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A Little Respect: London Underground Christmas sing-along of Erasure hit goes viral

A passenger has brought some Christmas spirit to the London Underground by encouraging a platform of strangers to sing together. ... Read more >>

British Comedy Awards raises awareness of cystic fibrosis

A genetic disorder affecting the lungs, cystic fibrosis is nothing to laugh about. But a star-studded event to honour the best of British comedy across the UK television industry has become a platform for raising awareness about the condition. ... Read more >>


Gay bull is saved from abattoir and welcomed by animal sanctuary following PETA campaign

An animal sanctuary in Norfolk has welcomed a young bull who was doomed for the slaughterhouse after he was pronounced 'gay' for showing little interest in his companion cows. ... Read more >>

Young violinist Madison Glinsky raises £33,000 for children's hospice by busking

When 10-year-old Madison Glinsky from Cornwall set a goal of raising £500 for the children's hospice in her community she couldn't have imagined how successful she would be. ... Read more >>

Beard Baubles: Christmas fashion craze for the bearded helps raise awareness of melanoma

Gentlemen, if you want to get ahead this Christmas – don't get a hat, get Beard Baubles! ... Read more >>

Fewer women are dying from birth-related complications, study shows

Latest figures from Oxford University there's been a fall in the number of maternal deaths in the UK. The statistics show they have dropped from 11 to ten per 100,000 women giving birth. ... Read more >>

RSPCA photography awards highlight youngsters' inspiring love of animal kingdom

Wildlife expert Chris Packham says he's inspired by the love and enthusiasm for animals shown by youngsters in this year's RSPCA Young Photographer Awards. ... Read more >>

Pre-empting flu evolution may make for better vaccines, researchers suggest

An international team of researchers has shown that it may be possible to improve the effectiveness of the seasonal flu vaccine by ‘pre-empting' the evolution of the influenza virus. ... Read more >>

Researchers use algae to clean up mine water

A ground breaking research project aims to clean up water from a Cornish tin mine, using algae to harvest the precious heavy metals and produce biofuel at the same time. ... Read more >>

How discarded laptop batteries could power homes in poor countries

Some 400 million people in India lack grid-connected electricity yet researchers say many of the estimated 50 million lithium-ion laptop batteries discarded in the U.S. every year could provide electricity storage sufficient to light homes in poor... Read more >>

How image enhancement technology could help colour-blind people watch TV

A new innovation, image enhancement technology, could transform TV viewing for colour-blind people ... Read more >>

Mental health charity Mind enjoys fundraising support from rock band The Kooks

Mental health may not be the most fashionable of issues for many young people but rock band The Kooks have put it back on the agenda by fundraising for the charity Mind during their UK tour. ... Read more >>

Lowest number of winter deaths recorded, but Age UK urges further action to protect elderly

Fewer people died last winter than in previous years, the lowest number since records began in 1950-51. The Office for National Statistics data compares deaths in winter months with averages in other seasons. ... Read more >>

RSPCA's Animal Hero Awards celebrates courgaeous animals and those who care for them

A life-saving deaf springer spaniel and an RSPCA team member who helps vulnerable people and their pets have both been named animal heroes at the charity's awards ceremony. ... Read more >>

'Huge breakthrough' in understanding how the immune system recognises cancer

US researchers have identified the identity of molecules on the surface of cancer cells which allow the body's immune system to identify and destroy them. ... Read more >>

Aled Jones joins Abbeyfield Society campaign to give older people companionship at Christmas

Singer Aled Jones has launched The Abbeyfield Society's Coping at Christmas campaign, which tackles isolation and loneliness in older people at Christmas. ... Read more >>

Letter writing students ensure their teacher gets a new prosthetic hand

Students at a school in the U.S. have used their letter-writing skills to secure a prosthetic hand for their former teacher. ... Read more >>

With love from Santa: RSPCA teams up with festive message service to spread word about pet care

A service which provides personalised greetings to children from Santa Claus has signed up as an RSPCA fundraiser, promising a donation from every sale it makes this Christmas - and helping press home the message about being a responsible pet owne... Read more >>

Perinatal mental health crucial for physical and mental wellbeing of both parents and child, study suggests

Look after the mental health of parents during pregnancy and after childbirth and you can ensure the physical and mental well being of both parents and child, researchers say. ... Read more >>

Band Aid 30 set for record-breaking number one with Do They Know It's Christmas?

