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Norwich: UEA students encouraged to urinate in the shower to save water

The UEA in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Students are being encouraged to urinate in the shower to save water.

The campaign, called 'gowiththeflow', has been dreamt up by Debs Torr and Chris Dobson at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich.

They hope to get all 15,000 students at the university to take part - and are asking them to declare their habits on Twitter and Facebook.

"We've done the maths, and this project stands to have a phenomenal impact.

With 15,000 students at UEA, over a year we would save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over.

Imagine how big an impact it could have if we could get everyone in East Anglia, or even the UK, to change their morning habits."

– Chris Dobson

The contentious idea has received a mixed reaction but they estimate that £125,000 could be saved per year if the entire UEA student population took part.

The pair are representing UEA in the Npower Future Leaders Challenge, encouraging students to devise an environmental initiative on their campus.


Research breakthrough into antibiotic resistance

Professor Changjiang Dong, University of East Anglia Credit: ITV News Anglia

Scientists at the University of East Anglia in Norwich have released research which could lead to finding a solution to the problem of antibiotic resistance.

The research they've carried out could help in the development of a new type of drug to kill superbugs.

It comes as the World Health Organisation warns that antibiotics are becoming less effective in treating some common conditions.

Professor Changjiang Dong from the UEA said. "We have identified the path and gate used by the bacteria to transport barrier building blocks to the outer surface. Importantly, we have demonstrated that the bacteria would die if the gate is locked.

The number of superbugs are increasing at an unexpected rate, this research provides the platform for urgently needed new generation drugs."

Researchers says this discovery may pave the way to a new generation of antibiotic drugs.

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

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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