Latest Newcastle University Stories

2008-07-28 18:15:00

By Chris Robinson Newcastle researchers have discovered walking 45 minutes a day can help control the most severe form of diabetes. Experts at Newcastle University said sufferers of the disease could be able to ditch some of their drugs in favor of just taking a daily stroll. If the condition is not managed properly it can lead to heart disease, strokes, blindness and amputation. Volunteers were encouraged to get off the bus a few stops earlier or take a walk at lunchtime to build up more...

2008-07-25 18:00:56

NEWCASTLE'S Centre for Life is offering a behind-the-scenes look at the world of modern medicine. Called Mini Medical School, the sixweek course, led by academics and clinicians from Newcastle University aims to explore a range of contemporary health issues. Linda Conlon, Centre for Life chief executive, said: "Most of us get our understanding of medicine and medical practice from fictional TV programmes such as Casualty and ER. Mini Medical School will provide an accurate and...

2008-07-22 18:00:34

NEW methods to reduce flood risk are being piloted in a Northumberland village. The Environment Agency is working with Newcastle University to monitor the results of new land management techniques in the catchment upstream of Belford. More than 30 properties and a caravan park there are at risk of flooding from Belford Burn, but the layout of the village means building traditional flood walls and embankments is too expensive. Managing river catchment areas to cut flood risk is not new...

2008-05-27 12:29:51

A new study by Newcastle University proves that organic farmers who let their cows graze as nature intended are producing better quality milk.The Nafferton Ecological Farming Group study found that grazing cows on organic farms in the UK produce milk which contains significantly higher beneficial fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins than their conventional "Ëœhigh input' counterparts.During the summer months, one of the beneficial fats in particular "“ conjugated linoleic...

2008-04-24 11:20:00

Scientists at Newcastle University have pioneered breakthrough technology in the fight to cut greenhouse gases.The Newcastle University team, led by Michael North, Professor of Organic Chemistry, has developed a highly energy-efficient method of converting waste carbon dioxide (CO2) into chemical compounds known as cyclic carbonates.The team estimates that the technology has the potential to use up to 48 million tons of waste CO2 per year, reducing the UK's emissions by about four per...

2008-04-02 00:10:00

Crossing human eggs with cow eggs to produce an embryo may be well-intentioned according to the scientific community, but those in opposition view the concept as monstrous. In England, at Newcastle University, a team has grown hybrid human-cow embryos for the first time in order to provide research tools for stem-cell based solutions. The embryos were produced after human DNA was injected into eggs from cows' ovaries. These embryos lasted three days prior to dying. According to Dr. Teija...

2008-04-01 18:50:00

One month before the beginning of what is sure to be a lively debate among Members of Parliament, scientists at Newcastle University have reportedly created the first human-animal hybrid.Scientists injected DNA from human skin cells into eggs taken from cows' ovaries. They said they use cow ovaries because human eggs are in short supply.Under the microscope, the cells look like regular three-day-old embryos, but scientists hope they will shed new light on treatments for conditions such as...

2008-03-31 13:20:00

Could part of the answer to saving the Earth from global warming lie in the earth beneath our feet?A team from Newcastle University aims to design soils that can remove carbon from the atmosphere, permanently and cost-effectively. This has never previously been attempted anywhere in the world. The research is being funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The concept underlying the initiative exploits the fact that plants, crops and trees naturally absorb atmospheric...

2008-02-05 12:00:00

In a potential breakthrough for the treatment of serious hereditary diseases, British Scientists from Newcastle University have created ten test-tube human embryos, each containing the DNA from one man and two women.  The scientists, led by Professor Doug Turnbull, believe the procedure could someday be used to prevent women with faults in their mitochondrial DNA from passing the disease on to their children. Mitochondrial DNA is passed down only through the female line.Mitochondria...

2007-09-21 12:00:12

Geoff Sykes was one of the UK's foremost academic researchers in the field of biological chemistry. He was a pioneer of bioinorganic chemistry, the study of how metals, often in trace amounts, control the life of cells. The strength of this area today, with its significant impact and potential for medical sciences, owes not little to the research Sykes performed at Leeds and Newcastle Universities. He was born Alfred Geoffrey Sykes in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, in 1934 and emerged from humble...

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The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.