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Northumbria University to be sentenced after health and safety breach

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Northumbria University will be sentenced for a health and safety breach that put two students in intensive care after they overdosed on caffeine when a sports science experiment went wrong.

They accidentally took too much of the stimulant prior to exercising as part of a study that was designed to measure how caffeine affected performance.

The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the university and it admitted failing to ensure their safety at a hearing last month, and will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court.

It was believed both students needed several days of hospital treatment following the incident in 2015.


Newcastle professor helps save lives in Sri Lanka

A Northumbria University academic is playing the lead role in bringing heart and lung transplants to Sri Lanka – a country where this life-saving surgery has not previously been available.

Professor Stephen Clark. Credit: Northumbria University

Stephen Clark, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiopulmonary Transplantation in Northumbria’s Department of Applied Sciences, is helping the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka establish its first heart and lung transplantation programme.

Until now, no heart transplant has ever taken place in Sri Lanka and only one lung transplant has taken place, back in 2011. Anyone requiring such life-saving surgery would have to travel abroad and pay prohibitively high costs.

Prof. Clark, who is also Director of Cardiopulmonary Transplantation at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, is mentoring Sri Lanka’s College of Surgeons through their first operations. He will also lead a team in the UK that will provide training, advice and practical support to surgeons undertaking these significant operations.

“We are fortunate to have a vibrant transplant programme here in the UK and in other westernised countries, so for many people it may seem unusual to hear that other countries have not been able to provide this life-saving surgery before now. We have been working with Sri Lankan doctors for over two years to form the Sri Lanka Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation which has now been approved under Sri Lankan law. The College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka is keen that Sri Lanka becomes a centre for excellence in transplantations for neighbouring countries.”

– Professor Stephen Clark,, Northumbria University

"It is fantastic news to hear that Professor Clark is playing such a leading role in making these life-saving operations accessible for people in Sri Lanka. I have no doubt that his work will enhance the long-standing relationships the University has with organisations throughout Sri Lanka and South East Asia.”

– Julie Edgar, Northumbria University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Promiscuous or not? Check the length of your fingers...

Fingers - pointers to infidelity? Credit: Northumbria University

Whether you're faithful or promiscuous may be revealed by the length of your fingers, according to new research at Northumbria University.

The study found a link between attitudes to promiscuity and the length of the ring finger compared to the index finger.

This may be because long ring fingers indicate that an individual was exposed to high levels of testosterone in the womb. Because of that, men tend to have relatively longer ring fingers.

The data showed that men were slightly more likely to stray, with 57% appearing to favour an unrestricted, short-term mating strategy compared to 47% among women.

It's thought this is the first study of its kind to provide evidence for alternative mating strategies in men and women.

The authors point out that while it has been widely suggested that males divide into two mating types - which can be known as ‘cads versus dads’ - this study is the first to suggest that a similar split may also exist in females.

Professor John Manning of Northumbria University's Department of Psychology has analysed finger length ratios for almost 20 years. As well as indicating prenatal testosterone levels, finger ratios can also indicate other conditions such as fertility, lung and heart functioning and performance in sports such as football and running.

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