Water might be an answer to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to a DMU professor  

By Madi G Bowman

Biomedical science expert Dr Parvez Haris believes there may be a way to avoid developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s by simply drinking more water.

The professor at De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester said that when the brain becomes dehydrated, the water cycle in the body can lead to diseases as molecules in the brain will start to behave in unusual ways.

He believes people who regularly exercise tend to be healthier because of the increased intake of water due to people sweating and drinking water within the workout.

This is because there is an increased cycle of movement which removes the toxic substances and waste in the body. 

Dr Haris said: “With age, people can slowly begin to lose their thirst, meaning they don’t drink enough water and there isn’t enough water movement to clean the damaging toxins from their brains.”

When his mother was in hospital, he described how her condition was worsening and she felt weak and tired and this was due to a lack of water meaning she was very dehydrated.

Dr Haris said: “As she began to drink water she soon began to feel better.” 

He first began to look deeper into this water theory after looking into abnormal proteins called amyloids which can build up in someone’s body as a plaque that can have a damaging effect to the brain and are linked to various diseases.

Dr Haris highlighted that increasing the amount people drink can really save lives and take pressure off the NHS. 

On Tuesday, March 22, Dr Haris hosted an online discussion on the Teams platform about the link between water and Alzheimer’s disease with students who were interested in his theory.

DMU Rowers bid to recruit new members

by Kas Ellis

The DMU Rowing society is recruiting for more members to join its squad. 

Jack and Alfie training with the rowing machines

Emma Padfield, the second year president of the society, organised a stall on Thursday, March 17, to invite De Montfort University students to try out rowing. 

“You don’t need to know how to row,” Emma said. “You can join even if you’ve never done sports before.” 

The society is looking for women rowers in particular in order to compete in more races. 

With a lot of hard work, the women of DMU are a small but strong team, coming in second in the country in a recent race. 

Emma said that doing about 10 training sessions a week makes you very close with others, and is a fantastic way to form a close bond with other students. She described the society as being like a family. 

“Now’s the time to join,” Emma said. “It’s a great opportunity just to try something new.” 

The society held taster sessions from Wednesday, March 23, through to Wednesday this week (APR6) on select days. 

If you are interested in finding out more, you can contact the team on their Instagram @dmurowing

Men storm into uni flats ‘looking for friends’

by Kas Ellis

Students were terrified when two unknown men broke into their flats at De Montfort University late one night claiming to be trying to ‘find their friends.’ 

Chaos Bane outside the block that got broken into

Chaos Bane, who is staying at a flat in Castle Court, suffered the break-in at about 11.40pm by two unknown men on Monday, March 7. 

“I was absolutely petrified,” Chaos said. 

The men managed to get through the block’s front door without a key, and then through a further secure door without one either. 

The strangers went straight to their flatmate Sana’s room where they stood over her while Chaos and her friend continually asked them to leave. 

“I don’t know who you are, get out of my room,” Sana kept saying. “Get out of the flat.” 

The men left Sana’s room to instead enter the flat’s kitchen area, before walking back into her room once again. 

Chaos and their flatmates had to wait about 15 to 20 minutes until security arrived to handle the intrusion. 

When asked what they were doing, the men said they were looking for their friend who lived in the building. They said they would simply walk into every flat until they found them. 

Before the break-in, Unite Students had installed new locks on the doors, and Chaos felt secure in their accommodation but is now afraid that other people could be able to walk right into their flat. 

Chaos now locks their bedroom door more often than they used to, even if just out for a short period of time as they are worried that until the issue is resolved with Unite Students and security, they may be faced with another intrusion. 

They have talked to reception about the incident and have yet to receive any updates on the men who broke in but Chaos, along with their flatmates, are looking forward to seeing the other side of the ordeal. 

Leicester’s ‘Stabby’ park leaves students fearing for their safety

By Daniel Bellamy

Leicester students are fearing for their safety after sharing concerns over lighting around a popular park route through Bede Park.

An image of the green space Bede Park
An overview look on the popular open green space, Bede Park located in Westcotes

The calls for lighting improvements followed a previous initiative shared by the city council in which they aimed to turn Leicester street lights ‘greener’ by using LED alternatives.

Bede Park is the route for many students to and from campus and, more importantly, the route for students to social events at night.

Students and many users of the park nicknamed the space ‘Stabby’ Park referring to knife crimes and other anti-social behaviour that occurs across the park typically when darkness overcasts the area.

On several occasions, including September 24 last year, police cars were parked at the end and sides of the park, not only this, on a couple of mornings police have been spotted at the entrance of the park near a weapon detector gate.

Police were seen around these gates speaking to members of the public in a general manner.

A Leicester City Council spokesperson said: “The lighting provided is in line with permitted lighting levels for public green spaces to ensure a compromise is met between user safety and wildlife/biodiversity on the site, in particular minimal impact on bats.

‘”The site is regularly patrolled by parks wardens. Where there are repeat criminal offences recorded, this creates a profile with local police who then align police patrols in order of need, public safety.”

According to Leicestershire Police crime map data there were 17 reported incidents in September last year when students began arriving, which was a high number for that year.

One student said: “I feel anxious any time my friends ask me out, knowing I have to cross the park as my way to get there.”

The park is set to have CCTV surveillance installed in the future, with additional monitoring making it a safer place.

The city council spokesperson added: “In summary, safety in any site is dependent upon both the common sense informed decisions made by users, together with the provisions and maintenance incorporated into the location. Amalgamated, they contribute to designing out crime and anti-social behaviour wherever reasonably possible within the resources available.”

Leicester’s Newarke Point construction disrupts traffic at De Montfort University

By Thomas Dye

Construction on Newarke Points A and B Blocks
A and B blocks of Newarke Point with scaffold erected

Newarke Point student accommodation is undergoing serious disruptive building works that will restrict traffic and student parking until the end of summer. 

Letting agent Unite Students’ Newarke Point building, on the De Montfort University Campus, is undergoing a complete cladding overhaul following annual safety checks.

The construction works have included the raising of multiple scaffold towers after the safety check stated that whilst the results were good, there was a recommendation “To change the exterior façade to improve beyond what is required.”

A statement from Unite Students said that student and staff parking have both been removed to allow construction traffic.

Students are being advised to park further away from the entrance to prevent damage by moving plant equipment. 

Specific rooms are also having windows removed to be replaced, with residents being offered both temporary and permanent places in alternative accommodation and are being asked to “remove all belongings from around the window area.”