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News archive: Research press releases 2017

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.


UK Sepsis Trust
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.


British Medical Journal
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.


Superbug - MRSA resists treatment with many antibiotics. Credit: NIAID
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.


MRI scanner
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.


Women in Badakhshan, Afghanistan
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.


Martin House Research Centre
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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