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A major new research project led by Keele University aims to improve the humanitarian protection of vulnerable displaced people in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia - known as the central Maghreb region.

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A new study led by Keele University will explore the use of environmental storytelling as a tool to reduce urban air pollution in India.

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Scientists at Keele University and King’s College London have found that 64% of people would be likely to have a Covid-19 vaccination when one became available.

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A new study led by Keele University will investigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on services that provide support for adults who have care and support needs.

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Keele academics from the fields of psychology and sociology have received funding to study new ways of helping victims affected by an ongoing conflict in South America.

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Keele University experts have developed a clear guide for the public on the latest physiotherapy research about the treatment of people with muscle, bone and joint pain.

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A new mobile app developed by Keele computer scientists will bring museum exhibits to life in augmented reality (AR) for the purposes of research, collaboration, and education.

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Poor awareness of a unique type of heart failure could be hindering opportunities to improve patient care, according to researchers from the Universities of Keele, Cambridge and Manchester.

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A Keele Professor has embarked on a two year Visiting Academic Fellowship at the University of Cambridge studying the latest technologies for repairing spinal cord injuries.

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A new study led by Dr Faraz Mughal from Keele University’s School of Medicine aims to develop an acceptable and feasible intervention for GPs in order to support young people who self-harm.

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The Covid-19 lockdown led to more than 45,000 cardiac procedures being missed this year, which could have a long-term impact on mortality rates as healthcare providers work to catch up according to new research.

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New genetic sensors, developed by scientists at Keele University and the University of Warwick, could function as a lab test device and even as a live monitoring system inside living cells.

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Keele researchers are calling for more support for survivors of domestic abuse during Covid-19 lockdowns.

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A study co-authored by a Keele University wildlife expert has shed new light on the dangers faced by UK hedgehogs in the run up to their annual hibernation period.

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Having physiotherapists as a first point of contact for patients in GP practices has multiple benefits for the healthcare sector, according to results from a recent national evaluation led by Keele University.

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A new study led by Keele University will highlight the role of music in LGBTI resistance and resilience in the face of violence and discrimination in Latin America.

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Some people who experienced a ‘mild’ infection of Covid-19 are suffering long-lasting symptoms months after contracting the virus, known as ‘long Covid’.

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Ethical and social implications of powerful DNA-altering technology are too important to be left to scientists and politicians, researchers say in a new paper published this month, and instead should be led by a global taskforce made up with members of the general public in multiple countries.

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A new Centre for Postdoctoral Development in Infrastructure, Cities and Energy (C-DICE) is to be established in the UK following a £4m funding award by Research England.

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Cardiology researchers from Keele University have presented their latest findings into how the nation’s cardiovascular health has fared during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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A European Space Agency (ESA) mission involving a Keele astrophysicist has observed one of the hottest and most extreme extra-solar planets discovered to date - its first findings since launching.

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Researchers have found a new way to encourage people to spread out the usage of high-powered household appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers, which is essential in ensuring that demand can be met by renewable energy sources.

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New research has unveiled extraordinary insights into a forgotten band of secret fighters created to slow down potential invaders on British soil during World War Two.

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A new composite material made up of natural wood and plastic has been highlighted as a possible strategy for combating plastic pollution in new research co-authored by a Keele scientist.

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A new Keele study will bring together media and computer science experts to investigate new strategies for combating online hate speech, after researchers received a funding boost.

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Researchers from Keele’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences have launched a new study to help future healthcare professionals deliver quality care while responding to the challenges posed by Covid-19.

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New research into the impacts of caring for loved ones with dementia shows that caregivers with a Bangladeshi heritage feel an increased burden to care for loved ones compared to their white British counterparts.

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Doctors may be making decisions about whether Covid-19 patients have the virus, need a ventilator, or remain in hospital, based on weak and over-optimistic evidence, Keele researchers have found.

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More than 100,000 people across England have tested themselves for Covid-19 antibodies as part of a major national research programme supported by Keele University.

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Research by Keele Business School’s Professor Qihai Huang has revealed the impact that managers who solely focus on financial performance have on their employees’ behaviour.

