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  • Extra 71,000 care home places needed in eight years, study warns

    An extra 71,000 care home places will be needed in England in just eight years to cope with rising numbers of older people unable to live independently, new research has revealed.

    published on: 18 August 2017

  • Up to ONE MILLION Britons could be living with dementia as the true scale of the health crisis is revealed for the first time

    Professor Fiona Matthews discusses the figures, which were presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London yesterday by a team led by Newcastle and Cambridge Universities.

    published on: 18 July 2017

  • 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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  • Newcastle University experts warn steps need to be taken to ensure children’s safety when they play rugby

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  • Best BMJ Heart Paper 2016

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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.

    published on: 1 June 2017

  • Academics call for Parliament to tackle the privatisation of NHS

    A bill to prevent the privatisation of NHS services and to reinstate the NHS in England, supported and written by Newcastle University academics, is scheduled to be debated today.

    published on: 24 March 2017

  • Physical activity levels tail off in boys and girls from age seven

    Physical activity levels may start tailing off as early as seven-years-old, rather than during adolescence as is widely believed, new research reveals.

    published on: 16 March 2017

  • European Journal of Public Health supplement on health inequalities in Europe

    Supplement, edited by new staff member Professor Clare Bambra, examines health inequalities in Europe and what can be done to reduce them.

    published on: 8 March 2017

  • Autistic children face their fears in a virtual world (Saturday’s Times, p36)

    Further coverage of the Blue Room, a unique immersive virtual reality which helps children with autism overcome their fears and phobias and is being offered on the NHS.

    published on: 7 March 2017

  • Dying from inequality: Socioeconomic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour

    Friday, 10 March saw the launch in London of the Samaritans new report on suicide and inequalities as well as a new phone line to help people in need. The report found that poorer people are more likely to take their own life, with inequality clearly linked with a higher risk of suicide.

    published on: 8 March 2017

  • "BabyClear" study published today in Tobacco Control

    Scheme’s success at stopping mums-to-be smoking

    published on: 16 February 2017

  • Number of women smoking when pregnant drops by almost a third (ITV News online)

    published on: 28 February 2017

  • Westminster Hour (BBC Radio 4)

    Professor Allyson Pollock took part in a discussion whether the NHS is sustainable in its current form.

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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, according to new research.

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  • Later In Life: Loneliness in the North East a 'desperate'

    As figures show loneliness among older people in the North East is set to increase, Professor Thomas Scharf comments on the health risks associated with living alone.

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  • New Director of the National School for Public Health Research

    Professor Ashley Adamson has been named the new director of a £20.5m collaboration set up to tackle the big health challenges of the future.

    published on: 6 April 2017

  • Appointment to Chief Medical Officer Special Advisory Group

    Dr Nicola Heslehurst, IHS, has been appointed to the UK Chief Medical Officers Special Advisory Group for Physical Activity in Pregnancy

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  • 35th Children's Cancer Run in Newcastle

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  • Thinking Allowed (BBC Radio 4)

    Professor Clare Bambra talks about her book Health Divides.

    published on: 2 February 2017

  • Professor Allyson Pollock talks about head injuries in rugby union.

    Professor Allyson Pollock talks about head injuries in rugby union.

    published on: 2 February 2017

  • Five common myths abut the ageing brain and body (The Conversation)

    Writing for The Conversation, Dr Blossom Stephan and Dr Hannah Keage look at the changes and processes that occur in our body as we age.

    published on: 2 February 2017

  • The family that called for an ambulance 2,077 times in ONE YEAR

    Dr Jason Scott (Institute of Health & Society) talks about his research into frequent 999 callers

    published on: 1 February 2017

  • Grant Winners (Times Higher, p23)

    Professor Barbara Hanratty has been awarded £533,274 by the National Institutes of Health Research for the project – Organising general practice for care homes: a multi-method study.

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  • Suzanne Moffatt's BBC radio interview

    published on: 11 November 2016

  • Dementia incidence for over 65s has fallen drastically in UK men

    Fiona Matthews, Professor of Epidemiology, is quoted in two articles relating to a study led by Newcastle University and the University of Cambridge which revealed that there is an estimated 40,000 fewer cases of dementia than previously predicted.  

    published on: 22 April 2016

  • Slash your risk of diabetes by eating soups and shakes

    A study led by Professor Roy Taylor into reversing Type 2 diabetes is mentioned in this article about lowering your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.

    published on: 1 June 2016

  • Want to live longer? Throw out your watch

    Professors Carol Jagger and Mark Birch-Machin share tips on healthy ageing in this article on the Daily Mail.

    published on: 16 June 2016

  • Want to reach 90? It's all down to lifestyle

    A feature about the lifestyle of people over 90 highlights a study, led by Professor Carol Jagger, which shows that many people over 95 are independent and doing well.

    published on: 31 May 2016

  • Slap on the wrist: can new wearables help tackle problem drinking?

