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News archive: Research press releases 2012

Social networking: Is the igeneration a 'we' generation?

Thursday 20 December 2012

Social networking sites may increase the bonds of friendship for nine to 13-year-old boys, according to researchers from the University of York.

York researchers investigate whether disabled people can afford to keep their homes warm

Thursday 6 December 2012

Researchers at the University of York are looking at the combined effect of changes to welfare benefits and rising energy prices on people with disabilities.

Researchers investigate impacts of climate change on rare tropical plants

Thursday 6 December 2012

Research led by the University of York has found that the impacts of climate change on rare plants in tropical mountains will vary considerably from site to site and from species to species.

York’s key role in European ‘green’ chemistry research project

Wednesday 5 December 2012

Scientists in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York are to play a key role in a major new research project which aims to develop sustainable manufacturing routes to pharmaceuticals.

Research shows young people to bear brunt of rising homelessness

Wednesday 5 December 2012

More people are becoming homeless in England as the impacts of cuts to housing benefit start to bite against the backdrop of the continuing economic downturn – with young people and families with children first in the firing line, new research has revealed.

Living the dream in rural France – why do people choose to migrate?

Tuesday 4 December 2012

A University of York researcher claims the idea of 'the rural idyll' is far too simplistic an explanation for why British people choose to migrate to rural France.

Grand and not so grand designs: Why do people choose to build their own homes?

Tuesday 27 November 2012

A University of York researcher is investigating self-building to discover what kind of people decide to build their own home and why.

Praise for project to encourage tuberculosis patients to quit smoking

Thursday 22 November 2012

The BUPA Foundation has awarded a high commendation prize for research led by the University of York into effective ways of helping tuberculosis patients in Pakistan to give up smoking.

'Trust' provides answer to handaxe enigma

Wednesday 21 November 2012

Trust rather than lust is at the heart of the attention to detail and finely made form of handaxes from around 1.7 million years ago, according to a University of York researcher.

Unlocking ancient rice secrets to overcome rainfall extremes

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Researchers from the UK, USA and India, led by scientists at the University of York, are embarking on a major four-year project which aims to develop new strains of rice to help to feed millions of people.

Sweet dreams can spell out improved language skills for youngsters

Monday 19 November 2012

A good night's sleep can help children to acquire and retain vocabulary, according to new research by psychologists at the University of York and Sheffield Hallam University.

York shares £60 million boost for science innovation

Thursday 15 November 2012

The University of York is one of the beneficiaries of a £60m investment in UK universities announced today by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Scientists detect CO2 accumulation at the edge of Space

Monday 12 November 2012

A University of York scientist is part of an international team of researchers which has reported the first direct evidence that emissions of carbon dioxide caused by human activity are propagating upward to the highest regions of the atmosphere.

Protected areas in East Africa may not be conserving iconic plants

Wednesday 7 November 2012

A new study led by researchers from the University of York suggests protected areas in East Africa are not conserving plants such as the iconic Acacia tree.

Research reveals smoking cost to UK economy

Friday 2 November 2012

Smokers are costing the UK economy £1.4 billion by taking an average of two or three days more sick leave per year than their non-smoking colleagues, a new study has revealed.

Fair trade: study shows some companies are better at playing fair

Monday 29 October 2012

Companies using the Fairtrade Mark* demonstrate different types of commitment to the fair trade movement and therefore their impact on producers in developing countries is not the same, according to a new review from the University of York.

Making transport a driver for development in Africa

Tuesday 23 October 2012

A new report by a panel of international experts highlights policies to improve air quality road safety and congestion, supporting African development.

Breastfeeding could save the NHS millions, says new report

Thursday 18 October 2012

UNICEF UK calls for more support for mothers

Steps in the right direction for conservation

Wednesday 17 October 2012

As the climate changes, conservationists are divided over the most effective way to preserve animal and plant diversity because they cannot simply preserve the status quo. Ensuring species can shift to track the climate to which they are suited is a complex problem, especially when there are competing demands on land use. A simple prediction is that more habitat would help species to shift, but it is not obvious what the best spatial locations for habitat would be.

A job in itself: the thankless task for young unemployed people looking for work

Wednesday 17 October 2012

A new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), based on a study led by the University of York, highlights the task faced by young unemployed people.

New research moves York scientists closer to lung cancer blood test

Monday 15 October 2012

Early signs of lung cancer could be diagnosed using a simple blood test following a new discovery by scientists at the University of York.

DNA confirms genetically distinct lion population for Ethiopia

Thursday 11 October 2012

A team of international researchers has provided the first comprehensive DNA evidence that the Addis Ababa lion in Ethiopia is genetically unique and is urging immediate conservation action to preserve this vulnerable lion population.

