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Vitamin D increases bowel cancer survival, research suggests

Bowel cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are more likely to survive the disease, a study shows. ... Read more >>

Fast & Furious 7: Cast wrap movie by thanking fans for their support following Paul Walker's death

The cast of the Fast & Furious series of movies have completed shooting their latest film by writing an open letter to fans, thanking them for their support following the death of star Paul Walker. ... Read more >>


Cooling treatment for oxygen-starved babies improves survival without brain damage in later childhood

The cooling of newborn babies suffering from perinatal asphyxia – a lack of oxygen at the time of birth – significantly increases their chance of survival without brain damage to later childhood, according to a new study. ... Read more >>

Sociable weaver bird study shows how humans work together for a common good

A new insight into one of the biggest questions in science – why some animals, including humans, work together to maintain a common good – has been achieved by scientists at the University of Sheffield. ... Read more >>

Dolly Parton offers a home to Dolly the Dog, rescued from Glastonbury Festival

Superstar Dolly Parton has offered take home to America a dog left behind at the Glastonbury Festival. ... Read more >>

Scientists discover gold’s hidden value for chemical processes

Scientists are discovering new and unexpected uses for gold – a noble metal traditionally regarded as being chemically uninteresting due to its poor ability to react with other substances. ... Read more >>

Books About Town: BookBenches around London encourage enjoyment of reading

Benches shaped like open books have popped up all over London for residents and visitors to find and enjoy. ... Read more >>

Acts of kindness enable hospital patient's Joann Howells' wedding to Neil Ward to go ahead

Staff at Worthing Hospital in Sussex pulled out all the stops to ensure a couple's wedding went ahead on their planned day, despite the bride having to stay in hospital for cancer treatment. ... Read more >>

Facial recognition technology could diagnose rare genetic diseases

Rare genetic diseases could be diagnosed with the aid of new computer software that scans ordinary photographs of patients' faces, scientists say. ... Read more >>

RSPCA seeks footballs to bring fun to dogs in its animal centres

The RSPCA is appealing for the donation of footballs so that dogs in the charity's centres can practise their fancy footwork. ... Read more >>

Recreational football reduces high blood pressure in mature women, study suggests

The World Cup in Brazil is attracting a global armchair audience of millions but new research shows that playing football could help lower blood pressure in women aged 35-50. ... Read more >>

Dogs may find kennel stays exciting rather than stressful, researchers say

A new study suggests that dogs which spend a short time in boarding kennels may not find it unduly stressful and could in fact find the change of scenery exciting. ... Read more >>

Car of the future will be smaller and greener, but just as powerful, researchers suggest

The car industry is ever more focused on meeting consumer demand for engines that offer greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. ... Read more >>

Gene discovery could help target triple negative breast cancer, says Cancer Research

Scientists have discovered that a gene previously linked to leukaemia could provide an urgently needed target for the development of drugs to treat patients with a particularly difficult to treat form of breast cancer. ... Read more >>

World's first dementia concert shows a positive approach to the condition

For some, a dementia diagnosis may make them feel that their lives over. But in a heartfelt display of positivity, a group of people with the condition have performed on stage with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. ... Read more >>

Christiano Ronaldo has zig-zag haircut in tribute to brain tumour patient

Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's new zig-zag hair cut has grabbed the headlines and it seems it's his tribute to a boy who recently underwent brain surgery. ... Read more >>

New pacemaker synchronises heart rate with breathing

Latest pacemaker research could revolutionise the lives of over 750,000 people who live with heart failure in the UK. ... Read more >>

Hooked On Music - Scientists' music game could aid dementia research

<SPAN>Everyone knows a musical hook when they hear one, but scientists don't know why. Now a new online game will help researchers unlock what makes music catchy and could help in understanding Alzheimer's. </SPAN> ... Read more >>

New hope for tooth decay: Dental innovation could help teeth self-repair

A new device is being developed by dental researchers to electrically reverse the process of tooth decay and help teeth to self-repair. ... Read more >>

Stop17 - Selfie campaign raises awareness of baby loss charity Sands

Every single day in the UK 17 babies are stillborn or die within the first few weeks of their precious short lives - a shockingly high figure and yet most people still don't realise that this tragedy still happens. ... Read more >>

