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News archive: Research press releases 2017

Expert Reaction: What influences our voting decisions?

Posted on Wednesday 24 May 2017

Dr Peter Bull discusses the importance of leadership and public responsiveness as we head towards to polling stations in the general election 2017:


Expert Reaction: Yorkshire 2017 General Election Battleground

Posted on Thursday 18 May 2017

The Tories' manifesto launch in Halifax has further emphasised the focus both the Conservatives and Labour have had on Yorkshire during the campaign. Professor Martin Smith, Head of the Department of Politics at the University of York, explains why God's Own Country is proving to be such a key battleground.


A vignette from the virtual reality Viking experience at the Yorkshire Museum's Viking: Rediscover the Legend exhibition(credit: Dr Guy Schofield)
Virtual reality Vikings: First immersive experience of Viking world revealed

Posted on Wednesday 17 May 2017

Researchers at the University of York have re-created the sights and sounds of a Viking army camp using a specially-designed virtual reality mask.


Expert Reaction: Labour launch their manifesto

Posted on Tuesday 16 May 2017

Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn has launched the party's manifesto, 'For the Many, Not the Few'. Professor of Modern History, Lawrence Black, at the University of York, comments on the reaction to the launch:


Expert Reaction: Moors Murderer, Ian Brady, dies

Posted on Tuesday 16 May 2017

Moors Murderer, Ian Brady, has died at the age of 79 in Ashworth Hospital, a high-security psychiatric unit on Merseyside. Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce, from the University of York's Department of Sociology, comments on how his death does not signal closure for the 1960s killings.


Reducing the environmental footprint of Brazilian beef

Posted on Tuesday 16 May 2017

Brazil, the second largest beef producer in the world, could lead the way in sustainable intensification in agriculture, according to new research published by scientists.


Diesel vehicles produce 50 per cent more nitrogen oxide than originally thought

Posted on Monday 15 May 2017

A study, published in Nature, has shown that laboratory tests of nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles significantly underestimate the real-world emissions by as much as 50 per cent.


Scientists call for climate goals to be set over next 25 years

Posted on Thursday 11 May 2017

Scientists argue that climate goals are needed for the immediate future to help achieve global sustainable development in the long-term.


Edible insects offer scientists food for thought

Posted on Tuesday 9 May 2017

Eating insects instead of beef could help to tackle climate change by reducing harmful emissions, according to a new study carried out by a group of researchers.


Rare chance to see medieval treasures up close

Posted on Monday 8 May 2017

A new exhibition of unique medieval manuscripts – including a copy of a treaty which brought to an end the First Scottish War of Independence - have gone on display at the University of York.


A stream in the North York Moors National Park (credit: Dr Peter Mayhew)
Stream bugs suggest pollution recovery in North York Moors

Posted on Monday 8 May 2017

A surprising diversity of bugs recorded in upland streams in northern England may indicate a recovery from past acid pollution, according to scientists at the University of York.


Expert Reaction: Government publishes draft clean air plan

Posted on Friday 5 May 2017

Dr Peter Eckersley, from the University of York’s Environment Department, comments on the government’s draft clean air plan:


It’s all in the mind – cyclists urged to help raise money for student causes

Posted on Thursday 4 May 2017

Cyclists are being urged to sign up to the annual YuCycle challenge later this summer and help raise funds for student mental health.


Expert Reaction: What might we expect for education in the general election campaign 2017?

Posted on Wednesday 3 May 2017

Will the general election campaign see a new direction for education or will it be more of the same? Dr Paul Wakeling from the University of York’s Department of Education and Dr Chris Renwick from the Department of History, give their views:


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Discrimination against same-sex couples denied religious marriage is endemic, says York academic

Posted on Wednesday 3 May 2017

New research by academics at the Universities of York and Leeds highlights the prevailing extent of discrimination against same-sex couples wanting religious marriage ceremonies.


More than half of mental health NHS patients experience relapses

Posted on Monday 1 May 2017

A new study has shown that approximately 53 per cent of NHS patients displayed clinical symptoms of depression and anxiety within a year after completing psychological treatments.


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Establishing the boundaries of quantum secure communications

Posted on Wednesday 26 April 2017

Scientists at the University of York’s Centre for Quantum Technologies have made an important breakthrough in the theory of quantum secure communications.