University of York helps improve mental health care in Malawi

Thursday 11 October 2012

The University of York is leading a vital international project to establish community-based mental health care in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world.

New scanning technology aims to achieve quicker diagnosis of disease

Monday 8 October 2012

Groundbreaking research taking place at the University of York could lead to Alzheimer’s disease being diagnosed in minutes using a simple brain scan.

Two weeks in Rome: Lowrie and a ‘mountain’ of pottery

Friday 5 October 2012

Lowrie Robertson, a third year Archaeology student at the University of York, spent part of the summer vacation helping to uncover the secrets of Roman commerce at Monte Testaccio in Rome.

York residents give their verdict on public safety and policing

Thursday 4 October 2012

Residents in York are broadly positive about the city in terms of public safety and their attitudes towards the police, according to a new survey.

Pressure ulcer patients help set the research agenda

Monday 1 October 2012

A new survey asks patients, carers and clinicians to rate the importance of questions about the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers to inform future research.

New partnership to ‘accelerate’ evaluation of chemical reactions

Friday 28 September 2012

The University of York has agreed a new partnership with a Swiss-based technology company to modernise the way chemical reactions are screened and evaluated.

New study shows technology improves grammar teaching

Thursday 27 September 2012

Hand-held technology can help to improve primary pupils’ learning of grammar, according to a new study by the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) at the University of York.

'Mining' for metals using Nature's machines

Thursday 20 September 2012

Scientists at the University of York are to lead an international team that will explore the use of plants to recover precious metals from mine tailings around the world.

Neck pain sufferers invited to discuss their experiences

Monday 17 September 2012

University of York researchers are inviting people suffering from neck pain to join focus groups in Leeds, Manchester and York to discuss their experiences.

Time Team puts Star Carr in the spotlight

Friday 14 September 2012

Research by University of York archaeologists at one of the UK's most important Early Mesolithic sites is to be highlighted by the Channel 4 programme Time Team.

Long menopause allows killer whales to care for adult sons

Friday 14 September 2012

An international team of scientists has found the answer to why female killer whales have the longest menopause of any non-human species - to care for their adult sons.

Acupuncture is of benefit for some types of chronic pain

Monday 10 September 2012

An international research collaboration, involving the University of York, has shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic pain in patients with chronic back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, shoulder pain, and chronic headache.

Gender equality influences how people choose their lovers

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Men and women clearly have different strategies for picking sexual partners, but the reason why differences exist is less clear.

York cancer scientists discover link between prostate cancer and vitamin A

Tuesday 4 September 2012

Cancer scientists at the University of York have shown a link between prostate cancer and vitamin A for the first time.

Research reveals contrasting consequences of a warmer Earth

Monday 3 September 2012

A new study, by scientists from the Universities of York, Glasgow and Leeds, involving analysis of fossil and geological records going back 540 million years, suggests that biodiversity on Earth generally increases as the planet warms.

Yoga: a cost-effective treatment for back pain sufferers?

Thursday 16 August 2012

Specialised group yoga classes could provide a cost-effective way of treating patients with chronic or recurrent low back pain, according to the UK's largest ever study of the benefits of yoga.

Stepping stones to the north: 'citizen science' reveals that protected areas allow wildlife to spread in response to climate change

Monday 13 August 2012

A new study led by scientists at the University of York has shown how birds, butterflies, other insects and spiders have colonised nature reserves and areas protected for wildlife, as they move north in response to climate change and other environmental changes.

Scientists' gold discovery sheds light on catalysis

Monday 13 August 2012

A physicist at the University of York has played a key role in international research which has made an important advance in establishing the catalytic properties of gold at a nano level.

Putting health records at the heart of UK medical research

Friday 3 August 2012

The University of York is part of a new network of e-health research Centres of Excellence supported by a £19 million investment from a consortium of 10 UK government and charity funders, led by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

'Mixed success' for protected areas in East Africa

Monday 30 July 2012

Research led by the University of York has found wide variability in the effectiveness of protected areas in conserving East Africa’s evergreen forests.

Review highlights ways of improving science learning in primary schools

Thursday 26 July 2012

A major review of research suggests that improving science learning outcomes in primary schools depends on improving teachers' presentational skills, engaging and motivating pupils, and integrating science and reading.

Research charts growing threats to biodiversity 'arks'

Wednesday 25 July 2012

Many of the world's tropical protected areas are struggling to sustain their biodiversity, according to a study by more than 200 scientists from around the world.

