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People with mental health issues more likely to be killed

People with mental health problems are more likely to be murder or manslaughter victims Credit: PA

A new study says people with mental health problems are two and a half times more likely to be murder or manslaughter victims.

Over a three-year period, 1,496 people in England and Wales were killed in homicides, the research showed. Of these, 6% had been under the care of mental health services.

A third of the patient victims were killed by other individuals suffering from mental illness.

Professor Louis Appleby from the University of Manchester, who led the study said "Our findings show mental health providers can expect one of their patients to be a homicide victim every two years."

Grandmother collects wartime degree

A 90-year-old woman has finally graduated 70 years after she gained her degree.

Gene Hetherington achieved her BA in Commerce in August 1943 but was unable to attend her ceremony at the University of Manchester because she was involved in the war effort.

Following her studies she immediately went to work as an auditor in aircraft factories.

A subsequent busy work life as a buyer for the Lewis's department store and then starting a family meant she did not have time to pick up her accolade.

Today, she finally graduated and the occasion was made more poignant as her granddaughter, Rachel, 23, collected her law degree in the same ceremony at the university's historic Whitworth Hall.

The ceremony was wonderful and I was so pleased to see my granddaughter Rachel receive her degree, for which she worked so hard."

– Gene Hetherington


Manchester professor to lead UK's Philippines aid effort

Prof Tony Redmond, pictured on an earlier medical mission. Credit: University of Manchester

The UK's emergency response to the humanitarian disaster in the Philippines will be led by Tony Redmond, Professor of International Emergency Medicine at the University of Manchester.

Professor Redmond has trained in Emergency Medicine in Britain and the US and is a registered specialist, the Department for International Development said.

Destroyed and damaged houses in the city of Tacloban, central Philippines. Credit: AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

At least 10,000 people are feared to have been killed by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the central Philippines on Friday.

David Cameron said the scenes of devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan were "heart-breaking" as he announced that a 12-strong team of paramedics and surgeons, led by Prof Redmond, would help the relief effort.

The team of medical experts and the first consignment of UK aid will leave shortly, the Prime Minister said.

To find out more visit the Disasters Emergency Committee website.

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British surgeons and nurses sent to Philippines

A team of 12 British surgeons and paramedics is being sent to help with the aid effort in the Philippines following the super typhoon Haiyan.

The team includes:

  • Three emergency physicians
  • Two orthopaedic surgeons
  • A plastic surgeon
  • Two accident and emergency nurses
  • A theatre nurse
  • Two anaesthetists
  • A specialist physiotherapist

The team will be led by Professor Anthony Redmond, from the international emergency medicine department at the University of Manchester, who is a consultant in trauma and emergency medicine.

Manchester leads the way in graphene membrane research

Chancellor George Osborne toured labs at the University of Manchester where he saw research into the use of Graphene in October 2011. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

University of Manchester graphene researchers have been awarded a £3.5m funding boost that could bring desalination plants, safer food packaging and enhanced disease detection closer to reality.

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the research focuses on membranes that could provide solutions to worldwide problems; from stopping power stations releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, to detecting the chemical signals produced by agricultural pests.

Wonder material graphene was first isolated in 2004 at The University of Manchester by Professor Andre Geim and Professor Kostya Novoselov. Their work earned them the 2010 Nobel prize for Physics.

Graphene is the world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive material, and has the potential to revolutionise a huge number of diverse applications; from smartphones and ultrafast broadband to drug delivery and computer chips.