Risk of psychosis from cannabis use lower than originally thought, say scientists

Posted on Thursday 20 April 2017

Scientists at the University of York have shown that the risk of developing psychosis, such as hallucinations, from cannabis use is small compared to the number of total users.


Women's Homelessness in Europe edited by Joanne Bretherton at York's Centre for Housing Policy (CHP) and Paula Mayock of Trinity College, Dublin.
The UK’s hidden homeless: lone women parents most likely to suffer

Posted on Wednesday 19 April 2017

Growing numbers of women in England are experiencing ‘hidden homelessness’ – living in precarious arrangements without privacy or their own legal living space - according to new research.


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European research collaboration to prove feasibility of using starch in energy storage and green catalysis

Posted on Wednesday 19 April 2017

Scientists at the University of York have teamed up with industry partners to turn renewable plant-based resources such as potato starch into a potential energy source for electric cars.


Air pollution can be as bad for wellbeing as partner's death, say York researchers

Posted on Tuesday 18 April 2017

Exposure to Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) can be as bad for people's happiness as bereavement or divorce, according to a study by the University of York.


Expert Reaction: May calls for UK general election

Posted on Tuesday 18 April 2017

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has called for a snap general election on 8 June 2017. Professor Martin Smith, Head of the University of York’s Department of Politics, and Senior Lecturer in Politics, Dr Sofia Vasilopoulou react to the news:


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Rowing parents might be more harmful to child development than divorce, study suggests

Posted on Wednesday 12 April 2017

The damage caused to a child’s development during a family breakdown is done before the parents separate, a study suggests.


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Why green spaces are good for grey matter

Posted on Monday 10 April 2017

Walking between busy urban environments and green spaces triggers changes in levels of excitement, engagement and frustration in the brain, a study of older people has found.


Researchers bring Old Norse language back to JORVIK Viking Centre

Posted on Thursday 6 April 2017

Old Norse has been brought back to life by researchers at the University of York through the voices of new animatronic Viking characters at the world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre.


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Love it or hate it: Marmite may affect brain function

Posted on Wednesday 5 April 2017

Scientists at the University of York have discovered a potential link between eating Marmite and activity in the brain, through the apparent increase of a chemical messenger associated with healthy brain function.


New film investigates the mystery of the abandoned site of Engaruka

Posted on Tuesday 4 April 2017

A new online film, written by scientists at the University of York in partnership with Ambient Cinema, reveals the excavation work at the site of Engaruka, Tanzania, that is unravelling the mystery of why its people abandoned the site centuries before.


Molecules in the body more visible in new detection system, say scientists

Posted on Monday 3 April 2017

Scientists at the University of York have developed a technique that will enhance the performance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in identifying disease.


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From Beethoven to Bieber, why playing music to chimps is falling on deaf ears

Posted on Wednesday 29 March 2017

Playing music to captive chimpanzees has no positive effect on their welfare, researchers have concluded.


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Expert Reaction: Article 50

Posted on Tuesday 28 March 2017

Dr Charlotte O'Brien, Senior Lecturer at the University of York's York Law School, offers her expert reaction on the triggering of Article 50.


3D structure of enzyme opens path to new drug design in brain disease

Posted on Monday 27 March 2017

Researchers at the University of York and Simon Fraser University, Canada, have revealed the 3D structure of an enzyme that could provide a crucial step forward in treating neurodegenerative diseases.


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New therapy focus for depression in young people

Posted on Monday 27 March 2017

A therapy which focuses on finding ways to engage in activities that generate positive emotions and combat negative ones could be an effective way of treating young people with depression, researchers at the University of York say.


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UK seafood industry could benefit from Brexit, but choppy waters lie ahead

Posted on Thursday 23 March 2017

The UK seafood industry could benefit from Brexit, although difficult negotiations with the EU lie ahead, say environmental and fishing industry experts.


Humans and smartphones may fail frequently to detect face morph photos

Posted on Wednesday 22 March 2017

Researchers at the University of York have demonstrated that both humans and smartphones show a degree of error in distinguishing face morph photos from their ‘real’ faces on fraudulent identity cards.


Scientist develops DNA nanomotor designed to rotate autonomously

Posted on Wednesday 22 March 2017

A scientist at the University of York has succeeded in conducting the first tests on a tiny rotating machine that is made entirely from DNA.


