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ODinE programme boosts startup businesses with €100k funding

Startup businesses are being offered up to €100k equity free funding through a new European programme. ... Read more >>

RSPCA fundraising appeal puts emaciated horse back on the road to recovery

An emaciated horse found on a dark hillside in Harlow is getting stronger every day and learning to love life again thanks to help from RSPCA supporters. ... Read more >>

Combination therapy brings new hope to people with cystic fibrosis

A new combination treatment could dramatically cut the levels of lung damage sustainedin around half of the UK cystic fibrosis population. ... Read more >>

Intrepid pair cross Trans-Pennine Trail in wheelchairs to highlight need for better access to the countryside

<SPAN>Wheelchair users Roy Taylor and Chris Christou are attempting a four day challenge, journeying sixty-six miles across the Trans-Pennine Trail, from Chesterfield to Leeds.</SPAN> ... Read more >>

Thumbs up for Stephen Sutton: Teenage Cancer Trust plans anniversary tribute to inspirational fundraiser

<SPAN>The TeenageCancer Trust is planning to mark the first anniversary of the death of Stephen Sutton with a mass #thumbsupforStephen on May 14.</SPAN> ... Read more >>

Get fit for summer! British Heart Foundation urges UK to get more active

<SPAN>The public is being urged the British Heart Foundation to get more active this summer.</SPAN> ... Read more >>

The benefits of a healthy lifestyle for fighting bowel cancer

<SPAN>UK researchers claim living a healthy lifestyle&nbsp;before diagnosis&nbsp;could&nbsp;improve a person's chances of&nbsp;surviving&nbsp;bowel cancer.</SPAN> ... Read more >>

How puppies will help students feel less stressed during exam time

<SPAN>Students at the University of York will be able interact with dogs and puppies to relieve exam stress in an initiative with the charity Guide Dogs.</SPAN> ... Read more >>

Conservation hopes for rare Lake Oku clawed frogs bred at ZSL London Zoo

A critically endangered and evolutionarily distinct species of frog has been bred in a UK zoo for the first time ever. ... Read more >>

Book of You: New reminiscence therapy app could boost people with dementia

The development of a new app, Book of You, could revolutionise reminiscence therapy for people with dementia. ... Read more >>

Student captures stunning images of sealions in the Galápagos Islands

Here's something to brighten your day. University student Sam Rowley has captured remarkable images of sea lions while visiting the Galápagos Islands. ... Read more >>

Baby boom at RSPCA centres prompts good advice from charity about rescuing young animals

The RSPCA is reporting a baby boom at its wildlife centres and has thanked the public for alerting it to young animals which may be in distress. ... Read more >>

CellScope: Smartphone video microscope to improve detection of parasites in blood

A research team led by UC Berkeley engineers has developed a new smartphone microscope that uses video to automatically detect and quantify infection by parasitic worms in a drop of blood. ... Read more >>

New drugs could stop skin cancer from spreading

Two new drugs could stop melanoma from spreading to other parts of the body, a new study has found. ... Read more >>

Study highlights benefits of green space in reducing gap between rich and poor

Having access to green spaces significantly reduces the gap in well being between richer and poorer people, a study has found. ... Read more >>

Team Ocean Valour: Rowers' bid to cross Atlantic to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity

Two rowers, Tom Rainey and Lawrence Walters, have set out from New York in a bid to conquer one of the world's most treacherous ocean routes. ... Read more >>

Replacing one sugary drink per day could cut risk of type 2 diabetes

<SPAN>Drinking water or unsweetened tea or coffee in place of one sugary drink per day can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to new research. </SPAN>... Read more >>

New mother is first diabetic in the world to give birth naturally

A British woman has become the first woman in the world to give birth naturally with the use of an artificial pancreas. ... Read more >>

Marion Coutts Wins Wellcome Book Prize

Marion Coutts has been awarded the Wellcome Book Prize 2015 for 'The Iceberg', her memoir about the art critic Tom Lubbock, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008. ... Read more >>

People will live longer than official estimates predict, say researchers

The researchers say official forecasts underestimate how long people will live in the future, and therefore don’t adequately anticipate the need for additional investments in health and social services and pensions for the elderly. ... Read more >>

Breakthrough means bright future for clean hydrogen power

Researchers from Bath University have developed a new material for generating hydrogen from water in collaboration with Yale University. ... Read more >>

