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Scientists warn of increasing number of 'super rats'

So-called 'super rats' are invading whole areas across the UK according to new research. The study shows that a new mutant strain of rodents are becoming immune to legally available rat poisons.

The problem is becoming worse day by day, as the rats continue to eat the bait without being affected. The interviewee is Dr Colin Prescott, Director of the Vertebrate Pests Unit, University of Reading.

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Students put on musical in 24 hours for charity

A group of students from the University of Reading have staged a musical in just 24 hours. They have taken on the challenge to raise money for a brain tumour charity.

The proceeds will go to the Ollie Young Foundation, which supports research into how brain tumours affect children. The performers had just 24 hours in which to announce, cast, rehearse and stage their live performance of Beauty and the Beast. Sam Simmons told us about the project.

Super 'mutant' rats invading the south

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The so-called Norway rat is infesting areas across the south Credit: ITV Meridian

New research has revealed that super mutant rats are infesting the south. According to scientists at the University of Reading, the rodents which are resisting legal poisons are now invading parts of Dorset, the Thames Valley and Kent.

The so-called 'Norway rat' is the culprit.

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The so-called Norway rat is infesting areas across the south Credit: ITV Meridian

New centre offers hope for dementia sufferers in the Thames Valley

Dementia has been described by experts as a "ticking time bomb" affecting thousands of people in our region.

But now a new research centre that aims to improve the detection and prevention of the disease has opened at the University of Reading.

The centre will run clinical trials in the hope of finding new treatments, as Mel Bloor reports.

Interviewees: Dr Laurie Butler - Head of the University of Reading's School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, Les Eggleton whose wife suffers from Dementia and Dr Paul Loughlin, Consultant Psychiatrist in Old Age.

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New study centre at Reading University open all day

Students at the University of Reading will be able to study for 24-hours a day thanks to a new study centre.

The Study opened last week, just in time for the new academic year.

It was built as part of a £300,000 refurbishment of the facilities at the university and has space for a hundred students as well as group study areas and a kitchen to allow students to take a break.

Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell had the honours of opening the new building said, "Students expectations rise every year.

"They have every right to expect academic services that enable them to fit study into their busy lives, day or night."

University gets £3.5m for heart disease research

Three quarters of people who suffer heart attacks now survive as research and healthcare continues to improve.

But new figures from the British Heart Foundation show although deaths are decreasing - heart failure remains the UK's single biggest killer.

Now, the charity has announced it's providing the University of Reading with state-of-the-art equipment to help progress research, as Mel Bloor reports.

Interviewees:

Trish Rump, heart attack victim

Simon Gillespie, British Heart Foundation Chief Executive

Dr Sam Boateng, heart disease researcher

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