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2012-05-17 10:02:10

Improving palliative care for heart failure patients Palliative care for cancer patients in the UK is well established — but the situation is starkly different for those suffering from heart failure. A recent service evaluation led by the University of Hull and Hull York Medical School (HYMS) shows this doesn't have to be the case — particularly if clinicians have the courage to talk about death with their patients. The study — published today (May 17) in the British...

2012-04-12 11:25:48

Biomarkers which could help to predict resistance to chemotherapy in breast cancer patients have been identified by researchers from the University of Hull, UK. The researchers found a family of proteins to be twice as prevalent in clinical samples obtained from breast cancer patients who were resistant to chemotherapy than those who were successfully treated. Chemotherapy resistance is a major problem for some types of breast cancer and many patients undergo treatment that does not...

2011-12-01 01:09:55

Scientists at the University of Hull have found that some people have the ability to hallucinate colors at will — even without the help of hypnosis. The study, published this week in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, was carried out in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hull. It focused on a group of people that had shown themselves to be 'highly suggestible' in hypnosis. The subjects were asked to look at a series of monochrome patterns and to see color in...

2011-09-29 22:49:10

Weeds, which are widely deemed as a nuisance plant, are vital to the existence of many farmland species according to a new University of Hull study published in the journal Biological Conservation Weeds, which are widely deemed as a nuisance plant, are vital to the existence of many farmland species according to a new University of Hull study published in the journal Biological Conservation today. Since many weeds produce flowers and seed, they are an integral part of our ecosystem and...

2011-06-06 19:21:17

Researchers from the University of Hull have discovered a way to load up nanoparticles with large numbers of light-sensitive molecules to create a more effective form of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for treating cancer. Photodynamic therapy uses molecules which, when irradiated with light, cause irreparable damage to cells by creating toxic forms of oxygen, called reactive oxygen species. Most PDT works with individual light-sensitive molecules "“ but the new nanoparticles could each...

2011-04-11 17:03:17

Targeted photodynamic therapy can completely eradicate some models of cancer, according to the latest research by UK and Swiss scientists, published in the current issue of the British Journal of Cancer. The team "“ including researchers from the University of Hull and ETH Zurich "“ linked light-sensitive molecules with antibodies that target tumour blood vessels. When irradiated with light, the molecules create particles known as reactive oxygen species, which in high numbers...

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2010-09-07 11:15:00

Using a moving 3D computer model based on the skull and teeth of a New Zealand reptile called tuatara, a BBSRC-funded team from the University of Hull, University College London and the Hull York Medical School has revealed how damage to dental implants and jaw joints may be prevented by sophisticated interplay between our jaws, muscles and brain. This research will appear in a future edition of the Journal of Biomechanics. The tuatara is a lizard-like reptile that has iconic status in its...

2009-11-23 15:24:50

Scientists have revealed how environmental irritants such as air pollution and cigarette smoke cause people to cough, in research published today in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The authors of the study, from Imperial College London and the University of Hull, have identified the reaction inside the lungs that can trigger coughing when a person is exposed to particular irritants in the air. They suggest that their findings may ultimately lead to the...

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2009-11-16 14:41:13

Hypnosis has a "very real" consequence that can be detected on brain scans, University of Hull researchers recently announced. An imaging investigation of hypnotized volunteers indicated less activity in the areas of the brain connected to distraction. Similar patterns were absent in those who were scanned and not disposed to being hypnotized. A psychologist questioned by BBC feels the study backs the theory that hypnosis "primes" the brain to be susceptible to propositions. Hypnosis has...

2008-10-01 00:07:43

A drama studio at the University of Hull is to be named after Anthony Minghella Mr Minghella, one of the English cinema and theatre greats, died in March this year. He studied at the university as an undergraduate between 1972 and 1975, directed hit films such as The Talented Mr Ripley, Cold Mountain and Truly Madly Deeply. The Cottingham Road university will now name its newly- refurbished drama studio after him. The Anthony Minghella Studio will be used by students from the...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.