Scientific breakthrough unlocks potential novel tendon therapy

Scientists are investigating a new therapy for the treatment of tendon injuries such as tennis elbow and Achilles tendinitis after gaining new insight into the condition. ... Read more >>

Festival of Learning survey finds that UK is a nation of 'wannabe' chefs and musicians

We are a nation of aspiring chefs and musicians, according to a new survey which uncovers the secret ambitions of the UK population. ... Read more >>

Lights out initiative in New York aims to protect migratory birds

Buildings in New York State will participate in a lights out initiative to reduce sources of light pollution that disrupt and disorient birds during migration. ... Read more >>

Mindfulness-based therapy could offer an alternative to antidepressants for preventing depression relapse

<SPAN>Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) could provide an alternative non-drug treatment for people who do not wish to continue long-term antidepressant treatment, suggests new research. </SPAN>... Read more >>

How maniuplating the colour of light could help the bodyclock of shiftworkers and travellers

<SPAN>Research by scientists has revealed that the colour of light has a major impact on how our body clock measures the time of day. </SPAN>... Read more >>

Photograph confirms that Bouvier's red colobus monkey is alive and well in Congo

Two primatologists working in the forests of the Republic of Congo have snapped the first-ever photograph of the Bouvier's red colobus monkey, a rare primate not seen for more than half a century and suspected to be extinct. ... Read more >>

Cystic fibrosis boy's Facebook pills video gets 650,000 hits

When six-year-old Jesse was reluctant to take his medication for cystic fibrosis, his mother hit upon a winning idea, that's won the support of around 650,000 people online. ... Read more >>

Older people are more active and making a greater contribution across Europe

The Active Ageing Index details the extent to which 28 European Union nations are enabling the potential of older people to contribute not just to their own wellbeing, but also to help sustain greater economic and social prosperity for society as ... Read more >>

How topical medicines for athlete’s foot and eczema could benefit patients with multiple sclerosis

A pair of topical medicines already alleviating skin conditions each may prove to have another, even more compelling use: instructing stem cells in the brain to reverse damage caused by multiple sclerosis. ... Read more >>

Spuddy: App helps you find a sports buddy

Are you a keen tennis ace but don't have anyone to play against? Or are you looking for someone to go running or cycling with? Then search no longer - a new app, Spuddy, allows people to find ‘sports buddies' in their local area. ... Read more >>

Nothing beats a good night's sleep for helping people absorb new information

A good night's sleep is essential for helping people absorb new information, researchers say. ... Read more >>

Mind 3000s: Mountain trek tests celebrities in fundraising challenge for mental health charity

Celebrities will trek through the night in perilous conditions to raise £50,000 formental health charity Mind. ... Read more >>

Stroke drug alteplase could be used more widely without risk to patients

A drug that breaks up blood clots in stroke patients' brains could be used more widely without increased risk, a study shows. ... Read more >>

Beech tree is named Britain's tallest native tree

A beech tree in Newtimber Woods on the Devil's Dyke estate in West Sussex has been declared the tallest native tree in Britain. Measuring a staggering 44m tall (144ft), the champion tree on National Trust land is thought to be almost 200-years-old... Read more >>

New drug to enter trials for drug-resistant blood cancer patients

Researchers have developed an experimental treatment to overcome resistance to drugs used to treat cancers of the blood. So far, the drug has shown promise in pre-clinical studies in mice and is expected to enter clinical trials later this year.</... Read more >>

Genetic screening could improve breast cancer prevention, researchers find

A test for a wide range of genetic risk factors could improve doctors' ability to work out which women are at increased risk of developing breast cancer, a major study of more than 65,000 women has shown. ... Read more >>

Genocide survivor Hyppolite Ntiguriwa launches campaign to support orphans in Rwanda

Hyppolite Ntiguriwa, 27, lost his father and dozens of his relatives during the brutal Rwandan genocide but is now hoping to give a helping hand to orphans in his home country. ... Read more >>

Kids Sleep Dr: New smartphone app aims to improve children's sleep

The first smartphone app of its kind to help children with sleep problems&nbsp; has been developed by Evelina London Children's Hospital yesterday. ... Read more >>

RSPCA pleased to see not Grand National fatalities for third year in a row

The RSPCA says it believes its assistance with the Grand National has paid off - ensuring there were no fatalities in this year's race concluded at Aintree. ... Read more >>

