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Kids living close to fast food outlets more likely to be fat

A fast food meal Credit: PA

Research from the University of East Anglia in Norwich has found children living close to fast food outlets are more likely to be overweight.

The study found older children in particular are more likely to be overweight when living close to the outlets. It is hoped that the findings will help shape planning policy to help tackle childhood obesity.

Prof Andy Jones, who led the research, said: "The results were more pronounced in secondary school children who have more spending power to choose their own food.

"But the association was reversed in areas with more healthy food options available."

UEA launches paramedic degree to boost workforce

The University of East Anglia, Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has launched a three-year Paramedic Science degree programme in conjunction with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST).

Designed to help EEAST boost its future workforce, the course (pending approval by the Health and Care Professions Council) has been developed with the trust to provide 'an innovative, research-led programme'.

A spokesperson for EEAST said: “Our main priority is to reduce lengthy ambulance delays at the moment and in order to do this, we need more paramedics.

"There is a real shortage of paramedics in the county at the moment so we welcome courses such as this which will train the future generation of lifesavers in the east of England.”

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Healthy side affects of red wine and chocolate

Scientists at the University of East Anglia have found that dark chocolate and red wine - in moderation - can actually be good for you in some ways.

They've found the plant compounds in things like berries, herbs, red wine and dark chocolate can protect against Type 2 diabetes by lowering insulin resistance.

Click below to watch Tanya Mercer's report.

Study finds chocolate and red wine could protect against Type 2 diabetes

Academics at the University of East Anglia in Norwich have found ingredients in chocolate could help protect us from diabetes.

A study of two thousand people discovered that eating high levels of flavonoids - which are found in chocolate, berries and tea - could offer protection from Type 2 diabetes.

Research found the food groups also appeared to lower the inflammation associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

Click below to hear a clip from Amy Jennings from the UEA.

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Online classes launched for budding Bransons

The UEA's campus on the outskirts of Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

The University of East Anglia is set to launch an educational first tomorrow.

The Norwich-based institution is to start the UK's first Massive Open Online course (MOOC).

The Secret Power of Brands, is aimed at those starting a career in marketing.It's a ten-week course by the university's Norwich Business School in conjunction with global brand consultancy Wolff Olins.

It's the first of its kind in the UK, with other leading universities set to launch their own courses on the FutureLearn platform over the coming months.

The MOOC platform allows people from all around the world to access short university courses, free of charge.

Preparations underway for UEA's 50th anniversary weekend

The University of East Anglia is celebrating its 50th anniversary

Preparations are underway for the 50th anniversary festival weekend at the University of East Anglia.

The university is opening its doors on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate its achievements with the public and past and present students.

Taking centre stage at the event will be a three-metre high working model of a volcano.

The weekend will also see performances from Kid Creole and the Coconuts, comedian Nina Conti and BBC 6 Music's Huey Morgan.

Later today, a panel of the university's top academics, including chancellor and author Rose Tremain, will discuss whether UEA is still 'doing different' after 50 years.

Humanity may need to colonise other planets

The UEA say life on earth will end, and we may need to consider living on other planets.

Almost 1,000 planets outside our solar system have been identified by astronomers.

The team of astrobiologists looked at some of these to find out which were best placed to support life.

They found that the recently discovered Gliese 581d could be warm and pleasant for up to 54.7 billion years - 10 times longer than our solar system.

To date, no true Earth analogue planet has been detected.

But it is possible that there will be a habitable, Earth-like planet within 10 light-years, which is very close in astronomical terms.

However reaching it would take hundreds of thousands of years with our current technology.

"If we ever needed to move to another planet, Mars is probably our best bet.

"It's very close and will remain in the habitable zone until the end of the sun's lifetime - six billion years from now."

– Andrew Rushby

New study says Earth will be uninhabitable in 3bn years

UEA scientists say the Earth has around 3 billion years of habitable life left.

Andrew Rushby, from the university's school of environmental sciences, said:

We estimate that Earth will cease to be habitable somewhere between 1.75 and 3.25 billion years from now.

After this point, Earth will be in the 'hot zone' of the sun, with temperatures so high that the seas would evaporate. We would see a catastrophic and terminal extinction event for all life.

Of course conditions for humans and other complex life will become impossible much sooner.

Humans would be in trouble with even a small increase in temperature, and near the end only microbes in niche environments would be able to endure the heat.

– Andrew Rushby
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