Arctic warming means fewer cold weather extremes, finds new study

Climate change is unlikely to lead to more days of extreme cold, similar to those that gripped the USA in a deep freeze last winter, new research suggests. ... Read more >>

Eye-controlled wheelchair has potential to change lives, says developer

New technology which allows disabled people to control their electric wheelchairs by simply moving their eyes could help those who up until now have not been able to move independently. ... Read more >>

Ground coffee waste could be used to make biofuel, researchers say

Many of us need a coffee to get us moving in the morning, but imagine if our cars ran of caffeine as well.. Waste coffee grinds could be used to make biodiesel, new research suggests. ... Read more >>

Pensioner returns book to university library over sixty years past its due date

A 91-year-old former student has escaped a £4,500 fine for returning a borrowed book to the University of Liverpool library 61 years late. ... Read more >>

Keeping active in your 70s and 80s can reduce prescriptions and prevent hospital admissions, study suggests

Older people who undertake at least 25 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise everyday need fewer prescriptions and are less likely to be admitted to hospital in an emergency, new research has revealed. ... Read more >>

Big Wild Sleepout: Camping out overnight to support RSPB

Thousands of people are expected to camp out this week as part of the RSPB's Big Wild Sleepout. ... Read more >>

National Trust painting is confirmed as a self-portrait of Rembrandt

It's being described as the original selfie. A self-portrait, previously doubted as being a genuine Rembrandt, has now been scientifically verified as being from the Dutch Old Master’s own hand. ... Read more >>

Couples sleep in sync when a wife is content with her marriage, research suggests

If you want a good night's sleep with your partner make sure they're happy. A new U.S. study suggests that couples are more likely to sleep in sync when the wife is more satisfied with their marriage. ... Read more >>

Conservationists release short-haired bumblebee queens from Sweden to boost bee numbers

Nearly 50 Short-haired bumblebee queens from Sweden have been released at the RSPB Dungeness reserve in Kent. ... Read more >>

Tomato extract supplement taken daily could improve blood vessel function in heart disease patients

A daily supplement of an extract found in tomatoes may improve the function of blood vessels in patients with cardiovascular disease, according to latest research. ... Read more >>

How more post-sex cuddles can improve your love life

Want a more satisfying sex life and a better relationship with your partner? More post-sex cuddling will do the trick, especially for couples who are parents, according to new research. ... Read more >>

Study encourages organisations to take a proactive approach to workplace conflict

Developing proactive ways of managing conflict between staff should be a central part of organisational strategy according to results of a four year programme of research. ... Read more >>

Mobile phone data helps combat malaria in Namibia

An international study is using mobile phone data to help combat malaria more effectively. ... Read more >>

Spiders could be the key to saving our bees, study suggests, with venom used in safe bio-pesticide

A novel bio-pesticide created using spider venom and a plant protein has been found to be safe for honeybees - despite being highly toxic to a number of key insect pests. ... Read more >>

The science behind the perfect coffee – it’s in the water!

A young chemist has teamed up with the UK Barista Champion to find the best type of water for making coffee. ... Read more >>

Educating children about animal welfare could increase compassion, teachers tell RSPCA

A new survey reveals over ninety-five per cent of teachers say teaching children about animal welfare would help make them more compassionate and socially aware. ... Read more >>

Britain’s urban rivers are the cleanest they have been in 20 years, study shows

University scientists have concluded that Britain's urban rivers are the cleanest they've been in over two decades. ... Read more >>

Speaking two languages slows brain ageing, researchers say

People who speak more than one language are more likely to stay sharp in old age, according to a study. ... Read more >>

Starting vegetables early gives children a taste for them, study finds

Parents wanting to encourage their children to eat vegetables should start early and often, new research suggests. ... Read more >>

Olympic gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold skydives for mental health charity Mind

Skeleton Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold has completed a terrifying 10,000ft skydive for mental health charity Mind, motivated by seeing peers in the world of elite sport face their own battles. ... Read more >>

Surprise sloth baby amazes staff at London Zoo

London Zoo has welcomed its first ever baby sloth, after a surprise pregnancy. ... Read more >>

