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RESEARCHERS in Sheffield have developed new technology to detect illness from malnutrition in older people.

Teams from The University of Sheffield created a touch-screen computer called the Novel Assessment of Nutrition and Ageing system, which was showcased at an event at the Houses of Parliament in London.

The equipment, the result of a three-year project, will measure what older adults are eating at home, to support research into malnutrition.

Dr Liz Williams, Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition at The University of Sheffield, said: “We are particularly grateful to the many volunteers in Sheffield who worked closely with the Human Nutrition Unit on the development of the system.

“Sheffield people were instrumental in both the design and testing of the NANA system.”