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2009-10-01 12:50:39

A report on Thursday over the ethical dilemmas of dementia said that millions of people suffering with the brain-wasting disease are often left without care or support until their illness reaches a crisis point, Reuters reported. The British medical ethics group that authored the report criticized health authorities for failing to take a broader view of dementia and called for more focus on easing the daily problems it poses for sufferers and their caregivers. An estimated 35 million people...

2009-09-23 08:36:00

MOUNT ARLINGTON, N.J., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- PHD Virtual Technologies, provider of the pioneering esXpress VMware backup and recovery solution, today announced that Oxford University's Network Systems Management Services (NSMS) group relies on esXpress to provide data protection and recovery for its VMware environment of 14 ESX servers. esXpress delivers scalable, highly available and cost effective VMware backup and restore capabilities for Oxford University without added hardware or...

2009-09-18 12:30:00

Many studies have been conducted to show the beneficial effects of a healthy lifestyle involving no smoking, a balanced diet and exercise, but few have been able to gauge the negative impacts of an unhealthy lifestyle. In Friday's British Medical Journal, researchers from Oxford University published findings of a recent study that showed middle-aged men who smoke, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol may live 10 years less than those who do not. Researchers used data from 19,000 male...

2009-08-11 11:22:40

Rats fed a high-fat diet show a stark reduction in their physical endurance and a decline in their cognitive ability after just nine days, a study by Oxford University researchers has shown.The research, funded by the British Heart Foundation and published in the FASEB Journal, may have implications not only for those eating lots of high-fat foods, but also athletes looking for the optimal diet for training and patients with metabolic disorders.'We found that rats, when switched to a high-fat...

2009-07-29 14:40:00

Scientists have reported new calculations that place Saturn's day at five minutes shorter than previously considered. A team of scientists from Oxford University and the University of Louisville has discovered that Saturn's day lasts just 10 hours, 34 minutes and 13 seconds. The new calculation shows that Saturn is rotating at a pace that is five minutes faster than previously estimated. The discovery may challenge prior observations about the planet's composition, researchers said in the...

2009-06-29 15:19:00

NEW YORK, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oxford University Press is proud to present the launch of the first online version of the international best-selling AMA Manual of Style, the "bible" for authors, editors, students, researchers, the media, and anyone else involved in medical or scientific publishing. Because scientific, medical, and pharmaceutical innovation progresses through clear written communication, the success of a new treatment hinges on how well the evidence to support its...

2009-05-28 11:13:49

Researchers have discovered that all people are capable of "hearing" shapes and sizes and perhaps even "tasting" sounds, BBC News reported. Experts say synaesthesia, the blending of sensory experiences, can influence our perception and aid us in the ability to make sense of a jumble of simultaneous sensations. People associate lower-pitched sounds with larger and more rounded shapes, according to Oxford University scientists. And now one member of that Oxford team is collaborating with chef...

2009-04-29 14:50:00

Two new studies have found a need for even greater cuts in carbon dioxide emissions than proposed by world leaders. Many governments have set the goal of limiting temperature rise to less than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. But researchers from Oxford University and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research, found that the world would have to emit less than 1.1 trillion tons of carbon dioxide during the next 40 years. In Thursday's edition of the journal Nature, researchers said the first nine...

2009-04-23 10:37:00

DAYTON, Ohio, April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Susan Brenner doesn't fret about the lone hacker creating a little havoc. In the post-9/11 world, she worries about nontraditional warfare waged by terrorists using computers as weapons. Brenner, who's conducted cybercrimes training for the U.S. Secret Service and spoken at numerous national and international conferences, predicts cyberspace will become the new battlefield in her newly published book, Cyberthreats: The Emerging Fault...

2009-04-17 15:28:44

Suicide rates are more common during the Spring, especially amidst tough economic times, according to a new report issued on Friday. A survey conducted by Keith Hawton of Oxford University and Kees van Heeringen of University Hospital in Gent, Belgium, showed that about 1 million people commit suicide each year. That figure accounts for about 1.5 percent of deaths globally each year. Researchers found the global average to be 15 suicides per 100,000 people. They noted higher rates of suicide...

Word of the Day
  • Good cheer; viands.
  • To revel; to feast.
The word 'bellycheer' may come from 'belle cheer', "good cheer".