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Let's end Ageism!

It's not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It's ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves -- and...

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Feel like time is flying? Here’s how to slow it down

Sometimes it seems as if life is passing us by. When we are children, time ambles by, with endless car journeys and summer holidays whi...

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Antibiotics: beneficial side effects are starting to come to light

The discovery of antibiotics in the 1920s has contributed to longer and healthier lives, and they are now being used more widely than e...

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Why 30 is not the new 20!

Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade....

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To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more

New WHO guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age Children under five must spen...

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My simple invention, designed to keep my grandfather safe.

60% of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients and caregivers. In this charming tal...

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The coming neurological epidemic

Biochemist Gregory Petsko makes a convincing argument that, in the next 50 years, we'll see an epidemic of neurological diseases, such ...

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Parkinson's, depression and the switch that might turn them off

Deep brain stimulation is becoming very precise. This technique allows surgeons to place electrodes in almost any area of the brain, an...

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How I'm preparing to get Alzheimer's

When faced with a parent suffering from Alzheimer's, most of us respond with denial ("It won't happen to me") or extreme efforts at pre...

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Is access to healthcare fair?

Knowledge Exchange Intern for VOICE What is the first thing that comes mind when you think about living a healthier life as an older a...

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Alzheimer's is not normal ageing - and we can cure it

More than 40 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and that number is expected to increase drastically in the comin...

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Uprooted: older people as refugees

  By Hulian Zhang Knowledge Exchange Intern for VOICE In 2017, every day, 44,400 people were forced to leave home countries due to c...

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Older women exploited by IVF clinics, says fertility watchdog

Older women are being exploited by IVF clinics "trading on hope", the fertility watchdog has warned. Sally Cheshire, chairwoman of the...

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Housework could keep brain young, research suggests

Even light activity such as household chores might help to keep the brain young, researchers say, adding to a growing body of evidence ...

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WHO releases first guideline on digital health interventions

WHO today released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, table...

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World-leading academics receive highest honour

Two world-leading academics at Newcastle University have been given a prestigious honour for their outstanding work in health research ...

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Have a 'Good Book' suggestion on personal experience of health & care? Add it to our list

To celebrate World Book Day (23 April) this year, staff from the Imperial BRC Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) tweeted a list ...

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Calls for bowel cancer screening access for over-74s in Wales

A bowel cancer charity is calling for more older people in Wales to be able to access free screening kits. Currently, only people aged...

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Dietary supplements 'do not help improve health outcomes'

"Taking vitamin supplements does not help you live longer but may actually cause you harm, study suggests," reports the Sun. A US stud...

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8 ways to keep your brain young and stave off mental decline

THE studies are cruelly consistent: by the age of 45, your basic cognitive abilities begin to slip. As we get older, the crucial brain ...

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Electric bikes can boost older people’s mental performance and their well-being

Getting on your bicycle can give you an enormous sense of freedom and enjoyment. It can increase your independence and knowledge of the...

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Vacuum cleaner for the brain: doctor’s first-hand account of using groundbreaking stroke treatment

Thrombectomy is a revolutionary stroke treatment where the offending clot is literally sucked out of the patient’s brain. I performed m...

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€50 million digital monitoring project to prevent disease

A European project aims to develop a system of small sensors worn on the body so that how well you walk, a vital sign of health and wel...

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How our sense of taste changes as we age

Taste is a complex phenomenon. We do not experience the sensation through a single sense (as we would when we see something using our s...

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Is 75 the new 65? Wealthy countries need to rethink what it means to be old

In 1950, men and women at age 65 could expect to live about 11 years more on average. Today, that number has gone up to 17, and the Un...

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Lab-grown blood vessels given to people who need dialysis

Human blood vessels grown in the lab have successfully been added to circulatory systems in people. The blood vessels are grown from th...

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Ageism may increase people's risk of ill-health, study finds

A quarter of older people in England say they have recently faced ageism, researchers have revealed in a study suggesting discriminatio...

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A soft spot for stem cells helps cornea healing

New research reveals a potential revolutionary way to treat eye injuries and prevent blindness – by softening the tissue hosting the st...

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In Japan, if you're 76 you're biologically 65

People experience the health problems of the average 65-year-old at different ages around the world, with citizens in some countries su...

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NHS dental budget needs reform to meet patients’ needs

Routine scaling and polishing of teeth should be stopped as the NHS dental budget would be better spent elsewhere, experts warn. A stu...

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Uneven access to health services drives life expectancy gaps: WHO

Where women can access health services, maternal deaths decrease, lengthening women’s life expectancy.  In many circumstances, men a...

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University to invest cancer drug IP earning into research and teaching

Newcastle University has announced the sale of part of its holdings in an ovarian cancer drug which came out of research initiated and ...

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Poetry in motion to encourage mobility and drive wellbeing

Moving poetry has hit the road as part of a creative project to promote inclusivity amongst city residents. Co-Motion Poems by Newcas...

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Links with community and business to build a strong chain

The North East Cluster for Healthy Ageing and Independent Living (NE-CHAIN) has won early-stage funding from UK Research and Innovation...