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UK tests for overseas doctors - performance linked to future risk of malpractice

Posted on Monday 20 March 2017

Restricting the number of times international medical graduates (those who qualified outside the European Economic Area) can resit competency tests may help protect patients from future malpractice, a study by the University of York has concluded.


Mystery of how sperm swim revealed in mathematical formula

Posted on Monday 20 March 2017

Researchers have developed a mathematical formula based on the rhythmic movement of a sperm’s head and tail, which significantly reduces the complexities of understanding and predicting how sperm make the difficult journey towards fertilising an egg.


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The looming threat of Asian tobacco companies to global health

Posted on Wednesday 15 March 2017

The globalisation of Asian tobacco companies should be of increasing international concern, according to a new study by researchers at the University of York and Simon Fraser University, Canada.


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Scientists say they are a step closer to solving chronic bladder diseases

Posted on Tuesday 14 March 2017

Scientists have begun to unlock the genetic code to understand how the lining of the bladder functions as a barrier to store urine - paving the way for possible new treatments for chronic bladder diseases such as interstitial cystitis and cancer.


Expert Reaction: Budget 2017

Posted on Wednesday 8 March 2017

Dr Michal Horvath, lecturer at the University of York's Department of Economics and Related Studies, and Dr Kevin Farnsworth, from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, offer their expert reaction to the 2017 spring Budget:


Cryo-EM structure of a virus
Funding boost for state-of-the-art equipment

Posted on Tuesday 7 March 2017

The University of York’s Department of Chemistry has been awarded £1.6million to invest in state-of-the-art equipment used to investigate the three dimensional structures of biological molecules.


Expert Reaction: Cost of cancer drugs falling

Posted on Friday 3 March 2017

Karl Claxton, Professor of Economics at the University of York, comments on the NICE review of cancer drug costs and its recommendations that two bowel cancer drugs should be used in routine care:


Expert Reaction: Increased risk of air pollution for Heathrow airport

Posted on Monday 27 February 2017

A new report released by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee warns that a third Heathrow runway could result in increased air pollution due the higher levels of traffic the development will cause.


Scientists discover the properties behind cancer curing molecule

Posted on Monday 27 February 2017

Scientists at the Universities of York and Huddersfield have improved understanding of a molecule that destroys cancerous tumours without harming healthy cell tissue.


Expert Reaction: Discovery of new solar system

Posted on Thursday 23 February 2017

Dr Emily Brunsden, Department of Physics at the University of York, offers her expert reaction to the news that scientists have detected seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star.


Scientists close in on cracking ‘Enigma Code’ of common cold

Posted on Thursday 23 February 2017

Scientists at the Universities of York, Leeds, and Helsinki say they are a step closer to cracking, what scientists have called, the ‘Enigma Code’ of the common cold virus.


Historic cultural records inform scientific perspectives on woodland uses

Posted on Tuesday 21 February 2017

Scientists at the University of York and University College Cork have looked at how cultural records dating back 300 years could help improve understanding of the ways in which science interprets the many uses of woodland areas.


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Innovative treatment for depression in older people is effective, conclude University of York researchers

Posted on Tuesday 21 February 2017

An innovative psychological treatment can help older people who are suffering from lower-severity depression, say researchers at the University of York. It can also prevent more severe depression from developing.


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Experts urge revision to pesticide guidelines following toxicity study

Posted on Tuesday 21 February 2017

Scientists at the University of York have discovered for the first time that the sequence of exposure to pesticides and pollutants – not just the dosage - significantly affects the levels of toxicity for surrounding wildlife.


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Sepsis could cost UK economy up to £15.6 billion each year, new study suggests

Posted on Monday 20 February 2017

New data from an independent study carried out by the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC) - commissioned by the UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) - shows that sepsis is likely to be incurring costs of up to £15.6 billion every year for the UK economy.


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Fifth of world’s food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

Posted on Monday 20 February 2017

Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests.


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Study links outdoor air pollution with millions of preterm births

Posted on Thursday 16 February 2017

Scientists have published a major study which links outdoor air pollution with 2.7 million preterm births per year.


Food aid in a multi-faith context

Posted on Monday 13 February 2017

Some faith groups are at risk of being unintentionally excluded from food aid provision, a study by the University of York has found.


