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News archive: Research press releases 2022

Researchers to investigate how to provide universal healthcare coverage to people living in absolute poverty

Posted on Wednesday 21 September 2022

Researchers in York and Delhi are launching a major project to explore how to bring high quality healthcare to people around the world left behind by poverty and marginalisation.


York researcher to address UN in call for action on modern slavery

Posted on Thursday 15 September 2022

A York academic is calling on the UN Human Rights Council to increase pressure on the Chinese and other governments around the world to tackle modern slavery.


Climate change puts availability of vital renewable energy source at risk, research reveals

Posted on Wednesday 7 September 2022

Climate change is putting the availability of biomass fuels and technologies – vital alternatives to fossil fuels – at risk, according to new research.


Gender inequalities made women twice as likely to break lockdown laws, according to new report

Posted on Tuesday 6 September 2022

Many women felt compelled to break lockdown laws, which banned meeting friends and family at home, due to caring responsibilities, a major new report has found.


Step forward in fight against breast cancer spread

Posted on Monday 5 September 2022

Researchers have made a significant step forward in the understanding of how breast cancer cells spread through the body.


Knowledge of foreign languages lasts a lifetime, new research shows

Posted on Thursday 25 August 2022

The old adage of use it or lose it doesn’t appear to run true when it comes to someone's ability to retain and use a foreign language, a new study has revealed.


Risk of electrocution from electric cars reduced with new technology

Posted on Tuesday 16 August 2022

New technology, developed by researchers at the University of York, has proved successful in reducing the risk of electrocution to drivers and passengers of electric vehicles as a result of damage to the cars in major road accidents.


Researchers call for urgent action for former staff left behind in Afghanistan

Posted on Monday 15 August 2022

One year on from the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, researchers are calling for urgent action to help former Afghan staff who remain stuck in the country with their lives under threat due to their employment with the UK government.


Researchers shed new light on how immune cells acquire mutations which can develop into cancer

Posted on Friday 12 August 2022

Researchers have developed a new technique to grow and sequence colonies of immune cells, giving new insights into how and when they accumulate mutations.


More than three-quarters of UK households to be in fuel poverty by the new year, according to new report

Posted on Monday 8 August 2022

More than three-quarters of households in the UK, or 53 million people, will have been pushed into fuel poverty by January 2023, according to a new report authored by York academics.


System that allows harmful bacteria to grow could be ‘interrupted’, say researchers

Posted on Thursday 4 August 2022

Researchers at the University of York have shown how bacteria capture important nutrients to allow them to grow and survive in the body.


Researchers map human immune system for the first time

Posted on Wednesday 3 August 2022

Researchers have created the first complete map of the network of connections that make up the human immune system, showing how immune cells communicate with each other.


Study shows audio experience in virtual reality can be ‘authentic’

Posted on Wednesday 3 August 2022

Researchers at the University of York have shown that creating sound in virtual reality that mimics people’s everyday interactions with the ’real’ audio-visual world has benefits over a movie-type sound experience.


Scientists reveal how detergents actually work

Posted on Monday 1 August 2022

Scientists have discovered the precise way detergents break biological membranes, which could increase our understanding of how soaps work to kill viruses like Covid-19.


Ey up! Northern dialects are holding their own, study shows

Posted on Sunday 31 July 2022

Southern dialects may be spreading across the UK, but the North is pushing back in some areas, new research has shown.


Communication between chimpanzees key to successful group hunts, research reveals

Posted on Friday 29 July 2022

Chimpanzees use a “hunting bark” to recruit group members to a hunt and capture their prey more effectively, new research has shown.


Research reveals true size of world's largest tropical peatland

Posted on Monday 25 July 2022

A vast region of peatland in the heart of the Congo Basin is 15% bigger than previously thought, a new study mapping the full scale of the area has revealed.


Chemists create molecule that prevents tumour cells from spreading

Posted on Monday 25 July 2022

An international team of scientists have discovered a molecule which prevents tumour cells spreading from a primary cancer site to colonise other sites in the body.


Experts say UK Food Strategy “fails to deliver”

Posted on Friday 22 July 2022

The authors of an article published in Nature Food say the Government’s Food Strategy fails to deliver the system-wide change that is urgently needed.