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Even light physical activity has health benefits – new research

Most people probably don’t think of everyday activities – such as hanging out the washing or putting away the groceries – as having an ...

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As home care packages become big business, older people are not getting the personalised support they need

The Royal Commission into Aged Care has unleashed a spate of claims of system failure within the residential aged care sector. Now, as...

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Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share

"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment."...

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Eggs and health: unscrambling the message

It’s hard to keep up with the message on eggs. Are they good for you or not? In the 1960s, people were told: “Go to work on an egg”. Bu...

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Millions in Britain at risk of poor-quality later life, report says

A landmark report on the state of ageing in Britain has warned that a significant proportion of people are at risk of spending later li...

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Health Check: what should our maximum heart rate be during exercise?

You have your runners on, your FitBit is charged, but now what? When you exercise, your heart and breathing rates increase, delivering...

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The exercise conundrum: sometimes active people put on more weight than couch potatoes – here’s why

Governments are always telling us to eat less and exercise more to be healthier, but this presents an obvious problem. Being active is ...

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Expert in ageing receives damehood

Professor Dame Louise Robinson was recognised at Buckingham Palace for her services to Primary Care and for improving older people's qu...

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Promising lung cancer treatment available on the NHS

A new immunotherapy drug that can reduce the risk of death in some lung cancer patients by a third is now available on the NHS in Engla...

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Alzheimer’s disease: have we got the cause all wrong?

Early in the 20th century, Alois Alzheimer first described a disorder of progressive memory loss and confusion in a 50-year-old woman. ...

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Oesophageal cancer could be diagnosed in the future with a £30 blood test – new research

At present, oesophageal cancer has a terrible prognosis. Survival rates for people diagnosed with this disease – which affects the oeso...

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Colorectal cancer increase in younger adults: What could be the cause?

Colorectal cancer remains a major source of cancer incidence and death in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that...

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Does eating two teaspoons of nuts really boost your brain function by 60%?

Dementia is a cruel disease that robs people of their memory, their judgement and their identity. Unfortunately, there is no cure, and ...

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What makes joints pop and crack and is it a sign of disease?

Joints emit a variety of noises, including popping, snapping, catching, clicking, grinding, grating and clunking. The technical term fo...

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Can sitting less decrease your risk of heart disease?

Too much sitting has long been criticized for contributing to premature mortality, Type 2 diabetes, and a host of other illnesses. In a...

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Countries are spending more on health, but people are still paying too much out of their own pockets

Spending on health is growing faster than the rest of the global economy, accounting for 10% of global gross domestic product (GDP). A ...

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Chemical restraint has no place in aged care, but poorly designed reforms can easily go wrong

Last month the aged care minister Ken Wyatt announced he would introduce regulations to address the use of “chemical restraint” in resi...

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How do we save ageing Australians from the heat? Greening our cities is a good start

Heatwaves have killed more Australians than road accidents, fires, floods and all other natural disasters combined. Although recent res...

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A mother and son's photographic journey through dementia

Artist Tony Luciani was testing out a new camera when his 91-year-old mother, Elia, snuck into the background of his photos. The sponta...

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Sight-saving imaging tool wins Imperial’s biggest startup competition

A team of Imperial students are hoping to make avoidable blindness a thing of the past with a revolutionary imaging tool. VUI Diagnost...

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Explainer: what is a home care package and who is eligible?

During the first round of hearings in the aged care royal commission, we heard many Australians would prefer to receive help at home th...

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What our new study reveals about the genetics and biology of suicidal behaviour

More than three quarters of a million people take their own lives every year, to devastating personal, social and economic cost. Recent...

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More visits to the doctor doesn’t mean better care – it’s time for a Medicare shake-up

Over the last 35 years, Medicare has given Australians access to high-quality health care at a reasonable cost. But, despite our justif...

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Understanding body signals could be a key factor in eating disorders

Eating is often believed to be entirely under our conscious control – we choose to eat when we are hungry or when we feel tired and nee...

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Education and more awareness campaigns are key to tackling raised blood pressure

Less than half of the population with raised blood pressure are aware they have the condition, says an Imperial expert. Professor Neil...

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Why the meat industry could win big from the switch to veggie lifestyles

One of the largest meat processors in the UK, supplying supermarkets across the country with beef, pork, and lamb, has launched a plant...

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Researcher urges food industry to reduce salt in food

The food industry must do more to lower the amount of salt in their products in order to tackle high blood pressure, says an Imperial e...

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Common chest infection puts babies at risk of hospitalisation in preschool years

Infants who are admitted to hospital with the common infection bronchiolitis are at increased risk of further emergency hospital visits...

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Younger adults with inflammatory disease at greater risk of anxiety and depression – new study

The often painful and stigmatising nature of chronic inflammatory disorders, such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, can take a tol...

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Weight loss puts Type 2 diabetes into remission for at least two years

More than a third of people with Type 2 diabetes who took part in a weight management programme delivered by the NHS through GP surgeri...