Do They Know It's Christmas? is hurtling towards the UK's Official Singles Chart top spot with massive sales and has already claimed the title of fastest-selling single of 2014. ... Read more >>

Gareth Malone and celebrities score number one single for Children In Need

The Official Children In Need track, Wake Me Up, has debuted at number one, helping contribute to the £32,620,000 raised so far by the appeal this year. ... Read more >>

Promising start to seal breeding season at National Trust nature reserve

A nature reserve on the north Norfolk coast could become England's biggest colony of grey seals, with the arrival of the first grey seal pups of the year. ... Read more >>

Plastic waste is vital ingredient in development of environmentally-friendly concrete

Researchers are developing an environmentally-friendly concrete that uses plastic waste as a partial replacement for sand. ... Read more >>

Waitrose launches charity Christmas single follows national appeal to 'Donate Your Voice'

UK supermarket Waitrose has released its very own charity Christmas single with a difference after appealing for volunteers to sing the lyrics. ... Read more >>

Researchers investigate how walking to work could improve the nation's health

Businesses will be encouraging their workers to walk to work as part of a new £1 million trial which gets underway this month. ... Read more >>

You’ve got to be joking - Festival explores the essence of Being Human

Is laughter a laughing matter? Can jokes tell us something important about who we are, and what it means to be human? ... Read more >>

Dorset heathland which inspired Thomas Hardy gets National Trust care

A wild and windswept heathland which inspired Dorset’s most famous writer, Thomas Hardy, has come into the National Trust's care. ... Read more >>

Urine for a treat! WaterAid teams up with comedians to celebrate toilet humour and raise awareness

WaterAid, the charity which helps communities in the developing world access safe water and sanitation, is using comedy to get the nation talking toilets and highlight its cause in the run up to World Toilet Day on 19th November. ... Read more >>

New evidence on positive economic impact of UK immigration from the European Union

European immigrants to the UK have paid more in taxes than they received in benefits, helping to relieve the fiscal burden on UK-born workers and contributing to the financing of public services, according to new research. ... Read more >>

Good news for conservation: London Zoo unveils plans for lion breeding centre

A new breeding centre is being built at London Zoo as part of its continuing conservation programme. ... Read more >>

Ebola appeal raises £10m in five days, organisers say

Over £10 million has already been donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal to help people affected by the devastating Ebola crisis in west Africa through web and phone donations and UK government support. ... Read more >>

Weight loss surgery reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes

Bariatric - or weight loss - surgery, such as gastric bypass or gastric banding, could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by around 80 per cent in obese people, compared with standard care, new research suggests. ... Read more >>

People Power: Stroke patients brought together for peer support

A new research project will bring stroke sufferers together to share experience and improve their quality of life. ... Read more >>

Opening of National Sperm Bank could benefit thousands of childless people

The opening of a new National Sperm Bank will benefit thousands of childless people, say its founders. ... Read more >>

New test to identify good drugs could speed up availability to patients

A new test will help determine which drugs are unlikely to work at an early stage, speeding up the time it takes to make safe and effective medicines available. ... Read more >>

Giant tortoise population makes miraculous recovery on Galapagos island

A population of endangered giant tortoises, which once dwindled to just over a dozen, has recovered on the Galapagos island of Española. ... Read more >>

Humanitarian efforts to contain Ebola outbreak in Africa are announced by IBM

IBM has announced a series of humanitarian initiatives to help contain the Ebola outbreak in Africa. ... Read more >>

Eight thousand trees a year planted through Woodland Trust Energy scheme

With winter fast approaching, how we pay for our household energy once more comes to the fore and for some the choice is to go green. ... Read more >>

Scientists engineer toxin-secreting stem cells to treat brain tumours

Scientists from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute in the U.S. have devised a new way to use stem cells in the fight against brain cancer. ... Read more >>

Australian transplant of a ‘dead heart' is welcomed by British Heart Foundation for giving new hope to patients

The British Heart Foundation says the transplant of a ‘dead heart' in Australia offers new hope for people who need a heart transplant. ... Read more >>

Open Wide and Step Inside: Innovative animated film aims to improve children's dental health

