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East has highest life expectancy in England

The East of England has the highest life expectancy in the country Credit: ITV Anglia

The Eastern region has the highest life expectancy in England, according to a study published in The Lancet medical journal.

Men in affluent areas of the East of England can expect to live to an average age of 83, eight years longer than men in deprived areas of the North West.

Women in the least deprived areas live to an average of 85 compared to 79 in the most deprived areas, the study has found.

Despite large health inequalities, England has overtaken many western countries, such as Norway, Canada, France, the Netherlands and Spain, for average life expectancy of men.

Men in affluent parts of the East of England live to an average age of 83 Credit: ITV Anglia

Each region in England has seen a rise of at least six years in life expectancy, which is largely down to a fall in cardiovascular disease and cancer deaths.

Across England people are expected to live to an average of 81 compared to 75 in 1990.

The study was co-authored by Professor Rupert Bourne of Anglia Ruskin University. It was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Public Health England.

Each region in England has seen a rise of at least six years in life expectancy Credit: ITV Anglia

"It is clear from this research that great strides have been made over the past 25 years in healthcare and this is having an impact on life expectancy all over the country.

“We’re now seeing fewer people dying from cancer and heart disease, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the four biggest causes of death. Even safer roads have had a significant impact – road accidents were the 14th biggest cause of death in 1990 but 29th in 2013.

“The gap between rich and poor still remains and is a concern that needs to be addressed by government. In poorer areas there are higher instances of death from mental and substance use disorders which can also be linked to social factors.”

– Professor Rupert Bourne, Anglia Ruskin University

Could a new computer programme tell us if babies will grow up obese

A computer programme developed in Cambridge could help identify babies at higher risk of becoming obese in later life.

It's being used in a study, led by Anglia Ruskin University, which asks parents about their own weight and lifestyle.

Some could then be offered advice on keeping their children at a healthy weight.

Click below to watch ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson's report.


Gay jobseekers face 'barriers in the job market' according to Anglia Ruskin study

Gay and lesbian job seekers are less likely to be invited for an interview than their heterosexual counterparts, a study has found.

Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University claim the results, which found gay applicants are 5% less likely to be offered a job interview, suggest discrimination is common in both private firms and public sector organisations in the UK.

The study also found firms which offered gay male candidates an interview paid an average salary of 2% less than those who invited heterosexuals. For lesbian women the average salary was 1.4% less.

Students from Anglia Ruskin University. Credit: PA Images

"Because of the limited research carried out so far into the experiences of gays and lesbians in the labour market, the disadvantages and discrimination they experience has gone unnoticed and therefore unchallenged.

"Despite measures to encourage openness and discourage discrimination, including the introduction of the Equality Act of 2010, it is evident from my research that gays and lesbians are encountering serious misconceptions and barriers in the job market.<

"It is also clear that people who face biased treatment in the hiring process must spend more time and resources finding jobs, and firms lose potential talent as a result of biased hiring."<

– Dr Nick Drydakis

The study involved 144 first-time job seekers from 12 student unions across the UK who made a total of 11,098 applications.<

The participants were all expected to achieve 2:1 degrees. The applications were sent out in pairs with the only marked difference being that one stated that they were a member of their university's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender society.

Scientists' research into one of the most gruelling tests for runners

It's billed as the toughest footrace on earth: 150 miles over five days in the Moroccan desert.

The Marathon de Sables is one of the world's most gruelling endurance tests.

Now scientists in Cambridge are researching how competitors can cope with the demands of such an event.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake

Children's book exhibition opens in Cambridge

An exhibition of children's book illustrations has opened in Cambridge.

Some of the illustrations on display Credit: ITV News Anglia

Graduates from Anglia Ruskin University are showcasing their work after a successful exhibition in London. Some of the 60 students on the illustration course have already had their work published.

Pam Smy, Anglia Ruskin University Credit: ITV News Anglia

"For me I think children's book illustration is very exciting because it's the first place where our young people, our next generation, are going to be exposed to artwork.

We're hoping that we have in this exhibition the books that we'll be seeing on the school bookshelf or the library bookshop or the bedroom bookshop tomorrow."

– Pam Smy, Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University

Research institute will support veterans and their families

Lord General Richard Dannatt. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The UK's first research institute supporting veterans and their families will officially open at Anglia Ruskin University's Chelmsford campus today.

Former head of the army Lord General Richard Dannatt will help launch the centre and has given it his backing, along with Falklands hero Simon Weston and veteran Phil Packer, who is an ambassador for the institute.

There are an estimated six million military veterans across all three armed forces in the UK.


Urban birds cope better

Birds breeding in native British woodland are more susceptible to the effects of extreme weather than those in urban environments, according to a new study carried out across Cambridgeshire.

The findings of the study by Anglia Ruskin University have been published by online journal PLOS ONE.

The research examined breeding patterns of blue tits and great tits at three sites in Cambridgeshire over a ten year period and found that urban birds are better able to cope during unusually cold and wet weather because they are less reliant on feeding their chicks a single food source.

Student illustrators to showcase their work

Mike Mason's pop-up book Credit: Anglia Ruskin University

The work of Anglia Ruskin University’s MA in Children’s Book Illustration students will be showcased in a special exhibition at the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge from 28th February until 15 March.

Several of the 40 graduating students have already been offered jobs by publishers.

Mike Mason’s Little Red Riding Hood pop-up book (Hodder) has already been sold to 19 countries and other students will see their books released over the coming months.