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Her burden to bear – women, aging, and depression

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You are speaking to someone, who says “this is just the way it is”, or “I didn’t have a choice”, or pe...

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AI system learns to predict survival rates from the movement of your heart

Cardiac imaging forms an important part of the initial assessment of patients suspected of having heart failure. Currently, doctors eva...

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Making Conversations Count Newcastle University is improving communication between people with dementia and their loved ones

An estimated 50 million people around the world are living with dementia. Caused by a breakdown of the connections in the brain, dement...

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Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Newcastle University's findings could benefit millions of people across the globe

The World Health Organization estimates that, in just over a decade, diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death worldwide. As ...

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Our artificial cornea breakthrough could lead to self-assembling organs

For every person in the world who receives a cornea transplant, there are 69 others who still need one. That leaves about 12.5m people ...

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As pharmaceutical use continues to rise, side effects are becoming a costly health issue

The use of pharmaceuticals is on the rise and, globally, the expenses for drugs are projected to reach US$1.5 trillion by 2021. The ag...

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Assessing Liver Disease Newcastle University's research into non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) will save lives

Experts at Newcastle University are leading an international research project to tackle non-alcoholic liver disease (NAFLD), which is e...

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Could smart tattoos soon monitor your health?

What do you get when you cross an engineer, a tattooist, and a dash of creativity? Smart tattoos, of course! It was exciting to s...

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Cancer: new DNA sequencing technique analyses tumors cell by cell to fight disease

A new DNA sequencing technique lets scientists track genetic errors in individual cancer cells. For the first time, they can reconstruc...

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Five new women-led startups building a better future

From pioneering diagnostic tools to next-generation construction materials, Imperial’s female students are at the helm of ground-breaki...

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A pill for loneliness? If only it were that simple

Loneliness affects people of all ages, young as much as old. It’s now seen as so serious it’s classified as a public health problem. It...

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Health Check: do we really need to take 10,000 steps a day?

Regular walking produces many health benefits, including reducing our risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression. Best of a...

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A vision for older people’s health

An ambitious vision to re-develop the former General Hospital site in the West End of Newcastle is being proposed by Newcastle Universi...

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Vegan or Mediterranean diet – which is better for heart health?

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for more than 30% of the total number of deaths worldwide, and every year more people are being d...

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I had whooping cough as a GP trainee – the experience informed my academic work and clinical practice

During my first year of training to be a GP, I developed a dry cough. I coughed in fits and at the end of a fit, I felt sick. It interr...

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Cancer growth in the body could originate from a single cell – target it to revolutionise treatment

Cancer remains a frightening and largely incurable disease. The toxic side effects of chemotherapy and radiation make the cure often se...

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Eating more fruit and vegetables linked to better mental well-being – new study

It is well known that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for your physical health, but our latest research suggests that it mi...

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Tackling the obesity crisis by shrinking fish and chips

A smaller portion of fish and chips has been embraced by takeaway owners and customers, research has found and may well be healthier fo...

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Killing zombies could stop age damaging our hearts

Scientists at Newcastle University believe it may be possible to reverse the damage in the heart caused by ageing. "This data provides...

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Physical restraint doesn’t protect patients – there are better alternatives

It’s an uncomfortable image to consider: an elderly person – perhaps somebody you know – physically restrained. Maybe an aged care resi...

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New sensor technology can diagnose reproductive health problems in real-time

Researchers have developed new robotic sensor technology that has the capability to diagnose women’s reproductive health problems in re...

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Rethinking Health, Wellness & Aging in America Today

This fun, informative and engaging talk presents a crash-course in health living via a Blue Zone lifestyle. Listeners are challenge...

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Newcastle Smell & Taste Patient Engagement Day

Loss of Sense – mapping the patient journey and its challenges On Saturday 24th November Newcastle University researchers, Newcastle H...

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Alzheimer’s is linked to gum disease – but bad oral health is not the only culprit

For most people, teeth cleaning may just be a normal part of your daily routine. But what if the way you clean your teeth today, might ...

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Artificial intelligence can predict survival of ovarian cancer patients

Researchers have created new machine learning software that can forecast the survival rates and response to treatments of patients with...

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Northern millennials less likely to live into their 50s than their southern English counterparts

There is a stark disparity in wealth and health between people in the north and south of England, commonly referred to as England’s “no...

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Transatlantic exchange to grow ageing market

A transatlantic exchange is building on the North East’s expertise in ageing, nutrition, digital science and tech. The dynamic founder...

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How to mend broken hearts

Dr Richard Jabbour’s mission is to fix broken hearts. But he doesn’t dispense relationship advice or provide a shoulder to cry on – ...

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So you went vegan in January – now what?

Many people will have had their fill of cheese, chocolate and meat over Christmas and have felt much more energised after going vegan i...

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Aging faster in space to age better on earth

A new investigation heading to the International Space Station will provide space-flown samples to scientists from academia, industry a...

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Study shows vitamin D supplements are of no benefit to the over 70s

There is little benefit for those over 70 taking higher dose vitamin D supplements to improve their bone strength and reduce the risk o...

