Latest Newcastle University Stories

2009-06-01 07:24:48

A blood-pressure medicine has been shown to reverse the effects of early-stage liver failure in some patients.Newcastle University researchers analysed a small clinical trial of losartan, a drug normally prescribed for hypertension, on 14 patients in Spain, who had Hepatitis C.The illness was at an advanced stage causing fibrosis - scarring in the liver - which would usually have progressed to liver failure.Half of the patients in the trial saw the scars in their liver shrink allowing the...

2009-06-01 07:14:22

 The International Serious Adverse Events Consortium (SAEC) announced today initial results from its research designed to discover genetic markers that may predict individuals at risk for serious drug induced liver injury (DILI). The SAEC is a nonprofit research corporation, launched in the fall of 2007, comprised of and funded by 10 leading pharmaceutical companies and the Wellcome Trust. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also contributes to the scientific and strategic...

2009-04-01 14:16:37

A new mathematical formula that could be used to give advance warning of where a tsunami is likely to hit and how destructive it will be has been worked out by scientists at Newcastle University. The research, led by Newcastle University's Professor Robin Johnson, was prompted by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami disaster which devastated coastal communities in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. In this instance, an earthquake in the depths of the ocean triggered a long surface wave which...

2009-03-12 11:00:00

An Australian research group has disclosed evidence which scientifically disproves assertions that high-tech running shoes advance athletic performance or reduce injury, the AFP reported.    Since the 1970's, the supremacy of the running shoe has been a popular misconception that has sky-rocketed into a vast industry, said Craig Richards, a physiologist at Newcastle University.  However, a study of sports medicine literature since 1950 found there was no substantiating...

2009-02-25 12:04:30

The recovery of some stroke victims, those who suffer brain haemorrhage, could be vastly improved if they were tested and treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, a distressing psychological condition more commonly known to affect soldiers who have fought in war zones.A study of over 100 brain haemorrhage survivors, led by Durham University and funded by the Clarke Lister Brain Haemorrhage Foundation, found more than one third tested positive for the disorder, displaying symptoms such as...

2009-01-28 09:45:00

A cow with a name produces more milk than one without, scientists at Newcastle University have found. Drs Catherine Douglas and Peter Rowlinson have shown that by giving a cow a name and treating her as an individual, farmers can increase their annual milk yield by almost 500 pints. The study, published online today in the academic journal Anthrozoos, found that on farms where each cow was called by her name the overall milk yield was higher than on farms where the cattle were herded as a...

2009-01-20 10:30:00

In the first-ever study of food adverts in UK magazines, researchers found them filled with sugary, salt-filled options often contradicting the health messages the articles were trying to put across. "Nearly every magazine contains advice on a healthier lifestyle, yet we found the food adverts were for products high in sugar and salt and low in fiber such as ready meals, sauces and confectionary," explains Dr Jean Adams, lecturer in public health at Newcastle University, who led the study....

2009-01-08 16:20:00

Flooding like that which devastated the North of England last year is set to become a common event across the UK in the next 75 years, new research has shown.A study by Dr Hayley Fowler, of Newcastle University, predicts that severe storms "“ the likes of which currently occur every five to 25 years across the UK "“ will become more common and more severe in a matter of decades.Looking at "Ëœextreme rainfall events' "“ where rain falls steadily and heavily for...

2009-01-02 07:56:50

UK researcher Corry Gellatly believes he has a new explanation for how the human race keeps a balance of males and females. The research scientist from Newcastle University proposes that a gene determines whether a man will father more sons or daughters.  According to Gellatly, when the female population is low, women have a better chance of finding a mate, which makes them more likely to pass the gene for fathering daughters to their children.  When men are scarce, they also have...

2008-12-01 09:24:52

A super-efficient system that has the potential to power, heat and cool homes across the UK is being developed at Newcastle University. It works by burning vegetable oil to power a generator and provide electricity for the home. The waste heat from this process is then used to provide heating and hot water and is also converted to cool a fridge. At each step, the waste heat that is produced from engine gases and cooling is used elsewhere to recover the maximum amount of energy from the...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.