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2011-03-24 14:22:40

A survey of over 9,000 people in 7 different countries across Europe has shown that the majority would want to improve the quality of life in the time they had left, rather than extend it A survey of over 9,000 people in seven different countries across Europe has shown that the majority would want to improve the quality of life in the time they had left, rather than extend it. The survey reveals attitudes across Europe for dealing with serious illnesses such as cancer, and issues raised when...

2011-02-03 13:53:23

New research from the Twins Early Development Study at King's College London Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), published in PLoS ONE on February 2nd, shows that measures used to judge the effectiveness of schools are partly influenced by genetic factors in students. The study, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), was conducted by scientists in the UK at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King's IoP, and in the US at the University of New Mexico. The assumption...

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2011-01-12 12:46:42

British scientists have shown how our brain "wiring" develops in the womb and say their findings will help in the understanding of a range of brain and psychiatric disorders. Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London scanned babies' brains to monitor the formation of insulating layers around nerve cells. They discovered that by the age of nine months, the process was visible in all brain areas and in some regions had developed a near adult-like level. "We...

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2011-01-10 09:52:47

An innovative device which cancels out the noise of the dental drill could spell the end of people's anxiety about trips to the dentist, according to experts at King's College London, Brunel University and London South Bank University, who pioneered the invention. It is widely known that the sound of the dental drill is the prime cause of anxiety about dental treatment, and some patients avoid trips to the dentist because of it. This new device could help address people's fears and encourage...

2010-12-16 13:30:00

Researchers at King's College London and the University of East Anglia have discovered that women who consume a diet high in allium vegetables, such as garlic, onions and leeks, have lower levels of hip osteoarthritis. The findings, published in the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders journal, not only highlight the possible effects of diet in protecting against osteoarthritis, but also show the potential for using compounds found in garlic to develop treatments for the condition. A relationship...

2010-12-13 20:58:50

Researchers at King's College London have discovered that leukaemic stem cells can be reversed to a pre-leukaemic stage by suppressing a protein called beta-catenin found in the blood. They also found that advanced leukaemic stem cells that had become resistant to treatment could be 're-sensitised' to treatment by suppressing the same protein. Professor Eric So, who led the study at the Department of Haematology at King's College London, says the findings, published today in the journal...

2010-11-10 10:00:00

MILFORD, Mass., Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) today welcomed into its Centers of Innovation Program the Drug Control Centre within the Department of Forensic Science and Drug Monitoring at King's College London. In a symposium and ceremony held at King's College today, Waters recognized researchers Prof. David Cowan and Dr. Norman Smith for their ongoing work in the area of sports medicine and separation science. Waters Centers of Innovation...

2010-11-09 14:09:52

The preservation of a protein found in particular synapses in the brain plays a key role in protecting against vascular dementia after a stroke, say researchers at King's College London. The study, funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust, is published today in the 9 November issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Researchers say the study findings increase understanding of vascular dementia, and highlight a possible target for future diagnoses and treatment...

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2010-11-01 11:39:30

A study of 40,000 Norwegians found that people who regularly exercise during their free time are less likely to have symptoms of depression and anxiety. The researchers said that physical activity that is part of the working day does not have the same effect. Researchers said it was probably because there was not the same level of social interaction. According to BBC Nes, mental health charity Mind said that exercise and interaction helps mental health. The study found that higher levels...

2010-10-18 17:30:40

Genetic variants associated with increased susceptibility to psoriasis are reported in five papers published online this week in Nature Genetics. Psoriasis is a chronic and recurrent skin disease, and one of the most prevalent autoimmune diseases, with a global prevalence of 2-3%. One of the studies was led by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy's and St Thomas' and King's College London and the Wellcome Trust Centre for...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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