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Skype hospital appointments are coming – but don’t hold your breath

The NHS published in January its long-term plan in which it promised to redesign services so that, by 2024, up to a third of hospital o...

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9 things I have learnt about Public Involvement – A service user’s perspective.

Originally published 4 January 2019 on the NIHR Imperial BRC Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) Blog.   I am a recent mature g...

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Designing for low dexterity – design workshop invitation

The UK population is changing. One in three children born in the UK today can expect to live to 100. From now until 2037 the number of ...

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Accelerator to support new businesses in ageing launched

A new accelerator programme aimed at businesses with the potential to develop solutions to the challenges faced by an ageing population...

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Major new report connects North’s poor health with poor productivity

Poor health has been linked with the North’s poor productivity for the first time in a major new report by six northern universities. ...

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World Arthritis Day

For World Arthritis Day, we are posting this blog on behalf of all members of the Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal A...

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New toolkit to assess musculoskeletal health in older people

A new way to assess the impact of normal ageing on bones, joints and muscles has been proposed that could provide a benchmark for how w...

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Social care Japanese style – what we can learn from the world’s oldest population

Japan has long been known for its widespread respect for its seniors and a powerful sense of obligation to care for them. The involveme...

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Brace yourself! Announcing a new trial of braces for knee osteoarthritis

Following our previous post, we are delighted to announce that a new clinical trial of braces for knee osteoarthritis has been given th...

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Technology for incontinence hasn't developed much since ancient Egyptian times

Today’s healthcare is full of technology that would seem like science fiction to our grandparents. But this is far from true in every a...

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The future of joint replacement surgery and research

A BIG THANK YOU! To patients, the public and musculoskeletal staff for their commitment to delivering research. Newcastle upon Tyne H...

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VOICE Research Support Group

The VOICE Research Support group is formed of public volunteers who have an interest in research at Newcastle University. The group hav...

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Improving mealtimes for people with dementia

I would like to thank VOICE for helping me to prepare my PhD proposal, on the topic of improving mealtimes for people with dementia in ...

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Helping women to take control of menopausal hot flushes

Ageing expertise and commercial insight has come together to explore women’s experience of the menopause and propose technology-based i...

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'My Joints - in health and disease' - Public Engagement Event

Over 40 patients and public joined leading CIMA researchers and scientists at Newcastle University for a fascinating afternoon of talks...

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British Heart Foundation SENIOR-RITA Trial

Coronary artery disease (CAD), also known as ischemic heart disease, is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. CAD develops beca...

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Health Protection Research Matters: keeping patients and the public safer

A public awareness event organised by the Health Protection Unit (HPRU). The unit is one of 13 centres funded by the National Institut...

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Soapbox Science 2018

On Saturday 16 June 2018 scientists from Newcastle University, Durham University and the University of York brought science to Grey’s M...

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Northern Powerhouse Business Summit - Accenture Design thinking session

As part of the Northern Powerhouse Business Summit, Accenture will be running a Design Thinking Session. The session will be held on t...

  • 29/06/2018
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Rising to the challenge

Leading scientists say Newcastle University will rise to the challenge of the Prime Minister’s new Industrial Strategy. Theresa May sa...

  • 15/06/2018
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Protein for Life Findings

I would like to thank VOICE members for taking part in focus groups as part of the Protein for Life research project. Their participati...

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Trainee Lay Summary Competition Winner

Using our Training to highlight the value of patient and public engagement in research. Our cohort of Biomedical PhD trainees took par...

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The PPI Café – Open for Ideas

To view the original article, please click here. At the 2018 Imperial Festival we opened the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Café...

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Global burden of multiple serious illnesses must be urgently addressed

Increasing numbers of people worldwide are suffering life-long disability and dying prematurely due to the ineffective treatment of tho...

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The Menopause: "I don't have time for this"

Writing for Cambridge Consultants, Nicola Millar explains how we are working to develop a drug-free approach for managing menopausal ho...

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Rise of the Helix

Newcastle’s global hub for urban innovation enters next phase in development. A new round of construction and investment is underway f...

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New centre could revolutionise treatment of incurable diseases

A new centre will be set up in Newcastle to look at the development of cell, gene and tissue engineered therapies in the UK. Newcastle...

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Experts call for specialist medical teams for rapidly ageing society

A Newcastle University study has shown that people over the age of 85 are more likely to consult their GP for their medical needs. By t...

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Medical student encourages Metro users to walk a stop or two

Research by a Newcastle University medical student could lead to Metro users taking more exercise by ‘walking a stop or two’. Student ...

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Number of older people with four or more diseases will double by 2035

Newcastle University research reveals that the number of older people diagnosed with four or more diseases will double between 2015 and...

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Blood Matters – Public Engagement event success!

As part of Blood Cancers awareness month in September, Sarah Pagan, Lab Manager in the Institute of Cellular Medicine, organised a publ...

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Can you help us to keep public and patients safer?

I’ve been a member of VOICE from the start and I know how much members can contribute to research projects and how much your advice is ...