    Professor Eileen Kaner comments on technology to help monitor and manage alcohol consumption.

    published on: 31 May 2016

  • Living – and thriving – in very old age

    Professor Carol Jagger and Professor Thomas Scharf recently contributed to The Observer's article on "Britons at 90: healthier, wiser, more independent – but it helps if you’re rich”.

    published on: 25 April 2016

  • ThinkSAFE endorsed nationally

    A recent significant development is the endorsement of ThinkSAFE by the national NHS England Sign up to Safety Campaign.

    published on: 31 May 2016

  • Professor Thomas Scharf discusses what we can learn from people over 90

    Professor Thomas Scharf contributes to BBC Radio 4's You and Yours Programme by emphasising the contributions made by people aged 90 and over to families, communities, and society.

    published on: 22 April 2016

  • Dementia and the importance of a healthy lifestyle

    Experts, including Professor Louise Robinson at Newcastle University, discuss dementia and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This is part of the BBC's Living Life Longer series.

    published on: 26 May 2016

  • Insights into the secret of longevity

    Too often when people reach advanced old age, the focus of attention is on their past lives. On the occasion of the death of the world's oldest person at 116 years of age, Thomas Scharf, Professor of Social Gerontology in IHS, suggests that the more interesting questions are about the present and future lives of the oldest old.

    published on: 17 May 2016

  • Loneliness and the increase risk of heart disease and stroke

    Professor Barbara Hanratty talks about a study which shows that loneliness can increase risk of heart disease and strokes.

    published on: 22 April 2016

  • Bad maths skills 'fuelling obesity'

    Three-quarters of adults can’t work out how much sugar they are meant to consume

    published on: 14 April 2016

  • Calls for more powers to fight childhood obesity

    Professor Ashley Adamson welcomes the sugar tax - but says the government must go further.

    published on: 30 March 2016

  • ThinkSAFE Implementation Package launched by AHSN

    ThinkSAFE: Supporting patients and healthcare staff to improve patient safety.  Dr Susan Hrisos, Professor Richard Thomson, Ms Yasmin Khan & Mr Dave Green

    published on: 4 April 2016

  • Jason Scott preparing case for emergency ‘frequent fliers’

    Ambulance services across England develop programme to change behaviour of emergency ‘frequent fliers’

    published on: 3 February 2016

  • Eugene Tang Scholarship Award

    published on: 3 February 2016

  • European folic acid policy inadequate, warn experts

    published on: 30 November 2015

  • Jennifer McAnuff wins NHS Emerging Leader Award

    published on: 25 November 2015

  • Newcastle Univeristy in the News - Carol Jagger Radio Interview

    published on: 19 November 2015

  • Scale of treatment for paying patients at NHS hospitals revealed

    Prof Allyson Pollock discusses how changes to the law during the coalition years have paved the way for the part-privatisation of the health service.

    published on: 2 October 2017

  • Career inspiration features in BMJ

    In the BMJ, Professor Allyson Pollock, director of the Institute of Health and Society discusses her career and research.

    published on: 16 October 2017

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  • Schools could play a vital role to help prevent mental health problems in young people

    More needs to be done to provide guidance and support in schools to prevent mental health problems in young people, argues a new report by researchers from the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health (Fuse).

    published on: 15 November 2017

  • Leading academic awarded prestigious Cancer Research UK prize

    Greg Rubin, Professor of General Practice and Primary Care at Newcastle University’s Institute of Health and Society has received the Jane Wardle Prize from Cancer Research UK.

    published on: 24 November 2017

  • Rugby injuries discussed with UK chief medical officers

    Following recent publicity around the body of research about the risk of head injuries for children in school rugby, Professor Allyson Pollock was invited to meet the chief medical officers and the chief scientific advisor for the UK government.

    published on: 27 November 2017

  • Experts call for age restrictions on the sale of energy drinks

    Experts have called for the Government to consider restricting the sale of energy drinks to under-16s after a study has revealed that they are being sold to children ‘cheaper than water and pop’.

    published on: 1 December 2017

  • Older women bearing the burden of a lifetime of lower pay and unequal working conditions

    Older women are more vulnerable to financial difficulties than older men, with their employment history and family circumstances impacting on pension income and ability to save.

    published on: 11 December 2017

  • 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 2035.

    published on: 24 January 2018

  • Lack of essential and affordable medicines in India revealed

    Research has revealed the shocking lack of access to essential medicines in India, despite thousands being approved in an attempt to generate wider availability.

    published on: 26 January 2018

  • What factors make ‘age-friendly environments’ effective?

