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2012-10-04 13:44:25

Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London have developed a new gene test that can detect pre-cancerous cells in patients with benign-looking mouth lesions. The test could potentially allow at-risk patients to receive earlier treatment, significantly improving their chance of survival. The study, published online in the International Journal of Cancer, showed that the quantitative Malignancy Index Diagnostic System (qMIDS) test had a cancer detection rate of 91-94 per cent when used...

2012-10-01 16:14:50

Researchers at Queen Mary, University of London have discovered how a key molecule controls the body's inflammatory responses. The molecule, known as p110delta, fine-tunes inflammation to avoid excessive reactions that can damage the organism. The findings, published in Nature Immunology today (30 September), could be exploited in vaccine development and new cancer therapies. A healthy immune system reacts to danger signals — from microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses, or from...

2012-09-14 14:21:34

There is little doubt that Frances O´Grady has made history as the first woman to be elected General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress in September 2012. A recent study from Queen Mary, University of London casts some light on the level of O´Grady´s achievement in the wider union landscape. This cross-national study found that in both the UK and the US, women still have fewer top positions in trade unions despite growth in overall female membership. The paper, Lift...

2012-09-10 23:08:43

In a special report in The Lancet, researchers from Queen Mary, University of London (UK) argue that pending cases against India's patent laws threaten public health and misinterpret international intellectual property agreements. The report, which is published today (Monday), highlights legal challenges by two pharmaceutical companies, Bayer and Novartis, to key provisions of India's Patents Act. Bayer's appeal was heard last week, and the Indian Supreme Court is due to hear Novartis'...

2012-09-10 11:07:14

BE is a condition that predisposes people to develop one of the world's commonest cancers Genetic variations that are linked with the onset of Barrett's oesophagus (BE), a pre-cancerous condition of the lower end of the gullet, have been identified for the first time. The discovery of variations in regions on two chromosomes makes it possible to develop screening tests for people at high risk of developing the disease. Although it's been thought for some time that there may be genetic...

2012-08-15 01:08:23

Research shows not all feedback is good for you People who give positive encouragement and constructive criticism could be wasting their breath according to the latest research from a psychology expert at Queen Mary, University of London. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, found that when people received either positive or negative feedback about their performance on complex decision-making tasks, it made their decision making worse. Study author Dr Magda...

Ultimate Survivor Title Goes To The Red Swamp Crayfish
2012-08-05 20:28:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Could make you think twice about introducing them to ecosystems Research from Queen Mary, University of London has found one of the most invasive species on the planet earth is able to source food from the land as well as its usual food sources in the water. Scientists examined the behavior of red swamp crayfish in Kenya's Lake Naivasha and discovered that the crayfish found additional food sources on land when the water was...

Medieval Banking Records Discovered Hidden Under Coats Of Arms
2012-07-24 11:51:50

A rare accounting document, half-concealed beneath a coat of arms design, has revealed the activities of Italian bankers working in early 15th century London, decades before the capital became a financial powerhouse. The discovery was made by economic historians at Queen Mary, University of London. Among the pages of a bound collection of traditional English crests held at the London College of Arms - the headquarters of British heraldry - are several papers belonging to a book of debtors...

2012-07-22 23:02:03

A new website, which includes a history of the Infant of Prague, prayers and an opportunity to request devotional materials, has been introduced to the web. Sharon, WI (PRWEB) July 22, 2012 The Infant of Prague has a long history in the faith tradition of the catholic church. The image of the Child Jesus known as the "Infant Jesus of Prague" was in reality of Spanish origin. In the 17th century, this beautiful statue was brought by a Spanish princess to Bohemia and presented to a Carmelite...

2012-07-05 10:27:53

Could lead to treatments saving the UK economy billions of pounds Tendon disorders cost the UK economy more than £7bn a year and now scientists at Queen Mary, University of London have identified a vital component of tendons which could help treat them. The research, published in the highly regarded Royal Society journal Interface today (4 July), found that a component of tendons known as the interfascicular matrix (IFM) is essential for their function. "Tendon disorders are...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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