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VOICE: 10 years and thriving

VOICE North was established in Newcastle back in 2007 – and so in 2018 it seems particularly timely to reflect and celebrate all we hav...

  • 17/01/2018
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New brainstem changes identified in Parkinson’s disease

A pioneering study has found that patients with Parkinson’s disease have more errors in the mitochondrial DNA within the brainstem, lea...

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Real problems that are worth solving

For the past three years I have invited volunteers from Voice north to do a focus group with my medical technology innovation students....

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Festive Lecture 2017

Over 300 year 10 students from schools across the North East and members of VOICE attended the annual flagship, Faculty of Medical Scie...

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New research shows explaining things to 'normal' people can help scientists be better at their jobs

In times when fake news and alternative facts circulate in society, spreading scientifically based findings is more important than ever...

  • 04/12/2017
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New £50m national innovation centre given go-ahead

Permission has been granted for a major new development which will link up university academic talent with industry and the public sect...

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Why we need to talk about incontinence

We rarely hear or speak about incontinence. But the condition – the involuntary loss of urine or faecal matter – is frighteningly commo...

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Newcastle Smell & Taste Information Day

On Saturday 30th September Newcastle University researchers, Newcastle Hospitals ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat surgery) clinicians, Voice...

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Medication nation: new research shows nearly half of all older people now taking at least five medicines

More and more people are relying on their daily dose of medication for long-term health conditions. Recent figures show that prescripti...

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New approach to ageing: older people lead project to improve later years

By the time the NHS celebrates its 100th birthday in 2048, there will be more than 100,000 centenarians in the UK. This age shift is bo...

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Why are we so afraid of dementia?

Dementia used to be called “the silent epidemic”, but it is no longer silent. It has become the subject of seemingly endless discussion...

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Why our brain needs sleep, and what happens if we don’t get enough of it

Many of us have experienced the effects of sleep deprivation: feeling tired and cranky, or finding it hard to concentrate. Sleep is mor...

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World Arthritis Day

On World Arthritis Day this year, we are talking to the MRC/ Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal ...

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Ageing and Dementia Research Matters - An event to showcase the Clinical Research Network's Ageing and Dementia Research in partnership with Voice North

On Tuesday 25th April 2017, the NIHR Clinical Research Network hosted the inaugural Ageing and Dementia Research Matters event, in coll...

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When it comes to keeping our brains young, we need to rise to new challenges

As we get older, our thinking skills often deteriorate: we get slower, more forgetful, less good at learning new things. Yet not everyo...

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Voice North's Involvement in Hoarding Disorder Questionnaire

Hoarding Disorder (HD) was defined by Frost and Hartl (1996) as the excessive acquisition of and difficulty discarding large quantities...

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Researchers investigate heart attack treatments in the elderly

Newcastle researchers have been awarded £1.7m to investigate heart attack treatments for patients over 75. A clinical trial supported ...

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BBC How to Stay Young

The BBC programme ‘How to stay young’ was carried out with scientists at Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing. I am a researcher...

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How to Stay Young

Experts from Newcastle University will be revealing the shocking differences between people’s body age and their actual age in the BBC ...

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Brace yourself! Have your say on a proposed new trial of braces for knee osteoarthritis

The numbers only tell part of the story. 170,000 hip and knee replacements each year. Almost one million people visiting their GP for h...

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Blood Cancers Awareness Month - Public Engagement Event in Newcastle!

September is Blood Cancers awareness month and here at Newcastle University we are raising awareness by holding ‘Blood Matters’, a rese...

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Meet the Researcher - Bethany Bareham

Bethany Bareham, PhD Student, Institute for Health and Society, Newcastle University What is your main area of research? My NIHR Scho...

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Bored reading science? Let’s change how scientists write

As research scientists, we read a lot of scientific papers. But it may surprise you to learn that a lot of the time we – yes, we scien...

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Soapbox Science Newcastle 2017 Highlights Video

On Saturday 17 June 2017 Newcastle city centre was transformed into a hub for science and discovery as top female scientists from Newca...

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Tracing the links between basic research and real-world applications

What does hailing a ride with Uber have to do with 19th-century geometry and Einstein’s theory of relativity? Quite a bit, it turns out...

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Are Group Consultations for me?

A short introduction to being seen by your doctor or nurse in a group rather than a short one to one consultation. What are group cons...

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Importance of health research recognised for NHS Trusts

Figures published show how the North East has maintained its leading position in driving health research. The figures have been publis...

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Scientists and patient volunteers reunite after 12 years for new study

Patients who took part in research into bowel health more than a decade ago have reunited for a follow-up study to help experts gain a ...

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A prescription of activities shown to improve health and well-being

Gyms, walking groups, gardening, cooking clubs and volunteering have all been shown to work in improving the health and well-being repo...

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Millions awarded for Global Health Research into dementia

Experts in ageing have been awarded £2 million from the Department of Health to focus on dementia care and prevention on a global scale...

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Meet the Researcher - Professor John Loughlin

Professor John Loughlin, Professor of Musculoskeletal Research What is your main area of research? My group focuses on the genetic ba...