Student develops smart alarm clock to plan your journey to work according to weather and travel reports

A smart alarm clock that alerts you to weather conditions and allows for the right mode of transport to get you to work on time is being developed at the University of Brighton. ... Read more >>

Students at the University of Manchester offer advice on sensible drinking

Students from The University of Manchester are campaigning against excessive alcohol consumption, in the hope that their message goes viral. ... Read more >>

Big data to help match blood cancer patients to treatments

A pioneering database at the University of Leeds will help match patients with certain types of blood cancers to the best treatments. ... Read more >>

Staying active when pregnant increases chances of a normal birth, study suggests

Women who stay active in pregnancy are more likely to have a normal birth, without the need for a caesarean or the use of instruments such as forceps, according to a new study. ... Read more >>

RSPCA saves thousands of animals' lives over a busier six months

The RSPCA reports that its inspectors and welfare officers have helped save the lives of thousands of animals already this year. ... Read more >>

National Trust supports campaigners seeking to buy iconic mountain, Blencathra

The National Trust is urging the public to help secure the future of Blencathra, an iconic mountain in the northern Lake District, which is up for sale. ... Read more >>

Extra virgin olive oil could cut risk of heart disease, study concludes

New research shows extra virgin olive oil can help reduce the chance of heart disease in those at high risk. ... Read more >>

Bubble wrap popping and dog comforting helps students cope with exam stress

Students at the University of Leicester are being presented with an array of rather unusual ways to combat their exam stress including dog petting and bubble wrap popping. ... Read more >>

Early warning system will predict risk of dengue fever at Brazil World Cup

University of Exeter scientists have helped develop an early-warning system to predict the risk of dengue fever outbreaks in Brazil during the forthcoming World Cup. ... Read more >>

Drug DSR 6434 shows promise in improving effectiveness of radiotherapy to treat cancer

Scientists report that a drug has shown potential to improve the effectiveness of radiotherapy in stopping tumour growth. ... Read more >>

Success breeds succcess, study confirms

Success really does breed success, researchers from UCL and Stony Brook University have found, following a series of unique on-line experiments. ... Read more >>

Wud U? Barnardo’s new app to help protect children

Barnardo's has teamed up with Microsoft to produce a unique new app to help teach young people about the dangers of child sexual exploitation. ... Read more >>

Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research aims to improve outlook for patients

Thirteen academic and NHS organisations are working together to form the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research. ... Read more >>

Research shows the benefits of yoga for pregnant women

For the first time researchers in the UK have studied the effects of yoga on pregnant women, and found that it can reduce the risk of them developing anxiety and depression. ... Read more >>

How using a middle initial in your name could boost your intellectual profile

What's in a name? Quite a bit it seems, if you want to make a good impression intellectually. A new study suggests that people benefit from displaying their middle name initials in situations where intellectual performance matters. ... Read more >>

Scientists' discovery could help better predict volcanic activity

A new discovery in the study of how volcanoes erupt may help develop methods to predict how a volcanic event will behave, say scientists at the University of Liverpool. ... Read more >>

Seeing nature images while exercising boosts children's health, study suggests

Children who are exposed to scenes of nature while exercising are more likely to experience health-enhancing effects after activity. ... Read more >>

How eating cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli could help prevent Alzheimer's disease

Eating cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli may help reduce the levels of the bad tau proteins that accumulate in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, according to U.S. researchers. ... Read more >>

Runner Viviane Joynes retraces her refugee grandmother's journey across Europe, in aid of the Red Cross

Viviane Joynes is getting ready to run the equivalent of around 80 marathons, starting from Poland and ending in Spain, to support the Red Cross. It is all inspired by Viviane's grandmother Ilse's story. ... Read more >>

Reusable water bottle produced by WaterAid to help Glastonbury festival-goers cut plastics use

WaterAid has teamed up with Glastonbury Festival and Raw Foundation to produce a reusable,100% stainless steel 750ml water bottle. ... Read more >>

Hydro turbine on Snowdonia farm will help fund National Trust's conservation

The National Trust's first large hydro turbine has been switched on at a Snowdonia farm and is now helping to fund its conservation work. ... Read more >>

