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(ˈstæfədˌʃɪə; -ʃə)
(Placename) a county of central England: lowlands in the east and south rise to the Pennine uplands in the north; important in the history of industry, coal and iron having been worked at least as early as the 13th century. In 1974 the industrial area in the S passed to the new county of West Midlands; Stoke-on-Trent became an independent unitary authority in 1997. Administrative centre: Stafford. Pop (excluding Stoke-on-Trent): 811 000 (2003 est). Area (excluding Stoke-on-Trent): 2624 sq km (1013 sq miles)
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(ˈstæf ərdˌʃɪər, -ʃər)

a county in central England. 1,047,400; 1154 sq. mi. (2715 sq. km). Also called Stafford, Staffs (stafs).
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The company made earthenware, porcelain and majolica in Staffordshire, England, from 1861 to 1951.
Callum Hewkin from Staffordshire, England, had snuck the tablet into his room to watch a program but fell asleep with the device next to him.
The trial results showed, however, that there might be "a small, early treatment difference" favoring naproxen, and that the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug "appeared to be associated with fewer side effects and less use of rescue analgesia for gout than low-dose colchicines, according to a rheumatologist at Keele University, Staffordshire, England. Current guidelines in the United Kingdom suggest that an NSAID or low-dose colchicines can be considered equally for the first-line treatment of acute gout, yet their "effectiveness and safety have never been directly compared in a randomized controlled trial.
The case of the re-introduction of the Beaver back into Scotland is the UK's first experience -- and highly successful it is -- of rewilding, says Dr Sarah Taylor, a lecturer in ecology at Keele University in Staffordshire, England.
"Mountains: The Origins of the Earth's Mountain Systems" by Graham Park (Emeritus Professor of Tectonic Geology, University of Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England) takes the reader along the active mountain systems, explaining how plate tectonic processes have shaped them before looking more briefly at some of the older mountain systems whose tectonic origins are more obscure.
And in April 2015, the family of a teenage burglar left seriously injured when he fell through a roof during a school break-in in Staffordshire, England, were left with a hefty legal bill when their claim failed.
Allan McCulloch is vice-chairman of his local council in Staffordshire, England.
Roddy, a rheumatologist at Keele University, Staffordshire, England.
Born on September 18, 1709, in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, as a child Johnson suffered from scrofula, a form of tuberculosis.
John McBeth from the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University in Staffordshire, England said.
Omer Karzan, 32, who now lives in Staffordshire, England, was arrested by officers of the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG), the Birmingham Mail reported.