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The role of shared decision making in research: a new researcher's epiphany

I’ve just started my medical doctorate and I find myself in the developing phase of my project. The first few months have been a whirlw...

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'Research has changed my life': How PPI equipped me with new skills and experiences to apply to everyday living

My name is Dave Green and I'm a ‘PPI member’. Now I admit that does sound like a confession to a self-help group, but it does reflect ...

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Gerontologist receives national recognition

Leading Newcastle University researcher, Professor Thomas von Zglinicki has received Britain’s highest award for services to gerontolog...

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Online Course - Ageing Well: Falls

Every day in the UK, almost 10,000 people aged over 65 will fall down. The personal costs are staggering, with falls resulting in injur...

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Meet a Member - Steve Wilkinson

Your chance to meet one of our members, Steve Wilkinson! Hear about what Steve enjoys most about being a member of Voice North and wha...

  • 13/07/2017
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Scientists awarded £5m for cancer research

A group of scientists in Newcastle have been awarded £5 million from Cancer Research UK to extend their groundbreaking cancer research....

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Soapboxing Science in the Sun

On a bright, sunny day in Newcastle, Soapbox Science took place on 17th June for the third time in Newcastle’s Monument, supported by t...

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Meet the researcher - Dr Luis Peraza Rodriguez

Dr Luis Peraza Rodriguez, Research Associate in the Institute for Neurosciences. What is your main area of research? I do research on...

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What is ‘cognitive reserve’? How we can protect our brains from memory loss and dementia

As we get older we have a greater risk of developing impairments in areas of cognitive function – such as memory, reasoning and verbal ...

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Alzheimer’s Society gives £1.7m to dementia research

Alzheimer’s Society has announced today that it has committed almost £1.7m to Newcastle University, as part of its biggest single inves...

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New international guidelines to identify dementia with Lewy bodies

New guidelines have been published on the clinical and physical indicators to help ensure patients with dementia with Lewy bodies get a...

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Childhood research project set up 70 years ago is still going strong

They have been part of one of the longest ever studies into health, and now the ‘Red Spot’ babies are marking their 70th birthdays. Se...

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Meet the researcher - Dr Susan Scholes

Dr Susan Scholes is Research Associate in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering. Below we learn more about her ageing resear...

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The shocking state of oral health in our nursing homes, and how family members can helps

The recent report of a nursing home resident found with maggots in her mouth brings home how devastating neglected oral health can be. ...

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Call for mandatory screening to cut the risk of malnutrition in older people

Old age comes with many challenges, including concerning levels of malnutrition. The issue is particularly worrying among older people ...

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What it's really like to live with dementia

More than 225,000 people develop dementia every year – that’s roughly one person every three minute. At the moment, 850,000 people in t...

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What science tells us about successful ageing

There have been some noteworthy examples of successful human ageing in the press recently. It was announced that Prince Phillip will be...

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Dementia Awareness Week 2017

For Dementia Awareness Week, we look back at the Dementia and Incontinence Matters event held last November as part of Patient Month. ...

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Placebos work even when patients know what they are

Lying to patients is almost always unethical. But, in order for placebos to work, we have to believe they are “real” treatments, which ...

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The Truth About...Stress

On Thursday 4th May the BBC broadcast 'The Truth About...Stress'.  Professor Thomas Von Zglinicki, Scientific Director, Newcastle Univ...

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Meet the researcher - Dr Bruce Davenport

Dr Bruce Davenport is Research Associate in Media, Culture and Heritage, based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Below ...

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Stimulating your brain can help you stay mentally healthy in older age

Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education help people stay mentally healthy in later life,...

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New study reveals huge contribution of carers of terminally ill

A new study has revealed that family carers of people with cancer are providing support beyond the safe working hours recommended to pr...

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Members' Blog: An Interesting Opportunity

These days I find myself hunting for a word and not finding it - especially when trying to do the Guardian quick crossword which used t...

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Arthritis isn’t just a condition affecting older people, it likely starts much earlier

Arthritis is an umbrella term for over 100 conditions affecting the joints. All result in pain and often severely limit the activities ...

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200 years of Parkinson’s

For Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10-16 April), we're publishing a series of blogs throughout the week which will provide unique ins...

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Meet the Clinician – Professor Nicola Pavese

For Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10-16 April), we're publishing a series of blogs throughout the week which will provide unique ins...

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Cutting edge technology in healthcare research: Coming on in leaps and bounds

For Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10-16 April), we're publishing a series of blogs throughout the week which will provide unique ins...

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Parkinson's Research: Keeping the research fires burning

For Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10-16 April), we're publishing a series of blogs throughout the week which will provide unique ins...

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Holding On: My Journey with Parkinson’s

For Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10-16 April), we're publishing a series of blogs throughout the week which will provide unique ins...

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Here’s why some Dutch university students are living in nursing homes

Published on 29th November 2016, by Johanna Harris on The Conversation. In today’s society both young and old increasingly find themse...

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Shaping the future of health innovation

Published on 31st March 2017 Future advances in healthcare will be aided by a new £10 million facility - the National Institute for He...

