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2014-01-03 15:38:01

Children are likely to have stronger muscles if their mothers had a higher level of vitamin D in their body during pregnancy, according to new research from the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRC LEU) at the University of Southampton. Low vitamin D status has been linked to reduced muscle strength in adults and children, but little is known about how variation in a mother's status during pregnancy affects her child. Low vitamin D concentrations are common among...

2013-12-12 10:27:54

The degree to which students' exam scores differ owes more to their genes than to their teachers, schools or family environments, according to new research from King's College London published today in PLOS ONE. The study, which took place in the UK, looked at students' scores for their GCSE's (General Certificate of Secondary Education), a UK-wide examination at the end of compulsory education at 16 years old. The authors explain that the findings do not imply that educational...

2013-11-27 09:57:23

UK researchers have discovered a gene that regulates alcohol consumption and when faulty can cause excessive drinking. They have also identified the mechanism underlying this phenomenon. The study showed that normal mice show no interest in alcohol and drink little or no alcohol when offered a free choice between a bottle of water and a bottle of diluted alcohol. However, mice with a genetic mutation to the gene Gabrb1 overwhelmingly preferred drinking alcohol over water, choosing to...

2013-10-10 08:20:02

S$148 million centre to study the role of nutrition and early development in health and disease in AsiaSingapore, Oct 10, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - The National University of Singapore (NUS) and A*STAR will be jointly establishing the S$148 million Singapore Centre for Nutritional Sciences, Metabolic Diseases, and Human Development (SiNMeD). This collaboration between the NUS's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM) and A*STAR's Singapore Institute for Clinical...

2013-06-12 12:28:29

BOSTON, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Scotland's standing as Europe's largest and most highly regarded stem cell research community has been reaffirmed recently by announcements of funding from the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the British Heart Foundation to the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) based at the Edinburgh BioQuarter. As part of a major $25m boost for UK regenerative medicine, the Edinburgh center will play a key role in the development of new...

Cardiovascular Risk In Middle Age Linked To Body Fat
2013-05-16 08:08:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While the cardiovascular system of a younger adult might be capable of compensating for the effects of obesity, new research published in the journal Hypertension suggests that the ability to adapt is lost after middle age, resulting to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease due to the relationship between body fat and aortic stiffness. In the study, experts from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical Sciences Centre at...

Too Much TV Has Little Impact On A Child's Social Development
2013-03-26 06:15:17

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recent study from University of Otago, New Zealand, published in the journal Pediatrics, suggested that too much TV was making kids mean and antisocial. The results of that study also showed that it was not always how much TV, but what types of shows they were watching. However, a new study by the Medical Research Council (MRC) has found evidence that spending hours in front of the TV or playing video/computer games each day...

2013-03-12 04:21:29

CAMBRIDGE, England, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ImmBio (Immunobiology Ltd), a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative vaccines against serious infectious diseases, today announced that the UK government-backed Biomedical Catalyst has awarded the company approximately GBP0.2 million ($0.3 million) to support pre-clinical development of its pneumococcal vaccine, PnuBioVax(TM), which targets a wide range of strains of the bacteria. This new grant follows the award of...

2012-11-07 08:26:07

VIENNA, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MOMENTUM 2012 -- News Summary: MRC Technology Selects EMC OnDemand, a private cloud deployment model for enterprise-class applications and enabler for accelerating customers' journey to the cloud EMC Documentum Platform OnDemand will enable MRCT to manage intellectual property and critical content related to advancing medical discoveries EMC OnDemand increases business agility, saves time and costs, and reduces risk EMC OnDemand customers can...

2012-08-23 23:42:39

New born human infants have the largest brains among primates, but also the highest proportion of body fat. Before birth, if the supply of nutrients from the mother through the placenta is limited or unbalanced, the developing baby faces a dilemma: should resources be allocated to brain growth, or to fat deposition for use as an energy reserve during the early months after birth? Scientists at the University of Southampton have shown that this decision could have an effect on how fat we...