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Rising inequalities to blame for many of world's ills, say experts

Posted on Wednesday 8 February 2017

Academics at the University of York argue that the world’s collective failure to reverse inequality is at the heart of a global malaise - from populism to climate change.


Legally regulating cannabis market could help those at high risk, say experts

Posted on Tuesday 7 February 2017

A legally regulated cannabis market would result in more effective strategies aimed at helping drug users to access the right support and guidance, say researchers at the University of York.


More research needed on LGBT networks, say researchers

Posted on Tuesday 7 February 2017

Very little is known about the operations and benefits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employee networks, say experts at the University of York, as they launch a new study to explore their meaning within the NHS.


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Predator threat boosts friendships among guppies

Posted on Thursday 2 February 2017

Danger from predators causes animals to form stronger friendships, according to new research.


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Combating global antimicrobial resistance

Posted on Thursday 2 February 2017

Academics at the University of York are to undertake a major study looking at the social and economic factors behind global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and help develop policies to combat the problem.


LEGO-based therapies study launches new child mental health centre

Posted on Monday 30 January 2017

A new child mental health centre which uses LEGO-based therapies to help children with autism has been launched by the University of York and Hull York Medical School.


Acupuncture boosts effectiveness of standard medical care for chronic pain and depression

Posted on Monday 30 January 2017

Health specialists at the University of York have found than acupuncture treatment can boost the effectiveness of standard medical care, lessening the severity of chronic pain and depression.


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MRI scans for suspected prostate cancer could improve diagnosis

Posted on Monday 30 January 2017

A researcher from Hull York Medical School (HYMS) has helped design and set up a study which has been hailed as the biggest leap in diagnosing prostate cancer in decades.


Stockholm Environment Institute ranked most influential environment policy think tank

Posted on Friday 27 January 2017

The Stockholm Environment Institute, which has a UK base at the University of York, has been rated as the world’s most influential think tank on environmental policy issues in the University of Pennsylvania’s 2016 Global Go To Think Tanks Index.


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European films falling in UK popularity

Posted on Wednesday 25 January 2017

European films are significantly falling in popularity in the UK, a new study from a University of York academic reveals.


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Improving lives in one of the harshest environments in the world

Posted on Tuesday 24 January 2017

The quality of life for people living in one of the harshest regions in Afghanistan has significantly improved following the implementation of a community-led programme, an evaluative study by the University of York has revealed.


Handwriting provides window into health, new documentary reveals

Posted on Wednesday 18 January 2017

A new online documentary investigating how the study of handwriting could help improve the lives of people with movement disorders has been launched by a University of York historian.


Employee wages not just linked to skills, but quality of co-workers

Posted on Wednesday 18 January 2017

The presence of high-performing co-workers can improve an individual’s earnings, research at the University of York has shown.


70 per cent of heart attack programmes failing to meet minimum standards for patient care

Posted on Tuesday 10 January 2017

More than two-thirds (70 per cent) of heart attack programmes are failing to meet the minimum requirements for patient care, research at the University of York has shown.


Review shows limited progress in digitising NHS records

Posted on Tuesday 10 January 2017

Health scientists at the University of York have shown that in the 25 years since the NHS was tasked with digitising patient records there has been limited progress made.


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York collaborates with children’s hospice for major new venture

Posted on Monday 9 January 2017

The University of York and Martin House Children’s Hospice is to launch a revolutionary new multi-disciplinary centre committed to leading research on the management, care and support of children with life-limiting conditions and their families.


Travel challenges of older people depicted in poetry on buses

Posted on Monday 9 January 2017

A collaboration between researchers at the University of York and award-winning poet, Anna Woodford, has resulted in city buses displaying poems that depict the travel challenges of older and disabled people.


Scientists at York explore ways of reducing food waste

Posted on Thursday 5 January 2017

The University of York is to lead a new research project examining how food manufacturing systems can be improved to reduce waste.


Study confirms steady warming of oceans for past 75 years

Posted on Wednesday 4 January 2017

Scientists have solved a puzzling break in continuity of ocean warming records that sparked much controversy after climate data was published in the journal Science in 2015.


Scientists develop new antibiotic for gonorrhoea

Posted on Wednesday 4 January 2017

Scientists at the University of York have harnessed the therapeutic effects of carbon monoxide-releasing molecules to develop a new antibiotic which could be used to treat the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea.


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