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New role for iconic phone boxes

The unusual new exhibition space Credit: OneFamily

Southampton is about to get one of the UK’s most unusual art venues thanks to a team of volunteers who have won a £5,000 community award from the OneFamily Foundation.

The K6 Gallery will renovate a pair of old telephone boxes (the iconic, red variety) located in the old town quarter of Southampton, and convert them into an exhibition space.

It will offer a genuine platform for local artists and creative people from within the community to exhibit their work, as well as the ability to curate exhibitions, including the work of the students at Southampton Solent Art Studios.

New hope for people with Osteoporosis

Research at the University of Southampton Credit: ITV news

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a link between coronary heart disease and osteoporosis. They carried out tests on 350 men and women between the ages of 70 and 85 and found people with a history of heart disease tend to have weaker bones - making them more vulnerable to fractures and breaks.

The research suggests both conditions could have similar causes. In one of the first studies of its kind to use a special scanning technique, researchers found that people with a history of heart disease had substantially lower bone mineral density in their wrist bone than those without. The effect was more prominent in women than in men.

Professor Cyrus Cooper, Director of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit and Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Southampton, says: "This is one of the first studies to use this technology to explore bone geometry, density and microstructure in patients with heart disease. The findings highlight the need to evaluate a history of heart disease in the management of osteoporosis in older people and further research is also needed to provide a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms which explain the link between osteoporosis and heart disease."

Dr. Julien Paccou, Clinical Research Fellow at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, added: "In essence, this work and others show that people with a history of cardiovascular disease tend to have weaker bones. There is a need to better understand this association to improve bone health."


New airline route from Southampton to Antwerp

Here in the south we're well connected to the rest of the world. Having the likes of Gatwick and Heathrow on the doorstep makes international jet-setting easy.

Even smaller airports like Bournemouth and Southampton have flights to more than 40 destinations, from Leeds to Lanzarote.

It's great for the region's economy and experts think it could get even better, thanks to a new route from Southampton to Antwerp.

Andrew Pate has been to Belgium to find out more.

Campaign launched to bring back Southampton's QE2

The QE2 sails out of Southampton Credit: ITV news

A new campaign has been launched to bring the most famous passenger ship ever built - Southampton's QE2 - back to the UK.

She was sold to Dubai in 2008 to become a luxury hotel and conference centre but the global economic crisis meant the plan fell through and the ship has been left with an uncertain future. Now councils, politicians and business leaders in Greenock, Scotland are leading a campaign to buy back the former Cunard ship.

Launched by the Queen in 1967, QE2 carried the rich and famous from Southampton to New York. She also played a vital role during the Falklands campaign carrying troops to the conflict.

Cunard sold the liner for £50 million and under the deal the company has to agree its future. The ship remains in a Dubai dockyard with no confirmed plans for her future.


Grant for Southampton scientists to research treatments for Alzheimers

Good news for Southampton researchers Credit: ITV news

Scientists trying to find new treatments for people with Alzheimers have been awarded half a million pounds. The University of Southampton team will investigate the link between our brains and our immune systems. It's the first financial grant from a new Dementia Consortium including Alzheimers Research UK. The funding will unite academics at the University of Southampton with drug discovery experts at the medical research charity MRC Technology to target the immune system in the hunt for new treatments to slow down the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Dr Eric Karran, Director of Research at Alzheimer's Research UK, said: "It's been fascinating to see the academic community dissect the role of inflammation in Alzheimer's disease. But now we need to translate this interesting biology into tangible benefits for the 500,000 people in this country living with Alzheimer's. The Dementia Consortium is tackling the lack of treatments head on, by closing the gap between fundamental academic research and the pharmaceutical industry's drug discovery efforts. It's a long road from research in the laboratory to treatments in the clinic, but investment to boost the number of new drug targets is critical if we are to face this huge medical challenge."

Saints sign Portugal defender

Southampton Football Club have signed Portugal defender Cédric Soares. Saints have followed on from Tuesday’s deal for Spain international Juanmi to sign Soares on a four-year contract from Sporting CP. The 23-year-old has recently returned from international duty with Portugal, for whom he lined up alongside current Southampton captain José Fonte – who, like Soares, began his career with Sporting.

Saints to sign Spanish striker Juanmi

The 22 year-old becomes Saints’ first recruit ahead of the 2015/16 campaign, joining from La Liga side Málaga CF. Juanmi – whose full name is Juan Miguel Jiménez López – has penned a four-year contract and will link up with his new teammates when they begin pre-season training on Monday 29th June.

'Too dangerous': the house a postman refuses to deliver to in the mornings

A pensioner from Hungerford has criticised Royal Mail after a postman stopped delivering his letters in the morning, saying it is too dangerous to cross the road.

The mail now arrives at the house in Great Shefford in the afternoon - when the postman is on his way back from his round and can park directly outside the property. Royal Mail insist they are within their requirements to deliver the mail by 3:30pm.

Customer Roy Bailey speaks to ITV News Meridian in the video below.

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