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2011-10-11 20:42:08

Even after women have separated from an abusive partner, the violence still costs Canadians an estimated $6.9 billion a year, according to research at the University of British Columbia. Led by UBC Nursing Prof. Colleen Varcoe, the study — published in a recent issue of Canadian Public Policy — is the first in Canada to comprehensively identify the spectrum of economic costs for services used by women who leave a violent partner. Overall, the annual bill for violence rings...

2011-10-06 13:18:45

University of British Columbia research shows that managers should keep team members connected and engaged to avoid workplace sabotage. Co-authored by UBC Sauder School of Business Prof. Karl Aquino, the study reveals that envious employees are more likely to undermine peers if they feel disconnected from others. “We often hear that people who feel envious of their colleagues try to bring them down by spreading negative rumors, withholding useful information, or secretly sabotaging...

2011-09-15 20:25:39

A group led by a University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health scientist has discovered a type of spinal cord cell that could function as a stem cell, with the ability to regenerate portions of the central nervous system in people with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig´s disease).   The radial glial cells, which are marked by long projections that can forge through brain tissue, had never previously been found in an...

Gene Mutation Linked To Parkinson's
2011-09-09 07:29:21

  Single 'spelling mistake' affects mechanism for converting a cell's genetic code into proteins Less than two months after publishing findings about a new gene linked to late-onset Parkinson's disease, the same team of scientists at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have discovered another gene responsible for the neurodegenerative disease — providing yet another target for potential treatments. The mutation, a single...

2011-09-08 14:39:20

Examination of 600 studies shows clear benefits An analysis by the University of British Columbia and the Mayo Clinic found that simulation-based training is an effective way to teach physicians, nurses, dentists, emergency medical technicians and other health professionals. The team reviewed more than 600 studies evaluating the use of technologies such as virtual reality computers, mannequins and training models to teach skills and procedures including surgery, trauma management,...

2011-08-03 13:44:18

Study confirms accuracy of developmental screening tests that can be administered by family physicians BC Children's Hospital and University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers have found that two existing screening tests are accurate in diagnosing development delays in children and could be incorporated in a busy family practice setting with relative ease. Parents can complete the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) or the Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) at home or in...

2011-07-20 17:14:39

UBC, California researchers find a way to quash decoherence Researchers have made a major advance in predicting and quashing environmental decoherence, a phenomenon that has proven to be one of the most formidable obstacles standing in the way of quantum computing. The findings "“ based on theoretical work conducted at the University of British Columbia and confirmed by experiments at the University of California Santa Barbara "“ are published online in the July 20 issue of the...

2011-07-19 12:04:08

First large-scale study reinforces need to fund and expand simplified HIV programs that deliver significant, life-saving health benefits in resource-challenged settings A landmark study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) shows that patients in Africa receiving combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) for HIV can expect to live a near normal lifespan. The study, published today in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine, is...

2011-05-31 11:32:00

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y., May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaveh Farrokh is an expert on Persian languages and Iranian history whose new book, Iran at War: 1500-1988, provides a full examination of modern Iranian military history. Dr. Farrokh obtained his Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of British Columbia. His previous title Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War (Osprey, 2007) was named "Best History Book" by the World Academy of Arts Literature and Media in 2008. Dr. Patrick Hunt,...


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Davidsonia, Journal
2012-04-25 14:26:44

Davidsonia is a scientific journal published by the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden. It specializes in the botanical natural history of the pacific northwest and horticultural and plant conservation issues. The print edition of Davidsonia existed from 1970 to 1981. It was revived in 2002 as an online journal. The journal provides full open-access to content on its website www.davidsonia.org . The journal is named after British Columbia botanical pioneer John Davidson. It...

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Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'