New antibody therapy shows promise in suppressing HIV infection

<SPAN>In the first results to emerge from HIV patient trials of a new generation of neutralising antibodies, researchers have found the experimental therapy can dramatically reduce the amount of virus present in a patient's blood. </SPAN>... Read more >>

Mountain gorilla genome study provides optimism about population numbers

An international research project to sequence whole genomes from mountain gorillas has given scientists and conservationists new insight into the impact of population decline on these critically endangered apes. ... Read more >>

How your openness rates higher than religion for would-be lovers

Openness matters more than your religion to potential romantic partners, a new study suggests. In two studies researchers created a number of dating profiles for both religious and non-religious individuals and asked volunteers from a range of rel... Read more >>

New aluminum-ion battery offers an ultrafast charge and a safer alternative to conventional batteries

Scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's ultrafast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers from Stanford University in California say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial ba... Read more >>

Lightbulb launch is celebrated as first UK application of graphene

A graphene lightbulb with lower energy emissions, longer lifetime and lower manufacturing costs has been launched - the first commercial application of graphene to emerge from the UK. ... Read more >>

More children are surving heart surgery, study reveals

Death rates in children within 30 days of heart surgery in the UK have almost halved over past decade, according to a new study. ... Read more >>

Study highlights strength of high street shops post the economic downturn

High streets are emerging from the economic downturn with a stronger independent retailer presence than previously, according to latest research. ... Read more >>

Thousands raised for dementia charity in tribute from Sir Terry Pratchett's fans

More than £51,000 has been donated to a charity in memory of Sir Terry Pratchett. ... Read more >>

RSPCA cares for rare albino badger injured during mating season

A rare albino badger that was found with injuries on his neck and rump is recovering under the care of the RSPCA. ... Read more >>

Training for Africa's next generation of scientists

The University of Glasgow has secured £334,000&nbsp;to help train the next generation of African scientists. ... Read more >>

National Trust unveils plan to boost wildlife and land over the next decade

The National Trust has launched an ambitious plan to reverse what it describes as an ‘alarming decline' in wildlife. ... Read more >>

Major increase in bowel cancer screening uptake shown with new screening test

A large pilot study of a new bowel cancer screening procedure - a Faecal Immunochemical Test or FIT for short - has demonstrated a major increase in participation rates across population groups. ... Read more >>

International Day of Happiness 2015: A day for connecting with people

Today is the International Day of Happiness 2015, with everyone invited to focus on their connections with others. ... Read more >>

Study identifies the most agreeable and friendly regions of the UK

A survey of almost 400,000 British residents shows Scots to be amongst the friendliest and most co-operative residents and Londoners the most open.</SPAN> ... Read more >>

Breastfeeding is linked to greater adult intelligence

Longer duration of breastfeeding is linked with increased intelligence in adulthood, longer schooling and higher adult earnings, a study has found. ... Read more >>

Beaten puppy recovers, thanks to the RSPCA, and seeks a new home

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy who was badly beaten by an eight-year-old child has now been rehabilitated by the RSPCA and is searching for a new home. ... Read more >>

Scientists grow ‘mini-lungs’ to aid the study of cystic fibrosis

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have successfully created ‘mini-lungs' using stem cells derived from skin cells of patients with cystic fibrosis, and have shown that these can be used to test potential new drugs for this debilitating lun... Read more >>

Baby gorilla is thriving thanks to London Zoo's conservation programme

Zookeepers at London Zoo say the three-month-old daugher of their lowland gorilla Mjukuu is making good progress. ... Read more >>

Wildsense: iPad app could help monitor endangered wild tigers

A new iPad app that focuses on tiger conservation could change the way wildlife is monitored in the future. ... Read more >>

Consuming oily fish could repair damaged blood vessels

Eating oily fish may not only keep your heart healthy but it could actually help to fix damaged blood vessels faster, reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease, scientists have found. ... Read more >>

Vagus nerve stimulation shows promise for stroke rehabilitation

An experimental technique to help stroke patients regain the use of their arms has shown promising results in a trial. ... Read more >>

National Trust spring flower count records more blooms

This year's milder, calmer and drier winter has been much kinder to plants, the National Trust's early spring flower count suggests. ... Read more >>

RSPCA rescues runaway coati mistaken for a bear

A coati that caused a stir in a small town in Buckinghamshire after he was mistaken for a small bear has been safely returned to its owner by the RSPCA. ... Read more >>