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A new study led by Keele University has found that depression is associated with poorer perception.

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Schools must have clearer strategies for the way they communicate with parents in order to promote good relationships between home and schools, according to new research by a sociologist from Keele University.

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An international research team including Keele’s Dr John Southworth has captured the first ever image of a young, Sun-like star accompanied by two giant exoplanets.

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Keele University’s Professor Saeed Farooq is leading a new study which aims to improve the identification and treatment of psychosis in young people in Pakistan.

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An international team of researchers, including Keele’s Dr Martin Hollamby, has succeeded in forming and studying self-assembled interlocked rings that contain just one molecular ingredient.

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Extinction Rebellion (XR) supporters are more likely to be new to protesting than other environmental activists, a new study shows.

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The number of people admitted to hospital due to heart attacks in England fell by 35% during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new research.

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A lower total dose of radiotherapy delivered in fewer but larger doses is as safe in the long term as breast cancer radiotherapy courses giving multiple small doses, according to the final results of a 10-year study.

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New research led by Professor Toby Bruce has revealed the genetics underpinning a genetic defence allowing maize plants to recruit "bodyguards" against pests.

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A new study has estimated that on average people in England from age 50 can expect to be healthy and in work for nine more years.

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Greater efforts are needed to support ambulance staff through their experiences of responding to suicide, according to a new study.

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A team from Keele University is researching how to use an occupational health advice service to reduce absence from work due to ill-health in the UK.

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A new planet has been discovered orbiting a unique young star after more than a decade of searching, thanks to a global research team including a Keele astrophysicist.

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A new study led by Keele University has highlighted the crucial role that sea ice across the Southern Ocean played in controlling atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during times of past climate change, and could provide a critical resource for developing future climate change models.

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A new study has revealed the sophisticated systems children use to form their beliefs about what’s real or not real in their world, showing that “rituals” can have a reinforcing impact on their beliefs.

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Keele University psychologists have proven that using conventional swear words can increase your pain tolerance by 33% compared to using alternative language.

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A specialist in Global Health Law from Keele University has received funding for a new study looking into ways of ensuring a Covid-19 vaccine is made equally accessible to everyone.

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Research by academics from Keele Business School highlighting students’ views on online assessment and feedback-feedforward techniques has been published in a new global research anthology.

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A Keele academic’s research into new ways of helping stroke patients is set to develop even further after she secured two prestigious awards from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

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A research team including Keele’s Professor Clifford Stott has successfully secured funding for two major research projects worth over £1.5 million from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to help societies better respond to mass emergencies including COVID-19.

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New research by Keele University using focus groups has found that 10 years after the Smart Meter programme was rolled out, people’s awareness around strategies for improving our energy efficiency is still only limited

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Dr Rebecca Bowler, Lecturer in Twentieth-Century English Literature, has been granted a prestigious Research Associateship by the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) to assist her with editing a renowned literary collection.

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New research led by Keele University has found that people suffering from cluster headache often face a long delay in being diagnosed correctly.

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New research by a Keele psychologist has found that the benefits of social contact for older people are even more profound than expected, providing a significant enhancement to their wellbeing and sense of community membership.

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New research by a Keele University chemist has highlighted a promising method of using methane for the manufacture of fuel and useful chemicals, which is more efficient than current practices.

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A team of researchers from Keele University has found that it is uncommon for older adults to consult their GP during times of distress due to a lack of acceptable treatments.

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Researchers are to trial an intervention aimed at preventing the onset of depression and loneliness among the most vulnerable in society as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.

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A study led by Keele University has found that older people with persistent pain living in rural areas face challenges in accessing healthcare, which may mean they are less likely to seek treatment or engage in effective self-management.

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A Keele University historian has partnered with a local not-for-profit youth organisation on a new research project which aims to help open up brownfield sites in the UK’s most deprived urban communities.

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A global team of astronomers including Keele University’s Dr Barry Smalley have detected a ‘heartbeat’ among distant young stars which will help scientists understand more about the Sun and the workings of stars.

