Press Releases

Aspire and Places for People launch a new accessible temporary home for people with Spinal Cord Injury in Newcastle

Jul 31, 2013 15:07 BST Aspire Aspire, a leading charity supporting people paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, will be launching the first Aspire house in Newcastle in partnership with Places for People, one of the largest property management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, on Friday 2nd August 2013 at 10.45am.

Swedish company Hövding awarded by the Epilepsy Foundation

Jul 11, 2013 14:28 BST Hövding Hövding is pleased to announce that the Epilepsy Foundation has awarded the Epilepsy Innovation Seal of Excellence to Hövding ( for the anticipated development of an Airbag Protection Helmet for People With Epilepsy. The SEAL comes with a $25,000 prize.

Jul 01, 2013 09:59 BST National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network A report released by the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network shows that more than 630,000 NHS patients in England took part in clinical research studies last year.

Jun 27, 2013 11:54 BST Uppsala University A new study reveals that all children with Crohn’s disease that were examined had a commonly occurring virus – an enterovirus – in their intestines. This link has previously not been shown for this chronic inflammatory intestinal disorder. The findings are being published today in the latest issue of the international journal Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology.

Jun 26, 2013 06:13 BST Uppsala University An international research team led by Swedish scientists has used a new method to investigate obesity and overweight as a cause of cardiovascular disease. Strong association have been found previously, but it has not been clear whether it was overweight as such that was the cause, or if the overweight was just a marker of another underlying cause.

John has become one of Surrey’s first disabled fitness instructors through Paralympic legacy programme

Jun 25, 2013 10:48 BST Aspire John Parfitt from Cobham has a spinal cord injury which he sustained in a car accident and has left him a full time wheelchair user. However, John is proving that this is no barrier to a successful career in the fitness industry and now there is an opportunity for other unemployed, disabled people to follow in his path.

An altered gut microbiota can predict diabetes

May 29, 2013 18:00 BST Chalmers University of Technology Intestinal bacteria may have a greater influence on us than was previously thought. In a study published in the journal Nature on 29 May 2013, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the Sahlgrenska Academy show that patients with type 2 diabetes have an altered gut microbiota. Their findings have led to a new model to identify patients at increased risk of developing diabetes.

First ever person who cannot talk to qualify as a fitness instructor

May 16, 2013 11:51 BST Aspire A 27 year old man with cerebral palsy has recently qualified as a Level 2 gym instructor despite not being able to talk. Laurence James, who is classed as severely disabled and uses a powered wheelchair and a speech aid, gained his qualification with the support of staff from GLL at the Thamesmere Leisure Centre.

May 15, 2013 07:28 BST Uppsala University How cells regulate their own function by “accelerating and braking” is important basic knowledge when new intelligent medicines are being developed, or when plant cells are tweaked to produce more bioenergy. In a study published by Nature Communications 14 May, researchers at Uppsala and Umeå universities, Sweden, show a model of how cells’ regulatory systems work.

May 15, 2013 05:26 BST Uppsala University Community groups in rural Vietnam comprised of local health workers, politicians and laywomen (Maternal and Newborn Health Groups) set up to tackle challenges to maternal and neonatal health may reduce the neonatal death rate after three years and increase antenatal care attendance, according to a study by researchers from Sweden and Vietnam published in this week’s PLOS Medicine.