Malawi celebrates actions to protect elephants from poaching

The RSPCA is celebrating after actions to protect elephants in Malawi were stepped up. ... Read more >>

Classical music relaxes dogs in rehoming centres

Dogs facing the stress of entering a rehoming centre can be relaxed by listening to classical music, according to a new study. ... Read more >>

Moderate alcohol consumption increases attractiveness,

Consuming alcohol - equivalent to about a glass of wine - can make the drinker appear more attractive than when sober, according to new research from the University of Bristol. However, be warned - the effect disappears when more is consumed. ... Read more >>

Three coffees a day could reduce risk of heart attack

If you enjoy a cup of coffee, then you may reducing the chances of having a cardiac arrest. ... Read more >>

Shopping vouchers could help one in five pregnant women quit smoking, study suggests

Financial incentives could help one in five women quit smoking during pregnancy, according to new research. ... Read more >>

Photo captures weasel and woodpecker mid-air

Amateur photographer Martin Le-May, from East London, could hardly believe his luck when he snapped the image of a weasel on the back of a woodpecker in flight. ... Read more >>

Eating peanut at an early age prevents peanut allergy in high-risk infants

New evidence shows that the majority of infants at high-risk of developing peanut allergy are protected from peanut allergy at age 5 years if they eat peanut frequently, starting within the first 11 months of life. ... Read more >>

L'Oréal Paris UK drops its ‘no good at maths' advertising tagline to support mathematics education

<SPAN>The charity National Numeracy has welcomed the decision by the cosmetics and beauty company L'Oréal Paris to change its UK advertising campaign to remove a negative remark about learning maths.</SPAN> ... Read more >>

How X-Ray technology can help develop more accurate cancer vaccines

Scientists have used powerful X-ray technology to visualise how white blood cells interact with skin cancer cells, paving the way for the development of more accurate cancer vaccines. ... Read more >>

Mother orangutan and her baby rescued in Sumatra

Rescuers have evacuated a mother orangutan and her baby, who were trapped in farmlands in South Aceh, Sumatra, bringing the total to seven orangutans rescued this year, and four this month alone. ... Read more >>

Office for National Statistics figures highlight fall in teenage pregnancy

Teenage pregnancies have fallen to the lowest level in more than 40 years, according to latest figures. ... Read more >>

MoneySuperMarket staff raise twice their fundraising target to support mental health charity Mind

The website MoneySuperMarket has raised £130,000 - smashing its original target of £60,000 - to support people experiencing mental health problems. ... Read more >>

Scientists announce anti-HIV agent so powerful it might work in a vaccine

In a remarkable new advance against the virus that causes AIDS, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute in Florida have announced the creation of a novel drug candidate that is so potent and universally effective, it might work as part of a... Read more >>

Plain packaging reduces cigarette seeking response by almost a tenth, study suggests

Plain tobacco packaging may reduce the likelihood of smokers seeking to obtain cigarettes by almost 10 per cent compared to branded packs, according to research from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter. ... Read more >>

Rescued tawny owl recovers at RSPCA centre after oil ordeal

The RSPCA hopes to release back to the wild a tawny owl that was found covered in engine oil after she ended up in an old feed trough. ... Read more >>

Study shows urban habitats provide haven for UK bees

Urban environments might not seem the best habitat for pollinators at first glance but a new study suggests that bees and other pollinating bugs actually thrive as well in towns and cities as they do in farms and nature reserves. ... Read more >>

Unemployment is continuing to fall, Office for National Statistics reveals

Unemployment in the UK is still falling, according to latest figures. ... Read more >>

New research alliance by Alzheimer's Research UK aims to fast-track treatments for dementia

Alzheimer's Research UK, the world's largest dedicated dementia research charity, has announced a new £30m alliance with three flagship research institutes at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and University College London.</SPAN></SPAN> ... Read more >>

RSPCA celebrates less than perfect dogs with Ruffs alternative dog show

Tired of traditional dog breed standards that prioritise looks over welfare, the RSPCA is searching for canines that don't conform to the idea of a champion. ... Read more >>

How chimpanzees and children learn kindness from others

Chimpanzees, much like children, can learn to be kind by observing and experiencing the kindness of others, according to new research. ... Read more >>

Like A Girl - Always campaign film empowers young women to feel confident

“You run like a girl” or “you throw like a girl” are common insults many have heard or said at some time. ... Read more >>

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