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More than 10 years of data collected by Keele University experts will help forensic teams find missing people, solve cold cases, and prosecute murderers by optimising their investigation techniques.

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Deadly diseases like malaria could be combated by modifying the genetic makeup of mosquitoes to create all-male offspring, according to new research.

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A Keele University academic is part of a team of researchers who are calling for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to change its official definition of the weak bone condition osteoporosis in order to increase consistency of diagnosis internationally and to also increase the uptake of treatment.

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A new study from Keele’s School of Primary, Community and Social Care will investigate how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the social and professional lives of several groups in society.

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A new publication by a Keele University computing expert could help scientists working to fight the coronavirus pandemic by helping to inform their research.

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A €4 million study led by Keele University to support emerging technology for combustion engines has made “significant progress".

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A Keele University academic is part of a team of researchers who are set to advise the Pakistani government on the creation of the country’s first ever mental health strategy.

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Research carried out by scientists at Keele University, the University of Manchester and University College Dublin has shed new light on how precious metals - over ten times rarer than gold - are concentrated in igneous rocks.

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New research by Keele University has shown that antidepressants can potentially prevent depression in people who are at high risk of developing depressive illness.

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One-week course of radiotherapy could benefit women with early stage breast cancer, study finds

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The umbilical cord is packed with stem cells that can help treat cancer, blood diseases, and inflammatory conditions. Keele researchers are exploring how to exploit these therapeutic properties found in umbilical cord stem cells to help treat rheumatoid arthritis.

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Music is something that people turn to for solace, comfort, and reminiscence in times of crisis, and remembering past memories can be a good way of helping to plan for, and think about, the future.

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A Keele scientist has received a £1.2million UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowship to develop a flagship program in carbohydrate chemical biology.

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New research led by Keele University will explore how lockdowns across the world due to the Covid-19 outbreak are impacting the lives of urban animals.

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Children and parents across the UK are being urged to share their views with researchers who want to make sure they are getting accurate information about Covid-19.

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The Nuffield Foundation has awarded researchers from Keele University £1.6 million to help influence policy and practice and to help those who live with musculoskeletal conditions.

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A new European Space Agency (ESA) mission involving a Keele University astrophysicist has successfully observed its first exoplanets, and is ready to commence routine science operations after three months in orbit.

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A synthetic lure developed by researchers at Keele University has offered hopes for controlling mosquito populations in a bid to manage malaria.

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Doctors may be making decisions about the care of Covid-19 patients based on weak and over-optimistic evidence, Keele researchers have found.

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A new project led by Keele University aims to transform the way the police and other agencies work together.

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New research to lead the way in improving primary care for those suffering from musculoskeletal disorders.

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People who live with persistent pain, caused by conditions like osteoarthritis, are twice as likely to experience a mental health condition compared to the general population.

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Keele criminologist Dr Helen Wells has launched a toolkit of resources to help police forces educate and enforce the law against mobile phone use by drivers.

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A Keele musician has found a novel way for people to interact with philosophical ideas - and is calling for people to get involved.

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New digital methods of curating our musical libraries have led to significant changes in modern listening habits and how we think about music, according to a global study including a Keele University psychologist.

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A new scientific review by Keele academics has highlighted some of the challenges posed by vertical farming - a novel approach to agriculture.

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Keele University’s Professor June Keeling is leading a new European collaboration to help healthcare professionals recognise and support victims of domestic abuse and violence.

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A new study has found that people with osteoarthritis are 11% more likely to die than those without the condition - but walking more could reduce the risk.

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A new pilot trial led by Keele University to help GPs decide which treatment to offer patients with common aches and pains has shown promising initial findings to help reduce painkiller prescriptions and the use of x-rays.

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New research at Keele University has revealed the impact of climate on glacier erosion rates and the significant connections between climate change, glacier behaviour, and the formation of landscapes.

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Research undertaken by a group of physiotherapists, statisticians, bioengineers and computer scientists at Keele University will help to improve identification of risk factors for significant injuries in football and advance the use of statistical models in sports injury research.