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Meet the researcher - Dr Sheena Ramsay

Meet Dr Sheena Ramsay, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Institute for Health and Society. She tells us what attracted her to Newcastle from UC...

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Do you really need to eat ten portions of fruit and veg a day?

Published on 14th March by Geoff Webb on The Conversation. Only a quarter of UK adults manage to eat the officially recommended five p...

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Robot revolution: why technology for older people must be designed with care and respect

Published on 1st February 2017 by Nola Ries and Taro Sugihara on The Conversation. Many countries around the world have ageing populat...

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Killing ‘zombie’ cells to improve health in old age

Published on 17th March 2017 by Dominick Burton on The Conversation. Imagine a world where you could take just a single pill for the t...

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Why worms and fish are good models for epilepsy

Published on 23rd March 2017 by Alistair Jones on The Conversation. Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder in the UK – abou...

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Epilepsy research at Newcastle University

Newcastle is an exciting place for epilepsy research, with several world-leading laboratories, a strong collaboration between Newcastle...

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How GPS devices can help find people with dementia when they get lost

Published on 10th January 2017 by Ruth Bartlett on The Conversation. Twenty-four satellites circle the Earth twice a day and transmit ...

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Air pollution exposure may increase risk of dementia

Published on 27th February 2017 by Caleb Finch and Jiu-Chiuan Chen on The Conversation. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain dis...

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Some brain training programs are backed by evidence. Here’s how to pick them

Published on 23rd February by Tejal Shah on The Conversation. Brain training has been touted as a way to prevent age-related cognitive...

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Brain Awareness Week 2017

13th-19th March 2017 is Brain Awareness Week. This is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits o...

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A potential drug target in Kidney disease

Thursday 9th March - World Kidney Day Most forms of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) result in renal fibrosis. Renal fibrosis is when the ...

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How vitamin D can improve muscle strength

Published on 16th February 2017 by Zaki Hassan-Smith on The Conversation. One of the most important vitamins for your health is vitami...

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What's happening in our bodies as we age?

Published on 22nd January 2017, by Lisa Lee on The Conversation. As we reach adulthood, we notice changes in our bodies at every stage...

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Free Thinking experts take part in festival

BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking festival is returning to the Sage Gateshead next month and Newcastle University's academics will be playi...

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GP career choice is associated with undergraduate GP exposure

Published on 28th February 2017 Universities urgently need to address the current GP recruitment crisis by giving students more exposu...

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Do you really want to know what’s lurking in your genome?

Published on 24th February 2017 by Michael Mackley on The Conversation. Would you want to know if you were at a higher risk of getting...

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Pioneering neurologist receives knighthood

Published on 14th February A world-leading neurologist who has devoted his career to the treatment and research of mitochondrial disea...

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Osteoarthritis – it’s not just wear and tear of our joints

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a slow, progressive joint disease causing mobility problems resulting in reduced quality of life and a major cau...

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Why medical technology often doesn't make it from drawing board to hospital

Published on 15th February 2017, by Matthew Leming on The Conversation. If there’s something wrong with your brain, how do you spot th...

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Newcastle University Researchers at the "Bones" Exhibition

The “Bones” exhibition gets into full swing this half term at the Great North Museum in Newcastle.  Featuring displays of more than 10...

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Will you feel better after surgery? Now you can find out using this online tool

Published on 10th February 2017 by Andrew Street and Nils Gutacker on The Conversation. The financial crisis facing the NHS is startin...

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Preventative medicine: the argument for and against

Published on 2nd February 2017 by James Brown and Opeolu Ojo on The Conversation. Preventative medicine has long used drugs to prevent...

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Are you getting enough vitamin B1 to help fend off Alzheimer's?

Published on 27th January 2017 by Richard Hoffman on The Conversation. A feeling of apathy or being a little forgetful from time to ti...

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How research can lead to some extraordinary (and very unlikely) discoveries

Published on 8th February 2017 by Philip Cohen on The Conversation. When it comes to research, you never really know in which fantasti...

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How old is old, and what to wear: the value of PPI

Before I started my PhD, I had no idea about patient and public involvement and how important it is for research projects. This quickly...

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International Epilepsy Day: CANDO Epilepsy Event

On International Epilepsy Day we look back on the CANDO Epilepsy Event held as part of the Newcastle Academic Health Partners Patient M...

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Public member opportunities at the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) is currently looking for patients and members of...

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Cancer Research UK: Right Now campaign

Cancer Research UK’s Right Now campaign features a series of powerful and emotive TV adverts as well as radio, billboard and digital ...

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World Cancer Day 2017 "An Act of Unity"

Professor Ruth Plummer - Clinical Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine Newcastle is an exciting and vibrant place to do cancer re...

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The Small Circle of Life - Festive Lecture 2016

Over 300 Year 10 students from Schools across the North East and members of the public were riveted by the demonstration of how impor...

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Scientists have unlocked the secret of making tomatoes taste of something again

If you shop in a supermarket you may well have asked why the fruit and veg you buy there is so tasteless, especially if you’ve also tri...