A film, described as the first of its kind, uses immersive vision technology to engage with five to seven-year-olds about looking after their teeth. ... Read more >>

£2M national sport programme unveiled to tackle mental health

People experiencing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety will be supported to join mainstream sports clubs, go to the gym or take up a new sport in an ambitious new programme. ... Read more >>

Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after cell transplant

Paralysed from the chest down following a knife attack, now Darek Fidyka can walk again using a frame after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord. ... Read more >>

Breathing Stone: Solution for stress relief generates music from pulse rate

Researchers at the University of Bath have come up with Breathing Stone, a tool that detects a user's pulse and breathing in real-time to generate music for relaxation. ... Read more >>

Limbination- Amputees urged show their stumps with pride on social media

Amputees across the UK are being challenged to reveal their stumps with pride after a social media platform removed an image of an amputee's stump for fears it was "offensive". ... Read more >>

Study confirms pubs’ key role in rural communities

A study of rural pubs has provided robust evidence of their central role in the life of English rural communities. ... Read more >>

Mother and daughter graduate in the same subject at the same university graduation ceremony

A university graduation ceremony was extra special for a mother and daughter who received their awards on the same day and in the same subject. ... Read more >>

Tineke Dixon celebrates 25 years of living with heart and lungs transplanted at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Tineke Dixon, 41, has celebrated the 25th anniversary of her heart-and-lung transplant, which she received at Great Ormond Street Hospital at the age of 16. ... Read more >>

How TV whitespace technology is supporting conservation efforts at London Zoo

Live footage from London Zoo is being streamed to YouTube using innovative TV whitespace technology as part of a new conservation project. ... Read more >>

Premature deaths could be reduced by 40%, report suggests

New research suggests that, with sustained international efforts, the number of premature deaths could be reduced by 40% over the next two decades, halving under–50 mortality and preventing a third of the deaths at ages 50–69 years. ... Read more >>

UK's first national networked archive of brain tumour tissue aims to find a cure

A new tissue banking initiative, will unlock thousands of previously hard to access brain tumour samples for researchers throughout the UK. ... Read more >>

Survey shows greatest improvement in public attitudes to mental health in 20 years

New data shows public attitudes towards mental illness have improved significantly. ... Read more >>

Amputees discern familiar sensations across their prosthetic hands in research breakthrough

Igor Spetic,who lost his right hand in an industrial accident four years ago, can now discern sensations in his prosthetic hand thanks to extraordinary new research. ... Read more >>

Malala Yousafzay is youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner for campaigning for children's right to education

At just seventeen years of age, Malala Yousafzay has become the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. ... Read more >>

Research into eye drops could revolutionise treatment of eyes

Sufferers of eye disorders have new hope after researchers at the University of Reading discovered a potential way of making eye drops more effective. ... Read more >>

Fish oils may prevent some forms of depression in patients

A new study has found that omega-3 fatty acids reduce the rates of depression among patients with high levels of inflammation. ... Read more >>

Vet students offer free healthcare to homeless pet owners

A group of students  at the University of Glasgow are providing free veterinary care for pets of the homeless. ... Read more >>

Robin Williams film season will help fund mental health charity Mind

Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square is to host a short season of films starring actor Robin Williams, to celebrate his life as well as raise awareness and much needed funds for mental health charity Mind. ... Read more >>

Rwandan genocide survivor Hyppolite Ntigurirwa begins degree course in the UK

Starting university is a life-changing moment in most people's lives, but for new student Hyppolite Ntigurirwa it really is a dream come true after surviving the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago. ... Read more >>

Salt marsh plants are key to reducing coastal erosion and flooding, study suggests

Study finds that natural flood defences such as salt marshes can reduce the height of damaging waves in storm surge conditions by close to 20%. ... Read more >>

Discovery of Roman coins is hailed as one of the best in Britain

A hoard of 22,000 copper-alloy Roman coins unearthed on land near Seaton in Devon has been declared one of the largest and best preserved 4th century collections to have ever been found in Britain. ... Read more >>

Origins of Earth's water gives rise to hopes of life on other planets

A pioneering new study has shown that water found on Earth predates the formation of the sun – raising hopes that life could exist on exoplanets, the planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy. ... Read more >>