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Researchers have warned that increasing ocean temperatures could trigger a dramatic rise in sea levels, after uncovering evidence of a similar event more than 100,000 years ago.

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The warming climate is having a negative impact on tree reproduction by throwing their seed production systems out of synchronisation, according to a new study co-authored by a Keele researcher.

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New research at Keele University has found that GPs recognise self-harm as a serious risk for suicide, but some do not feel equipped to manage people who self-harm.

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Keele University has been successful in retaining the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award at the six year stage.

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A study being led by Keele researchers aims to establish a new role for local communities in decommissioning large industrial facilities.

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A new clinical trial led by Keele University is looking for people aged 45 and over with painful knee osteoarthritis to help researchers investigate if providing an appropriate knee brace could help reduce pain, keep people active and be good value for money for the NHS.

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A new study led by cardiologists at Keele University could have a significant impact on treatment procedures for people with both cancer and heart disease.

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New research could pave the way to reducing heart attacks and strokes by helping to identify the early warning signs in patients with undiagnosed chest pain.

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New research has revealed insights about an ancient collision between our galaxy and another billions of years ago through the forensic analysis of a single star.

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A social psychologist from Keele will investigate social and political tensions around a sacred river in South Asia as part of an international collaborative study.

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A Keele researcher has been invited to a prestigious nationwide artificial intelligence showcase in London to demonstrate a unique new AI programme that he has helped to develop.

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Keele psychologists have partnered with a housing provider to improve local people’s lives through a new study.

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A new national network has been established to ensure that the UK retains and improves its place as a centre for world-leading research.

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Keele has been ranked in the UK Top 10 for postgraduate research experience.

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Researchers have found a crucial enzyme in tuberculosis (TB) to target, allowing the development of new treatments to help fight against the disease's drug resistance.

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A marine life study on the New Zealand sub-Antarctic islands will assess how climate change and overfishing threaten the Southern Ocean’s ecosystems.

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Keele University is celebrating a new partnership with one of Indonesia’s top-tier research universities which will create new opportunities for research collaboration.

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Researchers at Keele University have launched an innovative study to improve care for patients who manage long-term pain using opioids.

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A research centre that brings together leading expertise from the West Midlands to address some of the most demanding pressures on health services in the region launches today.

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Cardiology research undertaken by Keele University and University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) has been on show at major international cardiology events in over 15 different countries this year alone.

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A new concordat has been established identifying the necessary conditions for researchers to flourish and help deliver the UK’s economic and industrial strategies.

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Researchers at Keele have been awarded £1.8million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to investigate if an NHS procedure for chronic severe low back pain can provide pain relief.

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Keele academics have lent their expertise to a pilot project designed to improve local children’s health and wellbeing.

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Michael McCluskey writes for The Conversation UK

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A new study has provided evidence that antibiotic usage is associated with an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

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Astronomers at Keele have detected an ‘ultra-hot Jupiter’ recording its temperature as one of the hottest exoplanets of this type ever discovered.

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Work being led by researchers at Harper Adams University and Keele University is helping to safeguard global food crops against devastation by pests.

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An elusive organic material has been detected in our region of space by a group of researchers, after first being discovered almost 100 years ago.

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Some of Britain’s most ancient trees could be thousands of years younger than previously thought, according to new Keele research.

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A global research group has developed a new approach to improve future predictions of climate in Antarctica and have warned that current projections may be questionable.

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Keele’s arthritis and musculoskeletal specialists are part of a research collaboration that has secured renewed funding to continue its pioneering research to help those with long-term conditions.

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Researchers at Keele University have explored the experiences and reasons for self-harm in older adults to improve the support and treatment that can be provided.

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New research led by Keele University into awareness about human papillomavirus (HPV), the main cause of cervical cancer, has found that health care professionals across the UK are not as well informed as they should be.

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A Keele professor is working with colleagues from the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Manchester to pioneer new treatment procedures to help doctors manage a type of heart failure.

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Major grant of £1.5 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to investigate if an occupational health advice service for patients consulting with their GP will reduce absence from work due to ill-health.

