Press Releases

Aspire aquires two new houses for people with spinal cord injury

Mar 13, 2012 11:25 GMT Aspire Aspire research with some of the UK’s Spinal Injury Centres shows that 20% of patients are discharged from hospital into nursing homes. In most cases, this is simply because an accessible property isn’t ready for them. Still more go to homes that have yet to be adapted, whilst others end up using hotels or staying with friends and family.

Aspire is Charity of the Year!

Mar 05, 2012 11:31 GMT Aspire Aspire is proud to announce that we are the winners of the JustGiving Charity of the Year People's Choice Award for 2012! JustGiving said,"We were overwhelmed by more than 800 nominations for the 2012 JustGiving Awards. Some made us smile, some tugged on our heartstrings, and each one was inspirational."

Aspire wins Award!

Feb 23, 2012 12:12 GMT Aspire Aspire is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Best Companies Two Star Accreditation and we came 33rdin the Sunday Times 100 Best places to work in the Not for Profit Sector! This year The Sunday Times Best Companies and Best Not for Profit Organisations to Work For lists have been derived from entries of 254 organisations.

Aspire Independent Living Advisor Training

Feb 21, 2012 13:28 GMT Aspire The Aspire Independent Living Advisors (AILAs) undertook training last week to help them facilitate conversations with patients with spinal cord injury. The training began with a focus on the Independent Living Advisors' knowledge of Aspire. All the AILAs were given a scenario to role play, which was filmed. The videos were then played back to the group to be reviewed.

Feb 06, 2012 09:01 GMT Gambro A research consortium headed by Gambro in Germany, consisting of researchers from different disciplines, has received a project grant of 2.1 million euros from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project aims to investigate a new generation of dialysis membranes to improve the treatment of chronic inflammation in End Stage Renal Disease patients.

Feb 02, 2012 17:00 GMT Uppsala University In a recent study led by Uppsala University, the researchers compared the DNA of identical (monozygotic) twins of different age. They could show that structural modifications of the DNA, where large or small DNA segments change direction, are duplicated or completely lost are more common in older people. The results may in part explain why the immune system is impaired with age.

Feb 01, 2012 15:00 GMT Uppsala University New research from Uppsala University, Sweden, shows that reduced insulin sensitivity is linked to smaller brain size and deteriorated language skills in seniors. The findings are now published in the scientific journal Diabetes Care.

Feb 01, 2012 09:04 GMT Uppsala University New research from Uppsala University shows that a specific brain region linked to appetite regulation is reduced in elderly people who are obese. Poor eating habits over a lifetime may therefore weaken brain function that helps us to control our desire to eat. The findings are published in The International Journal of Obesity.

Oct 26, 2011 10:29 BST Uppsala University Newborn mice that are exposed to Bisphenol A develop changes in their spontaneous behavior and evince poorer adaptation to new environments, as well hyperactivity as young adults. This has been shown by researchers at Uppsala University. Their study also revealed that one of the brain’s most important signal systems, the cholinergic signal system, is affected by Bisphenol A.

Oct 11, 2011 07:42 BST Uppsala University Environmental toxicants such as dioxins, PCBs, and pesticides can pose a risk for cardiovascular disease. For the first time a link has been demonstrated between atherosclerosis and levels of these kinds of toxicants in the blood. The study, carried out at Uppsala University, is being published online this week in ahead of print in the prestigious journal Environmental Health Perspectives.