Latest University of Glasgow Stories

2009-01-21 19:01:09

Impaired kidney function raises risk of heart problems in the elderly, University of Glasgow researchers said in Scotland. A study, published in the journal PLoS Medicine, suggests that elderly people with damaged kidneys are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease, such as heart failure and stroke and other causes of mortality. The findings indicate that greater efforts should be made to encourage elderly people who have impaired kidney function alongside other risk factors -- such as...

2009-01-19 07:50:00

Patients left disabled by stroke may receive help through the outcome of a pioneering clinical trial to assess if stem cell therapy can make a difference in the condition. British biotechnology company, ReNeuron Group Plc, said on Sunday it had received approval from the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to commence the clinical trial using fetal stem cells. The company is hailing the announcement as a victory, since it has failed to win approval for similar tests from...

2009-01-02 13:00:00

Scottish researchers are trying to improve digital camera images with over half a million in grant money. Scientists at the University of Glasgow were given over $700,000 to develop small nanostructures that would be used on light detecting image sensors. The hi-tech chips will eventually be used in camera equipment to produce sharper and more colorful images. The Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council is funding the project that uses a phenomenon called surface plasmon...

2008-12-19 22:40:08

Drinking low to moderate amounts of alcohol may delay cognitive decline in older women, a University of Glasgow researcher said. The study of nearly 6,000 people ages 70-82 in Ireland, the Netherlands and Scotland found drinking low to moderate amounts of alcohol may delay cognitive decline in older women. However, the same benefits were not seen in men of the same age group. David J. Stott of the University of Glasgow used the Mini-Mental State Examination as the method for assessment of...

2008-12-01 13:42:48

Study identifies six different mosses from the Tyrolean Iceman's alimentary tract What we eat can say a lot about us "“ where we live, how we live and eventually even when we lived. From the analysis of the intestinal contents of the 5,200-year-old Iceman from the Eastern Alps, Professor James Dickson from the University of Glasgow in the UK and his team have shed some light on the mummy's lifestyle and some of the events leading up to his death. By identifying six different mosses in...

2008-11-07 15:50:00

A new study suggests that governments should do more to ensure that "green areas" are prevalent in rich and poor communities because they are attributed to better health. Even small parks in the midst of booming cities can help reduce the "health gap" between rich and poor communities. These green areas can reduce the rate of strokes and heart disease, researchers wrote in the journal Lancet. Lead researcher Richard Mitchell, an epidemiologist, said the study showed that the impacts of...

2008-05-07 11:01:33

Study says social context affects the sexes differently Male seagulls may be more vulnerable to their environment during embryonic development than females, according to Maria Bogdanova and Ruedi Nager from the University of Glasgow in the UK. Until now, the sex differences in developmental rate and susceptibility to unfavorable conditions during the embryonic stage in birds have received little attention. The paper has just been published in Springer's journal, Behavioral Ecology and...

2005-08-20 10:16:49

And cleaner, greener environments get people exercising, study suggests British researchers think there's a link between graffiti and obesity. People who live in city areas with little green space, lots of graffiti and litter are more likely to be obese, compared with people living in city areas with lots of greenery, the researchers claim in a new report. "People who live in more pleasant and attractive environments, which in our study was assessed by levels of greenery, are much more likely...

Word of the Day
  • 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.'