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A new study, led by Keele University in collaboration with the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France, has uncovered the behaviour of a disease involving an abnormal protein that causes organ failure and neurodegenerative disorders.

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A new study led by Keele University has found that older people who self-harm may do so because of social factors including isolation, loneliness, poor housing and financial hardship.

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New research from Keele University has found that playing mid-week UEFA Europa League matches has no detrimental effect on domestic league results.

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An international team of health and legal experts has published a new paper calling on the World Health Organisation to convene the Emergency Committee to consider declaring the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC).

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A research team from Keele University’s Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences has been awarded a major grant of £2.4million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to investigate the overprescribing of opioid painkillers.

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Keele University’s Professor Maria Heckl has been awarded a €4 million grant from Horizon 2020 to support the development of emerging technology solutions that could replace fossil fuels.

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New research into the benefits of swearing has found that making a taboo hand gesture whilst in pain can help you feel more positive.

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Research led by Keele University suggests that patients with cancer who undergo a common heart procedure have worse short-term clinical outcomes compared to non-cancer patients, in the largest study undertaken to date.

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A research team from Keele University has been awarded £200,000 from the Government’s new Work and Health Challenge Fund

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A large clinical trial by researchers at the universities of Keele, Bristol, Exeter, Manchester and Hull York Medical School, and published in the British Medical Journal today, has looked at the effectiveness of adding mirtazapine to two types of antidepressants in patients who remain depressed after at least six weeks of conventional antidepressant treatment.

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Keele University’s Professor Murray Brunt presented findings from the study at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

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Keele University has been awarded an extension of the Strategic Support to Expedite Embedding Public Engagement with Research (SEE-PER) grant, by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

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Researchers from Keele University have worked with an international team of astronomers to find for the first time that a white dwarf and a brown dwarf collided in a ‘blaze of glory’ that was witnessed on Earth in 1670.

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Keele researcher Dr Helen Wells is urging drivers to consider safety first, and leave their phones alone whilst driving.

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Keele University is to be part of a new mental health network designed to reduce health inequalities for people with severe mental illness.

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A large scale systematic review and meta-analysis has found that burnout in doctors has devastating consequences on the quality of care they deliver

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New research led by Keele University has revealed that people with obstructive sleep apnoea have a higher risk of developing gout

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Dr Siobhan Talbott has been awarded a prestigious Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Leadership Fellowship

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The North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), led by Manchester University and of which Keele University is a member, is one of 10 consortia who will share more than £170 million in funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) over eight years.

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New research has found that changes in North Atlantic Ocean circulation at the end of the last ice age triggered a considerable increase in Greenland Ice Sheet melt.

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Keele University has been awarded a £500,000 research grant by the Medical Research Council (UK) to assess the effectiveness of a community-based intervention in Pakistan in order to address the current gap in care for Schizophrenia patients within developing countries.

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A global study led by Keele University has found that people who sleep for more than eight hours a night have a greater mortality and cardiovascular risk than those who sleep for under seven hours.

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Keele University’s Professor Toby Bruce has been awarded a major grant of £1.1million from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to investigate solutions to the rising problem of the Fall Armyworm, in collaboration with the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Kenya.

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A study led by Keele University's Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences has found that general practitioners (GPs) perceive non-traditional tobacco products, such as waterpipe smoking and smokeless tobacco, to be less harmful than cigarettes.

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Research led by Keele University analysed patients’ reasoning for using these alternative methods, identifying four key themes; practicality, effectiveness, additional outcomes, and philosophy of illness and care.

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Patients with prior heart attack, who smoke or misuse alcohol or drugs are most likely to discharge against medical advice.

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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has released their latest Themed Review, including several research studies which were led by Keele University

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Research to be published in this week’s issue of the journal Nanoscale is helping to increase understanding of the impact of metals in the brain which may drive the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, and how the management of these metals could lead to more effective treatments for Alzheimer’s in the future.

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Researchers from Keele University have been selected to present their work on the quest for a life-like prosthetic hand at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

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Alicia El Haj, Professor of Cell Engineering at Keele University, has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant to design and develop ways for remote control healing of the human body.

