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Poor Sleep Quality Can Affect Blood Pressure
2011-08-30 08:24:38

  A new study has found that older men who suffer from a lack of deep sleep are nearly twice as likely to have high blood pressure (HBP), reports BBC News. The new research, published in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that reduced slow wave sleep (SWS) is a powerful predictor for developing the condition that causes deadly heart attack, stroke and other health problems. SWS, a deep stage of sleep, is characterized by non-rapid eye movement...

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2011-08-22 12:38:57

Researchers from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine may have pinpointed the cause of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to BBC News reports on Sunday. ALS, which the BBC referred to as "the most common form of motor neuron disease," could be the result of "a breakdown of a recycling system in cells." The Northwestern researchers "found the flaw in the way nerve cells in the brain recycle protein building blocks, which means cells cannot repair themselves...

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2011-08-21 14:54:24

While sequencing the DNA of a member of the kangaroo family for the first time, an international team of researchers believe they have identified the gene responsible for the creature's hop, Judith Burns of BBC News reported on Friday. The project, which is detailed in the latest issue of the journal Genome Biology, centers around the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii), a smaller species of kangaroo located on islands off the south and west coasts of Australia. According to Burns, this...

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2011-08-21 14:42:25

MDMA, better known as the recreational drug ecstasy, could be used to treat leukemia, lymphoma, and certain other types of blood cancer, a new Birmingham University study has claimed. Writing in the journal Investigational New Drugs, researchers from the school claimed that they successfully made the drug, which had already been proven effective against certain types of white blood cell cancers, 100 times more effective. Previously, the dosage required for treatment of these types of...

2011-08-19 12:30:00

LONDON, Aug. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The winner of the IBC2011 International Honour for Excellence is Sir David Attenborough, in recognition of his remarkable career in television and, in particular, natural history. His career spans almost 60 years, with his Atlantic Productions documentary Flying Monsters 3D with Sir David Attenborough one of the most acclaimed programmes commissioned by Sky 3D. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110421/NY87427LOGO) The International Honour...

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2011-08-18 05:20:00

Scientists have identified a critical step in the evolution of filter-feeding whales' enormous mouths. These whales, otherwise known as baleen whales or mysticetes, have feeding adaptations that are unique among mammals, in that they can filter small marine creatures from huge volumes of water.  The whales accomplish this by using their "loose" lower jaw joints, which enable them to produce a vast filter-feeding gape. A new study of this ancient jawbone has overturned a long-held belief...

2011-08-16 10:00:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today BBC Radio 1 will be available to its listeners on SiriusXM Internet Radio beginning Friday, August 19 at 5:00 pm ET as part of a new multi-platform agreement with the BBC that brings subscribers additional concert performances from the BBC vault. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101014/NY82093LOGO ) BBC Radio 1 will be time-shifted by 5 hours so Americans can enjoy the channel's lineup as...

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2011-08-12 13:30:19

The 2010 ash cloud from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano that disrupted air travel in the UK and cost European businesses more than $2.6 billion was likely a once in a lifetime event, according to scientists, who have analyzed a record of past similar events stretching back into prehistory across northern Europe. Their analysis showed that past ash clouds like the one seen in 2010 occurred on an average of once every 56 years. A report of the findings has been published in the journal...

2011-08-03 00:00:29

August 6 & 7 Manchester, Birmingham, Plymouth, Derby, Cardiff and Portsmouth host an integrated live triathlon competition, to broadcast across the UK on the BBC Big Screens network. London, UK (PRWEB) August 02, 2011 Triathlon is breaking new ground with an innovative and exciting concept which the International Triathlon Union (ITU) launched today. Visitors to Triathlon Live Sites in six cities around the UK on August 6 and 7 will experience live triathlon in a format that has never...

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2011-07-23 05:40:00

Scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) may have gotten their first look at the so-called "God particle" -- the fabled massive elementary particle known as the Higgs boson -- according to BBC News reports published Friday. According to BBC Science Correspondent Ian Sample, officials at the Geneva-based particle physics laboratory announced the possible discovery during the 2011 Europhysics Conference on High-Energy Physics...