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Dental Problems at A&E: why it matters

Charlotte Currie, Clinical Fellow in Oral Surgery at the Centre for Oral Health Research, School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle Univer...

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Five common myths about the ageing brain and body

The world’s population, and Australia’s, is ageing. The number of adults aged 65 and over is increasing, as is the proportion of the po...

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MiLAN Film Festival 2017: From Medicine With Love

An exploration of the role of love in health and mental wellbeing is being explored during a week-long film festival. The MiLAN (Medic...

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"Oral and Dental” Patient, Carer, Public Involvement (PCPI) group

The “Oral and Dental” Patient, Carer, Public Involvement (PCPI)  group meets every 3 months at Newcastle Dental Hospital. We always try...

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£35m blood disorder project aims for faster, better patient care

A new project involving Newcastle University experts aims to create better outcomes for patients with blood disorders. The £35 million...

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Festive Lecture 2015: QuantuMDx

QuantuMDx: tackling the world’s deadliest diseases... Twelve months after Professor Sir John Burn introduced QuantuMDx to a captivated...

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Always forget to keep your New Year's resolutions? Smoking and drinking could be why

Given that the New Year is just around the corner, now might be a good time to come up with a resolution to reduce your drinking, or st...

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Why we become more forgetful with age - and what you can do about it

How is it that we are able to remember some events in great detail whereas other memories seem to fade away over time? Our memory chang...

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Assessing Dementia Risk

I am a GP trainee with a special interest in dementia research - passionate about supporting people living with dementia to be diagnose...

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Scientists set to get £7.9m boost for cancer research

Newcastle scientists and clinicians are set to receive a major cash injection from Cancer Research UK. The charity plans to invest aro...

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Newcastle applies for world's first mitochondrial license

Newcastle experts behind pioneering IVF-based technique confirm that they have applied for a licence to help patients who risk transmit...

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How bucket lists help the terminally ill - and those around them

Buckets lists – inventories of things to do before you die – are often developed by people who know they have little time left. It seem...

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Emotions and Parkinson’s Disease – SPiEs study.

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder affecting 1 in every 500 people in the UK. The most noticeable symptoms of t...

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Wellcome invests £6.3m in its Centre for Mitochondrial Research

Wellcome has today announced £6.3m of funding for its Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University over the next five year...

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Review welcomed as “a step closer to reproductive choice"

A ground-breaking IVF technique developed by experts at Newcastle University, to reduce the risk that babies born will have mitochondri...

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Influencing design: Voice North Osteoarthritis Workshops

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design is an inclusive design and co-design organisation, which is based at the Royal College of Art in Lon...

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Biological vs chronological age: how old are you really?

Researchers are developing tests to calculate your true biological age. They claim that such tests can measure how well your body is co...

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Institute for Ageing event Starts Patient Month

November’s Patient Month got off to a fantastic start with the Ageing Well in Newcastle event. Patient Month is a series of events thr...

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Director's Blog: What is Voice North?

The ‘VOICE’ of Voice North stands for Valuing our Intellectual Capital and Experience. The ‘North’ is because as an organisation we are...

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Members' Blog: Joining Voice North & becoming a lay representative

I first became involved with Voice North in September 2013 via the British Science Festival held in Newcastle. I went to a presentation...

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Inside Skin: Conversations between Art & Science

Professor Muzlifah Haniffa, is a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Clinical Science at Newcastle University and her research was recently...

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How even our brains get ‘slacker’ as we age

Losing the youthful firmness and elasticity in our skin is one of the first outward signs of ageing. Now it seems it’s not just our ski...

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New hope for recovery of hand movement for stroke patients

Stroke patients are starting a trial of a new electronic device to recover movement and control of their hand. Neuroscientists at Newc...

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115 might be as old as we can get thanks to our bodies’ limits

Maximum lifespan is not rising in step with average lifespan. It could be that the human body has innate limits that prevent most getti...

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Newcastle Academic Health Partners: Patient Month 2016

Newcastle Academic Health Partners (NAHP) harnesses clinical and academic expertise to make sure patients benefit sooner from new treat...

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Improved vitamin test could help millions

A new technique that gives quicker and more accurate information about a person's levels of vitamin A could help improve the health of ...

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Bacterial cell walls, antibiotics and the origins of life

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, the 17th-century Dutch scientist, was the first person to see single-celled organisms through a microscope and...

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Spice of life

Trust Me, I'm a Doctor study shows how cooking with turmeric might reduce cancer risk. Newcastle University has taken part in an ambit...

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Voice North's Involvement in Clinical Skills Training

I'm Emma McAllister, Clinical Skills lead for the Phase 1 Medical Students at Newcastle University. Members of voice north are involved...

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The Dentists of Tomorrow: Involving the public in the interview process

The School of Dental Sciences runs two undergraduate courses, a five year Bachelor of Dental Surgery course (71 places) and a three yea...

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Ageing in harmony: why the third act of life should be musical

It’s never too late to pick up a musical instrument. In fact there are many reasons why it’s a great idea, particularly in old age. We...

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