Scientists challenge claim British rivers are “cleanest since Industrial Revolution”

Posted on Friday 8 July 2022

Water quality is still ‘unacceptably poor’ in many British rivers, research involving academics at York has shown.


Research reveals why tackling particle pollution leads to rise in photochemical smog

Posted on Thursday 7 July 2022

Researchers from the University of York have discovered why reducing particle pollution is actually increasing surface ozone pollution in some emerging economies, negatively impacting health, ecosystems and agriculture.


Experts highlight fifteen urgent issues facing ocean biodiversity over next decade

Posted on Thursday 7 July 2022

Overfishing of deeper-water species and the unexpected ocean impacts of wildfires on land are among fifteen issues that experts say should be urgently addressed.


£4M to drive reduction in greenhouse gases for agri-food industry

Posted on Wednesday 6 July 2022

Researchers at the University of York, as part of a UK-wide network, will bring together academics, industry leaders, government bodies and members of the public to address greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural and food industry.


Nine in ten primary school children in Bradford face issues affecting their wellbeing, according to new research

Posted on Tuesday 5 July 2022

A major study of children aged between seven and ten in Bradford has revealed 90% are exposed to issues affecting their wellbeing such as bullying, a lack of three meals a day, no internet access at home and constant worrying about money.


Research reveals complexity of loneliness during lockdown

Posted on Friday 1 July 2022

A study exploring loneliness and solitude during lockdown highlights how different people experienced social restrictions as either “hell or bliss”.


Song co-created by York researchers reaches final of AI Song Contest

Posted on Thursday 23 June 2022

A song co-created by artificial intelligence and researchers from the University of York has reached the final of the AI Song contest.


Researchers find way to target cancer while protecting healthy tissue

Posted on Wednesday 22 June 2022

Researchers have discovered how to target stem cells affected by leukaemia without causing harm to healthy stem cells, paving the way for new, safer treatments for the disease.


Researchers identify how robotics and autonomous systems could both boost and threaten sustainable development

Posted on Wednesday 22 June 2022

An international team of scientists, involving researchers from the University of York, have assessed how robotics and autonomous systems might help the UN achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Staffing and ‘siloed’ working a barrier to care of drug users - review

Posted on Tuesday 21 June 2022

A review of the Government’s £80 million investment in treatment for drug users has shown that “non-existent staff and fragmented clinical services” were a major barrier to implementing improved practices for some of the most marginalised patients.


Free School Meals criteria needs to be widened to reduce hunger and anxiety, according to study

Posted on Monday 20 June 2022

A significant number of children who do not meet the eligibility criteria for Free School Meals are going hungry, a new study has shown.


Unique partnership involving residents, councils and universities join forces to tackle social care issues

Posted on Wednesday 8 June 2022

The University of York is leading a unique partnership that will bring together residents, local authorities and leading researchers to tackle some of the big issues around social care.


Researchers call for better reporting of landlords who have illegally evicted and harassed tenants

Posted on Wednesday 1 June 2022

Just 12 landlords were convicted for offences under the Protection from Eviction Act (PfEA) in 2020/21, according to new research by the University of York and the charity Safer Renting.


Report sets out blueprint to tackle global ethical issues around face transplants

Posted on Monday 30 May 2022

With close to 50 face transplants carried out in 11 countries around the world to date, a new report addresses the urgent need to set a standard of care to ensure the procedure is ethical and as safe and effective as possible for patients.


Study reveals flaws in using social media to identify race and ethnicity for health research

Posted on Friday 27 May 2022

Mining social media to identify race and ethnicity as part of research into health disparities is unreliable and inconsistent, a new study has concluded.


Report finds reception children have fallen behind due to Covid-19 disruption

Posted on Friday 20 May 2022

Children starting school were less likely to meet the expected levels of development in 2021 than before the pandemic, new research suggests.


Basic income could cut poverty to lowest for 60 years at no net cost, according to new research

Posted on Friday 20 May 2022

A new universal basic income model could cut poverty by more than half at no net cost, reducing it to its lowest level for 60 years, according to a report co-authored by a University of York academic.


