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The measles outbreak and the MMR health scare

Posted by: Deborah Orpin, Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics

Memories of the MMR scare of about a decade ago had all but faded until news came of an outbreak of measles in Swansea. To prevent measles epidemics in other parts of the country, Public Health England has launched a vaccination catch-up campaign. They estimate that up to a million children aged 10 to 14 are at risk of catching measles because many of them were not vaccinated as babies owing to widespread fears that the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) could cause autism.

The story of DNA and what it’s done for us

Posted by: Dr Michael Whitehead, MSc Course leader Forensic and Molecular Biology

Today we live in an era where knowledge about DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) and our genetic code has a profound effect upon our society.

Fancy a bite? No

Posted by: By Andrew Lane, Professor of Sports and Exercise Psychology

Luis Suarez is an outstanding footballer. He can make a chance out of almost nothing, score goals with either foot, or shows tremendous determination to win which can inspire his team mates.

Margaret Thatcher: the Political Communicator

Posted by: By Paul Brighton, Head of Department of Media and Film

Among the many assessments of the Thatcher legacy, relatively little has been said about her role as a political communicator. In the understandable focus on her role in the Falklands War, the Miners’ Strike, the Poll Tax, the economy, Europe, and a host of other policy areas, there hasn’t been a huge amount on how she went about securing the three election victories without which none of it would have been possible.