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Radical Parkinson‘s treatment tested in patients

Radical Parkinson‘s treatment tested in patients

A radical Parkinson‘s treatment that delivers a drug directly to the brain has been tested in people. Patients in the trial were either given the drug, which is administered via a “port” in the side of the head, or a dummy treatment (placebo). Both groups showed improved symptoms, meaning it […]

Will Birmingham‘s boom benefit all?

Will Birmingham‘s boom benefit all?

Birmingham city centre is undergoing its biggest transformation since the 1960s, as businesses relocate from London bringing with them jobs and investment. But will the boom help the inner city areas or a rising homeless population? There‘s a new soundtrack to life in Birmingham and it‘s hard to avoid. It […]

UK Antarctic meteorite hunt bags large haul

UK Antarctic meteorite hunt bags large haul

The first British-led expedition to gather meteorites in the Antarctic has returned with a haul of 36 space rocks. Manchester University‘s Dr Katherine Joy was dropped in the deep field with British Antarctic Survey guide Julie Baum for four weeks. The pair spent their days near the Shackleton mountains running […]

Webspinners: New order of insects sets up home in UK

Webspinners: New order of insects sets up home in UK

The UK has a new order of insects, thanks to stowaways that set up home in the warmth of a glasshouse. The silk-spinning insects, known as webspinners, seemingly hitched a ride on imported plants. They survived undetected until a botanist at , Surrey, noticed webs appearing on the roots of […]

Prince William and Kate visit Empire bar during NI trip

Prince William and Kate visit Empire bar during NI trip

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have closed the first day of their visit to Northern Ireland at a party in a Belfast bar. The couple mingled with young people who are making a difference in Northern Ireland at the Empire Music Hall. The focus of this Royal visit is […]

Bank customers hit by dozens of IT shutdowns

Bank customers hit by dozens of IT shutdowns

Customers suffered dozens of digital banking shutdowns last year, according to new figures that reveal the scale of banks‘ IT problems for the first time. UK banks have begun publishing the number of operational and security incidents that have occurred, under a voluntary scheme overseen by the financial regulator. The […]

The victim of a rush to develop stem cell technology?

The victim of a rush to develop stem cell technology?

British teenager Shauna Davison was given an experimental transplant in 2012, in the hope of prolonging her life. Her mother says she was told in advance about two patients who had survived a similar operation – but not about others who had died. The ‘s Deborah Cohen asks whether Shauna, […]

‘How learning a foreign language changed my life‘

‘How learning a foreign language changed my life‘

The number of teenagers learning foreign languages in UK secondary schools has dropped by 45% since the turn of the millennium, The reaction to the research was mixed. Why learn a foreign language when English is spoken by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, some people wondered. Others questioned the […]

Bordesley Green stabbing: Boy charged with murder

Bordesley Green stabbing: Boy charged with murder

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murdering a teenager who was stabbed to death. Hazrat Umar, 18, was found fatally injured in Norwood Road in Bordesley Green, Birmingham, at about 14:00 GMT on Monday. He died at the scene. West Midlands Police arrested the boy on Monday night. The […]

UK migration: Rise in net migration from outside EU

UK migration: Rise in net migration from outside EU

Net migration to the UK from countries outside the European Union has hit its highest level for 15 years, says the Office for National Statistics. Figures show 261,000 more non-EU citizens came to the UK than left in the year ending September 2018 – the highest since 2004. In contrast, […]