Researchers highlight crisis in dental care for people with severe mental illness

Posted on Friday 20 May 2022

People with severe mental illnesses are falling through the cracks when it comes to oral health care, according to new research.


Scientists accidentally discover “scallop discos” as an environmentally friendly fishing method

Posted on Thursday 19 May 2022

Scientists working in partnership with fishermen have stumbled upon a new way of catching scallops using underwater “disco” lights, a breakthrough that could maximise catches while reducing damage to the marine environment.


Scientists solve problem of industrial waste from sugarcane processing in India

Posted on Tuesday 10 May 2022

Scientists have discovered how to significantly improve the sustainability of the sugarcane industry by turning a major by-product into a valuable chemical used in food, medicines and cosmetics.


York academic leading project to reconstruct the famous Sutton Hoo ship

Posted on Thursday 5 May 2022

An emeritus professor at the University of York is leading a project to reconstruct the famous Anglo-Saxon ship found at Sutton Hoo.


Massive expansion of regional health database to help researchers unlock new insights into blood cancers

Posted on Wednesday 4 May 2022

Researchers at the University of York have expanded a unique regional cancer database, which will help clinicians understand more about conditions such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.


New research reveals how the black rat colonised Europe in the Roman and Medieval periods

Posted on Tuesday 3 May 2022

New ancient DNA analysis has shed light on how the black rat, blamed for spreading Black Death, dispersed across Europe – revealing that the rodent colonised the continent on two occasions in the Roman and Medieval periods.


Scientists discover how salt in tumours could help diagnose and treat breast cancer

Posted on Monday 25 April 2022

Analysing sodium levels in breast cancer tumours can give an accurate indication of how aggressive a cancer is and whether chemotherapy treatments are taking effect, new research has shown.


Many UK protected areas are failing to deliver benefits for nature, according to new report

Posted on Friday 22 April 2022

Many of the UK’s protected areas are not delivering for nature and are in poor ecological condition, a new report has found.


Staff and students lead new digital map of World War Two bombings in York

Posted on Thursday 21 April 2022

An interactive digital map has been developed by staff and students at the University of York in collaboration with partners across the city to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the York Blitz.


Impact of family background on children’s education unchanged in a century, research reveals

Posted on Wednesday 20 April 2022

The family background of UK children still influences their educational achievements at primary school as much as it did nearly one hundred years ago, a major new study has revealed.


Prehistoric people created art by firelight, new research reveals

Posted on Wednesday 20 April 2022

Our early ancestors probably created intricate artwork by firelight, an examination of 50 engraved stones unearthed in France has revealed.


York academics to lead pioneering blood cancer research

Posted on Tuesday 19 April 2022

Academics from the University of York will use a share of £22m from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to improve our understanding of blood cancer.


Two-child limit to benefits is only serving to increase poverty further, new report finds

Posted on Thursday 7 April 2022

The two-child limit on social security benefits in the UK has only led to a small decline in fertility rates and pushed low-income households further into poverty, according to a new report.


New research centre to reassess cultural heritage around the world

Posted on Tuesday 5 April 2022

Professor Emma Waterton has won a £2million Leverhulme International Professorship award to bring a team to the University of York and establish a new research centre.


Triple European grant success for University of York academics

Posted on Monday 28 March 2022

Researchers from the University of York have been awarded three prestigious European Research Council (ERC) grants worth a total of more than £5 million, to support pioneering work in chemistry and archaeology.


Pandemic puts York at risk of sharp increase in poverty and inequality, according to new report

Posted on Friday 25 March 2022

A new report has highlighted inequality, poverty and inadequate social care as the key challenges facing York as the City recovers from the pandemic.


New research finds families on low-incomes face constant struggle to get by

Posted on Tuesday 22 March 2022

Going without food and heating has become a routine part of daily life for families on low incomes, according to the latest findings from the Covid Realities project.


COVID-19 has left GPs struggling around the world, new study shows

Posted on Monday 21 March 2022

The pandemic left many GPs around the world feeling depressed, anxious and in some cases burned out, a review of global studies has revealed.