New research seeks to improve survival for myeloma and lymphoma patients

Wednesday 25 July 2012

Researchers at the University of York are launching a major study of lymphoma and myeloma aimed at promoting earlier diagnosis and improving survival for patients with these cancers, which are among the most common in the UK.

Food supply chain waste 'offers new source' for chemicals and materials

Friday 20 July 2012

Scientists at the University of York are leading a major new EU-backed network that is exploring ways of using waste as an alternative carbon source, employing green and sustainable chemical technologies.

'Deflector shields' protect the lunar surface

Thursday 19 July 2012

Scientists at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the University of York have solved a lunar mystery. They have identified the origin of the enigmatic "lunar swirls" – swirling patches of relatively pale lunar soil, some measuring several tens of kilometres across.

Study reveals Neanderthals at El Sidrón in Northern Spain had knowledge of plants’ healing qualities

Wednesday 18 July 2012

An international team of researchers, led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the University of York, has provided the first molecular evidence that Neanderthals not only ate a range of cooked plant foods, but also understood its nutritional and medicinal qualities.

Researchers aim to give disabled people their voice of choice

Tuesday 17 July 2012

A comedy sketch about speed dating with a twist will be filmed in a North Yorkshire village as part of a research project led by academics from the Universities of Hull and York.

English hospitals can improve their performance

Friday 13 July 2012

NHS hospitals have substantial scope to improve their efficiency by adopting best practice, according to research published today by Professor Andrew Street and colleagues at the Centre for Health Economics (CHE) at the University of York.

Oregon caves yield evidence of 13,000-year-old darts and spearheads

Thursday 12 July 2012

Archaeological work in Oregon's Paisley Caves has found evidence that Western Stemmed projectile points – darts or thrusting spearheads – were present at least 13,200 calendar years ago in western North America.

York researchers lead study to evaluate most effective support for end-of-life carers

Monday 9 July 2012

A team of health scientists at the University of York has received funding from the Dimbleby Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Fund to research the educational needs of people providing end-of-life care to terminally ill relatives.

Business Secretary opens unique national facility to expand the use of plants by industry

Thursday 5 July 2012

The Business Secretary Vince Cable opened the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC)1 at the University of York on 5 July, 2012.

Archive to highlight York's key role in social and urban research

Monday 25 June 2012

A group of leading researchers from the University of York has joined forces to identify and catalogue all the social studies carried out in York over the past century.

York researcher urges Government to 'test, learn and adapt'

Friday 22 June 2012

A University of York researcher is urging Government ministers to adopt a ‘test, learn and adapt’ method to policy-making to gauge the effectiveness of new policies.

Maths experts question key ecological theory

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Mathematicians at the University of York in the UK and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand say they have disproved a widely accepted theory underpinning the operation of complex networks of interactions in the natural world.

Global collaboration aims to improve mother and newborn health

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Researchers from across the world have joined forces to improve the quality of midwifery care and reduce maternal, newborn and infant mortality.

Agents of haemorrhagic fevers often change host

Tuesday 19 June 2012

Biologists at the University of York have helped to discover that one of the world's most infectious classes of disease – viral haemorrhagic fevers – can spread much more easily than previously thought.

Children and their parents sought for time perception study

Monday 18 June 2012

Psychologists at the University of York are asking families to take part in a study that may inform the development of new diagnostic tools and treatments for autism.

World leaders' 'slow progress' on protecting global oceans

Friday 15 June 2012

A University of York academic is part of an international team of researchers which has reviewed commitments made by governments to protect the world's oceans and shown that there has been little success over the past 20 years.

Genetic discovery unlocks biosynthesis of medicinal compound in poppy

Thursday 31 May 2012

Scientists at the University of York and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia have discovered a complex gene cluster responsible for the synthesis of the medicinal compound noscapine.

York scientists identify key questions on the impact of PPCPs

Thursday 31 May 2012

Researchers at the University of York headed a major international review aimed at enhancing efforts to better understand the impacts of chemicals used in pharmaceuticals or in personal care products, such as cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, deodorants and toothpastes (PPCPs), on the natural environment.

Gourmet butterflies speed north

Thursday 24 May 2012

A new study led by scientists in the Department of Biology at the University of York has shown how a butterfly has changed its diet, and consequently has sped northwards in response to climate change.

Number theory grant could lead to advances in wireless communications

Monday 21 May 2012

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded a £1.6 million grant to two of the country's leading mathematics researchers, Professor Sanju Velani, Head of Pure Mathematics at the University of York and Professor Victor Beresnevich, also at the university.

York researchers evaluate impact of climate change on biodiversity and habitats in East Africa

Monday 21 May 2012

University of York researchers will play a key role in a new project studying the impact of climate change in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia.

