Latest Newcastle University Stories

2011-07-26 07:07:17

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A clinical trial led by Newcastle University shows that the drug, idebenone improved the vision and perception of color in patients with Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). The inherited condition means patients, who can see normally, lose the sight in one eye then within 3 to 6 months lose the sight in their other eye. In some severely affected patients such as those who were unable to read any letters on the chart, the treatment with idebenone resulted in a...

2011-04-11 08:58:16

Storing fruits and vegetables in ozone-enriched environments reduces spoilage explains a scientist at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate. Dr Ian Singleton explains how ozone treatment could be a safe, effective replacement for pesticides as it leaves no residue on foods. It is estimated that up to 30% of fresh produce can be lost due to microbial spoilage. Dr Singleton from Newcastle University explains that low levels of gaseous ozone are able to prevent...

2011-03-11 14:35:29

A fertility treatment designed to prevent some incurable inherited diseases, opens the possibility that children could be conceived from three biological parents. British Health Minister Andrew Lansley asked the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to assess three-parent in-vitro fertilization (IVF) after researchers said they had mastered the technique using cloning technology, Reuters is reporting. Newcastle University has refined the technique which swaps DNA between two...

2011-01-06 13:20:00

Regularly drinking green tea could protect the brain against developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, according to latest research by scientists at Newcastle University. The study, published in the academic journal Phytomedicine, also suggests this ancient Chinese remedy could play a vital role in protecting the body against cancer. Led by Dr Ed Okello, the Newcastle team wanted to know if the protective properties of green tea "“ which have previously been shown to be...

2010-12-21 11:08:09

Honeybees can learn to avoid nectar containing natural plant toxins but will eat it when there is no alternative, scientists at Newcastle University have found. This means that in areas dominated by these so called 'toxic plants' "“ such as almond or apple orchards "“ bees struggle to find an alternative food source and so are forced to eat toxic nectar. With honeybee populations already under stress, the Newcastle University team believe these toxin-laden nectars could, in some...

2010-09-20 18:47:56

Radio transmitters that can withstand temperatures of up to 900 oC could soon be dropped into the depths of the earth to provide early warning of a volcanic eruption. The state-of-the-art technology being pioneered by experts at Newcastle University uses Silicon Carbide electronics that can withstand temperatures equal to the inside of a jet engine. Measuring subtle changes in the levels of key volcanic gases such as carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide, the wireless sensor would feed back...

2010-08-18 09:45:09

Australian researchers are a step closer to understanding the rapid decline of our coral reefs, thanks to a breakthrough study linking coral immunity with its susceptibility to bleaching and disease. The discovery was made by Caroline Palmer, Bette Willis and John Bythell, scientists from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University (Queensland) and Newcastle University (UK). "Understanding the immune system of reef-building corals will...

2010-07-06 10:58:31

Findings may revolutionize thinking about deep-sea life in the Atlantic Ocean Scientists have just returned from a voyage with samples of rare animals and more than 10 possible new species in a trip which they say has revolutionized their thinking about deep-sea life in the Atlantic Ocean. One group of creatures they observed - and captured - during their six weeks in the Atlantic aboard the RRS James Cook is believed to be close to the missing evolutionary link between backboned and...

2010-05-20 09:55:58

The nutritional benefits of organic food have been called into question by new research which shows wild garden birds prefer conventional seed to that which has been organically- grown. A three-year study by Newcastle University has found that wild birds are not swayed by the organic label, but instead prefer the more protein-rich, conventional food that will help them to survive the winter. Published today in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, lead researcher Dr. Ailsa...

2010-03-22 07:50:00

Seaweed could hold the key to tackling obesity after it was found it reduces fat uptake by more than 75 per cent, new research has shown. Now the team at Newcastle University are adding seaweed fiber to bread to see if they can develop foods that help you lose weight while you eat them. A team of scientists led by Dr Iain Brownlee and Prof Jeff Pearson have found that dietary fiber in one of the world's largest commercially-used seaweed could reduce the amount of fat absorbed by the body by...

Word of the Day
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.