Blood test could shorten hospital stays for children with cancer, new study reveals

Posted on Thursday 17 March 2022

A new blood test could help to safely cut hospital stays for children with cancer who develop a fever, a new study has shown.


Restoring tropical peatlands supports bird diversity and does not affect livelihoods of oil palm farmers, study suggests

Posted on Tuesday 15 March 2022

A new study has found that oil palm can be farmed more sustainably on peatlands by re-wetting the land - conserving both biodiversity and livelihoods.


Study casts doubt on benefits of grammar teaching in helping children learn to write

Posted on Wednesday 2 March 2022

Lessons on grammar are a key feature of the national curriculum taught in England’s primary schools, but they don’t appear to help children to learn to write, new research reveals.


Window of opportunity to avoid the worst ravages of climate change is closing, new report warns

Posted on Tuesday 1 March 2022

University of York academics have contributed to a major report which warns that human-induced climate change is causing dangerous disruption around the world and the narrow window left to secure a liveable future for all is closing.


York researchers to use physics to transform our understanding of life

Posted on Thursday 17 February 2022

A University of York academic will co-lead on two new projects that will demonstrate how physics can transform our understanding of life.


Unequal cost of Covid-19 deaths laid bare by study

Posted on Wednesday 16 February 2022

New research by academics from the universities of York and Manchester has highlighted how in its first year, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on England and Wales was far worse for some than others.


Global study finds the extent of pharmaceutical pollution in the world’s rivers

Posted on Monday 14 February 2022

A new study looking at the presence of pharmaceuticals in the world’s rivers found concentrations at potentially toxic levels in more than a quarter of the locations studied.


Up to a third of UK children consume at least one energy drink a week, new research suggests

Posted on Monday 7 February 2022

Up to a third of children in the UK are consuming at least one energy drink a week, with high levels of consumption linked to headaches, sleep problems, alcohol use, smoking, irritability and school exclusion, new research reveals.


Researchers to develop new technology to protect minority ethnic communities online

Posted on Monday 7 February 2022

Researchers have been awarded £3.3 million to develop new tools and policy guidance to protect minority ethnic groups from discrimination as key public services move online.


New research programme to combat depression in young people

Posted on Monday 7 February 2022

A new research programme jointly led by the University of York and Hull York Medical School will develop a psychological treatment to combat depression in young people.


Brexit “fails to deliver Government promises on fishing industry”, new study reveals

Posted on Tuesday 1 February 2022

Benefits to UK fisheries from Brexit “fall far short of government rhetoric”, a new study has revealed.


Women ‘brushed off’ by the health care system to ‘suffer in silence’, study reveals

Posted on Monday 31 January 2022

Many women feel they are not being listened to about their health needs – with older women feeling “invisible” to health professionals, and women throughout their lives experiencing a lack of empathy around problems relating to menstruation, fertility, childbirth and menopause, a major new report reveals.


Research project invites people to recreate sounds which our ancestors believed connected them with the spirit world

Posted on Tuesday 25 January 2022

From the dank underworld of Yorkshire’s caves to the soaring cathedrals of York and Ripon, a new project is inviting people to experience the acoustics of these spaces as our ancestors did.


New research suggests newly bereaved parents need extended time with their children

Posted on Monday 24 January 2022

New research has found that allowing newly bereaved parents to have extended time with their baby or child is highly valued and has lasting impacts.


Researchers call for urgent change to help low-income families facing cost of living crisis

Posted on Monday 24 January 2022

A new report recommends urgent reforms to the UK’s social security system to protect low-income families from extreme hardship.


York researchers collaborate in the ‘most important health study in a generation’

Posted on Friday 21 January 2022

In a groundbreaking new health study, a team of researchers will capture the journeys of 30,000 Bradford schoolchildren from adolescence to adulthood.


York research centre plays key role in new reforms to GCSE Languages

Posted on Friday 14 January 2022

Experts from a University of York research centre have played a key role behind major changes to the way GCSE languages are taught.


York researchers awarded £2.3m for sickle cell anaemia research

Posted on Tuesday 4 January 2022

The University of York has been awarded £2.3 million by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for new research into stem cell gene therapy for sickle cell anaemia.


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