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Volcano Controversy Settled Using Chemistry ‘Trick’
2013-02-12 15:01:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Volcanic eruptions have been known to cause global cooling, although the extent of this cooling has been a topic of scientific controversy. Now a team of atmosphere chemists from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the University of Copenhagen has devised a method for determining which historical cooling periods are the results of volcanic eruptions. When a large volcano erupts, it can propel gases high into the stratosphere where...

2013-02-08 10:56:08

A single embryonic stem cell can develop into more than 200 specialized cell types that make up our body. This maturation process is called differentiation and is tightly regulated through strict control of gene activity. If the regulation is lost, specialized cells cannot develop correctly during development. In adulthood, the specialized cells may forget their identity and develop into cancer cells. Research from BRIC, University of Copenhagen, has identified a crucial role of the molecule...

2013-01-03 13:31:54

Up to 75 per cent of patients who take statins to treat elevated cholesterol levels may suffer from muscle pain. Scientists at the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen have now identified a possible mechanism underlying this unfortunate side effect. The results have just been published in the well-reputed Journal of American College of Cardiology. Statin is a class of drugs which are used to treat high levels of blood cholesterol by way of inhibiting the liver´s...

2012-12-28 15:26:33

Industries across Europe are threatened with shutdown as European Union emission rules for Volatile Organic Compounds are tightened. Now an air cleaning invention from the University of Copenhagen has proven its ability to remove these compounds. And in the process they have helped a business in Danish town Aarhus improve relations to angry neighbors. Inventor, Copenhagen chemist Matthew Johnson, presented evidence for the air cleaning invention at the conference "First International...

Migrating Birds Delayed By Drought In The Horn Of Africa
2012-12-07 15:03:24

University of Copenhagen The catastrophic drought last year in the Horn of Africa affected millions of people but also caused the extremely late arrival into northern Europe of several migratory songbird species, a study from University of Copenhagen published today in Science shows. Details of the migration route was revealed by data collected from small back-packs fitted on birds showing that the delay resulted from an extended stay in the Horn of Africa. The extensive 2011 drought in...

2012-11-23 10:41:57

Scientists from The Danish Stem Cell Center (DanStem) at the University of Copenhagen are contributing important knowledge about how stem cells develop best into insulin-producing cells. In the long term this new knowledge can improve diabetes treatment with cell therapy. The results have just been published in the scientific journal Cell Reports. Stem cells are responsible for tissue growth and tissue repair after injury. Therefore, the discovery that these vital cells grow better in a...

Studying The Influence Of ADHD Medications
2012-11-10 11:07:55

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Some drugs used to treat ADHD could affect the brain's reward system, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have discovered. The findings make it easier to understand how the medicine works and could ultimately lead to improvements in the development of and the dose determination associated with ADHD treatments, they report in the latest edition of the Journal of Neurophysiology. As part of the study, Jakob Kisbye...

Hereditary High Blood Cholesterol Overlooked By Health Community
2012-11-02 10:00:25

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study from the University of Copenhagen recently revealed that high blood cholesterol is a serious hereditary disease that has been overlooked and has not been given effective treatments as compared to other illnesses. In particular, the scientists discovered that there are more Danes who have high blood cholesterol than previously thought. They believe that few individuals and families with the disease have been...

2012-10-18 12:51:46

A sociologist of religion from the University of Copenhagen has interviewed 21 young patients diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer about their religious beliefs. She concludes that a cancer diagnosis will not make young people, who are not religious already, turn to religion. But it can confirm already existing beliefs. "My research shows that young cancer patients' views on existential issues show consistency before and after the diagnosis: Their faith and their religious practices...

2012-10-03 14:55:41

Malaria-drug monitoring over the past 30 years has shown that malaria parasites develop resistance to medicine, and the first signs of resistance to the newest drugs have just been observed. At the same time, resistance monitoring at the University of Copenhagen shows that the previously efficacious drug chloroquine is once again beginning to work against malaria. In time that will ensure cheaper treatment for the world´s poor. Scientists and healthcare personnel the world over fear...