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Breakthrough Brain Study Reveals Stress Code
2011-10-04 04:43:18

Neuroscience team discovers new player in how brain deals with stress Neuroscientists investigating the 'brain code' claim to have made a significant step forwards in understanding how the brain deals with stress- and mitigates its impact. Examining what they term 'thin' and 'mushroom-like' parts of nerve cells in the brain, which are responsible for learning and remembering, they discovered that it is possible to alter what is remembered — thereby mitigating the stress of painful...

Tenerife Landscape Reveals Explosive Past
2011-10-03 04:51:52

Volcanologists from the University of Leicester have uncovered one of the world's best-preserved accessible examples of a monstrous landslide that followed a huge volcanic eruption on the Canarian island of Tenerife. Seven hundred and thirty-three thousand years ago, the southeast slopes of Tenerife collapsed into the sea, during the volcanic eruption. The onshore remains of this landslide have just been discovered amid the canyons and ravines of Tenerife's desert landscape by...

Online Romance Scams Hit Hundreds Of Thousands Of Victims
2011-09-28 04:53:11

New study reveals scale and prevalence of new form of fraud New online research led by the University of Leicester reveals that over 200,000 people living in Britain may have fallen victim to online romance scams — far more than had been previously estimated. The study is believed to be the first formal academic analysis to measure the scale of this growing problem. In the 'online romance scam' criminals set up fake identities using stolen photographs (often of models or army...

2011-09-27 14:51:14

New research reveals widespread lack of knowledge of the importance of diet and obesity as contributing causes towards the development of cancer New research on public perceptions about cancer reveals that 50-year-old ideas still hold sway while many current lifestyle messages are not getting through. On the positive side, however, the vast majority of people now believe cancer is curable. Experts at the University of Leicester and Leicester's Hospitals carried out the research to...

2011-09-26 11:22:16

Findings offer hope for better prevention and treatment for lung diseases Scientists have for the first time discovered sixteen new sections of the genetic code that relate to lung health -- opening up the possibility for better prevention as well as treatment for lung diseases. An international consortium of 175 scientists from 126 centres in Europe, the USA and Australia identified genetic variants associated with the health of the human lung. Their discovery sheds new light on the...

2011-09-15 12:37:21

University of Leicester research reveals brands and logos are highly important to some children influenced by family attitudes, peer pressure and celebrity culture Are children as young as five years old so driven by consumerism and fashion that they are in danger of 'losing' their childhood? Not necessarily, according to Dr Jane Pilcher, a sociologist at the University of Leicester, whose research findings on children and fashion were recently reported in the international journal,...

2011-09-01 12:08:49

Medical diagnosis -- but not as we know it! A new hi-tech £1million-plus non-invasive disease detection facility, developed by the University of Leicester, has been unveiled today (Sept 1st 2011) for use in Leicester Royal Infirmary's A&E department. It is designed to detect the "sight, smell and feel" of disease without the use of invasive probes, blood tests, or other time-consuming and uncomfortable procedures. Scientists use three different types of cutting-edge...

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2011-08-24 14:20:15

  Diagnoses and treatment of blood pressure is on the verge of being revolutionized following new guidelines for the medical profession by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and British Hypertension Society (BHS). The new guidelines mark the first time in more than a century that the way blood pressure is monitored by health professionals has been changed. More than 25 percent of patients may have been misdiagnosed for high blood pressure. Taking...

2011-08-16 12:25:37

Life-threatening nut allergies viewed as 'frivolous and self-indulgent fad' Parents of nut-allergy sufferers face hostility and scepticism in trying to find safe environments for their children, a new study has found. Researchers found that parents are routinely made to feel by friends and even family that their child's nut allergy is a 'frivolous and self indulgent fad invented and maintained by attention-seeking people.' Children in the study described how they were bullied by classmates...

2011-07-21 14:07:26

New study aids understanding of force required for creating injury Engineers at the University of Leicester have for the first time created a way of measuring how much force is used during a stabbing using a broken bottle. The advance is expected to have significant implications for legal forensics. A team from the University has conducted a systematic study of the force applied during a stabbing and come up with the first set of penetration force data for broken glass bottles. This work has...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.