, Professor Thomas von Zglinicki has received Britain’s highest award for services to gerontolog...

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Online Course - Ageing Well: Falls

Every day in the UK, almost 10,000 people aged over 65 will fall down. The personal costs are staggering, with falls resulting in injur...

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What to call the time of life between work and old age?

To get the most out of longer lives, a new age category is needed. WHAT do you call someone who is over 65 but not yet elderly? This s...

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'Always grasp the opportunity': confronting ageism creatively

Eileen Kramer is reinventing ageing. The 102-year-old dancer and artist is working on a new ballet and plans to perform it in November ...

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Scientists awarded £5m for cancer research

A group of scientists in Newcastle have been awarded £5 million from Cancer Research UK to extend their groundbreaking cancer research....

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Lived experiences of home adaptations

Elders Council are partners in a research project with Northumbria University and Newcastle University. This is asking older people in ...

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We are becoming segregated into young and old communities without realising

Differences in political views between different age groups have been very apparent during the current UK election campaign. The polls ...

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What is ‘cognitive reserve’? How we can protect our brains from memory loss and dementia

As we get older we have a greater risk of developing impairments in areas of cognitive function – such as memory, reasoning and verbal ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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