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The single, divorced, and widowed at heightened risk, pooled data analysis suggests

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As the FIFA World Cup approaches, researchers have found that keyhole surgery could help get injured footballers back on the pitch faster than physiotherapy-led treatments.

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Professor Elaine Hay has been appointed as the new Programme Director for National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR).

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An iPCHS research team has been awarded a grant for £249,998 from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to explore rehabilitation programmes for patients who have undergone shoulder surgery.

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Research at Keele University has examined why members of the public make judgements as to whether violent attackers are viewed as either terrorists or mentally ill.

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Keele University awarded major grant by the ESRC to help shape police policy and practice

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A large study led by Keele University has found that patients suffering with gout are not at a higher risk of fractures, contradicting previous research findings.

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Scientists have detected an exoplanet atmosphere that is free of clouds, marking a pivotal breakthrough in the quest for greater understanding of the planets beyond our solar system.

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An ambitious £2.7 million programme of research is seeking to personalise care for people with shoulder pain

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Keele University has successfully retained the HR Excellence in Research Award.

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Keele researchers have been awarded a grant to help cure a heart defect that causes thousands of sudden deaths each year.

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Keele University researchers have been awarded a grant to investigate whether gene therapy can stop older people becoming frail.

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Sue Sherman, Senior Lecturer in Psychology writes for The Conversation UK.

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Research conducted at Keele University has found that many parents of boys are unaware of the dangers of HPV - the Human Papillomavirus, and once made aware, want the vaccine for HPV to be offered to boys as well as girls.

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The Keele University Astrophysics Group has been awarded a £435,000 grant from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to explore the formation and fundamental properties of stars and (exo)planetary systems.

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A new study, funded by Keele University, has highlighted the need for better treatment of heart disease patients suffering from additional chronic conditions.

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Keele University works with global research team: low back pain affects 540 million people worldwide, but too many patients receive the wrong care.

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Research by Keele University, in collaboration with University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) and Staffordshire University, will help clinicians across the UK when detecting an unexpected adrenal tumour.

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Keele University research has found providing better access to vocational advice for patients suffering with musculoskeletal pain will improve absence from work, and create huge societal cost savings.

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Three new research studies at Keele University have been awarded £58,000 from local charity the North Staffordshire Medical Institute (NSMI).

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Cardiology research undertaken own at four major international cardiology events in four different countries over the past three months

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Dr Sarah Laurence has been awarded a £235,000 grant from the Economic and Social Research Council to explore how we recognise faces.

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Professor Clare Holdsworth has been awarded a £152,000 Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship to explore how people cope differently with being busy.

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Keele University has officially launched a new interdisciplinary research project to tackle public health issues in the Philippines.

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Keele University’s Dr Heidi Fuller has received a grant from Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and a medical research charity, to fund a study that will help pave the way towards a cure for the muscle-wasting condition spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

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New research reveals that primary care funding in England is not distributed according to local health needs.

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New research offers an explanation for the discrepancy between the size and age of the Rosette Nebula’s central cavity and that of its central stars.

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A study led by researchers at Keele University has shown for the first time that human muscles possess a ‘memory’ of earlier growth - at the DNA level.

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Criminologist Dr Helen Wells, and PhD student Leanne Savigar, have been awarded a grant from the Road Safety Trust, to review the range of innovations currently operating aimed at reducing mobile phone use by drivers.

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A study led by researchers at Keele University has found the risk of death in later life due to coronary heart disease doubles in women who give birth prematurely.

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A new study has highlighted that emotionally demanding workloads and confrontational patients are among the key stressors for GPs.

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An international team of astronomers has revealed an ‘astonishing’ overabundance of massive stars in a neighbouring galaxy.

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£15 million investment will create the first facility in Europe for at-scale living laboratory research, development and demonstration.

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A new study has found that heart failure patients with pre-existing type 2 diabetes have higher hospitalisation and death rates.

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GP Dr Faraz Mughal has been awarded an In-Practice Fellowship at Keele University to research the care available to young people who self-harm.

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