    A new study by Newcastle and Liverpool universities has identified the most effective initiatives for promoting respect and social inclusion for older people living in the community.

    published on: 31 January 2018

  • Millions of unapproved antibiotics sold in India

    Millions of unapproved antibiotics are being sold in India, according to a new study by leading researchers.

    published on: 6 February 2018

  • Transforming the NHS

    Professor David Hunter reflects on the North East Vanguards Programme Evaluation Report and what it means for the future of the NHS in the British Academy.

    published on: 12 February 2018

  • Shoddy evidence behind India’s diabetes drug combinations

    The evidence on which India’s top selling drug combinations for diabetes have been approved for sale is shoddy, finds the first study of its kind.

    published on: 9 March 2018

  • Leading public health expert named NIHR Senior Investigator

    Professor Ashley Adamson, Professor of Public Health Nutrition at Newcastle University has been appointed as a NIHR Senior Investigator.

    published on: 9 March 2018

  • ‘Risk score’ will help to identify vulnerable people

    Research involving Newcastle University has devised a ‘risk score’ which will be used to help frail older people have better support in hospital.

    published on: 27 April 2018

  • Antidepressants and bladder medicines linked to dementia

    Long-term use of some anticholinergic medications are associated with an increased risk of dementia, a landmark study has revealed.

    published on: 25 April 2018

  • Parents' diet and lifestyle before conception key for child's health

    Parents’ diets and health can have implications for the growth, development, and long-term health of their children before their conception, a study with Newcastle University reveals.

    published on: 17 April 2018

  • Government asked to account for NHS provision

    A Newcastle University academic is among those bringing a judicial review challenging health policy at the High Court.

    published on: 25 May 2018

  • Lower deaths overall but frailty is still ‘fatal’, say researchers

    A study has found that despite death rates in the UK now being much lower than in the 1990s, the relationship between higher levels of frailty and mortality remains unchanged.

    published on: 14 June 2018

  • Making Newcastle a Sexually Healthy City

    A Newcastle University Professor has played a pivotal part in bringing together Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council, key NHS partners and organisations from the voluntary and community sector to ask the question – what is a sexually healthy city?

    published on: 28 June 2018

  • Newcastle University to lead NIHR research unit to inform government decision-making

    A Newcastle University Professor has been awarded £4.5million to lead one of 13 new NIHR Policy Research Units (PRUs) to undertake research to inform decision-making by government and arms-length bodies.

    published on: 3 July 2018

  • Tombola – bingo with an Italian flavour on Tyneside

    For more than 20 years a group has quietly been bringing a little bit of la Dolce Vita to a very British pastime.

    published on: 17 August 2018

  • Number of very old needing round-the-clock care set to double

    The number of adults aged 85 years and older needing round-the-clock care will almost double to 446,000 in England over the next 20 years, a new study has revealed.

    published on: 31 August 2018

  • North-South chronic ‘pain divide’ evident in England

    England has a North-South ‘pain divide’, with a geographical split in the prevalence and intensity of chronic pain and the use of opioids, a Newcastle University-led study reveals.

    published on: 13 September 2018

  • Investigation exposes vaginal mesh “scandal”

    An investigation has revealed the extent of the vaginal mesh scandal that has left thousands of women irreversibly harmed.

    published on: 12 October 2018

  • Almost half of sport injury-related A&E attendances are children

    Children under the age of 19 account for almost half of sport injury-related A&E attendances, a study has found.

    published on: 2 November 2018

  • People moved onto Universal Credit are fighting to survive

    Universal Credit is bad for health and wellbeing, say leading academics in a new study commissioned by Gateshead Council.

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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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  • Government urged to stay on course with energy drinks ban

    Academics who have warned about the dangers of energy drinks are urging the Government to press ahead with proposals to restrict the sale of them to children, following the publication of an inquiry.

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  • Research highlights what helps people live well with dementia

    published on: 21 December 2018

  • Newcastle experts receive New Year Honours

    Newcastle University experts in the field of ageing and cancer have been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours.

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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 for us.

    published on: 7 February 2019