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Soil bacteria could help slow down global warming

The research was carried out by scientists at the UEA. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Scientists based in Norwich say a bacteria found in soil could help slow down global warming.

The research from the University of East Anglia shows how a specific type breaks down natural gasses like methane, before they're released into the environment.

Scientists say the bacteria could help in the fight against global warming Credit: ITV News Anglia

Those microbes can be used to tackle gas leaks from fracking. The effect of methane on global warming is more than 20 times greater than carbon dioxide .


Research suggests gastric surgery can half the risk of heart attacks

The waist of an obese woman Credit: PA Images

Researchers at the University of East Anglia in Norwich have found gastric surgery can halve the risk of heart attacks in obese people.

Doctors reviewed data from 14 studies of more than 29,000 patients who had undergone an operation to reduce the size of their stomachs to help them lose weight.

The surgery was also found to reduce death rates by 40 per cent.

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

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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.

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.

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