RSPCA praises comedian John Bishop for adopting RSPCA rescue pig

An RSPCA rescue pig has been adopted by comedian John Bishop and his family after they spotted a video of him online. ... Read more >>

Million pound funding boost will enable development of heat-sensitive skin for prosthetics

An ultra-flexible tactile skin for robotics and prosthetics is being developed that's so sensitive it could sense whether a cup of tea is too hot to handle. ... Read more >>

Nursing care is as important as medication in treating skin conditions, expert suggests

Alleviating skin problems is as much to do with TLC as medication, according to a skin care expert. ... Read more >>

Kidney transplant patient Andy Knox gets gift of life from three members of his family

A patient has been given the gift of life&nbsp; by his mum, dad and sister, who have each donated a kidney to him. ... Read more >>

Amanda Ramsay’s inspiring mission to overcome debilitating sleep disorder, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Diagnosed with a little-known sleep disorder, student Amanda Ramsay is embarking on an awareness campaign and weight loss challenge to improve her quality of life. Waking up every five minutes during the night left Amanda suffering from overwhelmi... Read more >>

Bee Safe! Study shows how bumblebees protect themselves from danger

Fascinating new research reveals how bumblebees can distinguish between safe and dangerous environments and are attracted to land on flowers popular with other bees when exposed to perilous situations. ... Read more >>

Bruce Meyers: Finding Love in a Beach Buggy

Bruce Meyers is living proof of how one seemingly minor shift in perspective can change your life exponentially. At 88 years of age, he knows how his life might have turned out. The iconic Dune Buggy is his brainchild and it has just celebrated it... Read more >>

Mastermind quiz champion overcomes obsessive-compulsive disorder to win BBC competition

A man who has struggled with obsessive-compulsive disorder for more than fifty years, has told how he overcame it to sit in the famous Mastermind chair and win the BBC competition. ... Read more >>

RSPCA sees huge rise in adoptions of bull breed dogs

RSPCA animal centres have seen a rise of 48 per cent in adoptions of bull breed dogs in the first three months of 2014 compared with the same time last year. ... Read more >>

Tip for the top! Business student Baran Ceylan wins Future Business Leader of the Year Award

Final year student Baran Ceylan has been named Future Business Leader of the Year and presented with his award by veteran newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald OBE. ... Read more >>

The Stitch: Needle and thread sewing campaign aims to conquer stigma of child sexual abuse

An innovative new U.S. campaign aims to highlight the all too often taboo topic of child sexual abuse. ... Read more >>

Radiohead's Colin Greenwood takes on Blenheim Palace triathlon to support young cancer patient Scarlett Clarkson

A young cancer sufferer from Oxford has inspired Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood to take part in a charity triathlon at Blenheim Palace. ... Read more >>

Half of cancer patients now survive for at least ten years, says Cancer Research

Fifty per cent of people diagnosed with cancer today will survive their disease for at least ten years, according to landmark figures published by Cancer Research UK. In the early 1970s just a quarter of patients survived as long. ... Read more >>

Scottish heather honey could be effective treatment for beating bacteria, according to researchers

Honey has long been known for its anti-bacterial properties - it was prized by the ancient Egyptians and is widely used today in veterinary medicine as a wound dressing. ... Read more >>

Human skin grown in laboratory conditions offers an alternative to animal testing, study finds

Skin layer grown from human stem cells could replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, scientists suggest. ... Read more >>

Inspirational fundraiser Stephen Sutton hits million pound target for Teenage Cancer Trust

With a brave thumbs up for his supporters, Stephen Sutton has celebrated surpassing his million pounds target for Teenage Cancer Trust by raising more than £1.5M to boost the charity. ... Read more >>

Fashion Revolution Day: Seeking positive change in fashion on the first anniversary of Rana Plaza

One year on from the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, which killed 1,129 people and injured 2,500, Fashion Revolution Day is bringing together those who want to see change within the fashion industry. ... Read more >>

Eatro: Student takeaway food business sources homemade meals

A new takeaway service for homemade food has been launched by three students from the City of London University. ... Read more >>


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