TV documentary series supplies new linguistic insights

Thursday 17 May 2012

A researcher from the University of York is using recordings from the TV series Seven Up to examine the effects of ageing on the voice and the reliability of forensic voice recordings.

New research offers roadmap towards sustainable pole-and-line-caught tuna

Monday 14 May 2012

Research conducted at the University of York offers a blueprint for the long-term sustainability of tuna caught using the pole-and-line method.

Research highlights need for greater support for job-seekers with poor health

Thursday 10 May 2012

Research conducted at the University of York suggests more support is needed for job-seekers with poor health.

Research reveals ice sheet stability in West Antarctica under threat

Thursday 10 May 2012

An international team of researchers has warned that the stability of a part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is potentially under threat following a survey of the Institute and Möller ice streams.

Research focuses on vital community role of village pubs

Wednesday 25 April 2012

A University of York academic has received a British Academy award to explore the role of village pubs in creating community cohesion in rural England.

Survey probes York residents' attitudes towards the police

Monday 23 April 2012

A major new survey will give residents of York the opportunity to express their views on crime, the fear of crime, confidence and their views on policing.

Trial tests effectiveness of treatments for chronic neck pain

Thursday 19 April 2012

People with chronic neck pain in the York area are being offered the chance to take part in a major clinical trial into the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons and acupuncture sessions.

Unique adaptations to a symbiotic lifestyle reveal novel targets for aphid insecticides

Wednesday 18 April 2012

Aphids are pests that cause millions of pounds of damage to crops in the UK, but new research led by biologists at the University of York reveals potential new targets for aphid-specific insecticides.

Research offers new clues to prevent infection in cardiac devices

Tuesday 10 April 2012

Bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, the 'superbug' behind MRSA, can be a major problem for patients who have a medical implant, such as a replacement heart valve or pacemaker.

Study shows arts education benefits at-risk youth

Thursday 5 April 2012

A new international study shows teenagers and young adults of low socio-economic status involved in arts activities have better academic results and higher career goals.

Decreasing trade to cut emissions may squeeze poor countries' incomes

Wednesday 4 April 2012

A new Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) study, which was co-authored by University of York researchers, shows why development concerns need to be embedded in low-carbon strategies: shifting consumption in high-income countries to bring benefits, not losses, to poor countries.

Recent parents and NHS staff urged to make their voices heard

Wednesday 4 April 2012

University of York researchers are encouraging recent parents and NHS staff to tell them about their experience of maternity and neonatal units in Yorkshire and the Humber.

New research demonstrates constant productivity growth in the NHS

Friday 30 March 2012

A new study by researchers at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York, reveals the productivity of the NHS in England has been broadly constant over the last seven years, increasing by an average of 0.1 per cent per year.

Concerted efforts needed to secure key resources for low-carbon future

Wednesday 28 March 2012

New Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) studies on biomass, scarce metals and water, produced as part of a partnership with the business initiative 3C (Combat Climate Change), show supply constraints could slow deployment of green energy technologies by 2035 – but business and policy choices can reduce these risks.

The Viking journey of mice and men

Monday 19 March 2012

New research carried out at the University of York and published in BMC Evolutionary Biology has used evolutionary techniques on modern day and ancestral mouse mitochondrial DNA to show that the timeline of mouse colonisation matches that of Viking invasion.

York scientists win research accolade

Thursday 15 March 2012

A team of scientists has received a top award in recognition of research on bladder tissue engineering carried out at the Jack Birch Unit at the University of York.

Value ecosystems not just crops when managing water use, says UN report

Monday 12 March 2012

A new UNEP report prepared by the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York urges policymakers and planners to think about ecosystem services, not just agricultural crop yields, in determining the most ‘productive’ uses of water.

York researchers take their science to Parliament

Friday 9 March 2012

Two young scientists from the University of York are attending Parliament next week to present their science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges as part of SET for Britain.

Reconsidering the consequences of selective fisheries

Monday 5 March 2012

A new study by an international team of researchers is calling for a rethink on the most appropriate way to reduce commercial fishing’s impacts on ecosystems and fisheries productivity.

Pioneering research reveals bacterium’s secrets

Thursday 1 March 2012

Ground-breaking research by an international team of scientists will help to make one of the most versatile of bacteria even more useful to society and the environment.

No smoke without fire?

Tuesday 28 February 2012

With any mention of the name ‘Frank Gallagher’ in a tabloid newspaper, there is a strong chance that one or more of the descriptions ‘drunken’, ‘feckless’, ‘slob’ or ‘scrounger’ won’t be far away – along with a photo of the Shameless television character leering at the camera, a tower of ash teetering on the end of his ever-present cigarette.