Strictly Come Dancing stars help RSPCA dogs waltz off to a happy new home

Stars of Strictly Come Dancing have helped to put a spring in the step of two abandoned Staffordshire Bull Terriers after they made appeals on social media to help find them a new home. ... Read more >>

Computer monitoring of patients' vital signs achieves reduced hospital death rates

Death rates at two large UK hospitals fell by more than 15% after nurses started using handheld computers instead of paper charts to record patients' vital signs, according to new research. ... Read more >>

First volunteer receives new Ebola vaccine in UK trial

The first of 60 volunteers to participate in a University of Oxford trial has received a new Ebola vaccine. ... Read more >>

How walking in the great outdoors can make us feel better in the autumn

Walking out in the countryside can stave off the ‘winter blues', according to new research from the National Trust. ... Read more >>

Study finds young people would unselfishly give away much of a £1M windfall

<SPAN>What would you do with £1 million if handed it today? Remarkably, half of young people would give at least a large part of it away, with a quarter saying they would keep none of it for themselves, a new study reveals. </SPAN><BR></P... Read more >>

Wild chokeberry extract may strengthen effectiveness of pancreatic cancer drug

A wild berry native to North America may strengthen the effectiveness of a chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer. ... Read more >>

Goldfish George recovers after tumour operation at Australian animal hospital

A plucky goldfish in Australia is recovering after an extraordinary operation to remove a tumour. ... Read more >>

RSPCA awards scheme for local authorities' animal welfare services see 20% rise in excellence

The number of gold awards for animal welfare services provided by local authorities and housing providers has soared by more than 20% as part of the RSPCA's prestigious Community Animal Welfare Footprints scheme. ... Read more >>

Walking or cycling to work improves mental wellbeing, study finds

Walking or cycling to work is better for people's mental health than driving to work, according to new research. ... Read more >>

hrill-seeking pensioner Cliff Dadson skydives for charity, Action for Children

He is 94-years-old but Cliff Dadson has taken to the skies for his first ever parachute jump. Cliff, from Cumbria, took part in a tandem skydive from 13,500ft to raise money for the charity Action for Children. ... Read more >>

How smartphones could help make diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease easier

Smartphones will soon be able to perform the functions of a ‘pocket doctor' and map Parkinson's disease and other degenerative diseases, thanks to the work of a mathematician. ... Read more >>

Barnardo's calls on nation to celebrate kids' success

Barnardo's has launched a campaign to encourage the public to celebrate the achievements of the children in their lives and share them with the nation. ... Read more >>

Scientists say Ozone Layer is on track to recovery and call for further action on the climate

The Earth's protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades thanks to concerted international action against ozone depleting substances, according to a new assessment by 300 scientists. ... Read more >>

New funding from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in emergency response to Ebola outbreak

The Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation will commit $50 million to support the scale up of emergency efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and interrupt transmission of the virus. ... Read more >>

How to help youngsters enjoy the great outdoors with a blackberry picking trip

The National Trust is urging families to make the most of what's expected to be a bumper blackberry crop this year, in its mission to get children into the great outdoors. ... Read more >>

Eating breakfast daily may help to prevent early development of diabetes risk in children

Children who eat breakfast daily have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who skip it or only eat it occasionally, says new research. ... Read more >>

California blue whales recover from potential extinction, research suggest

The number of threatened California blue whales has recovered, according to new research by the University of Washington. ... Read more >>

New diagnosis technique to counter rapid rise in knee replacements

Researchers have developed a semi-automated computer model for more accurately assessing the condition of patients' replacement knees, so preventing unnecessary and costly revision surgery. ... Read more >>

Why plants in the office make workers more productive

Offices with plants make staff happier and more productive than ‘lean’ designs stripped of greenery, new research shows. ... Read more >>

Support for animal experiments at lowest level since 2002, suggests survey findings

The RSPCA believes the results of two new polls commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills should stimulate more determined efforts to end animal use and suffering in experiments. ... Read more >>

BUPA Great North Run: Mark Knopfler releases charity song to mark millionth race finisher

Dire Straits star Mark Knopfler has re-released the North East anthem Local Hero to commemorate the Bupa Great North Run reaching a world-first one millionth finish and support cancer care for children. ... Read more >>

New heart-failure drug beats current ‘gold-standard’

A new drug that outperforms the current gold-standard treatment for heart failure may soon benefit patients. ... Read more >>


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