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2010-03-17 08:50:00

Tourists wanting to watch and swim with dolphins are now being urged to keep their distance in a bid to protect both the animals and the local communities whose livelihoods depend on them. A study of bottlenose dolphins living off the coast of Zanzibar has found that the many tourist boats operating in the area are harassing the animals, preventing them from resting, feeding and nurturing their young. The research, led by Dr Per Berggren of Newcastle University, also highlights swimming with...

2009-12-23 16:40:43

Antibiotic resistance in the natural environment is rising despite tighter controls over our use of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, Newcastle University scientists have found. Bacterial DNA extracted from soil samples collected between 1940 and 2008 has revealed a rise in background levels of antibiotic resistant genes. Newcastle University's Professor David Graham, who led the research, said the findings suggest an emerging threat to public and environmental health in the future....

2009-11-30 21:34:37

Pioneering research using human brain tissue removed from people suffering from epilepsy has opened the door to new treatments for the disease. Scientists at Newcastle University have for the first time been able to record spontaneous epileptic activity in brain tissue that has been removed from patients undergoing neurosurgery. Led by Newcastle University's Dr Mark Cunningham, the research has revealed that a particular type of brain wave pattern associated with epilepsy is caused by...

2009-11-25 13:53:11

For thousands of years it has been prescribed by traditional healers in Brazil to treat a range of ailments from headaches and stomach pain to fever and flu. Now for the first time, researchers at Newcastle University have been able to scientifically prove the pain relieving properties of Hyptis crenata "“ otherwise known as Brazilian mint. Testing this ancient South American herb on mice, the team led by researcher Graciela Rocha was able to show that when prepared as a 'tea' "“...

2009-11-18 14:23:38

Almost half of UK women could be suffering from a lack of vitamin A due to a previously undiscovered genetic variation, scientists at Newcastle University have found. The team, led by Dr Georg Lietz, has shown that almost 50 per cent of women have a genetic variation which reduces their ability to produce sufficient amounts of vitamin A from beta-carotene. Vitamin A "“ also known as retinol "“ plays a vital role in strengthening our immune system, protecting us against common...

2009-10-13 09:41:08

Houses on stilts, small scale energy generation and recycling our dishwater are just some of the measures that are being proposed to prepare our cities for the effects of global warming. A three-year project led by Newcastle University for the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research has outlined how our major cities must respond if they are to continue to grow in the face of climate change. Using the new UK Climate Predictions '09 data for weather patterns over the next century, the...

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2009-09-21 14:05:00

Beginning a daily aspirin regimen could cut a person's colon cancer risk in half, researchers reported on Monday. In a study led by John Burn of the Institute of Human Genetics at Newcastle University in Britain, researchers found that people with Lynch syndrome "“ a genetic disorder that adds to their risk of certain types of cancer "“ could benefit from a daily dose of aspirin. Lynch syndrome accounts for about 5 percent of all colon cancers, according to the Associated Press....

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2009-09-10 05:25:00

Analysis of a rock type found only in the world's oldest oceans has shed new light on how large animals first got a foothold on the Earth. A scientific team led by Professor Robert Frei at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and including scientists from Newcastle University, UK, and universities in Uruguay and Southern Denmark, have for the first time managed to plot the rise and fall of oxygen levels in the Earth's atmosphere over the last 3.8 billion years. By analyzing the isotopes...

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2009-07-08 10:30:00

For the first time ever, British scientists announced on Wednesday they had created human sperm using embryonic stem cells, AFP reported. A new technique developed by researchers led by Professor Karim Nayernia at Newcastle University and the NorthEast England Stem Cell Institute (NESCI) allows the creation of human sperm in the laboratory. While the researchers believe the discovery could eventually help men with fertility problems, other experts are not yet convinced that fully developed...

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2009-06-17 12:50:00

New research shows that the anti-cancer properties of carrots are more potent if the vegetable is not cut up before cooking, BBC News reported."Boiled before cut" carrots were found to contain up to 25 percent more of the anti-cancer compound falcarinol than those that were first chopped up, scientists said.The Newcastle University researchers, who will present their findings in France at the NutrEvent conference on nutrition and health, gave falcarinol to lab rats and found that they develop...


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  • Good cheer; viands.
  • To revel; to feast.
The word 'bellycheer' may come from 'belle cheer', "good cheer".
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