Research says ‘fee refugee’ fear may be exaggerated

Thursday 23 February 2012

Claims by some commentators that undergraduate students from England may become ‘fee refugees’ to escape rises in higher education tuition fees could be overstated, according to a new study by academics at the University of York.

New York launch for education in conflict and emergencies research programme

Tuesday 21 February 2012

A University of York research programme exploring the role of education in addressing violent conflict and humanitarian emergencies will be officially launched in New York this week.

York researchers create ‘tornados’ inside electron microscopes

Thursday 16 February 2012

Researchers from the University of York are pioneering the development of electron microscopes which will allow scientists to examine a greater variety of materials in new revolutionary ways.

Researchers explore the joy of cheques

Monday 13 February 2012

A team of academics has designed an electronic cheque which eliminates the need for costly processing by banks but preserves the simplicity and ease of a traditional cheque book.

Using economic evaluations for drug reimbursement decisions - what have we achieved?

Thursday 9 February 2012

Researchers at the University of York perform evaluations of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of drugs for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

York and Brighton researchers 'dig for data'

Wednesday 8 February 2012

Historians, archivists and experts in computer science from the Universities of York and Brighton are teaming up to develop new ways of exploring digital historical records.

Scientists 'record' magnetic breakthrough

Tuesday 7 February 2012

An international team of scientists has demonstrated a revolutionary new way of magnetic recording which will allow information to be processed hundreds of times faster than by current hard drive technology.

New survey to gauge over 55s' attitudes to the environment

Wednesday 1 February 2012

An international survey of the attitudes of the over 55s to the environment is being launched by a consortium of older people’s organisations, led by the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York and Simon Fraser University’s Gerontology Research Centre (Canada).

Partnership gives a voice to pressure ulcer patients

Tuesday 31 January 2012

A new survey aims to give patients and carers a voice in the search to find the most effective prevention and treatment for pressure ulcers.

Food crops damaged by pollution crossing continents

Monday 30 January 2012

Man-made air pollution from North America causes Europe to lose 1.2 million tonnes of wheat a year, a new study has found.

National evaluation of the ‘Handyperson’ programme

Friday 27 January 2012

As our society ages, there will be a greater imperative to provide services that enable older people to live independently in their own homes and reduce the need for other more costly services.

Scientists reveal how cholera bacterium gains a foothold in the gut

Friday 27 January 2012

A team of biologists at the University of York has made an important advance in our understanding of the way cholera attacks the body. The discovery could help scientists target treatments for the globally significant intestinal disease which kills more than 100,000 people every year.

Laser hints at how Universe got its magnetism

Thursday 26 January 2012

An international team of scientists has used a laser to create magnetic fields similar to those thought to be involved in the formation of the first galaxies – findings that could help to solve the riddle of how the Universe got its magnetism.

Scientists discover new clue to the chemical origins of life

Tuesday 24 January 2012

Organic chemists at the University of York have made a significant advance towards establishing the origin of the carbohydrates (sugars) that form the building blocks of life.

York wins share of £6 million investment in bioscience

Tuesday 24 January 2012

A successful collaboration between the White Rose universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York has attracted £6 million to create a joint Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in mechanistic biology.

New centre rises to challenge of chronic disease and disorders

Thursday 19 January 2012

The University of York's research excellence and vision has been rewarded by a new £500,000 grant from Wellcome Trust’s Institutional Strategic Support Fund, which together with matching funds from the University will allow the creation of a new 'virtual centre' to coordinate research into chronic diseases and disorders.

Biologists a step nearer to solving the Parkinson's conundrum

Monday 16 January 2012

Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step forward in isolating the cause of Parkinson's disease in younger adults.

New study urges smart targeting of pollution sources to save lives and climate

Thursday 12 January 2012

Researchers at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York have played a key role in a new study that shows that implementing 14 key air pollution control measures could slow the pace of global warming, save millions of lives and boost agricultural production.

Research at Star Carr enters exciting new phase

Monday 9 January 2012

Archaeologists at the University of York have secured major European funding to carry out sophisticated new research at one of the UK’s most important Early Mesolithic sites.

No more free rides for 'piggy-backing' viruses

Wednesday 4 January 2012

Scientists have determined the structure of the enzyme endomannosidase, significantly advancing our understanding of how a group of devastating human viruses including HIV and Hepatitis C hijack human enzymes to reproduce and cause disease.

Professor Mohamed el-Gomati receives OBE

Friday 30 December 2011

Professor Mohamed El-Gomati, a Professor of Electronics at the University of York since 1997, has been made an OBE in the New Year's Honours List.

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